The Shee Band – Cast
The Shee Band Members
Electro harp and vocals
“‘Rachel Newton is well equipped to take centre stage in her own right and this second solo albumis a beauty…fascinating stuff’ (5 * Playlist Selection) ” – fRoots Magazine
Rachel is a founder member of The Shee. In addition The The Furrow Collective. Rachel also writes and performs her own solo material, releasing albums
- The Shadow Side in 2012
- Changeling in 2014
- To the Awe in 2020 – Nominated for the SAY Award
Rachel recently started working on the project Heal and Harrow with Lauren Maccoll. As well as voice and harp, Rachel also plays fiddle and viola and works across a range of performance platforms. These include theatre and storytelling.
“This is the sound of modern Scotland, as surely as draws on folklore and tradition, Newton’s singing and harp at the heart of a singular vision.” – The Herald
“Amy is and always has been the most amazing Accordion player, my right hand woman!” Kathryn Tickell
Amy Thatcher is a professional accordionist and composer based in the North East of England. Her reputation as one of the UK’s leading folk accordionists is garnered from working with legends such as.
- Kathryn Tickell
- The Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Amy is a key member of several well known folk acts in the UK including.
- Kathryn Tickell and the Darkening,
- The Shee
- The electronic folk super-group,
- We Are The Monsters
Her work has taken her across the world from The Royal Albert Hall to the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia.Amy’s musical upbringing owes a lot to Stockport’s famous “Fosbrook’s Folk Education Trust” with whom she trained from the age of eight on accordion, fiddle, piano and clog dancing.
During this time Amy was taught by, and recorded with, accordion virtuoso Murray Grainger. That first brilliant album, entitled “Paper Bird”, was recorded when she was just 16 years old.
From 18 onwards she continued her musical education in Newcastle on the prestigious Folk and Traditional Music degree course.
Mandolin and vocals
Laura-Beth is a singer, mandolin player and composer from Lincolnshire. She is now based in Glasgow. Her background is in
- The Blues
- Bluegrass music
Laura-Beth’s parents play Bluegrass Music, but after studying the Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene. She began her performing career as a founder member of The Shee.
In recent years Laura-Beth has also guest performed with renowned folk bands such as Shooglenifty, Frigg and Dougie Maclean’s big band ‘The MacLean Project’. In addition she tours with Kinnaris Quintet with acclaimed guitarist and singer Jenn Butterworth.
In 2012, Laura-Beth’s New Voices commission of songs and instrumentals for Celtic Connections earned her a nomination for the MG Alba Scots Trad Award Composer of the Year. This material developed into her debut album ‘Breathe’.
Percussion / kit
Scottish-Icelandic percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir is to be found regularly gigging, touring, recording and accompanying dance.
Signy has been developing her unique style throughout her varied career. She creates groove and uses unusual percussion instruments for
Recent performances include James Grant, Yola Carter and “Scotland Sings Canada” for Southern Fried Festival. Her recording credits are extensive and include Capercaillie, Sharleen Spiteri and Theatre Stratford East (“Room” soundtrack). She has toured the globe from Venezuela to Indonesia and loves being part of Glasgow’s vibrant music scene.
Fiddle and vocals
Olivia Ross is a singer, fiddle player, song-writer and violin instructor from the Highlands of Scotland. She took up the fiddle when only nine years old. Olivia studied both classical and traditional styles making her a hugely versatile musician and teacher.
In 2002 Olivia left Scotland to study on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music degre. Whilst there she discovered her love and talent for the Scots Ballad tradition. A style which Olivia has now made her own.
Best known as a founder member of The Shee, Olivia has also performed with Scottish super-group The Unusual Suspects. In addition she has collaborated with well known folk musicians such as Chris Wood, Kathryn Tickell and Corina Hewatt.
Olivia has her debut album due out in 2022.
Lillias is a touring musician and artist. She is a founder member of The Shee and has performed both within the traditional music scene and for
- classically inspired projects
Lillias works and lives with her family in Glasgow; balancing art, music, unschooling two young children and the building of an intergenerational community centre that supports self-directed education and nature connection.
In moments of quiet; word and imagery, stories and illustration, spark a joy which finds her with paint brush, pencil or crayon in hand and a podcast or music in ear; nestled in her studio.
Lillias is currently working on her children’s picture book illustration alongside her paintings and performing with The Shee.