Featured Song #3: Hannah Rarity and Luc McNally – Strong Women Rule Us All

Our third featured song comes from a Scottish singer whose powerful voice has won numerous awards already…

Noted for her sublime ability to inhabit every song that she performs, Hannah Rarity is on the ascension having recently won the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award for 2018, in addition to receiving a number of nominations from The Scotsman and the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards the year before.

After releasing her EP Beginnings in 2016 to critical acclaim, Hannah has been busy collaborating with a wide number of internationally renowned groups, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Irish-American band Cherish the Ladies.

It’s funny what you can find on the internet. You might start out looking for New World cooker parts and before you know it you’ve unearthed a low-key recording by one Scotland’s fastest rising talents. This recent cover of Brian McNeill’s Strong Women Rule Us All demonstrates Hannah’s  great emotional potential, even when performing in a stripped back setting:

After easily surpassing her crowdfunding goal of £5,000 back in May, Hannah has been working with celebrated folk producer Euan Burton to release her first full-length album which will hopefully effectively showcase her tremendous talents. Playing with her core band (featuring Innes White, Sally Simpson and Conal McDonagh) Hannah’s record Neath the Gloaming Star will be comprised of a variety of songs including covers, traditional folk classics and original material.

Before the release of her record in September 2018 Hannah is playing a handful of festival dates including the Tiree Music Festival, Paxton Festival and Aberdour Festival. From August 28th she’ll be launching her record on the back of a number of dates across Scotland including:

30th SeptemberTorphichen Summer Nights

28th August The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
2nd September The Blue Arrow, Glasgow
6th September Songs and Reels at the Rose 2, Linlithgow, West Lothian
8th September BBC Proms in the Park, Glasgow Green, Glasgow
9th September Best of the West, Inverary Castle
20th September Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh
26th September The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
2nd September Byre Theatre, St Andrews
3rd October Aberdeen Folk Club

Featured Song #2: Skerryvore – Take Me Home

Our second featured song is from a group well known for their mastery of traditional Celtic instruments…

Brothers Daniel and Martin Gillespie began playing music on the island of Tiree back in 2004 with the aid of a couple of friends from neighbouring isles in the Inner Hebrides. Mining their Celtic roots whilst wilfully embracing new influences, Skerryvore’s lineup has grown and changed over the years reflecting their progression as musician and composers. Their recent release ‘Take Me Home’ exhibits the huge progress they’ve made in the last few years alone:

Deftly blending rock, trad. folk and Americana, their new record EVO (short for evolution) signals a real shift in the band’s dynamic and style. Half recorded in East Lothian and Conneticut, there’s a real variety to the band’s new set of songs with foot-stompin’ festival numbers sitting neatly alongside softer melodic numbers. The nature of Skerryvore’s music has adapted in response to their surroundings, as well as their slow but steady rise to popularity and its wonderful to see young Scottish musicians taking the music of their people to distant shores.

Skerryvore will be touring the East Coast of the USA throughout August, followed by appearances at Tonfer Festival, Denmark and then a slot at Shrewsbury Folk Festival later that month. You can check their tour schedule and buy their CDs and LPs through their website here.

Featured Song #1: Mogwai – Donuts

Our first featured song comes from a truly groundbreaking Scottish group…

Epic post-rockers Mogwai are staunch advocates of Scottish music having led the charge in avant-garde music for well over 20 years now. Donuts is their recently released song from their first ever feature-film soundtrack:

Although they lost founding member John Cummings in 2015, the now four-piece have continued to break the boundaries of the alternative music genre by contributing and composing soundtracks to documentaries and television series.

Their latest record is the soundtrack to the upcoming sci-fi movie Kin. Telling the story of two brothers on the run from gangsters, government agents and a mysterious alien force, Kin will have its US release on August 31st when you can also pick up the record too.

Mogwai will tour the England in November. There are still a handful of tickets left for one of their shows at Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre and they will also appear at True North Festival, Aberdeen in September. 

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