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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Rachel Hair Trio Returns to the Isle of Man
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.
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.
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.
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 moody sounding double
is a confident and charismatic musician, which sits favourably with their
outpouring of strong melodies, songs and musical flair.
a rich mix of traditional, contemporary and international composition,
including a strong influence from Norway; where they tour regularly amongst
schools and education facilities.
this year, the Rachel Hair Trio also launched their second album, Tri, which
includes a selection of Manx jigs.
busy threesome also found time to perform at local schools during their brief
stay on the Island.