A Michigan native living in Boston, fiddler Rachel Reeds has immersed herself in the Cape Breton and Scottish musical traditions and has become a familiar face at sessions, camps, workshops, and house parties around New England.
Summer 2017 marks the release of her debut album, ‘Sparkjoy’. Produced by acclaimed fiddler, Hanneke Cassel, the album is rooted in the traditions of Cape Breton and Scotland and presents driving arrangements of original and traditional tunes. Joined on piano by Cape Breton fiddler and pianist Andrea Beaton, the album also features Hanneke Cassel (fiddle, piano), Natalie Haas (cello, Alasdair Fraser), Yann Falquet (guitar, Genticorum), and Katie McNally (fiddle, The Katie McNally Trio).
Rachel has played for dances at the Canadian American Club of Watertown and DEFFA, has performed at the Tamworth Lyceum, taught at the inaugural Cape Breton Weekend at Pinewoods Camp, and has been a session and workshop leader for the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. She served on the organizing committee of BCMFest (Boston’s Celtic Music Festival) from 2011-2014, has been a frequent performer at BCMFest, and produced a Cape Breton feature for the 2017 festival’s Nightcap Concert. Rachel is the 2013 New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Champion.