Enchanting Sermanni to return to isles

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Enchanting Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni is to return to the isles in October.

The fok-noir balladeer will be on the road with a new live album, recorded in the Yukon, Canada, at Dawson City Music Festival, and a collection of her drawings – nudes and dreams – following their debut exhibition in Edinburgh in June.

The 22-year-old has been singing her songs since leaving school at the age of 17, and paid her last visit to the isles in 2013.

Sermanni’s talent has seen her travel across the UK and to Australia and she has supported artists including Ron Sexsmith and Elvis Costello.

The singer-songwriter has been hailed by Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, who described Sermanni as “really something special”. He added: ” She’s amazing. Quite astonishing”.

She will be joined by Jennifer Austin on piano and Colin Macleod on guitar. Macleod, hailing from the Western Isles, is a singer-songwriter in his own right, having previously recorded under the moniker The Boy Who Trapped the Sun. He will perform a short solo set.

Sermanni’s debut album, <i>Under Mountains</i> included the beautiful <i>Eggshells</i>, performed to the 120-plus crowd in Mareel last summer.

The quirky singer-songwriter also appeared here in 2011 – supporting chart-toppers Mumford Sons.
Sermanni will perform at Mareel on 28th October.

About Adam Guest

Reporter for The Shetland Times. I have also worked as a senior news reporter at The Barnsley Chronicle and as a freelance reporter for The Doncaster Free Press. Alongside news reporting I specialise in music and sports journalism. Pork pie lover.

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