Tuesday, 3 December 2013

POLAND POLAND see you soon


Song for Bright Club


I`ve been commissioned to write a song about this great city of Bristol and realise the timing is uncanny as I moved here 10 years ago to the very month. I`ll perform the song alongside talks from a chemist and someone studying humour as therapy among other treats for the mind and tastebuds, at Bright Club`s christmas party taking place next thursday 12th December, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft 

bit.ly/brightclub

Friday, 8 November 2013

PRESS TIT-BITS





“An artist destined to define the genre” The Line Of Best Fit

“Rachael Dadd can’t stop creating beautiful things, both tactile and musical” John Kennedy (Xfm) for Dazed and Confused

“...beautiful voice, intelligent songs and ability to transform a huge venue into an intimate space mark her out as a singular talent” Folk Radio UK 

“...inspiring, spellbinding and most importantly an excellent example of accomplished penmanship” The Line Of Best Fit


“Delicate, thoughtful and precise... one of the most fascinating female talents we’ve come across” For Folks Sake


“The true star of a stage positively brimming with quality. Authentic, unpretentious and lightened by Ms Dadd's loveable persona” Venue Magazine 


“Absolutely staggering” Julian Peck, Sunday Best




Saturday, 2 November 2013

Face Z Festival Geneva coming up this month

Very excited about the Face Z festival just a short hop in time away
I will be playing on the 28th November with full band at Theatre De La Parfumerie, Geneva
Also playing on the night will be ICHI and Rozi Plain


IRREGULAR FOLK, coming up at The Cellar, Oxford

Really looking forward to this one. I hold a special place in my heart for things in oxford, having been a part of Truck festival since the very early days. This event looks to be particularly cosy. The lovely lady Vez putting it on has asked me what my favourite cake flavour is, so I know we are going to be very well looked after. Come and join us if you are in the vaccinity. I will be joined in my set by the very wonderful pair Emma Gatrill and Marcus Hamblet. 



Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Opening at Shepherd`s Bush Empire tomorrow

TOOT TOOT! I will open for Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo tomorrow at Shepherd`s Bush Empire. Come early to see me - on stage at 7:20. Also playing is an old musical comrade Chris T-T who writes amazing hard hitting political songs. And if you don`t know Emily Barker see how blinking good she is here:





New live band video from Shhh Festival

More documentation from Shhh Festival is surfacing. 
Here is Balloon accompanied by ICHI, Emma Gatrill and Kano Inoue


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

OOMK at SHHH

OOMK (one of my kind) came to Shhh festival to do a stall and a zine workshop. 4 beautiful women and their creative hands and great minds - an inspiration to have with us. They made the film from the day - see below. And go and have a gander at what they do at their site http://oomk.net. If you`re a woman and you create things then you might want to get in touch with them ...

Thank you OOMK!



http://oomk.net

more documentation from Shhh to come...so stay tuned...


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Talking SHHH with Venue magazine

SHHH BRISTOL an all day celebration of quiet music and art will take place at The Folkhouse, Park Street on the 15th September. It will represent the music local to Bristol that I love and at the same time be geographically very diverse - in particular it will have a home-made musical instrument theme, gramaphones, live drawing, zine making and instrument making to partake in...better get a ticket as it will sell out! TICKETS

Two band interviews a week are going up over on The Local site so go and have a gander http://blog.thelocal.tv

Here`s what I wrote for an interview I did with Julian Owen of Venue magazine...


1.       ‘Shhh Festival’ - sounds a little like a gathering of librarians, but we’re guessing otherwise. What’s the idea behind it?

Well this is the 9th Shhh put on by The Local, but the first ever to be held in Bristol and the first that I`ve had the joy of co-curating. The acts are not all necessarily as hush hush as the title suggests (check Sky Needle from Australia's underground scene) but there will be no ear battering. The music will reach into the inner ear at the optimum volume for clarity of sound. For this to succeed it requests that the audience members are quietly lending their ears, resulting in a meeting in the middle of listeners and performers and a beautiful exchange.



2.       Tell us a little about the musicians you’ve got lined up to perform.

After being knighted co-curator my knee-jerk reaction was to ask all my close musical comrades to play but of course that would be too predictable and I feel strongly that Shhh should be as geographically diverse as possible while at the same time representing the music of Bristol that I love so much. So I`m very happy we have confirmation from Amadou Diagne who sings of the joys and hardship of life in English, French and Wolof - the language of his homeland in Senegal, and I am positively jumping for joy that there will be a meeting of kindred spirits from different corners of the world with 3 acts who share a love of inventing new musical instruments: Le Ton Mite an avant guard improviser and instrument builder from Brussels, Australia`s Sky Needle who make primitive hypnotic sounds solely from handbuilt contraptions, and ICHI the much celebrated Japanese one-man-band who choreographs his many instrument inventions with pingpong, toothbrushing, stilt walking among other mind-boggling surprises. Also coming from Austalia`s underground scene will be the lo-fi Mad Nanna. From nearer to home we`ll be joined by the nomadic Rozi Plain fresh from stunning Glastonbury and Greenman appearances, and her northern counterpart Nancy Elizabeth - both unmissable English gems and please note that these two alone would fetch your Shhh ticket price. Representing Bristol`s rich music scene that we all love so much will be local legends My Two Toms, the singing/kora playing ferryboat-man Will Newsome, the honey-toned singer of simple observations Two White Cranes, and the storytelling folk troupe Cakes and Ale. I will be doing a rare prepared-piano set, getting my fingers inside the Folkhouse`s Steinway, joined by multi-instrumentalist Emma Gatrill who will play her own mesmerising harp set.







3.       It’s not just music, is it? What are some of the other things you’ve got lined up for the day?

Happennings that wont require plug sockets, in the garden, nestled in corners and cubby holes, and moving amidst the crowd: Movietone`s Mat and Kate gramaphone DJing; Betsy DaddJoff Winterheart and Rosie Faragher documenting the day through drawing and making an exhibition as they go; the opportunity to join in with the drawing; unplugged surprise performances around outside; zine making workshop with OOMK (a small independent publication celebrating the creativity of women with an ambition to be inclusive of muslim women); the chance to make an instrument with Le Ton Mite and play it in his set; stalls of music, zines and handmade goods.

4.       Let’s talk more broadly. In your opinion, what is the benefit of quietude?

Well I recently had a holiday for the first time in about 5 years. I was out at sea on a boat for a week and when I came home I had a new clarity in my vision and hearing and thinking, as if everything had been reset. Also from my personal experience I need quiet moments to process and understand feelings and thoughts and then turn them into music and art, but maybe you can do this with the hoover humming and a techno party thumping next door!

5. Our readers should head out for Shhh Fest because...?


They will step into the Folkhouse haven of Shhh and hopefully feel very much an important part of the day`s proceedings. They may find that they have a greater capacity to absorb the goings on with everything handed to them at the optimum volume. There will be no trekking across muddy crowded fields to find you`ve missed the act you so wanted to see. It will be scheduled such so that you can relax, eat and drink at the Folkhouse cafe, take part in the garden`s happenings, and lend your ears to all the amazing acts and take something really darn special away with you.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

SHHH FESTIVAL ARTIST INTERVIEWS ARE GO!

Shhh festival, which I am co-curating with The Local, is only 1 month away. To celebrate the approach of Bristol`s first ever Shhh festival The Local are running interviews and introducing 2 artists a week from the incredible line-up that we have just finalised. This week they are two acts residing in Bristol - Will Newsome and Two White Cranes. See the interviews going up over at The Local blog HERE

Shhh Festival is happenning at The Folkhouse in Bristol on the 15th September


Go here for TICKETS











Shhh Festival is happenning at The Folkhouse in Bristol on the 15th September
Go here for TICKETS

Monday, 29 July 2013

EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE FOR SHHH BRISTOL


I`m co-curating SHHH Festival Bristol on the 15th September at the Folkhouse and it`s shaping up and sounding very exciting. Magic will be coming from home and far away. Some of the acts confirmed so far are...

NANCY ELIZABETH
AMADOU DIAGNE (Senegal)
LE TON MITÉ (Belgium)
SKY NEEDLE (Australia)
MAD NANNA (Australia)
ROZI PLAIN
ICHI (Japan)
WILL NEWSOME

And I`m going to play some prepared piano.

There will also be live drawing to join in with and an instrument making workshop with Le Ton Mite.

More will be announced over the next few weeks.

EARLY BIRD tickets at £12.50 are waiting to be snapped up by this thursday.

COME COME NOW! GET TICKETS


https://www.facebook.com/events/169216453261192/

http://blog.thelocal.tv/post/56592101416/15-09-13-more-artists-announced-for-bristol-shhh


and if you`re not persuaded yet...

SKY NEEDLE WILL BE MAKING THESE SOUNDS FROM THEIR UNIQUE INSTRUMENT INVENTIONS!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Tour with David Thomas Broughton



Next week we`ll head north in our new little van to take us on musical adventures with David Thomas Broughton who`s music and performance I have marvelled at for some time. I am appropriately excited and I hope you are too. Here are the dates, i hope you can join us somewhere.


TOUR WITH DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON

JUNE

18th Star and Shadow NEWCASTLE 

19th Mono GLASGOW 

20th Henry`s Cellar Bar EDINBURGH 

21st INSIDER FESTIVAL 

23rd SINEATER FESTIVAL 

24th King`s Arms, Salford, G. MANCHESTER










Festival Dates Announced

I am really happy to be able to spread the word that I`ll be playing at the following list of festivals. Feeling more prepared now that we have found just the right van so there will be no rainy tent pole/nappy change multi tasks! I imagine I will mostly be playing babe-on-the-back-style. ICHI (www.ichimemos.blogspot.com) is playing at many in the list too. See you, we hope, in a field this summer. And please come and say hello. We might even be able to make you a cup of tea in the van!





JUNE
21st INSIDER FESTIVAL  http://www.insiderfestival.com
23rd SINEATER FESTIVAL  http://www.sineater.co.uk 

JULY
AUGUST
9th - 11th WILDERNESS  http://www.wildernessfestival.com
16th GREENMAN, Einstien`s Garden http://www.greenman.net/area/einsteins-garden
26th CHELTENHM GREENBELT http://www.greenbelt.org.uk 

           
            SEPTEMBER

            20th - 21st COLANKILTY, IRELAND 




         
  





Friday, 5 April 2013

NEW 10" RELEASED IN JAPAN


I`m excited to announce that this month my new 10" vinyl will be released in Japan on Sweetdreams  It was recorded at home in Bristol with ICHI. Side A was made when I was 7 months pregnant. A nurturing creative time. We were joined by friends Emma Gatrill and Marcus Hamblet & Tom Heather who played on songs with us.  Have a look at the pictures below. Later Alessi of Alessi`s Ark added vocals. One of the songs is about Alessi, a mango stone, and the human need for light. Side B is 2 songs written as a new mother which were recorded when Shuki our baby was 3 months old. He slept mostly and sometimes swung about a bit in his bouncer hanging from the door frame. You can hear him breathing.







Side A
1. Wake It
2. Mango Stone Part 1
3. Song of George's Kite

Side B
1. Mango Stone Part 2
5. Baby Dragon

アーティスト:レイチェル・ダッド
タイトル:イン・アワ・ハンズ(In Our Hands We've Got Light)
カタログ番号:SD10-001/SDCD-015
発売日:2012年4月下旬 
収録曲数:5曲
フォーマット:10インチ・アナログ盤+同内容のCD封入
パッケージ:二つ折りジャケット(10")+歌詞カード
定価:1,890円(税抜価格1,800円) ※予約受付中














Monday, 1 April 2013

"We`ve Got Light" Japan Tour







MARUTA PICNIC
4月28日(日)愛知・岡崎 総合レジャー農園・マルタ園(0564-45-7515)
愛知県岡崎市駒立町クリギ55
出演:レイチェル・ダッド、ICHI、Takkii
開場 11:00am - 17:00pm
料金 無料

4月29日(月・祝)名古屋 KDハポン(052-251-0324)
名古屋市中区千代田5-12-7
出演:ICHI、旅行気分 ※スペシャル・ゲスト有り
開場 6:30pm/開演 7:00pm
料金 2,000円(予約)/2,500円(当日)
予約:会場

5月5日(日)東京

はるでら
5月6日(月・祝)東京・町田 簗田寺(りょうでんじ)
東京都町田市忠生2-5-33
出演:Gofishトリオレイチェル・ダッドICHINoahlewis' Mahlon Taits井上智恵カルテット三富栄治フジワラサトシ
飲食:なぎ食堂、給湯室
開場 3:00pm/開演 3:30pm 料金 2,500円(予約)/3,000円(当日)
音響:Flysound
予約:スウィート・ドリームス・プレス
協力:簗田寺、saitocno

5月8日(水)長野・下諏訪 Cafe TAC(0266-75-5315)
長野県諏訪郡下諏訪町御田町3158
出演:レイチェル・ダッド、ICHI
開場 7:00pm/開演 7:30pm
料金 3,000円(前売/予約)/3,500円(当日)+1ドリンク
チケット:会場
問い合わせ:ボンゴビート・ミュージック

mammoth pow-wow music & camp festival 2013
5月11日(土)山梨 PICA富士西湖
山梨県南都留郡富士河口湖町西湖2068-1
出演:ICHI&レイチェル・ダッド、エリック・ジェイコブセン、キャラバンつじあやのショピンモンブラン
時間 正午~5:00pm(第1部)/7:00pm~9:00pm(第2部)
料金 14,000円+宿泊費(2日チケット)/11,000円(日帰りチケット) ※対象年齢3才以上の子どもを含む3名まで
問い合わせ:ニーハイメディア・ジャパン(03-5469-9318/月~金:10:00am~5:00pm)

steteko presents ジスイズパラダイス vol.8
5月12日(日)静岡・藤枝 ひとことカフェ(054-641-0045)
静岡県藤枝市茶町2-2-21
出演:レイチェル・ダッド、ICHI、circestetekoマッスルNTT&すずし、tatami
ライブ・ペインティング:井上コウ
時間未定
料金 1,000円(前売)/1,500円(当日)

5月14日(火)岡山 禁酒会館(086-222-6297)
岡山県岡山市丸の内1-1-15
出演:レイチェル・ダッド、ICHI
開場 7:30pm/開演 8:00pm
料金 2,500円(予約)/3,000円(当日)+1ドリンク
予約・問い合わせ:shuri@honey.ocn.ne.jp
協力:Cow and Mouse

5月15日(水)姫路 ハルモニア(080-3136-2673)
兵庫県姫路市延末1-80-2F
出演:レイチェル・ダッド、ICHI
開場 7:00pm/開演 8:00pm
料金 2,500円(予約)/3,000円(当日)+1ドリンク
予約・問い合わせ:会場
協力:Cow and Mouse

5月17日(金)京都 アバンギルド(075-212-1125)
京都府京都市中京区木屋町三条下ル ニュー京都ビル3F
出演:ジャド・フェア&ノーマン・ブレイク、テニスコーツ、レイチェル・ダッドICHI
開場 6:30pm/開演 7:00pm
料金 3,500円(予約)/4,000円(当日)*ドリンク代別
チケット:会場、スウィート・ドリームス・プレス

5月19日(日)名古屋 得三(052-733-3709)
名古屋市千種区今池1-6-8 ブルースタービル2F
出演:レイチェル・ダッド、YOK
開場 6:00pm/開演 7:00pm
料金 2,500円(予約)/3,000円(当日)*ドリンク代別
チケット:会場

Friday, 8 March 2013

International Women`s Day - a salute and a musical work in progress


Here is a song that I`m currently in the process of recording for my next album. I have used the words by Ivor Cutler from his song Women of the World.  I would normally keep it under wraps but the sentiment seems so appropriate on this all important day - International Women`s day.




Ivor Cutler

Jim O`Rourke`s version

Friday, 22 February 2013

OOMK LAUNCH: New Independent Magazine celebrating the creativity of women

Tonight sees the launch of something special that I have ashamedly overlooked to talk about until now. When I was part of the D.I.Y exhibition at Utrophia I met a woman who swapped her handmade zines with me for one of my badges. We kept in touch and then she invited me to be part of a publication that she and two of her friends were putting together called OOMK.


"ONE OF MY KIND IS A HIGHLY VISUAL, HANDCRAFTED SMALL-PRESS PUBLICATION. OUR CONTENT LARGELY PIVOTS UPON THE IMAGINATIONS, CREATIVITY AND SPIRITUALITY OF WOMEN."

"OOMK has a particular ambition to be inclusive of muslim women."



Get yourselves down to the launch tonight in Brick Lane

or order a copy here