Shona Le Mottee and Tim Readman/Shona Le Mottee Band
Born on the Island of Jersey in the English Channel, Shona moved to Vancouver, Canada at age nine. Raised by a mother from the East coast of Scotland, Shona has deep roots in the musical traditions of Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton Island.
In 1995, Shona was chosen to join the Canadian Celtic-pop group, The Paperboys with whom she toured extensively throughout North America for over 2 years. In 1997, Shona recorded the album “Molinos” with The Paperboys, which won the Canadian Juno Award in 1998 for The Best Roots and Traditional Album – Group category.
In 1998/99, Shona performed with “Micheal Flatley’s Lord of the Dance” in Las Vegas and Orlando. She has also performed and recorded with: 5x World Champions – SFU Scottish Pipe Band, English songsmith – Tim Readman, West African folk musician – Alpha YaYa Dialo, Irish party bands – The Town Pants and The Pat Chessel Band, and Celtic Folk band – Mad Pudding.
Shona has taught fiddle music for over 17 years and is the former director and founder of the Vancouver Scottish Fiddle Club which ran successfully for 6 years. In 2002 – 2007, Shona was invited to teach at the Coast Strings Fiddle School in British Columbia and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp in Colorado. At these schools she was on staff with some of the best fiddlers in the world.
Shona released her debut solo recording, “Destination Grouville” in March 2005. On the recording Shona is accompanied by several accomplished musicians including Tim Readman (Guitar / Vocals), Keona Mundy (Flute) and the Mad Pudding Rhythm Section (Allan Dionne on percussion and Boris Favre on electric bass). Shona now performs with Tim, Boris and Allan in The Shona Le Mottee Band.Shona and Tim have been performing together in the band and as a duo for over 10 years. Audiences enjoy Tim’s hilarious patter between songs, and find an evening in his company to be entertaining from start to finish. His rhythm guitar playing is a perfect accompaniment to Shona’s fine fiddling style. Together they delight audiences everywhere they play.
“Destination Grouville is packed with skirling sets of Cape Breton and Irish tunes. ‘Finbar Dwyer’s’, ‘Daldowny’s’, ‘Exile Erin’, ‘Bog An Lochan Jam’ and the title track are hot stuff indeed. Five tunes are her own, with ‘Last Night’s Dream’ an energizing opener, ‘Red Gloves’ a lively dance piece, and ‘Blood From Stone’ a touching, melancholy air. There are three songs too, featuring Shona’s soft voice blending well with Tim’s Geordie grit. Readman produced the disc, and leads an excellent group of musicians laying down bewitching grooves for the Jersey girl’s spirited fiddle. This is an enjoyable album from the very talented Ms Le Mottee.”
DAVID INGRAM – Penguin Eggs Magazine – Canada’s Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine
“Destination Grouville encapsulates Le Mottee’s contemporary Celtic sound and live show – musically savvy and sassy.”
TONY MONTAGUE – Penguin Eggs Magazine – Canada’s Folk, Roots and World Music Magazine