Aberdeen Performing Arts presents True North – Aberdeen’s festival of music and song – celebrating the North-east's singer songwriter tradition and providing a platform for the very best music and song, from ballads to contemporary classics, taking place from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September at The Lemon Tree, Music Hall and in various locations across Aberdeen’s city centre.
There are no easy one-liners to capture who or what The Unthanks are. You might find them singing in a Tyneside folk club one night, and playing to 2000 Londoners the next, having performed to a primary school in the afternoon. You might find them collaborating with Adrian Utley (Portishead) one moment, and writing the score to an archive film about shipyards the next. Running singing sessions in the back of a pub on a Monday before heading off to tour America or Australia on the Tuesday. Collaborating with Orbital while championing songs from the folk club floor singers of the North East and re-presenting them to anyone who wants to listen. You'll find them played by the folk show on BBC Radio 2, but equally by cutting edge BBC6 Music, Radio 3 and Radio 1 DJs. You might find them on the cover of a folk magazine like fRoots or in the pages of NME. Definable only by their restless eccentricity, there are no easy one-liners to capture who or what The Unthanks are, or much point in guessing what they'll do next. All you need to know is they will sing songs so beautifully your soul will ache.
Rachel Sermanni is a songwriter from a small village in the Highlands called Carrbridge. Sometimes she plays solo and at others she is surrounded by a group of wonderful musicians consisting of Laura Wilkie, Siobhan Anderson and sometimes Louise Bichan (The Fiddle Pixies), Leo and Declan Forde, Joe Rattray and pianist the lovely Jennifer Austin.
There’s been many trips overseas, with SXSW (Austin), Musexpo (LA), London Calling, Naked Song and Eurosonic (Netherlands) successfully conquered. Closer to home shows including The Great Escape and Celtic Connections, have lead to many festival appearances including T in the Park, HebCelt Festival and Wickerman Festival.