High Tide

Rachel Hair Trio

Local support shown for popular Scottish folk band.

It might be three years since the Rachel Hair Trio last came to these shores, but their loyal fan base packed out the Centenary Centre in Peel to watch one of Scotland's most recognised folk bands.

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Support for the evening was local duo Paul Rogers (Strengyn) and Isla Callister (Tree Cassyn) who got the concert underway with a short session of tunes with a Celtic flavour, which quickly set the tone for the concert.

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Although from Ullapool, Rachel Hair has had a foothold in Manx music for some time, travelling to the Island once a month to teach pupils how to play the harp with the assistance of Culture Vannin and subsequently with the publication of her book focusing on Manx harp arrangements.

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With Rachel Hair standing alongside the Celtic harp, she was joined on stage by fellow members of the trio, Jenn Butterworth (acoustic guitar/vocal) and Cameron Maxwell (with a great sounding moody double bass).

Rachel is a confident and charismatic musician, which sits favourably with their outpouring of strong melodies, songs and musical flair.

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It's a rich mix of traditional, contemporary and international composition, including a strong influence from Norway; where they tour regularly amongst schools and education facilities.

Earlier this year, the Rachel Hair Trio also launched their second album, Tri, which includes a selection of Manx jigs.

Valerie Caine
© October 2015