Ah wow! Scots Trad Awards nomination!

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Aw wow, so I’m proper chuffed to announce I’ve been nominated for Tutor of the Year award at the Scots Trad Music Awards organised by Hands Up for Trad​! Thank you so much to all who nominated me. It’s now down to the public vote so if you fancy lending me your vote, I’d be very grateful. You can vote …

Rachel Hair Trio @ Noia Harp Festival, Galicia

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The Rachel Hair Trio are heading out the stunning surroundings of the town of Noia, in Galicia, North-West Spain. We’ll be playing at the Noia Harp Festival in a few days time, on the 3rd of August, and I’ll be teaching a Scottish Harp workshop during the day. More info in the gigs page!

An Chúirt Chruitireachta, the International Harp Festival, Ireland

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I’m honoured to announce that I’ll be performing solo at the wonderful An Chúirt Chruitireachta, the International Harp Festival, in Termonfeckin, Ireland later this month. I’ll be playing alongside Janet Harbison, a harper I’ve admired since I was a youngster, and in the days that she was the director of the Belfast Harp Orchestra. Can’t wait!

New sheetmusic book – Claasagh volume 2.

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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 only traditional tunes, but this …

Deutschland

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I’m uber excited to say that I’m returning to Germany in a few days time to teach and perform at the wonderful Harfentreffen festival. I first taught and performed at the festival a few years ago so I’m so pleased that I’ll be able to catch up with old friends, and hopefully also make some new ones! I’ll also be …

At last … a gig on the Isle of Man!!

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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 the door or online at …

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

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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 site where you can listen …

the next stage… Distribution and PR

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Greetings from a very wet and windy Oban! I’ve been here to adjudicate the clarsach (Scottish harp) competitions at the Oban Mod. I’ve a wee bit of waiting till my lift back to Glasgow, so I thought I should take the chance to write a blog. As I type, I’m surrounded by beautiful Gaelic acapella harmony singing as the choirs …

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 …