The Shee - A Different Season
- Kenny Mathieson
- 8 January 2009
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.