Shelagh McKay Jones and Pauline Vallance are acclaimed singer/songwriters who enjoy sharing stories and experiences through songs, which vary from thought-provoking to lighthearted. Expect a range of emotions and styles.
Shelagh McKay Jones – Singer/Songwriter – Greenock (Traditional, Celtic, Folk, Roots, Americana, Pop & World Fusion)
Described as a local luminary Shelagh tells stories of love, life and laughter with her well-crafted songs, both a capella and self-accompanied in her individual percussive guitar style. Shelagh was awarded Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Open Stage Award in 2015 after winning Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival in 2014 and is the founder of SongWriters Uncovered Series CIC, a member of the Scottish Music Industry Association advisory board and a member of Scottish Women In Music board of directors. She has shared stages with Alastair McDonald, Gaberlunzie, Rab Noakes, Archie Fisher, Jez Lowe, James Keelaghan, Sylvia Barnes, Siobhan Miller, James Grant, Maisie Peters, Katee Kross and many more.
“Possessing an ethereal voice, Shelagh’s repertoire evoked bucolic themes and social fairness. The audience were encouraged to sing along with the last couple of numbers and Shelagh left the stage to thundering applause” – Brian Fraser (review of Celtic Connections on Campus 2020).
Pauline is a singer/songwriter and clarsach player from Ayrshire and has been likened to “a Scottish Joni Mitchell”.
In usual circumstances, she likes to play in as many varied settings as possible, from Stirling Castle to Tannahill’s Cottage, from an extinct volcano to a riverboat in Australia. During Lockdown, she wrote and released the album Blue Leaves, which was Celtic Music Radio’s Album of the Week in May 2021. She also developed a habit of singing One Song to the Tune of Another, which is exactly as it sounds! Gigs will often consist of her own songs, some traditional songs, particularly those of Burns and often some Songs to the Tune of Another. In 2021, she appeared at the Moira Furnace Folk Festival, at Gainsborough Folk Club, Springthorpe Village Hall, Edinburgh Folk Club and presented a show at the Edinburgh Fringe. She is currently working on another album of original songs with support from Creative Scotland and produced by James Grant.
“delightful and convivial on so many levels; her pure, melodious voice; the engaging songs” (Springthorpe Hall concert)