Rachael and the Red Socks
Rachael and the Red Socks are a folky-jazzy-worldy collective made up of harp, cello, guitar, bass, percussion, full vocals and vibrant harmonies. With all songs written by Rachael Gladwin, Rachael and the Red Socks’ sound draws in influences from all over the globe, from the rhythms of Africa and India to the melodies of Eastern and Western Europe, and churns them up in to a musical brew that is totally unique. Rachael and the Red Socks’ debut album, Melodies and Time, was released in January 2011, you can visit the shop to buy your copy. Their second album, Somewhere By The Moon will be available soon.
“Beautiful melodies, lovely folky vibe… great feel” – Sir Paul McCartney
“Rachael and the Red Socks wears its influences proudly, mixing and molding them into a genuinely original sound. Gladwin sings on Brunswick Road that ‘the melodies and time made it worthwhile.’ Melodies And Time is a rewarding debut, strong on imagery and high on emotional connection. More than worthwhile, it’s essential.”– Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz, June 2011.
“Every now and again, you stumble happily and accidentally across a real gem, and so it is tonight. With the simple combination of harp, upright bass and a couple of drums, Rachael and the Red Socks have no right to make the rich, at times astonishingly contemporary noise they make. The obvious comparison to make would be to Joanna Newsom, but it’s a lazy one; Rachael and the Red Socks are a warmer, less ethereal proposition altogether (that’s a good thing). Rachael Gladwin’s no less dexterous a harpist though, creating complicated tapestries of sound that leave you agape.” – Matt Rynn, City Life, March 2011
Red Socks Personnel
Rachael and the Red Socks has a fluid but loyal line up. These wonderful musicians are in demand and often to be found performing around the whole world… so while the Red Socks gig as anything from a trio to a six piece, the following musicians are all part of the official Red Socks Collective:
Rachael Gladwin – Harp, Vocals, Kora, Dulcimer, Guitar, Producer. Melodies and Time, Somewhere By The Moon
Adam Beaney – Cajon, Percussion, Backing vocals, Co-Producer. Melodies and Time, Somewhere By The Moon
Jacob Foord – Double Bass, Backing Vocals. Melodies and Time, Somewhere By The Moon
Benjamin Stead – Guitar, Backing Vocals. Melodies and Time, Somewhere By The Moon
Margit van der Zwan – Cello, Backing Vocals. Somewhere By The Moon
Ben Gladwin – Percussion, Backing Vocals. Somewhere By The Moon
James Bernardis – Djembe, Percussion. Somewhere By The Moon
Oliver Izod – Violin, Backing Vocals. Somewhere By The Moon
Line Haukland – Cello, Backing Vocals. Melodies and Time.
Kjetil Hallre – Congas, Percussion, Backing Vocals. Melodies and Time.
Joshua Jones – Percussion, Violin, Backing Vocals. Melodies and Time.
Steve Chadwick – Guest Trumpet. Melodies and Time, Somewhere By The Moon
Paul Burton – Guest Trombone. Melodies and Time.
Adrianne Wininsky – Cello, Backing Vocals.
Phill Howley – Cajon, Percussion.