Rachel Taylor-Beales

Rachel Taylor-Beales

 Cardiff, Wales, GBR
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Singer-songwriter, Rachel Taylor-Beales has a talent for story telling, with an eye and ear for the ‘real’ world around her. The mix of Folk, Jazz, Country Blues Tones and Americana blends to create a sublime sound that stops you in your tracks!

Biography

BIO (100 WORDS)
Rachel Taylor-Beales is a singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist whose narratives are a blend of quirky melody and sublime harmony driven with a crystalline voice that meets at a crossroads of folk, roots, blues and jazz.

Born into a family of musicians both classical and contemporary, by the age of 12 Rachel had lived in 13 different houses and had relocated five times between Australia and the UK. Now Cardiff based she performs internationally both solo and with a collective of virtuoso musicians.

She is currently preparing a major collaborative project to follow her trilogy of critically acclaimed albums.

www.racheltaylor-beales.com

Bob Harris, BBC 2 Saturday Program 'Highly recommended!'

BBC Radio 4 'Musically exquisite and enthralling"

www. netrhythms. co. uk
An articulate, literate songsmith, with a heady, hushed and husky voice (a times she's like Sally Oldfield gargling with cobwebs), this is a captivating and slightly inexplicably unsettling album, one you can almost imagine Arthur Spiderwick playing as he wrote his Field Guide.

BIO (Full Length)
Rachel Taylor-Beales is a singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist whose music meets at a crossroads of folk, roots, blues and jazz. Her song-line narratives are a blend of quirky melody and sublime harmony driven with a crystalline voice. These songs are long-term travelling companions who settle themselves deep into the passenger seat and will keep you engaged for endless miles.

Since her 2004 debut Brilliant Blue, Rachel has shared stages across the world with leading folk and roots artists performing in all kinds of locations from main-stage 60,000 plus festivals to tiny outback community halls, as well as schools, theatres, pubs, clubs, prisons, house concerts, corporate and charity events. Her successive releases have gained much recognition, including BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing her Red Tree album as ‘Highly Recommended.’ Dust and Gold, released in May 2010, was produced by Welsh guitar virtuoso Dylan Fowler, with songs leading you through dry landscapes of outback and suburban Australia into enchanted Welsh folklore and beyond, much like Rachel’s own life journey.

Before she hit 12, Rachel had lived in 13 different houses and had relocated five times between Australia and the UK. As one of many artists in her family, there was always a spare guitar to hand, so Rachel started writing songs from an early age. By her late teens she had begun performing on the Nottingham folk scene and it was here that she met Bill (a visual artist) and after a while of gigging and painting together, decided that the time was right to marry him and relocate again back to Australia. So they did, travelling along the southern eastern coast for the next 4 years on everything from push bikes to station wagons held together with string. After playing and painting in all kinds of places they formed an arts company, composing and performing their way through theatres, schools, prisons, pubs, clubs, festivals and performing in extensive tours of Australia, the UK and America. Now based in Cardiff, Rachel is an established solo artist and together with Bill has set up her own imprint Record Label, Hushland.

Rachel performs solo as well as with her collective of highly talented musicians often including special guest Dylan Fowler, for a live performance of multi-instrumentation, projected visuals, and spine-tingling vocal harmony. Her latest release an 8 track live album featuring her collective is titled ‘Rachel Taylor-Beales And Her Extraordinary Collective, Live At Newport University 2012’ and is available to download from http://racheltaylor-beales.bandcamp.com/

Rachel is currently working on her next studio album, as well as a collaborative collection of works called Counting The Waves, with award winning orchestral composer Gillian Stevens. This project has been inspired by ancient mythological Celtic ‘Selkie’ stories and reinterprets them into a contemporary context while fusing medieval instrumentation with electric guitar, loop pedals and song writing. Both Rachel’s new studio album and Counting The Waves look set to be released and premiered in 2013.

For Further Information Press Reviews and Tour Dates Please visit Rachel's Web Site
www.racheltaylor-beales.com

Lyrics

Liberty

Written By: Rachel Taylor-Beales

Gotta build a boat
Take her sailing on
Gotta take her sailing on
Till all this fear be gone

So far out
So far gone
So far out
So far on
She says to fear be gone
Be gone
Be gone

Gotta etch her name in gold
Call her Liberty
And you can jump on board
All you who would be

So far out
So far gone
So far out
So far on
She says to fear be gone
Be gone
Be gone

And you can jump on board
She’s sailing
Jump on board
We all need liberating
Jump on board
She’s sailing on and on and on and on

Feathers and Flowers

Written By: Rachel Taylor-Beales

I entered in
A ring of wire
A ring of wire
A ring of gold
Within the circle
I placed the paper
And traced the plate
As I was told

And so this house
It sings as loudly
Sings as loudly as it cries
Sings in a tongue
As wet with truth
As wet with truth
As wet with lies

Too scared to fly
Too weak to crawl
I left feathers
And I left flowers
Petals and bones
Lay on the floor

And resting heavy
Upon my breast here
Necklace of leather
Necklace of slate
For here’s an eye
Been scratched upon it
Been scratched in love
In lust, in hate

Too scared to fly
Too weak to crawl
I left feathers
And I left flowers
Petals and bones
Lay on the floor

I’m barely 16
I’m barely waking
Fever and sleeping
Are all that call
Too scared to fly
Too weak to crawl
Petals and bones
Lay on the floor

Turnaround Town

Written By: Rachel Taylor-Beales

Out in the suburbs of Western Australia
My Mother, My brothers a Holden Camira
Red lights breaking a woman an Alsatian
Came staggering on the white line
Staggering on the white line

She was holding a beer, her blue jeans were torn
She called to my mother the windows wound down
I looked at her dark skin her pretty brown eyes
Was she laughing as she cried?
Laughing as she cried

10 years old on the back seat and scared
10 years young
10 years old and a little bit sad
10 years you
10 years old and 10 years young

With her eyes to the ground embarrassed or shy
She was hopelessly leaning
Vacant her smile
In fear my fingers locked that car door
She grabbed at the handle
Turning to fall
Turning to fall

She said
Run me over into the ground
Cause I've had all I can take from this
Turnaround town
No-one to sing a sad song for me born
So run me over run me down...

Digging Song

Written By: Rachel Taylor-Beales

I'm digging down
Digging down
Digging down this troubled ground
I'm digging down
Digging down
Deep down in this ground

Oh the earth here is dry
These arms of mine been getting tired
Come on hope now break in
Save this old land from crumbling
Save this old land from weeping itself dry

I'm digging down
Digging down
Digging down this troubled ground
I'm digging down
Digging down
Deep down in this ground

Oh the earth here is dry
These arms of mine been getting tired
So come on peace now break in
Save this old land from crumbling
Save this old land from bleeding itself dry

I'm digging down
Digging down
Digging down this troubled ground
I'm digging down
Digging down
Deep down in this ground

Come On In

Written By: Rachel Taylor-Beales

One foot on the line
Wrap around slowly
One breath at a time
Check you're alive
Cause when everyone's gone
And the credits roll over
Silence sits down like a blanket of ice
You see the bric-a-brac men
The silver screen ladies
All cover their ears
And smother their eyes
And you're down on your knees
With the ghosts and the saviors
Down on your knees
Just one breath at a time

Come on in, she said
Come on in
Yeah, we've all played those parts
But nothing stays hidden
And that big yellow sun's gonna keep on
She just keeps on rising
You say, every thing's lost everyone's changing
Well why do you want to sit around staying the same
Lord look at you now with all that you're losing you're learning
How to begin, how to begin, how to begin
Again

How fragile these fingers
How quietly amazing
That a singular breath
Is what's filling this space
So now a handle is turned
And a door is swung open
With the grace to imagine
A far better place
The revolution of fate
The sum of our choices
To turn round again
Cast that die to the ground
And all we have left
Is just one more reason
When all we have left
Is one foot on the line

So come on in she said
Come on in
Yeah, we've all played those parts
But nothing stays hidden
And that big yellow sun's gonna keep on
She just keeps on rising
You say, every thing's lost everyone's changing
Well why do you want to sit around staying the same
Lord look at you now with all that you're losing you're learning
How to begin, how to begin, how to begin
Again

Discography

RACHEL TAYLOR-BEALES AND HER EXTRAORDINARY COLLECTIVE LIVE AT NEWPORT UNIVERSITY 2012

Live Album Released on Hushland August 1st 2012
Engineered and recorded by Bill Taylor-Beales
WWW.BILLTAYLOR-BEALES.COM
Produced, mixed and mastered by Rachel and Bill Taylor-Beales @ Hushland Studios Cardiff 2012
WWW.HUSHLAND.COM

Dust and Gold
Full Length Album Released May 29th 2010
on Hushland Records
Produced and engineered By Dylan Fowler @ Studio Felin Fach

Red Tree
Full Length Album released on Hushland
May 21st 2008
Produced and engineered by Martyn Joseph

Brilliant Blue:
Full Length Album released on Pipe Records 2006
produced by Bill Taylor-Beales
mixed and mastered by Terry Lewis, Tinderbox Broadcast and Studios

Tracks that have received BBC Radio play within the UK
From Dust and Gold Album :
Digging Song/ Feathers and Flowers/ Come On In/ Here We Go
From Red Tree Album:
Liberty / What if I said?/ Find Me/ Red Tree
From Brilliant Blue Album
Super Glue / Brilliant Blue / Shuttle Bus 38

(plus many more on independent and internet streaming stations)

Set List

set lengths vary from 45 mins to 2 hours

typical sets would include the following tracks...

Songs from Dust and Gold Album:
Child In The Sun
Turn Around Town
Feathers and Flowers
She's Ok
Digging Song
Here We Go
Leaning On Nothing
Somewhere in Copenhagen
Sing It Out
Come On In
Dust And Gold
Waiting For You

From Red Tree Album:
Red Tree
Liberty
Moses Basket
Please Don't Pass Me By
Something aches
Find me

From Brilliant Blue Album:
Brilliant Blue
Shuttle Bus 38
The Altar
Super Glue
Oh Sister

Additional songs by Rachel Taylor-Beales
Melancholy
Panning For Gold
Still Your Lady
Shoot The Moon Down
Matador

If covers are included...

Suzanne (Leonard Cohen) (piano Version)
Bird On A Wire (Leonard Cohen)
Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)
Swimming Song (Kate and Anna Mcgarrigle)
She Belongs To Me (Bob Dylan)
She Moves Through The Fair (Trad Folk)
Woodstock (Joni Mitchell)
Summer Time (Gershwin)
Sink all The Boats In the Harbour (Sir Si