Hartlepool Folk Festival (Rachel solo)
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Rachel and The Band xxx
Rachel had some exciting new solo project news to share with you all but due to the current situation everything has been cancelled or postponed until 2021,
Hope you are all safe and well and i hope to see you at a folk club or festival soon!
You can still get Hard Ground on our store!
"A beautifully entrancing Folk album, one that captures the sense of loss of those who have been forgotten by great swathes of the country, Hard Ground is there to be dug." Ian.D.Hall,Liverpool Sound and Vision
"Hard Ground is an exceptional debut album by anybody’s standards and I predict a great future for The Rachel Hamer Band" ,Dai Jeffries,Folking.com
Thank you for the review Folking.com
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ALBUM LAUNCH NEWS, PREVIEW TRACK AND PRE-ORDERS!!!
We are very excited to announce that our Debut Album Hard Ground will be released on the 22nd of February with a Launch at Cecil Sharp House and a Newcastle Launch at Gosforth Civic Theatre on the 23rd of February. We are looking forward to sharing the Album with you all!
You can pre-order the album on our website for £12 which includes a download of the album and P&P CD's will be shipped after the 23rd of February. To pre-or...der go to : http://www.therachelhamerband.com/music
We have also released one of brand new tracks from the album on our Soundcloud for you to have a sneak preview of. We hope you enjoy it!
The Rachel Hamer Band xx
The Newcastle-based Rachel Hamer Band (comprising Rachel herself, Saltburn fiddler/clog-dancer Grace Smith, Teesside guitarist Graeme Armstrong and Glossop multi-instrumentalist Sam Partridge), is one of those highly enviable performing units that seems to have arrived on the scene fully formed, thoroughly assured and confident with a well-defined musical identity and keen sense of presence and purpose. Unbelievably, this four-piece only got together a year or so ago, yet has already made a healthy mark on its native north-east.
Its formidable presence is communicated in the group photo that adorns this debut EP: bold and clear-sighted in attitude, these guys mean business, but at the same time there's a sense of skilled balance in the composition that well reflects the musical contents too. The internal dynamics of the lineup (at its most basic fiddle, whistle, guitar and voice) are well construed, and arguably even more persuasive when propelled with a guest rhythm section, as on three out of the four tracks here, notably the busy, bouncy opening item The Witchfinder General, which intermingles the Causton/Sheppard original song with an animated reel composed by Grace and almost incidentally features some adept vocal interplay along the way between the gorgeously-voiced Rachel herself and her male and female colleagues.
The band then turns in a deliciously Celtic-tinged drifting treatment of the traditional Her Bright Smile (Haunts Me Still) - which well demonstrates the virtue of rest within a song structure while keeping things moving. Individual instrumental lines are employed sparingly on the ballad William And Mary, whereas the EP's concluding track, Lonely Waterloo, is arguably the pick of the bunch, on which Rachel's cannily phrased singing comes into its own against a brooding drone backdrop. Rachel and her band have produced a mightily impressive calling-card here, although I can't altogether escape a slight aftertaste of "is it all just a touch too accomplished to be true?" (the challenge will now be for time to prove me wrong!).