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Scotland's Rhona Macfarlane Has Released ‘No Rain’ The Second Single From Her Forthcoming EP
Rhona Macfarlane is a singer-songwriter from Scotland whose reflective story telling recalls a range of influences including Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Adrianne Lenker.
A graduate of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she is a versatile musician performing with guitar or piano, often introducing new sounds with the addition of string accompaniments. Her songs are personal, honest and intimate.
‘No Rain’ is the second single from Rhona’s forthcoming EP ‘Closing the Window’ due for release on the 12th of November.
‘No Rain’ follows up from Rhona’s earlier release ‘Better When You’re Around’ which received recognition from BBC Radio Scotland shows such as The Roddy Hart Show, The Iain Anderson Show and Radio nan Gàidheal.
‘No Rain’ is a poignant song capturing the passing of time and the power and depth of family relationships. Although the song captures an emotional intensity it still manages to be simultaneously up-lifting.
The opening lyrics set against a bare guitar and cello line with exposed vocals set the tone for the listener but as the track builds it opens out to an uplifting and hopeful chorus joined by celebratory, soaring strings.
Rhona explains.“The idea for the song came from a passing remark made to me by someone who had just lost their life partner, she said...‘well at least there’s no rain outside.’ It struck me that this was equally sad, stoic and hopeful and reminded me that even in times of loneliness and sadness, there is always something to be grateful for, even if it’s as simple as a sunny day.
This start point led me to think about the broader theme of time and the observation that whatever happens the sun will continue to rise. While people will come and go from our lives, the legacy and imprint they leave behind can provide a genuine source of comfort and inspiration.”
The songs on the EP came from a time of inward reflection and solitude during the pandemic when ties with family and friends were cut-off and sharing music was limited. These reflective and personal songs draw on stories of everyday human experiences which capture themes of love, family, vulnerability, loss, and time while still maintaining a strong sense of hope and acceptance. Rhona describes the EP as ‘having a sense of romanticism but in that Scottish sort of way where you still maintain some realism and emotional restraint.’ She hopes ‘that the EP will provide some comfort and closure to this past year of loss and strain but provide a sense of hope and acceptance that helps people move forward while still remembering.'
Rhona’s talent was spotted at an early age, when she was selected to participate in the Hit the Road touring project for 14–19-year-olds. During this tour Rhona was chosen to perform live on the Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland.
She subsequently released her debut EP “The Tide” which continued to pick up radio support, including BBC Introducing. Rhona’s live talent resulted in support slots for Josh Rouse, Nell Bryden, Martha Reeves and Siv Jakobsen. She has also performed at Celtic Connections and the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
Rhona’s latest single ‘Better When You’re Around’ from her upcoming EP ‘Closing the Window’ received recognition from BBC Radio Scotland shows such as The Roddy Hart Show, The Iain Anderson Show and Radio nan Gàidheal. The track was also chosen by top 10 ranked UK music blog ‘Right Chord Music’ as their chosen track for the Daydream Club’s new music podcast.
Rhona’s has recently had one of her songs selected for the top 10 for the Liverpool International Song for Kindness Contest. She will be performing the song at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool on the 9th of October where the winner will be announced. You can also catch Rhona supporting Chloe Foy at the Hug and Pint, Glasgow on the 6th of October.