Belfast BASED songwriter Rachel Austin embarks on a nationwide tour this week in support of her recently released record Age of Reason. Austin, originally from Virginia has spent the last ten years based in Northern Ireland.
She has spent the last five years playing around Ireland, the UK and Europe and has spent the last year crossing the Atlantic working on various music collaboration projects in Virginia and Belfast. After a chance meeting with Brian Beattie (Daniel Johnston, Okkervil River, Sahara Smith), Beattie invited Rachel to record at his studio, The Wonder Chamber in Austin, Texas. Inspired by the challenge to raise the money, Rachel launched a crowd funding project – ‘Austin in Austin’.
Along with solo performances, Austin has opened for well – known international acts in venues as varied as local bookstores to the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Artists she has performed with Duke Special, Devon Sproule, Hazel O’ Connor, Eleanor McEvoy and Iain Archer amongst others. Her debut album, ‘Hello, my uglies’ (2008) set out her stall with a beautiful collection of songs that drew from a variety of sources including indie and folk, right through to grungy jazz.
The current tour sees Rachel Austin travel the length and breadth of the country to play at some of the most established music clubs in various venues. Rachel Austin plays Ryan’s Music Club (Wed, 14); Open Night Mic at Eddie Murphy’s Thomastown (Fri 16) and Set Theatre, Kilkenny supporting Declan O’ Rourke (Dec 01).
For more information, visit www.rachelaustinmusic.com