Imagine if the place where the sea and forest meet made a song.” - Morgan Mullin

The Coast

Blue Lobelia is the contemporary classical solo project of Kjipuktuk (Halifax) based multi-instrumentalist, Rachel Bruch. Beginning with her debut album Perennial (2016), Blue Lobelia has captured audiences across Canada and abroad with a live performance that dances between improvised soundscape and intricately arranged composition. 

Described as the auditory equivalent of, ‘walking through an enchanted forest’, her first full-length album, Beneath all Bloom, was named "2019’s Best Album" by The Coast.  

In 2021 Blue Lobelia surprised us with a sprinkle of releases drawing from archival folk music influences, including, Folk Songs & Broadside Ballads, released by Big Turnip Records, ‘Please Don’t Cover Your Ears' commissioned for the EAC's ‘50 things’ project and her single, ‘Holding on Must Always Lead to Letting Go’. 

Her latest full length record, 'Resilient Moon' (2022) showcases her collaborative growth with the added element of percussion and a focus on folk-centric guitar playing and unfettered string arranging. It was warmly received with a MNS nomination for ‘Best Folk/Roots Recording of the Year’and was named in The Coast’s ‘Top 10 Albums of 2022’. 

These days she is hard at work studying Italian Mountain Folk Fiddle and recording her forthcoming album scheduled for release in the summer of 2024. 

 

Awards & Opportunities 

2023

CCA Research and Creation Grant 

Cape Breton Center for Craft; Ground Rules Artist in Residence 

Private Study with Italian Mountain Fiddle Specialist Francesco Grasso

2022

Album ‘Resilient Moon’ Nominated for MNS ‘Folk/Roots Recording of the Year’ and named ‘Top 10 album of 2022’ by The Coast 

ANS Professional Development Grant 

CCA Professional Development Grant 

CCA Research and Creation Grant 

Private study: Contemporary & Pop Vocals (Rachael Delano), Harmony (Maximilian Fleischmann), Trad & Country Swing (Anna Wedlock), Mentorship (Jacques Mindreau), and Klezmer & Jazz Manouche (Gina Burgess)

2021   

CFAT Media Arts Scholarship / Exhibition 

Helen Creighton Society Grant  

CCA Explore and Create: Concept to Realization Grant  

EAC/Zuppa '50 Things' Commission Recipient  

2019    

White Rabbit Arts, Artist in Residence 

2018    

NSCC Artist Development Project

2017    

The Deanery Project Artist in Residence 

Commissioned composition for David Caesar’s Arctic World 

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Bookings & General Inquiries  
Email Rachel HERE

Publicity + Media Requests 
Email Rosa ferne here