One half of acclaimed duo Ten String Symphony, Rachel Baiman and IBMA Guitarist Of The year, Molly Tuttle, are coming to the UK and Ireland for a number of shows which kicks off this week, running through the remainder of April to mid-May (details below). To celebrate we have a double video session filmed by Kaitlyn Raitz, they perform Banjo Pickin’ Girl / Hunting Around The Hill and Madison, Tennessee.
Banjo Pickin’ Girl (traditional) / Hunting Around The Hill (Andrew Small)
Madison, Tennessee (John Hartford)
UK/EIRE Tour Dates
April 27, 2018 – The Live Room @ Caroline Social Club Saltaire, UK
April 28, 2018 – The Carlile Institute Meltham, UK
April 29, 2018 – Thimblemill Library Birmingham, UK
April 30, 2018 – Manorbier Youth Hostel (Skrinkle Haven) Manorbier, UK
May 1, 2018 – Tiny Rebel Cardiff, UK
May 2, 2018 – Grateful Fred’s at The Atkinson, Southport UK
May 3, 2018 – St Andrews Church Hall – Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AF Presteigne, UK
May 4, 2018 – The Live Theatre (Studio) – SOLD OUT! Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
May 5, 2018 – Crossover Festival Congleton, UK
May 6, 2018 – JJ Harlow’s Roscommon, IE
May 7, 2018 – Kilkenny Roots Festival – SOLD OUT!
May 8, 2018 – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Belfast, UK
May 9, 2018 – The Water Rats London, UK (Added Show)
May 10, 2018 – Green Note – SOLD OUT! London, UK
Baiman is touring her latest solo album, ‘Shame’. Inspired in equal parts by John Hartford and Courtney Barnett, Rachel’s influences span a wide range, but years spent playing traditional music shine through in the album’s firmly rooted sound. For recording and production, Baiman turned to the talents of Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin. Shortly after reaching out to Marlin, Baiman travelled to Chapel Hill, NC for three intensive days in the studio. “The energy was amazing,” Baiman says. “It became clear that we were making something really special that needed to be finished.”
Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darlin. She says: “I find it hard to escape from the values that I grew up with, and I feel compelled to write politically, to speak out about things that I’ve experienced or seen. Songwriting is a unique opportunity to do that, because it avails a more emotional vehicle for discussion. I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac, and my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.”
Molly Tuttle was the first woman ever to be nominated for ‘Guitar Player Of The Year’ at the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in 2017 and went on to win! An incredible achievement for the stunningly talented 24-year-old.
A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and previously received a Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the instrumentalist category. Her lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive songwriting make her a star on the rise. She has already received more than two million YouTube views and has just released her first solo EP, ‘Rise’.
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Video and Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Raitz