BLOSSOMING Scottish Highlands folk-noir singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni plays The Basement at City Screen, York, tomorrow at the invitation of promoters Please Please You and High & Lonesome.

"Tied To The Moon, her second album, has been a long time in coming, but having released her debut album, Under Mountains, to unanimous critical acclaim at the age of 20 in September 2012, she certainly earned the right to take her time," says Joe Coates, the 8pm concert's organiser.

Released in July on the Middle Of Nowhere label, the record was conceived in March 2014 in an apartment above a pottery studio deep in the sticks of Nova Scotia.

The apartment belonged to two-time Juno Award winner Old Man Luedecke and offered Rachel four days of complete stillness with no means to communicate with the outside world. Bookended by her routine of going for a morning run in the surrounding ten-acre forest and silent afternoons of coffee and pistachios, Rachel would sit, in total solitude, writing, reading and playing music.

In the space of those four days, she unintentionally wrote six songs and four would later become the core of Tied To The Moon in the form of Tractor, This Love, Banks Are Broken and Old Lady's Lament.

"In total, the album features ten new songs that channel spirits of all ages and archetypes, weaving images of childhood and womanhood, of instinct and inhibition," says Joe.

Inspired by traditional Scottish music and Robert Burns's poetry, Rachel's creations have grown, twisted and turned since those four days in the Novia Scotia solitude to reach a fully-formed stage reminiscent of PJ Harvey, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell.

To achieve this, she enlisted the help of Colin Macleod, recording and production, Jennifer Austin, piano, organ and backing vocals, Gordon Skene, bass and cello, and Louis Linklater, drums, and they tracked all takes, live, in MacLeod's living room in the Scottish Highlands.

Tomorrow night she will be supported by Ajimal. Tickets cost £10 online at or £12 on the door.