Shona Mooney & The Mosse Troopers

Musical tradition continues to be inspired by legend, landscape and love for the Scottish Borders and Northumberland.  

Having grown up immersed in the music and culture of the Scottish and English Borders, the acclaimed fiddler, Shona Mooney (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2006) unites with fellow accordionist extraordinaire Amy Thatcher and the highly imaginative guitarist Andy Watt. Together they create a scintillating new sound, sharing a deep commitment and passion for their traditional music. Seamlessly they move between self-penned compositions, reflecting countless contemporary influences and timeless old favourites.

Shona's unmistakable fiddle playing is complemented with innovative, gutsy and expressive arrangements by her companions. Expect occasional percussive clog dances from Amy, dazzling flat-picking tunes by Andy and a couple of songs from Shona. Allow your senses to be awakened and connect deeply with the musical heritage of the Scottish Borders and Northumberland.


THE FLYTING

Shona Mooney (fiddle, vocals), Sean O'Kane (button accordion, vocals), Amy Leach (Vocals, Piano) and Alasdair Paul (guitar, banjo and vocals)

The Flyting are an exciting new folk band steeped in the rich musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland.  The Flyting are an exciting new folk band steeped in the rich musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland. Their captivating sound weaves together powerful ballads, savage instrumental sets, contemplative slow airs and self-penned material. 

Having met on the Newcastle traditional music session scene in 2003, fiddler Shona Mooney and Belfast accordionist Sean O'Kane formed The Flyting in 2017 alongside Scots singer Amy Leach and Highland guitarist Alasdair Paul. Staying true to their roots whilst highlighting common threads between their cultures the group unleash their unique, feisty and innovative approach. The soaring fiddle of Shona Mooney, dancing rhythms of accordionist Sean O'Kane alongside the extraordinary emerging Scots singer and accompanists Amy Leach and Alasdair Paul. Expect to be swept away on an incredible musical adventure with enthralling songs, dynamic tunes, captivating tales, perhaps some tirades and, without a doubt, lots of fun.

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THE SHEE

The Shee celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2016 with the release of their fourth album, Continuum.  It showcases their three exceptionally strong singers alongside astonishing instrumental prowess.  Their diverse range of individual musical influences combine to produce an adventurous brew of folk, Gaelic and Bluegrass. The arrangements on the new album are a mixture of their signature complex, inter-weaving textures and a brave, stripped-back feel on certain tracks.   The new album, in part, illustrates a different side to a band unafraid to explore new territory and mix their ever-changing individual influences together, all the while managing to maintain a unique, recognisable sound.

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Shona Mooney & Amy Thatcher

Shona and Amy began playing music together in Newcastle-upon-Tyne whilst attending the BMus Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University.  They continue to arrange traditional and newly composed tunes in their fresh approach to the box and fiddle partnership.  

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