Continuum whirlwind continues with April tour

Continuum
Photograph by Louise Bichan

The Shee’s much lauded 2016 album, Continuum, continues to garner critical acclaim – so much so that the band is responding to demand by taking to the road for a second album tour.

The album, composed and released in celebration of the band’s tenth anniversary, will be the focus of the nine-date tour which takes in venues throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The dates are:

9 April Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare

10 April Otley Courthouse, Otley

11 April The Sage, Gateshead

12 April Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

13 April The Met, Bury

14 April Universal Hall, Findhorn

15 April The Stables, Cromarty

16 April Workshops and acoustic show alongside mini festival featuring local artists as curated by The Shee, The Old Brewery, Cromarty

17 April Lyth Arts Centre, Wick

The announcement of the new tour comes after the band’s recent live session on BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe.

‘We’re delighted to be taking Continuum back out on the road again in Spring,’ says accordionist and clog dancer, Amy Thatcher, ‘playing for people up and down the country is our real passion and we’re so pleased that the album has captured so many people’s hearts and minds.’

What the press say:

‘A sophisticated, unexpectedly emotional set’ The Guardian

‘The Shee have already made a considerable mark on the folk landscape, but this excellent album takes them to another level’ fRoots

‘The premiere of Continuum at Celtic Connections was an unforgettable event; the album that’s grown from it is simply outstanding’ FolkRadio UK

‘Innovative, creative and beautifully crafted’ Bright Young Folk

‘A thoughtful and emotional collection of songs and instrumentals’ FATEA

‘An impressive, intelligent album’ Folk Witness

‘Sophisticated layering and interplay’ The Living Tradition

If you would like to order a copy of the one of the albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the The Shee – Continuum link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

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Artists’ website: www.theshee.com

‘Troubles/Norther Frisk’ live at Celtic Connections:

THE SHEE – Continuum (Shee Records SHEE4)

ContinuumThe concept behind Continuum, supported by Celtic Connections, was to celebrate their tenth anniversary by having each of them commission a musician of their choice to write a piece of music for the album. That’s only half the story, of course, for the band had then to arrange the music for six players and write some pieces to bind the whole thing together.

The opening song is ‘From The Shadows’ by Laura-Beth Salter. It’s a powerful call to arms to … ah, well. It could be a feminist piece, the logical first thought, but it could be a warning to the rich and powerful that the poor and oppressed aren’t going to take it any more. Next come two atmospheric pieces by Kathryn Tickell; one evoking the borders and the other with a Scandinavian feel. The playing, needless to say, is exquisite.

Rachel Newton commissioned Karine Polwart and the result is ‘Song For Mary’. The Mary in question is Mary Brooksbank, composer of ‘The Jute Mill Song’ and an archive recording of one verse forms the introduction. We’re not told that it’s Mary herself but I’d like to think it is. Amy Thatcher naturally turned to a box-player and who better than Andy Cutting? Olivia Ross’ choice was Chris Wood who shares the credit for ‘Cradle Song’ with lyricist Hugh Lupton. The Shee turns what could be a pretty little song into something quite strange so you’re not sure whether this a mother singing to her baby from the safety of a warm fireside or struggling home from the storm outside.

Laura-Beth, Amy and Shona Mooney provide the next two tune sets with Shona responsible for the wonderfully titled ‘The Vampire Rabbit Of Newcastle’. Olivia wrote ‘Precious Tears’, a song for children – possibly the band members’ own – and Brian Finnegan wrote a trio of tunes with Lillias- Kinsman-Blake’s flute and a journey through India in mind. Finally, we have Martin Simpson’s song for his mother. ‘Dance With Me’ might be seen as the companion-piece to ‘Never Any Good’. Laura-Beth sings it and plays mandolin where Martin would use guitar and the band play what is almost an orchestral accompaniment.

Continuum is a monument to musical collaboration and the exchange of ideas but more than that, it is a tribute to six exceptionally talented musicians.

Dai Jeffries

If you would like to order a copy of the one of the albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the THE SHEE – Continuum link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

Artists’ website: https://theshee.com/

‘Ower Late For The Lasses/Sheepolska’ and more with Kathryn Tickell live at Celtic Connections 2016: