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Rachel Sermanni

Rachel Sermanni is 19. She is a songwriter from a small village in the Highlands called Carrbridge. It's very nice up there. Sometimes she plays solo and at others she is surrounded by a group of wonderful musicians consisting of Laura Wilkie, Siobhan Anderson and sometimes Louise Bichan (the fiddle pixies), a drummer named Martyn Hodge and pianist the lovely Jennifer Austin. Rachel is very, very grateful for having them in her band. Rachel has had many adventures both solo and with the band in the last twelve months, winning over audiences and making friends everywhere she goes. She went to London to play Communion at Nottinghill Arts Centre having had her track My Friend Fire, recorded and produced by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons feature on the first Communion compilation album. She has appeared in many muddy and not so muddy fields (there was even some sunshine) at festivals including Rockness, Belladrum, Greenman, Wickerman, Loopallu, Insider and Sligo. There was a trip to Dublin where she played at Whelan's Communion whilst also fitting in lots of other gigs including Ruby sessions and a slot on Balcony TV. She did a Highlands & Islands tour supporting the incredible Stornoway as well as support slots with amongst others, KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, John William Grant and British Sea Power. She even flew all the way over to the Middle East (Specifically Jordan) to play for a Scottish themed week with some incredible traditional musicians. It was a spectacular experience. Rachel is having a lot of fun! Enough of the past lets look to the future where plans are afoot…… Recording sessions are booked, every spare minute between shows is spent rehearsing and writing as Rachel prepares to release her debut EP early 2011. January also sees the first of the Scottish festivals, Celtic Connections where Rachel is performing her own commissioned concert as a ‘New Voice’. It’s a big project and very exciting. Then onto many more interesting adventures. Some nice things people have said; ‘I love it….. beautiful’ – Janice Long BBC Radio 2 ‘Incredibly promising…we're sure she has an illustrious career ahead of her’. The Independent ‘Rachel Sermanni impresses with a stunning singing voice.’ clashmusic.com ‘OUR track of the month is provided by Highlands-based Rachel Sermanni, who caused quite a stir at the GoNorth showcase event in Inverness earlier this month. Her quirky songwriting, unusual phrasing and intricate finger picking earned her a live session for Vic Galloway's show at RockNess and she has festival slots lined up throughout the UK this summer’ The Scotsman ‘Rising local star Rachel Sermanni gets a great reaction, thanks to her combination of gentle vocals and a songwriting talent that belies her 18 years’. The News of the World ‘Her performance was dynamically aware, controlled, self-assured, compelling and utterly cool; and at only eighteen, she is a simply frightening prospect. In the interest of brevity, this girl is the real thing. Outstanding.’ HI-Arts

My Artists Sessions

Wednesday, March 16

9:00pm CDT