Rachel Sermanni – ‘Travelled’: Scottish folk troubadour bares all and announces winter tour

Rachel Sermanni, photographed by Gaelle Beri

WITH her new EP, Swallow Me, due out in the first days of June – an EP which lays bare with delicacy and courage her living through the arrival of her firstborn in a hugely uncertain world, with all the forethought and adaptations that brings – Rachel Sermanni has revealed the video for “Travelled”, the beating heart of caressing folk from the EP.

Capturing in a diaristic fashion her concerns for a life beginning and a way of life vanishing, Rachel says of the song: “I was staying with a beautiful family in Portland when I wrote ‘Travelled’.

“This is definitely a depiction of the dark night of the soul situation I was having at that moment in coming to terms with my choices.”

Never shy lyrically of articulating her self-knowing, Rachel says the new EP investigates the full-spectrum rollercoaster of emotion she experienced in approaching motherhood – a time during which she spent part of living in a Buddhist monastery.

She says further of the EP: “The thread that weaves most clearly throughout this collection is one of letting go. Jellyfish go where the current flows. It takes courage to be passive.

“If you can accept everything, you can embody the jellyfish.”

With live music returning, however tentatively at the moment, Rachel has also announced a UK headlining tour for the winter, the dates being as follows:

Friday, November 19th, London, Omeara;

Saturday, November 20th, Brighton, Green Door Store;

Sunday, November 21st, Birmingham, Dead Wax;

Monday, November 22nd, Bristol, Crofters Rights;

Tuesday, November 23rd, York, National Centre for Early Music

Thursday, November 25th, Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre;

Saturday, November 27th, Manchester, Gullivers;

Sunday, November 28th, Newcastle, Think Tank;

Saturday, December 4th, Aberdeen, Lemon Tree, and

Sunday, December 5th, Edinburgh, Summerhall.

For tickets, visit the live page at Rachel’s website.

Rachel Sermanni’s Swallow Me EP will be out on June 4th. Connect with Rachel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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