Rachael McShane

Rachael McShane


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Rachael McShane is a singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player based in the North East of England. Best known as an original member of folk big band Bellowhead, Rachael toured internationally with them, recorded 5 studio albums and won a total of 8 BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together. Rachael’s first solo album, ‘No Man’s Fool,’ was released on Navigator Records in 2009.

Her second album, ‘When All Is Still,’ (on the legendary folk label, Topic Records; released August 2018), sees her reworking traditional songs with a new band, The Cartographers, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting). Recently, Rachael also sang the role of Susannah Holmes in a new adaptation of The Transports alongside The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton. As well as performing, Rachael is also a teacher and workshop leader, working in schools teaching violin/fiddle, cello and running string ensembles and choirs. She has also been a part of educational projects with organisations such as Aldeburgh Young Musicians and the National Youth Orchestra.