With a string of releases on Talitres (EU/UK), Broken Sound (UK), Sweetdreams Press and Angel’s Egg (Japan) and much support from DJs on Radio 1, Radio 2, Xfm, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 4, France Musique and other stations worldwide, contemporary folk multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd is currently co-producing her new album with Jim Barr of Portishead.
“Being a travelling musician and splitting my life between Japan and the UK is a furnace for making innovative music. Witnessing how people build things together, watching the changing landscapes from city to wilderness, becoming connected to other landforms and to other people’s cultures, it all makes it feel natural to go against the grain of what you grew up with. I feel at home using the pentatonic scale. I veer towards leaving behind the wash of guitar mid-frequencies. Tricky time signature changes and cross rhythms feel enlivening…”
Previously the highly acclaimed ‘We Resonate’ was an uplifting celebration of life, carving out a niche of its own, crossing genres from folk, through pop and experimental and it revealed a diverse mix of influences: Steve Reich, Tune Yards, African field-recordings and the rich Japanese underground-improv scene, alongside such songwriting greats as Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Nick Drake.
Rachael Dadd performs to audiences of up to 3000 and in recent times has taken to the stage at countless festivals including End of The Road, Green Man, Wilderness, Glastonbury, No Direction Home, Truck, Boomtown, Farm Fest, Ouvre La Voix (France), Mandstock (Italy), and Woodford (Australia). Outside of festivals,Rachael has played numerous headline tours in the UK, Europe, and Japan, and has also toured in the company of This Is The Kit, David Thomas Broughton, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, Rozi Plain and Alessi’s Ark. The live show takes on multiple forms and Rachael is always looking for new fresh ways to present her songs. Most recently she toured the UK and Japan with her Piano and Projection show for which she received an Emerging Excellence Award. Currently she is teaming up with drummer Rob Pemberton (Low Chimes) and multi-instrumentalists Emma Gatrill (Sons of Noel and Adrian) and Marcus Hamblet (James Holden/ Laura Marling). She is equally at home taking to the stage solo.
She is an experienced collaborator and organiser: she co-curated The Local’s SHHH festival in Bristol, achieving her goal to be inclusive of many cultures and forms of expression; she programmed ‘Rachael Dadd and Friends’ at King’s Place – a fundraiser for Japan’s Tsunami victims; and she’s curated a group exhibition ‘DIY is all you need’ with fellow musicians and artists.
Having graduated from art school with first class honors, Rachael is also a practicing and exhibiting artist always putting emphasis on the record sleeve and often making handmade limited editions, thinking conceptually and regularly collaborating with RCA graduate animator and sister Betsy Dadd.
Rachel has recently teamed up with Japanese experimental musician ICHI to create ((( On Pa ))) bringing a blend of music, sound experiments and projections to children in the form of interactive shows and workshops.