WE’RE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE INAUGURAL LIVE EVENT TO BE STAGED BY THE MOUTH MAGAZINE – AND WE’RE ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED TO REVEAL THAT THE HEADLINER IS CARRBRIDGE SONGWRITER RACHEL SERMANNI. OUR AUTUMN SPECIAL WILL TAKE PLACE AT CAFÉ INDIEPENDENT IN SCUNTHORPE, ON FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER.
Earlier this year we dropped in to the Café to interview Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), who was booked to DJ its opening night. We were enormously impressed – not only a great leftfield space, but a lottery-funded and volunteer-maintained social enterprise coffee-and-culture house created to provide training and work experience opportunities for young people. In an unfashionable Northern town battered by prejudicial TV show SKINT (Channel Four’s divide-and-rule benefits propaganda), the Café has given Scunthorpe something to be proud of: a non-judgemental and non-corporate hub. Its 200-capacity basement is the perfect spot for intimate gigs, and has seen Simone Felice and John Bramwell perform. Clint Boon returns soon for a warm-up show with his resurgent Inspiral Carpets.
One beautiful day in late March this year Rachel Sermanni met with The Mouth Magazine team in York, to record a live video session and what turned out to be a particularly special edition of The Mouthcast (listen again here). The idea of a gig was loosely mooted and now, six months later, one of the stops on Rachel’s October and November tour is as the headliner at THE MOUTH MAGAZINE AUTUMN SPECIAL. She says “I like the Autumn; It is my favourite”.
Now 22, Rachel has been singing her songs since leaving school aged 17. Channelling spirits of all ages and archetypes. Weaving images of childhood, womanhood – of instinct and inhibition. She’s travelled all over – most recently Canada and Australia – touring back and forth with friends and solo. She’s supported many marvels including John Grant, Fink, Ron Sexsmith, Mumford & Sons, John Smith and Elvis Costello. Acclaimed 2012 debut album UNDER MOUNTAINS was followed by the spectacularly moving 2014 single EVERYTHING CHANGES.
On the verge of releasing stop-gap LIVE IN DAWSON CITY before her second full studio album arrives next year (she finished recording it only this week, fact fans), at THE MOUTH MAGAZINE AUTUMN SPECIAL Rachel will be joined by pal Jen Austin on piano and MONR label-mate Colin MacLeod (formerly The Boy Who Trapped The Sun) on guitar. He’ll sing a few of his beautiful songs too. Rachel will also be bringing along a small selection of her distinctive ‘naked ladies’ drawings for a mini-exhibition titled NUDES AND DREAMS.
Main support is Miss Irenie Rose from the Isle of Lewis, the Outer Hebrides, who has drawn comparisons to both Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, and has supported Ben Howard, John Smith and Rae Morris. She also recently reached the semi-final stage of BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Musician of the Year Awards and delivered stand-out performances at this year’s Celtic Connections. With a release scheduled for later this year, 2014 looks promising for one of the most exciting new additions to the Scottish folk scene. Local duo Duke & The Daisy will open the show. Click the AMELIE-inspired poster for THE MOUTH MAGAZINE AUTUMN SPECIAL (above left) for further details.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.45 start, and admission is £10. Tickets are available now from SeeTickets (here) for those outside of Scunthorpe (North Lincolnshire) and its surrounding area. Physical tickets will be available from Cafe Indiependent next week if you want to avoid booking fees. In the meantime reservations can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org