Scheduled Brindley Events General News

There is a treat for folk music fans when Rachael McShane & the Cartographers come to the Brindley Theatre on Friday 1 April 2022.

And you’d be a fool to miss Rachael McShane, a singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player based in the North East of England.

An original member of folk big band Bellowhead, Rachael toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances.

Bellowhead recorded 5 studio albums, and won a total of 8 BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together.

She has more recently been singing the role of Susannah Holmes in The Transports alongside The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.

Rachael is now working on a new solo project of traditional songs and is playing with a brand new band, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting).

Sid Smith, BBC Music said of her “You’re in the presence of something very special…what a voice’”

Support on the night is from Tyneside trio Candi’s Dog, who are at the very top of their unique Folk­Pop game with crisp, upbeat melodies and warming harmonies generously supplying a comforting air of familiarity whilst simultaneously providing a fresh take on the Folk Pop genre.

With crystal­ clear tones combined with bucket loads of untouchable sincerity, the resulting mash­up is akin tothe likes of Bright Eyes and Fleetwood Mac along with the lyrical qualities of Ed Sheeran and Bob Dylan.

For tickets and information: or contact the box office on 0151 907 8360.