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Rachel Hair Trio

Edinburgh Folk Club, Wednesday 28th September 2011

"One of the UK's finest contemporary Celtic harpists and tunesmiths" (Songlines), Rachel Hair performs a spellbinding mix of Scottish, Irish and original harp music together with fellow musicians Jenn Butterworth (guitar/vocals) and Euan Burton (double bass).

Drawing inspiration from the hothouse that is Scotland's diverse music scene, the group's arrangements breathe passion, emotion and energy into traditional and contemporary tunes and songs, the result of which is quite simply sheer joy and irresistible fun.

Rachel, from the Highland village of Ullapool, is renowned for her bright and bubbly approach to the Scottish harp. A first class Honours graduate in music from Glasgow's University of Strathclyde, and recipient of the Sir Alexander Stone Award for excellence in performance, her two highly commended albums Hubcaps and Potholes and The Lucky Smile showcase the oldest of Scottish instruments in a new, inspired light.

As well as performing Rachel is a highly experienced, and much sought after freelance tutor of the harp with many of her students gaining 1sts at local and National Gaelic Mods and All Scotland and All Britain Irish Music Fleadhs. Regularly tutoring for organistations including Feisean Nan Gaidheal, Feis Rois (Scottish Gaelic Music), Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Irish music) and Glasgow's own Celtic Connections, she is currently the harp tutor at Douglas Academy, one of Scotland's four specialist schools for excellence in music. Rachel frequently travels far and wide to countries which have included France (Rencontres de la harpe Celtique in Brittany festival), Germany (Harfentreffen Harp festival), Switzerland (Celtic Days Harp Festival) , Finland, Denmark, the USA and India, to teach not only Scottish/Irish Harp but general traditional/Celtic Music and Groupwork. She teaches using the traditonal "by-ear" method with a strong emphasis on fun and enjoyment. She has also lectured in Scottish and Irish Traditional music at Universities in both America and Scotland."

"Hair has that uncanny knack of picking just the right tunes to take her audience on a spectacular acoustic musical tour."
Folk and Roots
Much sought after guitarist and singer Jenn Butterworth, from Whithorn, has performed with the best......."
"Butterworth powers the show with driving guitar."
The Metro

.. Euan Burton is one of Scotland's leading bass players, and has established quite an international reputation, having performed with many top international jazz musicians.....
" unbelievable creative force in Scottish music"
Radio Scotland

Venue: Pleasance Cabaret Bar at 20.00

£9, £7, £6(members)

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