Rachael Sage Teams Up With Vision Aid
Rachael Sage teams up with Vision Aid Overseas to release ‘PseudoMyopia’ -
the beautifully delicate acoustic reimagining of her critically-acclaimed album ‘Myopia’.
Beguiling singer/songwriter Rachael Sage returns with ‘PseudoMyopia’, and once again illustrates her depth and talents as a musician and performer. The album focuses on the concept of vision – including narrow mindedness – in all its many manifestations, whilst highlighting the dexterity and ingenuity of Sage’s musicianship.
Sage will support the album with a full schedule of global performances throughout the year. May will see Sage return to the UK to perform alongside celebrated musician, and critically acclaimed BBC actor, Heather Peace on her national UK tour. Head to her website for all ticket information, and to check if they are coming to a city near you.
The title ‘PseudoMyopia’, a condition that is more commonly known as short-sightedness, is used as a metaphor to describe society’s often short-sighted approach to diversity and difference, whilst the album as a whole shows us how to challenge and change this type of bigotry. Throughout the album Sage encourages and emboldens her listeners to explore and challenge the prejudices that they are privy to both internally and externally.
The album’s title also has a personal meaning for Sage, who is legally blind without corrective lenses. It is because of this that she has decided to team up with Vision Aid Overseas to help provide glasses to people living in low- and middle-income countries.
A staggering 1.2 billion people worldwide cannot see clearly simply because they do not have a pair of glasses, and 89% of those people affected live in low and middle-income countries. Vision Aid Overseas have been working across Africa for over 30 years, helping some of the world’s poorest and most isolated communities to access affordable and sustainable eye care services and glasses so that children can learn properly in school and adults can work and earn a living to provide for their families.
Sage said about the partnership, "It's a privilege and an honor to be representing such an important organization. As a visual artist who has been legally blind without glasses for most of my life, I certainly know just how life-changing the resources are that Vision Aid Overseas provides, and I'm eager to do whatever I can to cast light on the vital work that they do!"
Just £5 is enough to provide an adult or a child with a life-changing eye test and pair of prescription glasses, please donate today: https://www.visionaidoverseas.org/donate/donate/credit-card
Focusing on the concept of vision in all its many manifestations, Sage balances the political and the personal with striking depth and perspective on 'PseudoMyopia', exploring such topics as government surveillance, environmental protection, and female empowerment. The result is a declaration of self-assurance and vision, framed by musical ingenuity and emotional insight. It is an album about seeing things clearly again, about welcoming in spring after a long cold winter, and about celebrating new beginnings.
“This is a warm-weather record. These are songs about getting out there, thawing things out, and unearthing the truth. Sometimes you can’t do that in the dead of winter. But when the sun is shining, even the murkiest future appears hopeful” explained Sage when asked about the origins of the album.
The track list once again shows Sage’s flexibility as a lyricist and an artist. The gutsy and bolstering track ‘Alive’ is contrasted by the eerily unnerving ‘Snowed In’ (a track that taps into the global paranoia that sprung up following Edward Snowden’s involvement with Wikileaks).
During her career Rachael has shared the stage with artists such as Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, and Ani DiFranco - to name but a few - and 2017 saw Rachael take to the stage in a UK tour with synth-pop icon Howard Jones.
Rachael’s beautifully distinctive sound has also brought her to the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as won her the grand prize in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest along with several Independent Music Awards. She has also had 22 of her tracks featured on hit TV show ‘Dance Moms’, where they accompanied Sia’s breakout video star Maddie Ziegler and other stars of the show.
So, what can we expect next? Well, with the imminent release of ‘PseudoMyopia’ and a collection of live dates already scheduled for the summer, get ready to hear a lot more from this enigmatic artist and musician….
UK Tour Dates:
9. May Cardiff - The Globe *
10. May Bury - The Met *
11. May Glasgow - Websters Theatre *
13. May Aberdeen - Lemon Tree *
14. May Edinburgh - Cabaret Voltaire *
15. May Sale - Waterside Arts *
16. May London - The Bedford
30. June Barnsley - Wortley Beer Festival
5. July Oxfordshire - Cornbury Festival
9. July Glasgow - Nice-N-Sleazy
10. July North Shields - The Exchange
11. July Bradford - St. Cuthbert's Church
13. July Caerwys - Parafest
14. July Whitchurch - Percy's Cafe Bar
20. July Faulkland - Tucker's Grave Inn
* with Heather Peace