The Rachel Hair Trio

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Now booking | April 23 - May 5, 2014 (UK); 2014/15 festivals; open to other enquiries

One of the leading bands on Scotland’s vibrant folk scene, the Rachel Hair Trio presents a sparkling blend of melodic harp mastery, rootsy songs and sophisticated rhythmical drive. Fronted by acclaimed harpist-composer Rachel Hair and featuring the much-in-demand singer-guitarist Jenn Butterworth and top Scottish double bassist Brodie Jarvie, the group has honed a repertoire drawn from traditional, contemporary and international sources to create performances that crackle with character, passion, verve and joie de vivre.

Hair's mischievous personality shines throughout her music... Breton revels, Quebecois waltzes, Swedish dance tunes, ancient airs and contemporary Galician melodies all fuel Hair’s passions as she carries Scotland’s harping traditions forward. The trio highlight's Hair’s clear tone and sure, true phrasing alongside guitarist Jenn Butterworth’s heartfelt singing and double bassist Brodie Jarvie’s dynamic presence.

Nominated Scottish Folk Band of the Year 2011 (MG Alba Scots Trad Awards)

  • "Hair has that uncanny knack of picking just the right tunes to take her audience on a spectacular acoustic musical tour."Folk and Roots

Much sought after guitarist and singer Jenn Butterworth, from Whithorn, has performed with the best of the Scottish music scene including Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain and the hugely successful Anna Massie Band. Her bold, but respectful, guitar playing is a perfect match to her heart-warming delivery of songs.

  • "Butterworth powers the show with driving guitar."The Metro

East Kilbride-born brodie Jarvie is one of Scotland's leading young jazz musicians and his imaginative and creative playing has led him to perform with a wide genre of groups and musicians including Texas, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tim Garland and Phil Cunningham.

  • "outstanding musicianship"Jazz in Europe
  • "One of the UK’s finest contemporary Celtic harpists and tunesmiths"Songlines
  • “Utterly spellbinding. . . full of subtle delights and innumerable charms” NetRhythms
  • "In Rachel’s hands the possibilities are endless, and the harp knows no boundaries"Folk Radio UK
  • "Fans of cross-over pioneers Flook and Beoga would appreciate this trio’s work with its similar drive, enthusiasm and energy...Exciting. Rousing. Pioneering." Irish Music Magazine