Sparky, charismatic and intensely assured
A highly original and energetic musical force just as likely to move you to tears as to move you to your feet.
Frequently referred to as one of the hardest working bands on the scene, The Shackleton Trio is gaining significant UK and International exposure, becoming an in demand name on the folk circuit. 2018 saw plays on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show, five star reviews, an appearance on Cambridge Folk Festival's main stage alongside a host of UK and European festivals and international tours.
The Shackleton Trio are Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin). Natural talents of the folk tradition, their self-penned material blends seamlessly with their imaginative yet authentic re-workings of traditional folk standards, influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from the group's native East Anglia.
The unique, distinctive songwriting style of Georgia Shackleton, combined with the vibrant instrumental brilliance of Aaren Bennett, Nic Zuppardi and Georgia's pure and original voice have developed and matured through two critically acclaimed albums: The Dog Who Would Not Be Washed and new release Fen, Farm and Deadly Water.
"A great sound altogether"
Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland
a voice entirely of their own
"superb with stunning harmonies"
-Sean McGhee, Editor, RnR Magazine
?"the combined forces of the Trio deliver a stylish mix of material and influences with a direct and equal-handed commitment and tremendous panache"
"An excellent debut album" ????
SUPPORT FROM RACHEL CARSTAIRS
North East Folk singer, Rachel Carstairs is one of Scotland's most exciting young traditional singers. Rachel started singing at the age of 4 and picked up the fiddle when she was 7. In 2016/17 Rachel attended the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton. Her first singing teacher was Wendy Weatherby and her current teacher is Fiona Hunter. She has previously been taught fiddle by Barbara Anderson and Gordon Gunn.
In 2016 she worked with the BBC for a Radio Programme called The Untold for BBC Radio 4, which is about her journey for her audition into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Rachel has also made appearances on BBC ALBA and BBC 1 Scotland for Robbie's Shepard's Take the Floor, Keith Festival Special.
Rachel has performed at many events such as Keith TMSA Festival, Olympic Torch Tomintoul 2014, National Piping Centre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Blue Lamp Aberdeen Folk Club.
She is currently studying BMus Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studies Scots Song and is taught by Fiona Hunter.
From representing schools at Word National competitions to competing in local festivals, Rachel has a passion for singing. Rachel performed at the 25th Anniversary of Celtic Connections in 2018 along with many other members from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.