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 September Torphichen 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