There’s always something new with a tour from The Shee.
Fans of the innovative, instrument-swapping sextet will be delighted to learn that this May marks another new chapter: the first tour with Scottish-Icelandic percussionist, Signy Jakobsdottir, as a permanent member. Nominated for musician of the year at the 2019 Scots Trad Music Awards, Jakobsdottir joined The Shee last year for a number of handpicked shows designed to augment and experiment with the band’s sound, taking old favourites to new aural places and to make possible a whole new avenue of arrangement and songwriting. The experiment worked, with Signy signing on the dotted line and taking up a permanent slot in the line-up for 2020 onwards.
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Signy’s arrival isn’t the only change to personnel. Original flautist, Lillias Kinsman-Blake, will be sharing duties with Glasgow-based flautist, Sarah Hayes, as her maternity leave comes to an end, while Amy Thatcher will be joined backstage by her newborn twins, who arrived rather unexpectedly on tour with The Shee in Germany in October 2019! Harpist and singer, Rachel Newton, says:
‘We are currently enjoying exploring much of our past material with the new line-up, including numbers we haven’t played for years or hadn’t attempted live before. Having the percussion has opened up new opportunities for us musically, and it’s really exciting to hear how Signy’s input enhances our work and brings out aspects of the arrangements we might not have noticed before. ‘We are planning for this tour to work up some new material as well, so there will be a chance to hear some brand new music.’
The name given to the tour, The Shadows, is derived from a track from the band’s tenth anniversary album, Continuum. The song is about being pushed into the shadows, being ignored, with voices unheard or silenced. It refers to reserves of hidden strength and, the band feel, has a greater political relevance today more than ever….
Tour dates are as follows:
Wed 6th May Traverse Theatre 1, Edinburgh Tradfest edinburghtradfest.com
Thurs 14th May Arlington Arts, Newbury arlington-arts.com
Fri 15th May Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury wiltshirecreative.co.uk
Sat 16th May Otley Courthouse, Otley, West Yorkshire otleycourthouse.org.uk
Sun 17th May The Stables,Milton Keynes https://stables.org/event/the-shee
Tues 19th May The Hawth, Crawley https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk
Wed 20th May Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury theatresevern.co.uk
Thurs 21st May Cranshaws Village Hall, Cranshaws, Scottish Borders Tickets: 01361 890 384 / email@example.com
Fri 22nd May The Hug and Pint, Glasgow thehugandpint.com
Sat 23rd May The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/music/the-shee-the-shadows-tour/2811
Sun 24th May Northern Rock Foundation Hall Sage, Gateshead sagegateshead.com/whats-on/folkworks-the-shee
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The Shee’s spring 2020 tour is called The Shadows, which is named after a track found on which 2016 album by the band?
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