The Rachel Hamer Band

Photo: Seth Tinsley

As current winners of the EFDSS Graeme Miles Bursary, This Newcastle based quartet are firmly establishing themselves in the English Folk scene as a band that are not afraid to reinterpret traditional music in the North East. Fronted by Rachel Hamer, an emotive singer from Whitley bay and no stranger to a singaround, this ensemble draws on the creative experience of each individual member to hone their sound – from Border guitarist/singer Graeme Armstrong, Teesside fiddle player/clog dancer Grace Smith and High Peak flautist Sam Partridge. Having all met at Newcastle University on the Folk Degree in 2011, The Rachel Hamer Band have been gaining an audience in folk clubs the length and breadth of the country, they have also performed at well-known folk festivals such as Towersey, Beverley, Chippenham and Whitby. Since receiving the Graeme Miles Bursary in January they have been seen performing alongside such well known acts as, The Unthanks, The Young ‘Uns and the Wilsons. Also, the bursary has helped fund their debut album, ‘Hard Ground’ which will be released early next year.