Monday, 23 January 2012

Gig , Solas

Rachel Sermanni

One of the last acts performing at Solas last year was Rachel Sermanni, a young solo acoustic performer whose spirit and songwriting captivated the audience. A month or so after the festival we got hold of her "first" debut EP, "The Bothy Sessions" which promptly became a firm favourite. Next weekend she is launching another EP, "Black Currents" which is also being touted as her debut.

rachel-sermanni-band.pngTonight Rachel was the support act in the Union Chapel, this time playing with an eight-piece band. How could we not go along?

The venue was filled with continental voices, waiting for the Spanish headliner Russian Red, but I suspect a fair few were won over by Rachel and the band's dynamic set. Three fiddles, a double bass, keyboard, guitar and two percussionists added depth and texture. The set drew from both EPs, with a few unreleased songs thrown in for good measure. Even then some songs we heard at Solas were missing - this is an artist with a repertoire ready for releasing on a full length album.

Rachel Sermanni's been getting an increasing amount of radio play in recent months. I hope this is a sign that we will all be hearing a lot more of her in the future.

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