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Published on May 29th, 2016 | by Rachel Rankin

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Red Head – CD Album – by Rachel Rankin

Rachel’s fourth album is a further celebration of women in music — the singers, songwriters, muses, religious icons, lovers and dancers — all performed by Europe’s Top Pan Woman on what is arguably the only new chromatic and acoustic instrument of the 20th century. Named after Lord Kitchener’s calypso celebration of the flame-haired ladies, the album demonstrates the ample capabilities of the pan for versatility, and for musical and emotional expression. Two tracks (‘Happy’ and ‘Ave Maria’) feature fabulous and unique vocals from Rachel’s long-term friend from their days in the Radcliffe Rollers Steel Band: Jo Servi. A remarkable talent from a young age, Jo’s performances were the highlight of Rollers’ shows and featured in many of their television and concert appearances. Probably best known as the uSwitch man in uSwitch.com’s Gospel advertising campaign, Jo has established a prominent career in musical theatre. He has many West End credits including The Lion King, Jersey Boys and  Sunny Afternoon as well as creating outstanding roles in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and A Christmas Carol. He also performed with Kate Bush as part of her KT Fellowship in her sell-out “Before The Dawn concerts” in 2014.

Since the release of her last album in 2008 – Priestess of Pan – Rachel has become the UK’s only living Doctor of Music with a speciality in pan, and was invited to play with Nostalgia Steel Band as part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. She joined Russell Henderson (Father of the Notting Hill Carnival) and his Trio as a guest artist at London’s 606 club on numerous occasions and performed a specially composed solo part in Patrick Larley’s Birmingham Spirituals. With Pan Nectar she became the first woman of European heritage to arrange for a steel band in the Notting Hill Carnival.

Rachel Said:

I am really pleased to announce the launch of my new CD! Named after Lord Kitchener’s calypso celebration of the flame-haired ladies, the album demonstrates the ample capabilities of the pan for versatility, and for musical and emotional expression. Two tracks (‘Happy’ and ‘Ave Maria’) feature fabulous and unique vocals from my long-term friend from our days in the Radcliffe Rollers Steel Band: Jo Servi. There is a wide range of styles here from soca and calypso to JS Bach and Lou Reed. I’ve had universally great feedback so far from everyone who has heard it so l am confident that this is my best work so far. We can ship worldwide.
Outta de Box – Mark Loquan
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse
Mario (Overworld Theme) – Koji Kondo
Price Tag – Jessie J
Red Head – Lord Kitchener
The Statue Got Me High – They Might Be Giants
All Tomorrow’s Parties – The Velvet Underground
Anji – Davey Graham
Sarabande – G. F. Handel
Gavotte en Rondeau/Bourrée/Gigue – J. S. Bach
Ave Maria – Gounod/J. S. Bach
Lover Come Back – Lionel Belasco
Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love – They Might Be Giants
Only available here (worldwide shipping available)http://robert-rankin.myshopify.com/products/red-head-cd-album


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