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The 2018 winner of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year contest, singer and songwriter Hannah Rarity, celebrates the release of her eagerly anticipated second album 'To Have You Near'

Combining sublime vocal timbre and uncanny interpretive empathy, which have earned comparisons to Eva Cassidy and Cara Dillon, Rarity has toured internationally with US supergroup Cherish the Ladies as well as appearing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Blazin’ Fiddles, Rura and Niteworks, alongside her solo work.

Hannah is widely recognised as a flourishing Scottish talent, co-musically directing the Opening Concert of this year’s Celtic Connections festival and has been tipped as ‘One to Watch’ by The Scotsman. In a crowded field, she ranks as one of Scotland’s finest young singers, performing a carefully chosen mix of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material.

This evening she is joined by her all-star band featuring John Lowrie (Blue Rose Code, Siobhan Miller), Anna Massie (Blazin’ Fiddles, RANT), Euan Burton (Siobhan Miller, Kris Drever), Scott Mackay (Roddy Hart), and string quartet, led by the wonderful Seonaid Aitken. The only night of the tour with the full ensemble!

Presented by The Queen's Hall

Photo credit: Elly Lucas

"Absolutely sensational"

(BBC Radio Scotland)

“ impeccable combination of nuanced phrasing and power”

(Folk Radio UK)

Hannah Rarity