Guest Review // Rachel Sermanni – Mouth Magazine Autumn Special Concert

serFriday 14th November saw the inaugural Mouth Magazine Autumn Special Concert held at Café INDIEpendent, Scunthorpe’s very own hub of culture and free spirits.

And what a debut it was, with critically acclaimed Scottish singer/songwriter Rachel Sermanni headlining, supported by Colin MacLeod from her band, with the show opened by the ever-popular local duo Duke and The Daisy

The venue was transformed for the evening into a candle-lit, intimate setting reminiscent of an old-time jazz den, as if a local Ronnie Scotts. The atmosphere was more suited to the large, demographically varied and appreciative audience, who fully embraced the Mouth Magazine and CaféINDIEpendent’s campaign for “RESPECT” to the artistes, venue staff and fellow audience members

Despite the late withdrawal of the drinks license which made it a BYOB event (for which the venue made a minimal corkage charge) the audience went along with, and largely created, a wonderful and harmonious atmosphere throughout the whole concert.

Despite the transport problems encountered by Rachel and her crew, who arrived several hours behind schedule, resulting in a delay to proceedings, the audience were eventually treated to a truly world-class performance by the artists.

Duke and The Daisy opened up with a 30 minute set of originals, some of which were less than 48 hours old. Old favourites (even though they are less than 6 months composed) like “Shot of Whisky” and “Merry Go Round” were interspersed with new material like “Shadow”, “Friday Night Blues” and the yet to be named “Bonus Track”. A great complimentary start to the concert that was well received by the enthusiastic audience.

The advertised main support Miss Irenie Rose (a label mate of Rachel’s) was unable to make the show. Stepping into the breach was, from Rachel’s band, Colin Macleod – a gifted artist in his own right, formerly touring under the name The Boy Who Trapped The Sun- engaging the audience with his laid back patter and genuinely charming stage presence. He played a handful of his own songs including his recent single “California” and bringing Rachel up on stage to duet on “Easy Way Out”. Colin has previously played on the same bill as Bruce Springsteen, and ended his slot with a truly beautiful cover of “Dancing in the Dark”

Then it was time for the headliner and much vaunted Rachel Sermanni and her band (Colin MacLeod on electric guitar and pianist Jenn Austin) to take the stage.

The audience had been led to expect a hauntingly beautiful and ethereal voice, painting stunning scenes with lyric and melody, mingling with simple but accurate and stable contributions from the band. They were not disappointed as the performance exceeded their highest expectations. As well as her popular songs “Two Birds”, “Waltz” and my personal favourite “Everything Changes”, Rachel threw in some new songs “Sweet Wine “and “The Tractor Song”, introduced with enchanting stories to help explain their inspiration. She finished her set list with “The Fog” and “Song to a Fox”

The hour or so just flew by and even after two encores, the audience were left wanting more

Thanks must go to the Sound Engineer Simon who captured and broadcast the music perfectly and to the staff at Cafe INDIEpendent for their unfailing good cheer and service. And of course, special thanks to Steve, Editor of the Mouth Magazine, for his efforts in laying such a musical feast at the feet of the Scunthorpe public.

Highlights of the Rachel Sermanni concert along with an interview with Rachel can be heard in the Mouth Magazine’s latest podcast at www.themouthmagazine.com or like Mouth Magazine on Facebook.

The benchmark has now been set and I can’t wait for the Mouth Magazine Winter Special Concert – Martin Stephenson (of The Daintees fame) on January 31st 2015

Guest Review Written by Shay Eddy
Gig courtesy of Mouth Magazine

10533547_594307300673944_7591653244667816392_nThe next gig from Mouth Magazine at Cafe INDIEpendent features support from our very own Nick Akester from the Scunthorpe Nights team.

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