Winners of our Graeme Miles bursary award in 2016, The Rachel Hamer Band are an exciting new four piece folk band based in Newcastle. Fronted by Rachel Hamer, a powerful and emotive singer from Whitley Bay, the band sets the backdrop into which Rachel seamlessly blends to create their moving and intricate sound.
Backed by Grace Smith, fiddle player/ singer/clog dancer, Graeme Armstrong, guitarist/singer and Sam Partridge, flautist/ pianist they combine their passion for traditional tunes with Rachel’s extensive repertoire (courtesy of having been born and bred on the local traditional folk scene) to arrange their innovative and exciting music. Tonight they launch their new album, Hard Ground.
“The magic of these four lies in their cutting-edge combination which whilst steeped in the tradition has a brilliant fresh sound” Folk Radio UK