Rachel Taylor-Beales is a singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist whose music meets at a crossroads of folk, roots, blues and jazz. Her song-line narratives are a blend of quirky melody and sublime harmony driven with a crystalline voice. These songs are long-term travelling companions who settle themselves deep into the passenger seat and will keep you engaged for endless miles.
Since her 2004 debut Brilliant Blue, Rachel has shared stages across the world with leading folk and roots artists performing in all kinds of locations from main-stage 60,000 plus festivals to tiny outback community halls, as well as schools, theatres, pubs, clubs, prisons, house concerts, corporate and charity events. Her successive releases have gained much recognition, including BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing her Red Tree album as ‘Highly Recommended.’ Dust and Gold, released in May 2010, was produced by Welsh guitar virtuoso Dylan Fowler, with songs leading you through dry landscapes of outback and suburban Australia into enchanted Welsh folklore and beyond, much like Rachel’s own life journey.
Before she hit 12, Rachel had lived in 13 different houses and had relocated five times between Australia and the UK. As one of many artists in her family, there was always a spare guitar to hand, so Rachel started writing songs from an early age. By her late teens she had begun performing on the Nottingham folk scene and it was here that she met Bill (a visual artist) and after a while of gigging and painting together, decided that the time was right to marry him and relocate again back to Australia. So they did, travelling along the southern eastern coast for the next 4 years on everything from push bikes to station wagons held together with string. After playing and painting in all kinds of places they formed an arts company, composing and performing their way through theatres, schools, prisons, pubs, clubs, festivals and performing in extensive tours of Australia, the UK and America. Now based in Cardiff, Rachel is an established solo artist and together with Bill has set up her own imprint Record Label, Hushland.
Rachel performs solo as well as with her collective of highly talented musicians often including special guest Dylan Fowler, for a live performance of multi-instrumentation, projected visuals, and spine-tingling vocal harmony. Her latest release an 8 track live album featuring her collective is titled ‘Rachel Taylor-Beales And Her Extraordinary Collective, Live At Newport University 2012’ and is available to download from http://racheltaylor-beales.bandcamp.com/
Rachel is currently working on her next studio album, as well as a collaborative collection of works called Counting The Waves, with award winning orchestral composer Gillian Stevens. This project has been inspired by ancient mythological Celtic ‘Selkie’ stories and reinterprets them into a contemporary context while fusing medieval instrumentation with electric guitar, loop pedals and song writing. Both Rachel’s new studio album and Counting The Waves look set to be released and premiered in 2013.
“Musically exquisite and enthralling” BBC Radio 4.