What a lovely occasion in a very intimate setting. I hadn’t seen Rachel live before but was kicking myself for missing her gigs with Anaïs Mitchell a few years ago, I enjoyed the videos and now follow her music avidly. And though I was looking forward to this I didn’t know quite what a treat it would be!
Rachel is originally from South Dakota but is now well travelled and has an extensive collection of interesting experiences informing her songwriting and storytelling. In fact the stories of the songs are an important part of her performance and add a great deal to the emotion and enjoyment of the show. Sarah Smout joined Rachel on cello and vocals and apart from her lovely additions she is a really good singer songwriter and performer in her own right.
2 sets flew by, concluded by the 4 songs from Rachel’s ‘Cardinal’ EP which I’ve been listening to a lot recently. I bought beautiful handmade EPs from both Rachel and Sarah. As an aspiring songwriter myself I found Rachel’s honesty, dedication and sheer talent really inspiring.
Soundhouse is a fascinating small venue, the house of our gracious hosts Douglas and Jane-Ann. We’ll definitely be back. Thanks Rachel, see you again ASAP!
9/11 Attended by George & Karen
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