Rachel Walker

Who are they?

Rachel is a pillar of west coast gaelic song as a performer, tutor and supporter of the preservation and promotion of gaelic. Rachel attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied Scottish music. During her time there she was taught by the legendary Dr. Kenna Campbell OBE. They have collaborated with many artists during her career as well as being a member of west coast favourites Skippinish and Scottish-Irish quartet Cruinn. Rachel’s collaborative work continues into 2021, with the release of new album Gaol, the first from her own Ròs Dearg Records. The LP showcases songs new and and traditional in Gaelic and English and includes Caisteal Ghaoilein a new collaboration with Flora, a re-working of Cruinn Classic Gun Dòchas and two songs co-written with  one of the most exciting, fresh voices in Gaelic poetry, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir. The album opener Là Luain is a heart-wrenching ballad on which she is joined by fellow Mòd Gold Medallist James Graham. The album also features guest appearances from well known traditional musicians including award winning accompanist and singer Aaron Jones. Rachel is the conductor for Lochaber District Gaelic Choir, and has guided them to victory in the Margrat Duncan competition for district choirs three years running at the Royal National Mòd. She also won the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal for solo Gaelic singing in 2017, which was one of her proudest moments to date.

Why bring them to Colonsay?

There a million reasons to bring Rachel to Colonsay. Rachel is a perfect fit for Ceòl Cholasa and we have no doubt they will go down an absolute storm. Their beautiful voice will blow you away. Whether it’s a Gaelic or an English song, we have no doubt you will be asking for more!

When can I see them?

Rachel will be performing just one concert on either the Friday or the Saturday so you don’t want to miss it!!

How do I get to see them?

By purchasing a ticket of course!  Festival passes for Ceòl Cholasa 2022 are £100. Click on the tickets page to see all the options. The full weekend pass gains you entry to all the concerts in the hall, the stomping late night Ceòl Ceilidh and the workshops. It also entitles you to a seat at hotel gigs (though this is strictly first come, first served).

Remember, Ceòl Cholasa is a limited, bijou event. It’s best to purchase your ticket as soon as possible as then you can rest assured that you will be one of a maximum of only 250 people attending the best wee music festival in the west!