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PRESS

“Late contender for the best of the year lists… brilliantly unusual, unexpected tracks, you never know what she’s going to do next.” – Lauren Laverne

“Bold art folk… accomplished fusion of words, acoustic strumming and wild percussive textures.” – UNCUT 7/10

“Experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Dadd is one of the quirkiest singer songwriters on earth but she’s also one of the best… a richly eclectic sonic treat.” – HIFI NEWS 9/10

“An artist destined to define the genre.” – The Line Of Best Fit

“Rachael Dadd is our most celebrated female artist on Folk Radio UK.” – FRUK

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ABOUT RACHAEL DADD

With a string of releases on Talitres (EU/UK), Broken Sound (UK), Sweetdreams Press and Angels Egg (Japan) and much support from DJs on Radio 1, Radio 2, Xfm, 6 Music, France Musique among many other stations worldwide, experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd has just released her strongest and most impacting body of work into the public sphere. Two years in the making ‘We Resonate’ out on Talitres (UK/EU) and Sweetdreams Press (Japan), is an uplifting celebration of life and by far her most collaborative. It sees Rachael joined by Laura Marling’s sideman Marcus Hamblett, experimental Japanese multi-instrumentalist ICHI, Alessi Laurent-Marke of Alessi’s Ark, Rozi Plain, Emma Gatrill of Sons of Noel and Adrian, and Thomas Heather of Woodpecker Wooliams.

Born from the richness of Rachael Dadd’s semi-nomadic lifestyle, partly recorded live in a studio followed by playful overdubbing in Rachael’s front room, ‘We Resonate’ carves out a niche of its own, crossing genres from folk, through pop and experimental. Pulsing with poly-rhythms on prepared-piano, homemade xylophone, voice, clarinets, typewriter, boxes of matches, steel drum, tap-dancing, clapping, and even the heartbeat of Rachael’s baby in the womb, it reveals that her love of African field-recordings and the spirit embodied within them has seeped into the diverse mix of influences, along with Steve Reich, Tune Yards, and the Japanese underground/ improv scene.

Rachael has performed to audiences of up to 3000 and in recent times has taken to the stage at countless festivals including Glastonbury, End of The Road, Green Man, Wilderness, No Direction Home, Truck, Boomtown, Ouvre La Voix (France), Mandstock (Italy), and is gearing up to play Woodford (Australia) after a month tour of Japan. Outside of festivals, Rachael has played numerous headline tours in the UK, Europe, and Japan, and has also toured in the company of David Thomas Broughton, Alessi’s Ark, Francois & The Atlas Mountains, This Is The Kit, and Rozi Plain. She is an experienced collaborator and organiser: she co-curated The Locals SHHH festival in Bristol, achieving her goal to be inclusive of many cultures and forms of expression; she programmed ‘Rachael Dadd and Friends’ at Kings Place – a fundraiser for Japan’s Tsunami victims; and shes 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 with whom she is the recipient of an Emerging Excellence Award for a new collaborative show they are working on together. 

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LINKS TO MY COMRADES – PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

RIGHT HAND MEN AND WOMEN

BETSY DADD – sister/artist/animator

ICHI – husband/japanese musician/artist/inventor

EMMA GATRILL – fellow musician on my new album and at most shows and an amazing performer in her own right

MARCUS HAMBLETT – many fingers in many pies, everyone wants him in their band, lucky me that he’s in mine

TOM HEATHER – fell in love with his drumming then got him in my band whoohoo – this is his other band Eyes and no Eyes

MORE MUSICAL COMRADES AND SOME OF MY SIDE PROJECTS

THE HAND – my duo with my pal Wig Smith

WILL NEWSOME – solo kora player/singer/ferryboatman

WHALEBONE POLLY– my duo with old pal Kate Stables – we made an album, recordings with the window open, with Virpi Kettu in 2004

THIS IS THE KIT – Kate Stables’ band 

ROZI PLAIN – singer/ferryboatwoman/old pal

ALESSI’S ARK – touring buddy

FRANCOIS AND THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS – Bristol music pals/ used to play in their band

NAOTO KAWATE – inspiring guitarist/ touring buddy in Japan

MAKOTO INADA – my favourite double bass player

YAMAGI CHIEKO – my favorite drummer

YUMBO – one of my favourite Japanese bands (with Yamagi Chieko)

AKI TSUYUKO – Japanese solo musician on thrill Jockey who plays keyboards on my song Time Makers

TRICO LIFE – Japanese musician/famous cook

TENNIS COATS – Japanese duo/ ex Mahal Hash Baz members

LABELS

TALITRES – my UK/EU label

LOST MAP – Scottish label who’ve just released my split 7″ with Rozi Plain

BROKEN SOUND MUSIC – my old UK Label

SWEET DREAMS PRESS – my Japanese Label

ANGEL’S EGG – my old Japanese Label

DISC SHOP ZERO – record shop in Shimo Kitazawa Tokyo, same owner as Angels Egg, and my longest supporter in Japan, the man I owe a lot to, go and say hello if you`re in Tokyo! 

FLAU – long time supporters of my music, Japanese label based in Tokyo with compilations include my songs released far and wide

MUSIC AND ART COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS

BEN HAMPSON – recorded and mixed We Resonate so beautifully, what an ear and what patience and what a lovely man to work with

JAMES HANKINS AND HANKIN FILMS – made the Strike Our Scythes film

CARRIE HITCHCOCK – photographer and friend in Bristol – has taken lots of pictures for me

LOUISE PHILIPS – artist/live drawer (at some of our shows)

THE WILLKOMMEN COLLECTIVE – Brighton music pals

MAYFAIR STUDIO GALLERY – Supporters of my artwork (held my exhibition in Tokyo)

GALLERY PENN – new supporters of my artwork – holding my exhibition April 2012

STONE IMMACULATE – my press agency for the past 2 releases

VIADUCT – my radio pluggers for the last 2 releases

MAT MARTIN – my brilliant web designer