Saturday 10 Aug: Venue - Summerhall // Edinburgh
Sunday 11 Aug: Venue - The Blue Lamp // Aberdeen
Monday 13 Aug: Venue - Eden Court // Inverness
19 - 22 Sep: Shetland Songwriting Festival
Friday 27 Sep: The Black Gate // Galway
Saturday 28 Sep: Lost Lane // Dublin
Wednesday 2 Oct: Venue - St Andrews in the Square // Glasgow
Thursday 10 Oct: Venue - St Pancras Church // London
Friday 11 Oct: Venue - Husthwaite Village Hall // York
Saturday 12 Oct: Venue - The Met // Bury
Sunday 13 Oct: Venue - Kingskerswell Parish Church // Newton Abbot
Saturday 19 Oct: The Old Launderette // Durham
Nearly four years on from her critically-acclaimed second album, Tied To The Moon, Scottish singer- songwriter Rachel Sermanni is back with a new single, ‘What Can I Do’, due to be self-released on May 24th.
Returning to the darker, rock-leaning sound of Tied To The Moon, ‘What Can I Do’ deals in a shadowy gothic- folk melodrama that falls somewhere between PJ Harvey and Cat Power; Rachel’s bittersweet mandolin matched with moody atmospherics and the drive of distorted heavy-blues guitars and primal percussion.
Rachel says of the song's origins: “I was lying on the floor just after Trump had been voted president, staring despairingly at the ceiling. There was also much on the news about refugees and the lack of an embrace we offer them. There was the looming Brexit vote too. In that moment I felt drawn to my mandolin to write, in a short sitting, What Can I Do. Though it was three years ago, this song is fitting to the motions of now and perhaps more useful and relevant than before.”
In keeping with the song’s desire for action, Rachel will donate a % of proceeds from the single to Extinction Rebellion Scotland in support of their work and will be attending the Global School’s Strike at Holyrood.
‘What Can I Do?’ is out now.