After a short hiatus, we were excited to be re-united this weekend to perform at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards. Not only was it the first time all sox of us have played together for a while, but we were also joined by Lori Watson, Mairearad Green, Jenn Butterworth, Heather Downie and Signy Jakobsdottir – the first outing of our new big band! It was a great honour to get to open the show, and we all had such a good night. Thanks to Hands Up for Trad for inviting us to play, and to Louis Decarlo for the wonderful photos.
You can watch the show on the iPlayer here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09h2stz
That’s us for 2017 now. We hope you have a fantastic festive season, and we’ll be back with more news in 2018.
The Shee xx
We are very sorry to announce that our October tour will no longer be taking place. We were due to play at Nettlebed Village Club, Pitville Pump (Cheltenham), MAC Birmingham and ARC Stockton on Tees, but as two of our band members are currently dealing with serious health issues – Olivia is current undergoing chemotherapy, while Rachel is just out of surgery – we have decided not to go ahead on this occasion. Though we have looked at ways to continue with deps, we just don’t think we can do the gigs without two integral members of our team. We will be back on the road next year, and would like to thank the venues for being so understanding of the situation. They will arrange refund information soon. With love, The Shee x
Hi folks. We’re happy to announce a few more Continuum dates this coming October. They will be the last ones specifically focusing on our ten year anniversary project, but don’t worry, they wont be our last gigs! Folk Radio UK have kindly featured the October dates and a nod to Continuum here – http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2017/08/the-shee-continuum-tour-2017/
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!
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
” 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
” 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.