We’re just about recovered from a fantastic weekend playing at National Forest Folk Club and then Priddy Folk Festival, where the sun was shining, and the festival sprits were high!
Friday night was Jenn’s first gig depping for Amy (although she has covered for LB before), so we had get together in Newcastle to run through everything before hand. This meant that we got to call in on Amy and her little one who are doing very well!
Jenn did a great job at not only providing us with solid, driving guitar accompaniment, but utilising her freeze pedal so that she could emulate some of Amy’s drones. Great fun!
Saturday’s gig at Priddy was particularly special because Brian Finnegan hopped up to join us for our last number – the piece Lillias commissioned him to write for our Continuum project. If anyone has any photo evidence of this we’d love to see it!
Next up we’re heading to Norway on Saturday to play at Vikedal Roots Festival, then onto Sale (Greater Manchester) the following Tuesday for Refract17 where we’ll be doing a full show at the Waterside Arts Centre. Hopefully see some of you there!
Cheers from Priddy!
The Shee x
Since having a fantastic time touring in April, we have all been busy working on our other projects – Rachel Newton is on tour with her own band, Shona is involved in a theatre production called Beyond The End of the Road written by our good friend Katie Doherty as well as gigging with The Monster Ceilidh Band and LB has been gigging with her duo, Jenn & Laura-Beth, as well as being involved in a huge team of musicians who have released new album celebrating the music of Fraser Shaw.
As the summer gigs are drawing closer, we are excited to announce that Jenn Butterworth (Songs of Separation, Fiddler’s Bid) will be gigging with us while Amy takes some time off to be a Mum. Jenn has played with The Shee before, and we love her style! Amy will be back with us in August.
Keep an eye on our gigs page for upcoming dates.
We’ll leave you with a couple photos from our April tour taken by Dave Pegg at the Wlitshore Music Centre. See you for summer festivities!
The Shee x
As we come to an end of our ten year anniversary year, we thought it would be nice to share some messages with you from all of us before we all disappear for a few festive days off over Christmas. Our last gig was a live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, and the good news is, you can still hear it on the iPlayer here. We’ll leave you with a few fond memories of a fantastic ten years, and look forward seeing you all in the new year.
” What an amazing and intense year. It has been such a privilege to learn, arrange, record and perform the music written for us. Although this is the first album where we have not chosen every piece, but been given 6 of the 10 compositions I really connect with all the music. From the dissatisfaction and frustration of our political system but with defiant ending of Laura-Beth’s ‘From the Shadows’; to the feminist ‘Song for Mary’ by Karine Polwart; Chris Wood and Hugh Luton’s “Cradle song’ (which happens to be my 8 month old son’s favourite lullaby at the moment) and of course Brian Finnegan’s compositions which evokes such amazing memories of India for me every time I play it. I could go on… Here is to the next 10 years! “ – Lillias
Linda and Lillias Kinsman-Blake by Sean Purser
” I would firstly like to thank the other members of the Shee, not only for a fantastic 10 years of playing music together but for a wonderful 10 years of friendship. From Canada to Cromarty during my 20’s we’ve always had a great time. I look forward to spending my 30’s, if slightly differently… with them. “ – Amy
Rehearsing with Kathryn Tickell for ‘Continuum.’
” Hi folks!
so, last week saw our last gig of the year, and what a year its been!
It started with the launch of our Continuum project at Celtic Connections to a fantastic crowd in the Mitchell Theatre – one of the most memorable and special gigs I have ever had the pleasure to be involved in. Each member of the band invited their chosen composer to join us on stage so that the audience could hear exactly where the pieces had come from. Having Martin Simpson write us such a personal and moving song, and then performing it in front of him, in front of a crowd was pretty exhilarating to say the least! Martin was a support throughout the process, and I am very grateful he agreed to be on board. You can see a video of the song, as well as the duet we sang, here.
Recording and then gigging the music throughout the year has felt like such a special opportunity, and a memorable way to mark our ten year anniversary as a band. A lot has happened in those ten years, but I have The Shee to thanks for being there throughout, both as one of the most important creative outlets in my career and as some of my closest and most trusted friends.
Here’s to the next ten years! “ – Laura-Beth
” The Shee has been such an integral part of my musical education over the last ten years. Arranging tunes and songs and performing with this band has informed everything else I’ve done. And more importantly than that, I’ve learned so much in general and experienced such support from a group of women who often feel more like sisters than band mates. “ – Rachel
**** The Guardian – Robin Denselow “A sophisticated, unexpectedly emotional set.”
***** – fRoots Magazine – Colin Irwin “ The Shee have already made a considerable mark on the folk landscape, but this excellent album takes them to another level.”
We would like to offer special thanks to;
Linda Kinsman-Blake, our agent for many years
Duncan Lyall – a better producer we couldn’t wish for
Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios, for knowing our sound and being so invested in our recordings
Kathryn Tickell, Karine Polwart, Brian Finnegan, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Chris Wood for agreeing to compose for our project, and being so supportive along the journey.
Our audiences, who are just blummin lovely and a pleasure to play for
Our families, partners and friends for believing in us and your continued support throughout the last ten years.
Now we’re off to find some mulled wine and mince pies and relax!
Merry Christmas everyone, and see you in the new year.
A lovely 5* review has come in from fRoots Magazine, and they have also chosen Continuum as one of their albums of the month! You can hear the track Andy Cutting wrote for Amy, as well as tracks from all of their other chosen albums over at fRoots Radio.
If you pre-order Continuum through our Bandcamp page you will receive a free download of our first single from the album – Song For Mary. That’s the song Rachel Newton commissioned Karine Polwart to write! The CDs will be with you later in the month.
in case you haven’t seen them, the wonderful folk over at Trad TV have been featuring some videos from our launch of the Continuum pieces live at Celtic Connections earlier this year. The videos include us performing each piece we had commissioned, proceeded by an introduction and duet with our chosen composers.
In the latest video, you can see our own Shona Mooney dueting with her chosen composer, Kathryn Tickell, before we play her piece. enjoy!
Thanks to Folkwaves for featuring the first single from our upcoming Continuum album. From the 9th of September, anyone who pre-orders Continuum will receive a free download of ‘Song for Mary’ written for us by the wonderful Karine Polwart. Information on pre-orders will be available here very soon!
See the feature here – https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/folkwaves/jute-mill-songsong-for-mary-by-the-shee/
Our latest album, Continuum, is released on 23 September 2016. A celebration of our first decade together, Continuum is the result of an exciting collaborative project between The Shee and one of the most celebrated festivals in contemporary folk and traditional music, Glasgow’s Celtic Connections.
Celtic Connections commissioned us and six of our favourite contemporary composers to produce six new pieces written specifically to premiere at the 2016 festival. We enjoyed the dream scenario of approaching our heroes – Andy Cutting, Brian Finnegan, Karine Polwart, Martin Simpson, Kathryn Tickell and Chris Wood – and asking them to write tunes and songs with us in mind. And they did!
We’re delighted with the final result, so much so that we had to commit Continuum to record. You can preorder it very soon, or can buy it directly from us on our launch tour. We hope you like it!
Allan Wilkinson has kindly reviewed Saturday’s gig from the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds, which you can find on his NorthernSky Website here – http://www.northernskymag.com/reviews/live-reviews/shee