About Rachel

    Rachel Walker is a Gaelic singer, songwriter and tutor living in the West Highlands of Scotland.  She became involved with Gaelic song from a very young age after her family moved from Lincolnshire in England to the small village of Kinlochewe in Wester Ross.  There she was encouraged by her school-teacher, Meg MacLean to compete at local Mòd’s and perform at local cèilidhs, and with regular attendance of Fèis Rois, she soon fell in love with the songs, language and culture of the Gael.

    After studying classical music at Napier, Rachel was accepted onto the first year of the BA Scottish Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied Gaelic song with renowned tutor Kenna Campbell.

    Since then, Rachel has performed extensively throughout Scotland and further afield. She has recorded three solo albums, and has also added her voice to many other recordings, including many of the Skipinnish albums, and most recently providing backing vocals on Arthur Cormack’s new cd, Buannas.

    In 2013 Rachel was voted Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scottish traditional Music Awards. She was also nominated in the Composer of the Year category in 2015.

    Rachel continues to perform with Gaelic quartet Cruinn, who focus on vocal harmony arrangements and new compositions.  She also performs regularly with celtic super-group Skipinnish.  She has formed a musical partnership with fiddle virtuoso Archie McAllister, and has played at several high profile gigs with him over the past twelve months, including a support act for Skipinnish at their sold out Glasgow Barrowland gig.

    As a composer, Rachel has been commissioned to compose for organisations such as Scotland Sings and SNH, and her work has been showcased at festivals such as the Royal National Mòd and Celtic Connections.  Her song-writing has also earned critical acclaim, with her song Fada Bhuam chosen to represent Scotland at the Liet international song contest, and her recent single, featuring Skerryvore’s lead singer Alec Dalglish, reaching number 1 in the World Music download chart.

    Rachel is the conductor for Lochaber District Gaelic Choir, and has helped them to win and retain the Margrat Duncan prize for District Choirs at the last three Royal National Mòd’s, most recently enjoying a home win in Fort William.  She also won the An Comunn Gaidhealach Gold Medal for solo Gaelic singing in 2017, which was one of her proudest moments to date.

    Rachel works as a lecturer of music at West Highland College UHI, where she is the course leader of the music department.  She is also the Gaelic song tutor at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton.

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