Rachel Denny at Hesperia Hall

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Rachel Denny at Hesperia Hall is  Yarlung’s first free streaming only album.

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Rachel Denny reminds us of the rich music tradition in America before the Internet, before the plethora of modern recordings, and before television and radio. Rachel sings songs from the early settlers in what became the United States, particularly from rural communities in the Appalachian mountains, and from their antecedents in Scotland, Ireland and the greater English speaking world. This is the world of kerosene lamps and candles, not diodes.

Rachael comes from a family for whom music is a daily event, shared among family members, and enjoyed in larger gatherings with friends. Rachel’s mother plays cello and mountain dulcimer, and sisters play viola da gamba, violin and the Paraguayan harp. Rachel’s youngest brother plays trombone, accordion and electric bass. Rachael has been homeschooled from the beginning, as have her brothers and sisters. Rachel and her siblings live as a family unit with their parents. Rachel’s first formal music teacher was Robert Baker, the luthier from Santa Margarita, who built Rachel’s guitar. Later, Rachel studied with the famed English folk musician Martin Simpson when he lived in Santa Cruz.

Yarlung friends and musicians (Finnish violinist Petteri Iivonen  and Ciaramella Ensemble  directors Adam and Rotem Gilbert) came together for a 2014 New Year’s Eve concert at Hesperia Hall, on the Central Coast of California. Petteri played Bach and Ysaye, and the Gilberts finished with a Renaissance medley on Flemish bagpipes. After the concert, as our friends stayed to visit and toast the New Year, Rachel sang. Recordings from that evening sound like they were made in a noisy jazz club, so Rachel returned two weeks later to record some of her songs.


2 reviews for Rachel Denny at Hesperia Hall

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yarlung Records

    American folk singer Rachel Denny has been collecting for most of her life. Drawing her repertoire from a vast treasure trove of inspiration – from 18th century English broadside ballads to the folk revival of the 1960s, Rachel Denny’s simple, unadorned approach allows the words and melodies to shine, and breathes new life into this intimate form of communal music making.

    Rachel recorded these songs at Hesperia Hall on the Central Coast of California, in a single take, on January 14th, 2014.

    –Joshua Cheek

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Fred and Carol Kenyon

    Ms. Denny’s music in a word is spelled SWEET. The Bryson Hesperia community has been gifted by Rachael’s and her family’s genuinely unique achievements on several instruments and via numerous venues. We thank her for her heart-felt musical offerings.

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