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Home-town girl Rachael at The Civic on Friday

Rachael McShane, a singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player from Barnsley is to putting on a show in her hometown on Friday,

Best known as an original member of folk big band Bellowhead, Rachael toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances. Bellowhead recorded five studio albums, and won a total of 8 BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together.

Rachael (pictured) has more recently been singing the role of Susannah Holmes in a new adaptation of The Transports alongside The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.

Rachael’s first solo album ‘No Man’s Fool’ was released on Navigator Records in 2009. Her band for the album was made up of musicians from outside the folk genre but featured entirely traditional material.

Rachael’s brand new album (her first since 2009) 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). ‘When All Is Still’ is out now.

Rachael McShane & The Cartographers are a brand new signing to Topic Records, the oldest independent label in the world, on the eve of its 80th anniversary.

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.

The Cartographers are made us of Matthew Ord, a guitarist and singer living in Newcastle, and Julian Sutton, a melodeon player from the North East of England.

Matthew currently plays with local bluegrass outfit Assembly Lane and with fiddle player Niles Krieger as The Two. Over the past ten years Matthew has performed, recorded and toured in the UK, the US and Canada both as a solo performer and with critically-acclaimed country blues band Hey Negrita.

Julian has toured extensively with artists including Kathryn Tickell and Sting. He released his solo album ‘Melodeon Crimes’ in 2005 and has played on many great folk albums in recent years.

Rachael McShane & The Cartographers will be at The Civic on Friday 2 November at 8:00pm. Tickets are £12

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