New website coming soon

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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!

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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 there’s lots of great goodies …

PPL + ISRC + EAN + PRS + MCPS + AP2 = STRESS LEVEL RISING!!

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WARNING… this is a long blog but HIGHLY recommended if you’re a self-releasing CD artist…. If you’re self-releasing an album, and you’ve finished mixing it, you’ll soon realise it’s very easy to get overcome with the amount of abbreviations you have to deal with…. PPL, ISRC, EAN, PRS, MCPS AP2. For those of you’ve who’ve been through it before I …

New album “Trì” complete

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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…

Budgetting… arghhhhhh!

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Budgetting. Argh. It’s a scary word, but my goodness it’s essential to budget things when recording and releasing an album, especially when you’re self releasing. We’re 2/4’s of the way through the whole process now and I’d say about 2/4’s of the budget has been spent. I knew roughly how much I wanted to spend on this album, partly through …

Mix, mix, mix

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So the next stage of the album is complete… mixing! We’re mixing with Iain Hutchison at Glo-Worm Studios. I’ve known Iain for 14 years now. We both studied Applied Music together and he was in my group of friends at halls…long live the days of Douglas House (don’t worry Iain, I won’t be posting pictures on this)! Since our uni …

Album recording underway

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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…

So back to Norway it is…

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Hello and a belated Happy New Year! Many of you will know that January for musicians living in Glasgow means Celtic Connections, which kinda has a habit of taking over your life! So that’s my excuse for this late blog…. We’re currently back in Norway in the middle of another schools tour. This time the trio are in the city of …

Recording underway … but not without hiccups!

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Ok, so… so much for the more regular blogs! I’m very behind uploading them, so lets go back in time to approximately 2 weeks ago, before all the holiday fun… So, the bulk of the tracking of the album is complete! We’ve had 9 days of actual recording in Carrier Waves Studio with our engineer Keir. The first few days …

Pre-production… in the studio at last!

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So, the album has begun! We’re in the studio, and in the middle of pre-production. The studio is in the South-East of Glasgow and is the newly re-opened Carrier Waves studio, run by Keir Long and Andrea Gobbi. It’s such a convenient place for us to record… we’re all within 15 minutes drive of the place, which makes mornings and …

Rehearse, rehearse and rehearse!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all readers in the USA! Apologies for the lateness of this blog. I had planned to do another one last week while in Norway, but time ran away with itself. We’re back safe and sound now after a very successful tour and we visited some stunningly beautiful places. Here’s a photo from Solund… one of the Westerly …

Sourcing the Material

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Sourcing the Material So blog number 2! Thank you so much to everyone who read and shared my first blog. I hope you enjoyed reading. Please do take the time to share this one too. I’m currently in Førde, in beautiful western Norway on tour with the trio. It’s our 3rd schools tour out here. The Norwegian government have got …

New Blog

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Ahhh… the first blog post… Ok folks, so I’ve decided to start a blog.  My trio is in the midst of preparing a new album to record so I figured it would be an interesting thing to start a blog about the whole process so you can see what all is involved in it. I really wish it was as …

New Bass Player!

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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 fresh take he has on …

Archibald Knox Commision

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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 at St Germans Cathedral, on …

Harpy New Year!

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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

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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 Harp Festival in Dinan, Brittany. …

New Manx Harp Book

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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) was written by renowned Manx …