The Shee - A Different Season (4 stars)

The Shee - A Different Season

(Shee Records)


The Shee have been attracting favourable comment for a while on the live circuit now, and this impressive debut album bears out the growing reputation the six-piece all-women band have accrued. Harpist Rachel Newton, fiddler Olivia Ross and mandolin player Laura Beth Soltge alternate on vocal, and each brings a different dimension to an already diverse selection of songs.

They add their considerable prowess to the band’s powerful instrumental line-up as well, where they are joined by flautist Lillias Kinsmann-Blake, fiddler Shona Mooney and accordion player Amy Thatcher. Their focused playing is heard to advantage on the energised instrumental sets drawn from a range of sources, including their own tunes as well as the Scottish traditional repertoire and Scandinavian music.

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