Time & Date
21 Jun 2019, 19:30
FortyFive Vinyl Café, 29 Micklegate, York, UK
• Live At FortyFive YouTube Session •
Rachael Jean Harris is a writer and vocalist, combining jazz, folk and indie to create distinctive and emotive songs. She brings her recently released EP ‘Leaving Light’ to Forty Five Vinyl cafe for an exclusive performance on her June ‘mini tour’.
Liverpool-born Rachael Jean Harris has devoted her life to the writing of songs. Recently, the majority have fallen into rich themes surrounding the lives of people on the edges of existence. These themes become areas for detailed thought and research, sparked by real stories, resulting in evocative and poignant tales.
Following the acoustic sounds of 'Just Like He Said' (2007), her more grungy, 2013 release:
'Dig', focused on women and children in conflict zones, suffering in lesser reported corners of the world. Her narratives attempt to place the listener inside the situation and present them with the danger, freedom, longing and defiance that her protagonists experience. Her current writing focus is on those living in confinement, in particular the daily realities of Death Row inmates in the USA with whom she corresponds.
Of interest to her are the complexities of human dignity, longing, memory and the power and potential of mercy. Rachael graduated with a first class music degree from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Predominantly self taught, she credits the time spent listening to and gigging with local jazz musicians as the period that taught and inspired her most as a writer and player. The EP, 'Leaving Light' is out now.
‘Her songs are beguiling and break all the rules...' Derek King for Liverpool Acoustic
'Natural, intuitive and utterly spellbinding...' Paul Fitzgerald for Bido Lito! Issue 93