“Late contender for the best of the year lists… brilliantly unusual, unexpected tracks, you never know what she’s going to do next.” Lauren Laverne
With a string of releases on Talitres (EU/UK), Broken Sound (UK), Sweetdreams Press and Angel’s Egg (Japan) and much support from DJs on Radio 1, Radio 2, Xfm, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 4, France Musique and other stations worldwide, contemporary folk multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd is currently co-producing her new album with Jim Barr of Portishead.
“Being a travelling musician and living in Japan half the year is a furnace for making innovative music. Witnessing how people build things together, watching the changing landscapes from city to wilderness, becoming connected to other people’s cultures and far flung landforms, it all makes it feel natural to go against the grain of what you grew up with. I feel at home using the pentatonic scale. I veer towards leaving behind the wash of guitar mid-frequencies. I often choose tricky time signature changes and cross rhythms. I want to connect with more people from other cultures.”
Previously the highly acclaimed ‘We Resonate’ was an uplifting celebration of life, carving out a niche of its own, crossing genres from folk, through pop and experimental and it revealed a diverse mix of influences: Steve Reich, Tune Yards, African feild-recordings and the rich Japanese underground-improv scene, alongside such songwriting greats as Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchel, Kate Bush and Nina Simone.
Rachael Dadd performs to audiences of up to 3000 and in recent times has taken to the stage at countless festivals including End of The Road, Green Man, Wilderness, Glastonbury, No Direction Home, Truck, Boomtown, Farm Fest, Ouvre La Voix (France), Mandstock (Italy), and Woodford (Australia). Outside of festivals, Rachael has played numerous headline tours in the UK, Europe, and Japan, and has also toured in the company of This Is The Kit, David Thomas Broughton, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, Rozi Plain and Alessi’s Ark.
The live show takes on multiple forms and Rachael is always looking for new fresh ways to present her songs. Most recently she toured the UK and Japan with her Piano and Projection show for which she received an Emerging Excellence Award. Currently she is teaming up with drummer Rob Pemberton (Low Chimes) and multi-instrumentalists Emma Gatrill (Sons of Noel and Adrian) and Marcus Hamblet (James Holden/ Laura Marling), but is equally at home taking to the stage solo.
She is an experienced collaborator and organiser: she co-curated The Local’s SHHH festival in Bristol, achieving her goal to be inclusive of many cultures and forms of expression; she programmed ‘Rachael Dadd and Friends’ at King’s Place – a fundraiser for Japan’s Tsunami victims; and she’s curated a group exhibition ‘DIY is all you need’ with fellow musicians and artists.
Having graduated from art school with first class honors, Rachael is also a practicing and exhibiting artist always putting emphasis on the record sleeve and often making handmade limited editions, thinking conceptually and regularly collaborating with RCA graduate animator and sister Betsy Dadd.
Also half of ((( On Pa ))), Rachel has recently teamed up with Japanese experimental musician ICHI to bring a blend of music, sound experiments and projections to children in the form of interactive shows and workshops.
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“Bold art folk… accomplished fusion of words, acoustic strumming and wild percussive textures.”
“Experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Dadd is one of the quirkiest singer songwriters on earth but she’s also one of the best… a richly eclectic sonic treat.”
HIFI NEWS 9/10
“An artist destined to define the genre.”
The Line Of Best Fit
“Rachael Dadd is our most celebrated female artist on Folk Radio UK.”