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Jacqui McShee

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Jacqueline ‘Jacqui’ McShee (born 25 December 1943, in Catford, South East London) is an English singer. Since 1966 she has performed with Pentangle, a jazz influenced folk rock band.

McShee’s musical career began as a soloist in British folk clubs in the mid-1960s. After working with guitarist John Renbourn, she co-founded Pentangle.

Pentangle rapidly established itself as one of the earliest exponents of the British folk rock movement. However, they drew audiences from the rock and pop worlds as well as traditionalists. The original band played a mixture of ballads, blues, and jazz, often blending these genres in the same piece.

In 1994, McShee formed a new band named Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle which, with a few personnel changes, is still performing today.

In 1995 Jacqui performed as a session singer, along with her husband, drummer Gerry Conway, on the album “Active in The Parish” by the singer-songwriter David Hughes. It was voted the Q magazine “Album of the Year”. Hughes is also the author of “The Fairport Tour”. In 1998 she teamed up with Ulrich Maske to record “The Frog and the Mouse” and “The Cat and the Fiddle”. These two books were designed to help German children to learn to speak English.

Out on GJS Records in 2005, Feoffees’ Lands is the third studio project since Passe Avant (1998) and About Thyme (1995). Material includes traditional folk song arrangements, jazz standards and new compositions.

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