Highland Blast

Hannah Rarity

BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 Finalist

Hannah Rarity’s spellbinding voice and warm, genuine stage manner have seen her become one of Scotland’s foremost young singers, performing with a number of varied and prestigious acts, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Blazin’ Fiddles and others.

Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with first class honours in Scottish Music, she has toured internationally with the renowned Irish-American traditional group ‘Cherish the Ladies’, appeared as a soloist on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live 2016, sold out her 2017 Edinburgh Fringe debut and featured in projects for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Northern Ireland TV.

Hannah was also accepted onto the ‘Live Music Now Scotland’ charity scheme with her duo partner, Luc McNally, taking live folk music to a diverse range of people throughout Scotland.

Hannah’s debut EP ‘Beginnings’, released in November 2016, marked an exciting chapter in her already remarkable career. Her thoughtful interpretations of traditional material and sensitive, self-penned songs are skilfully backed by her band, featuring guitarist Innes White (John McCusker, Karen Matheson, Heidi Talbot), Conal McDonagh on whistles and pipes (Inyal, Duncan Chisholm) and Sally Simpson on strings (Strathspey and Surreal, Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth, Bard in the Botanics). Together they create intricate and fiery arrangements, which are as exciting as they are moving.

Hannah’s debut album is due for release in 2018.


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