Jacqui McShee

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Jacqui McShee
Jacqui McShee and Pentangle performing at the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Jacqueline McShee

(1943-12-25) December 25, 1943 (age 75)
OccupationMusician and singer
Known forMember of the band Pentangle

Jacqueline 'Jacqui' McShee (born 25 December 1943) is an English singer. Since 1966 she has performed with Pentangle, a jazz-influenced folk rock band.


McShee was born in Catford, South London. Her musical career began as a soloist in British folk clubs in the mid 1960s.[1] After working with guitarist John Renbourn, she co-founded Pentangle.[1]

Pentangle rapidly established itself as one of the earliest exponents of the British folk rock movement. However, in addition to attracting fans of traditional British folk, they also drew audiences from the rock, pop and psychedelic folk worlds.[2] 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.[1]

In 1995 McShee 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's 'Album of the Year'. In 1998 McShee 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.


  1. ^ a b c Harris, Craig. "Jacqui McShee Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Pentangle Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-03.

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