Jacqui McShee

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

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

(1943-12-25) 25 December 1943 (age 77)
OccupationMusician and singer
Known forMember of the band Pentangle


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 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.

In 2020 she and British guitarist Kevin Dempsey released From There to Here (MCDEM 001), a recording of self-composed songs and traditional tunes. In November 2020 she was reported to be living in Surrey, England.[3][4]

McShee has a sister. Both of them joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the early 1960s.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Harris, Craig. "Jacqui McShee Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Pentangle Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  3. ^ Sexton, Paul. "The Prog Interview: Jacqui McShee". Prog Magazine, issue 114, Nov. 1, 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  4. ^ Shaw, Peter. "JACQUI MCSHEE & KEVIN DEMPSEY: FROM THERE TO HERE". folkradio.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  5. ^ Shaw op. cit.

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