Rachel Newton

Solo Acoustic




8pm – 9pm (Doors 7.30pm)


Under Les Colombes at St. Giles’ Cathedral

Ticket Price

£14.50 inc. booking fees

A special solo-acoustic performance from singer and harpist Rachel Newton, beneath Michael Pendry’s stunning Les Colombes (Doves) installation. Rachel’s music draws on poems and ballads that are hundreds of years old, working them into her contemporary compositional style to create a rich sound that is ambitious, original and unique, earning her a SAY Award 2021 shortlist nomination for her critically acclaimed album ‘To The Awe’.

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In addition to her solo work, Rachel is a skilled collaborator and founder member of The Shee, The Furrow Collective and The Lost Words: Spell Songs.

To The Awe, Rachel’s ambitious new album, places women at the centre of the narrative, at various stages of life and often marking a coming of age and an acquisition of power. The record is a tribute to the women who have inspired Rachel and is influenced by her recent work around the representation of women in the music industry.

More artist info at: rachelnewtonmusic.com

A striking, pertinent, and entirely enthralling album

Folk Radio

The Sound of Modern Scotland

The Herald

One of the standout musicians of her generation..a really distinctive music maker

Mark Radcliffe

BBC Radio 2

Breaking new ground as a fresh approach to the tradition ****

Songlines Magazine

Haunting and compelling ****


Les Colombes (The Doves)

Burns&Beyond presents Les Colombes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,500 origami paper doves which will fly the full length of St. Giles’ Cathedral. Symbolizing love, hope and kindness, the doves encourage a feeling of optimism as we reflect on years past and look ahead into 2022.  More information about the installation can be found here.

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Important Covid-19 Safety Information:

  • In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, audience members attending the Burns&Beyond Les Colombes event and concerts held in St. Giles Cathedral will NOT be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt) on entry to the venue. This is due to the capacity level attending the event being less than 500 persons.
  • Please note that Burns&Beyond live music events being held at St. Giles’ Cathedral will be in unreserved theatre-style seating
  • Please note, should Scottish Government guidance change to include a requirement for proof of vaccination/Vaccine Passports for smaller capacity events prior to Burns&Beyond events, we will be legally required to check Vaccine Passports on entry for all audience member. For more information on Vaccine Certificates click here.
  • The wearing of face masks is required in our indoor venues for all staff, audiences and contractors, whether seated or standing, unless exempt (please remember that some people may not have visible reasons for their exemptions. This is a Scottish Government legal requirement Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others – gov.scot (www.gov.scot).
  • Although it is not an entry requirement, for your safety and the safety of others, we recommend taking a lateral flow test prior to attending the concert. Tests are available here.