An extremely overdue update… but I released my debut album! Neath the Gloaming Star has been released to the world. I’m delighted with the response so far and very happy to hear people are enjoying the music I was lucky to make and record in April with some fantastic musicians.
Recorded in GloWorm Studios, Glasgow with Euan Burton at the helm (producer, engineering, mixing and bass-extraordinaire) and John Lowrie, Innes White, Sally Simpson, Conal McDonagh and Phil Cunningham making beautiful sounds on the 11 tracks, the album was officially released on 2nd September, with two main launch events: the first in the Blue Arrow Jazz Club, Glasgow (2nd), and second The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (20th).
The album features a mix of carefully chosen traditional, self-penned and contemporary folk songs. I wanted the album to have a relaxed, lulling feel, with many of the songs thematically linking to nighttime/dusk and themes of hardship, loss and love.
It’s now available to buy from this site, Bandcamp, iTunes and most digital download/streaming services.
REVIEWS SO FAR:
★★★★★ “THE ABSOLUTE STAR OF THIS EXCELLENT ALBUM IS HANNAH RARITY'S VOICE, DELICATE AND PURE, FULL OF NUANCE…A DEBUT ALBUM THAT PACKS A QUIETLY POWERFUL PUNCH…”
★★★★ “…DEBUT ALBUM SHOWCASES HER CRYSTAL-CLEAR DELIVERY…HER VOICE SOARS…”
“WITH HANNAH’S CRYSTAL CLEAR VOICE, SPARKLING PRODUCTION AND THOROUGHLY ENGAGING ARRANGEMENTS, NEATH THE GLOAMING STAR IS A MUST-HAVE ALBUM…”
“…IT’S EXQUISITELY LOVELY…HER PURE DICTION MAKES IT A JOY TO FOLLOW HER EXPRESSIVE STORYTELLING…TO KEEP THE LISTENER HANGING ONTO EVERY WORD.”
BBC RADIO NAN GAIDHEAL, CAITHREAM CIUIL ALBUM OF THE WEEK - WEEK BEG 27 AUG
CELTIC MUSIC RADIO’S ALBUM OF THE WEEK - WEEK BEG 17 SEP
AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 FOLK SHOW WITH MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND TRAVELLING FOLK, BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE GENEVIEVE TUDOR’S SUNDAY FOLK…
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
We’ve had some great launch gigs - thanks to all who came to see myself and the band! - but there are a few more opportunities to hear some of the new music before I spend the rest of the year working on some other exciting projects…
SEP 26th St Andrews , Byre Theatre (afternoon concert w Innes White) -TICKETS
SEP 30th Torphichen Summer Nights - TICKETS
OCT 3rd Aberdeen Folk Club, The Blue Lamp - INFO
OCT 4th Falkirk Folk Club (as part of Falkirk Storytelling Festival) - TICKETS
OCT 5th Cumnock Tryst Festival, with Live Music Now - INFO
OCT 15th - 19th Blazin' in Beauly (workshops & performance on 15th) - INFO
OCT 22nd Glenfarg Folk Club - INFO
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More updates soon - but for now, thank you for reading and for all the support I’ve received in relation to the album & its release. I can’t thank you enough.
Here’s a wee video from the BBC Proms in the Park a couple of weeks ago, which I was very lucky to be a part of (I had to put on a frock and pretend to be posh and everything! I don’t think anyone was fooled…) Song by the late great Andy M. Stewart and beautiful orchestration by John Ashton Thomas. x