News

New sheetmusic book – Claasagh volume 2.

Over the past few months I’ve been busy collating and writing arrangements of tunes from the Isle of Man, both old and new, and finally I’m excited to finally release my second volume of “Claasagh – Manx music for celtic harp”, ready for you to buy via the website shop.  The first volume of Claasagh contained… read more »

At last … a gig on the Isle of Man!!

It’s been a long time coming, but at last the Rachel Hair Trio have arranged a concert on the Isle of Man. We’ll be appearing at the Peel Centenary Centre, this coming Saturday (3rd October), at 8pm. Support will be from the fantastic local fiddler, Isla Callister. Tickets cost £12 and can be bought on… read more »

15th June … OFFICIAL ALBUM RELEASE DAY … AT LAST!

Finally, after many months in the making, I’m pleased to announce that the new Rachel Hair Trio album, Trì, is officially released! Jenn, Cammy and I are really chuffed with the record, so we really hope you enjoy it. If you want to listen to it, there’s a wee soundcloud section on the homepage of this… read more »

New website coming soon

Keep your eyes peeled as over the coming weeks a new website for will be revealed… in time for the launch of the new Rachel Hair Trio album “Trì”.

Trì pre-order open!

Pre-order for the new Rachel Hair Trio album “Trì” is now open on the shop page. When you order you’ll soon be emailed a download link to 2 of the tracks. Pre-ordering will allow you to have the actual CD 3 weeks in advance of it’s official launch date of the 15th of June AND… read more »

New album “Trì” complete

The new Rachel Hair album “Trì” is now complete! Pre-orders will begin on the 1st of May so be sure to get your order in then…

Album recording underway

The Rachel Hair Trio are recording a new album! We’re almost finished recording album no. 4 for Rachel, and album no. 2 for the actual trio. Release date is currently looking to be late May this year…

New Bass Player!

I’m very excited to announce that we have a new member of the Rachel Hair Trio, double bassist, Cameron Maxwell! Cammy has been playing off and on with us for a while now, and, well, he’s such an awesome musician that it was only right that we made him an official member. We’re loving the… read more »

Archibald Knox Commision

I was thrilled to be commissioned by Culture Vannin and the Archibald Knox Society to write the piece “The Deer’s Cry” to celebrate 150 years since the birth of the famed Manx art nouveau designer Archibald Knox. I performed “The Deer’s Cry” last week on Knox’s 150th birthday, together my student harp ensemble “Claasagh”, to a sell-out crowd… read more »

Harpy New Year!

Harpy New Year! 2014 is looking to be a busy year with a number of new projects on the go for Rachel, some trio gigs and lots of harp teaching throughout Scotland, Europe and the USA! Check out the gig page for more details.

Summer Harp Festivals

Summer is here, and for once, it really is proper summer weather! Rachel was tutoring last weekend at Cottingham Harp Weekend, alongside fellow Scottish harpist Fiona Rutherford. They had a great weekend teaching Scottish tunes to the Yorkshire harpists.  This week she heads off for the 35th “Stage International de Harpe Celtique… the International Celtic… read more »

New Manx Harp Book

Rachel has just published a new book ‘Claasagh – Manx Music for Celtic Harp’. She was commissioned to write the book of elementary – advanced level arrangements of traditional music for the Isle of Man by the Manx Heritage Foundation. This is the second ever sheetmusic book on Manx Harp music. The first (now out of print)… read more »

Sell out CC show and BBC Radio 3

We were overjoyed that our headlining Celtic Connections gig sold out before the doors even opened. Many thanks to all who came along! After our performance we quickly ran over to the Concert hall to play a few sets live on BBC Radio 3’s “World on 3” show which came live from the Green Room… read more »

BBC Celtic Connections Video

The trio took a wee trip to BBC Scotland here in Glasgow to film a video for their Celtic Connections mini site. We decided to film “Cancro Cru”, a beautiful tune written by Anxo Pintos that we recorded on “No More Wings”. Check it out by clicking HERE

Mini Autumn Tour

We have a mini 4 date trio tour about to kick off so check out the gig page for more info! We’ll be in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man.

BBC Radio nan Gaidheal album of the week!

We’re chuffed to anounce that “No More Wings” is Radio Nan Gaidheals album of the week on their 2-4pm show “Caithream Ciuil”. Tune in or listen again via http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jdfl

Great Reviews Flying In!!

Rachel and her Trio have been getting many great, great reviews of the new album “No More Wings” from sources such as the Irish Music Magazine (written by the editor himself!), Folk Radio UK and many more. Check them out on the review page.

Online interview with Arperia

Check out the online interview Rachel did with the Spanish harp site “Arpera” all about her life as a harper. Read it here