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TUTORS

2019

RACHEL SERMANNI

A creative, imaginative and thought-provoking songwriter, Rachel has a catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings to her name.

 

Rachel's 2012 debut Album, Under Mountains, was her first full musical contribution to the world, and the world opened its doors. Following its release, Rachel travelled for 4 years across the globe, creating two stunning EP’s and a live album. Rachel's next album, recorded in Berlin 2 years ago, will be released this year.

Her genre-blended music has been described as Folk-Noir; 

songs written with folk roots and a contemporary edge. As an experienced songwriting tutor, Rachel is inspirational, encouraging the exploration of creativity and self-expression.

Rachel has worked with world-renowned producers Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers, Texas) and Alex Newport (Bloc Party, City and Colour, Death Cab for Cutie) and musicians including:

Jazzanova, Emma Pollock, Kris Drever, Adam Holmes, Louis Abbott, Mo Kenny, Jarlath Henderson and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

"She has held the audience in her spell from the first to the last and underlined her status as one of Scotland's most singular and loved musical talents" The Fountain

LOUIS ABBOTT 

Louis is the lyricist and songwriter for Glasgow-based chamber-pop band Admiral Fallow. To date the band have released three albums to critical acclaim and have toured extensively in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia.

 

The band continue to push themselves creatively. As well as working collaboratively with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Glasgow Film Festival and Celtic Connections, they recently wrote and toured a brand-new opera, Navigate The Blood. Funded by Creative Scotland, the band took a libretto created by Sian Evans and worked with NOISe Opera and composer Gareth Williams to create and perform the unique score. 

 

As a workshop leader Louis co-runs the summer short course in Popular Music at the RCS Glasgow, and has been a guest tutor at Glasgow Songwriting Festival, Hit The Road (Scottish Music Centre) and Vox Liminis (an organisation that runs songwriting workshops within the criminal justice system, with whom he leads on the Distant Voices project).

 

Louis also works as a session musician, engineer and producer and has worked with some of Scotland’s finest contemporary musicians and singers including:

Kris Drever, King Creosote, Rachel Sermanni, Karine Polwart, Eddi Reader, Drever McCusker Woomble, Jo Mango, Siobhan Miller, Mike Vass, Strike the Colours and Heidi Talbot.