What do you do when one of your number is invited to curate a Women In Folk series at London’s King’s Place? You augment your number to include more fabulous female musicians, of course!
The Trad: Reclaimed Women In Folk series, which took place earlier this month, sought to shine a light on women in the contemporary folk scene, and celebrate those that helped make the scene what it is today. The series was the brainchild of The Shee’s harpist and vocalist, Rachel Newton, and featured The Shee as an 11-piece big band, with Scottish-Icelandic drummer and percussionist, Signy Jakobsdottir, alongside other folk scene favourites – Lori Watson, Heather Downie, Jenn Butterworth and Mairearad Green – joining the ranks.
And now, The Shee plan to head back out on the road, with Signy Jakobsdottir continuing to provide the beats. This will give fans of The Shee a unique opportunity to hear a new perspective on the band’s rich signature arrangements.
The Shee is:
Lillias Kinsman-Blake: flute, graphics and visuals
Rachel Newton: harp, vocals
Olivia Ross: fiddle, vocals
Laura-Beth Salter: mandolin, vocals
Amy Thatcher: accordion, clog dancer
Please note: fiddler with The Shee, Shona Mooney, will not be appearing on this tour.
Scottish-Icelandic percussionist and drummer, Signy Jakobsdottir, has over 30 years of experience – her recording and performing credits include work with Capercaillie, Emily Smith, Michael McGoldrick, Patsy Reid, Josie and Pablo, Robyn Stapleton, Mischa Macpherson, and Sharleen Spiteri to name a few. In addition to playing regularly in the folk scene, she also works in dance and theatre playing live and developing scores. She plays a broad range of instruments from congas to cajon, darbukka to drum kit and uses bells, gongs and unusual percussion instruments to create atmosphere, texture and a unique sound.
The Shee are previous nominees of Best Live Act at the MG Albs Scots Trad Awards, while harpist and vocalist, Rachel Newton, was BBC Radio Folk Award Musician of the Year in 2017.
Amy Thatcher releases her first solo record, Solo, in May 2019.
Artists’ website: theshee.com
The Shee Big Band live:
Friday 12 April 2019 National Forest Folk Club, Moira, Leicestershire
Saturday 13 April 2019 ThePlough @ TheGeorge, South Molton, Devon
Sunday 14 April 2019 Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
Monday 15 April 2019 Nettlebed Village Club, Nr Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
Wednesday 17 April 2019 Red Lion Folk Club, Birmingham
Thursday 18 April 2019 Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles
Saturday 20 April 2019 An Talla Mhòr, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye