Saturday 15th April, 8.00pm
Tickets: £10 / £8 concession / £5 under 16s
Available on the door or firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past ten years, The Shee has enjoyed performances at some of the world’s best known music venues and festivals, including Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament building; Celtic Connections; Cambridge Folk Festival; Cropredy Festival; the Scots Trad Music Awards; Blas; Rhythms Of The World; and Nordsjøfestivalen in Norway. Nominated for both ‘Folk Band Of The Year’ and ‘Best Live Act’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards, The Shee have released three highly acclaimed albums – Murmurations (2015), Decadence (2010) and A Different Season (2008) – and move into their second decade a highly respected, multi-faceted, accomplished ensemble.
The Shee is:
Lillias Kinsman-Blake: flute, graphics and visuals
Shona Mooney: fiddle
Rachel Newton: harp, vocals
Olivia Ross: fiddle, vocals
Laura-Beth Salter: mandolin, vocals
Amy Thatcher: accordion, clog dancer
Few bands would dare to involve the biggest, most respected names of their genre in their latest project, but The Shee, quietly, steadily building a reputation for innovative arrangements and immaculate live performances, have undoubtedly earned the respect of their peers. The Shee's latest project is no run of the mill, sequential album, either, but a thoughtful, considered celebration of their first decade together.
Continuum was conceived by the band with Celtic Connections, one of the most influential and important festivals in contemporary British folk music. The project has given each member of The Shee license to dream: to commission a British folk musician hero to write an original piece specifically with the band in mind. The musicians duly chosen were: Andy Cutting, Brian Finnegan, Karine Polwart, Martin Simpson, Kathryn Tickell and Chris Wood, and the pieces given their world premiere at Celtic Connections 2016.
This album, then, is the aural souvenir of that collaboration, ten tracks varying in theme and influence but bound by exquisite craftwomanship. There might be six performers in the band, and multi instrumental skills in abundance, but each track allows the narrative – be that words or melody – to take centre stage with accompaniment that is never the most obvious choice but complements naturally.
The Shee will also be holding harp, fiddle and mandolin workshops at the Old Brewery on Sunday 16th April, followed by a 'Mini Festival' with students, The Shee themselves and local instrumentalists joining in. Pop in and enjoy the craic!