Scottish folk artist Rachel Sermanni will open for Rose Cousins at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on Sept. 23.
Rachel Sermanni’s big break into the music industry came unintentionally.
The Scotland-born singer was at a small music festival in Ullapool, Scotland when she invited the band Mumford and Sons to play with her.
Mumford and Sons, known for their hits “Little Lion Man” and “I Will Wait”, accepted her invitation and joined her for a jam session on the beach. They were so impressed with her music they invited her to join them for a recording session.
“I experienced going down to London and being in a proper recording studio, and became aware of how many musicians there are, and being filled with awe and fear and realizing I was going to have to work on myself if I was going to stay afloat,” Sermanni said about the experience.
That was three years ago.
Since then, Sermanni has been touring non-stop, opening for big names such as Elvis Costello and Ron Sexsmith. She will bring her music, which she describes as “acoustic and folky” to Prince Albert when she opens for Rose Cousins at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre on Sept. 23.
Despite all the touring, Sermanni doesn’t see herself as a stereotypical musician.
“Everything I’ve ever done has been sort of off the beaten track,” Sermanni said. “Nothing my manager and I have ever really done has been conventional. We have our own label so everything is released on that. The first recording experience I had that was successful, we recorded in a shed in a forest near my home with a bunch of friends, it was very, very spontaneous. I think I work better when I’m not within that industry sort of environment.”
Being a young musician comes with a unique set of challenges that Sermanni has had to overcome, and she acknowledges that it “isn’t all fun and games.”
“There’s constant challenges of creativity, feeling creative and being creative and not fearing productivity,” Sermanni said. “It’s always good to continue to produce things, like in a sketchbook to sort of process your ideas, writing down dreams, writing songs. Anything creative, I think that really fuels me. The hard part comes when you lose that impulse.”
Sermanni says she finds herself inspired the most by the outdoors.
“I really love the countryside and I love being out to do anything outside in the fresh air, and there’s a lot of opportunity to spend time outdoors, and I take a lot of breaths in that space so I think I probably breathe some of that out as well,” Sermanni said. “I’m most comfortable in that setting; atop a hill in the wild.”
Sermanni has just started touring in Canada, which she says in many ways reminds her of home. She will be in Eastern Canada before heading to Saskatchewan, which will be her first trip to the province.
“I’ve been back and forth a number of times and I’ve seen some beautiful parts,” Sermanni said. “I’ve been to Dawson City, started this tour off in Ottawa, and have been hanging out in Nova Scotia. It’s really nice.”