SHONA LE MOTTEE
Shona started playing the fiddle at the age of seven on the Island of Jersey, in the English Channel. At age nine she moved to Vancouver, Canada where she continued to develop her music under fiddling greats such as Alasdair Fraser, Buddy MacMaster, Bruce Molsky, Daniel Lapp, and Martin Hayes.
In September, 1995, Shona was chosen to join the internationally known Canadian Celtic-pop group, "The Paperboys". During the 2 ½ years she was with the band, she toured extensively throughout North America playing on stages from Vancouver and San Francisco to Halifax and New York. She has performed at sold-out festivals and venues such as: The Boston Irish Festival, the Vancouver Folk Music and Celtic Festivals, the Toronto Harbourfront and Celtic Festivals, the Victoria Celtic Festival, the Owen Sound Folk Festival, the Kentucky Folk Festival, the Seattle Folklife and Bumbershoot Festivals, the Spectrum in Montreal, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and many more. Shona was also part of the du Maurier Concert Series, the Huron Carol Concert Series, and the MuchMusic Canadian benefit tour for AIDS.
During the summer of 1997, Shona recorded the album "Molinos" with The Paperboys. It was released on the Stony Plain/Warner Canada label and won the Canadian Juno Award in March 1998 for "The Best Roots and Traditional Album - Group" category. Shona also recorded two music videos with The Paperboys which were broadcast across the country on "CMT" and "MuchMusic". She has made appearances on radio and T.V. shows such as: CBC radio, Terminal City (CBC TV), Muchmusic in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, and San Francisco, the Vicki Gabreau Show (TV), the CMT Rockin' Country Series (TV), Entertainment Desk in Toronto (TV), Breakfast Television in Toronto and Vancouver, and numerous other radio stations in Canada and the USA.
In 1998/99, Shona performed with "Micheal Flatley's Lord of the Dance" at the New York, NY Casino in Las Vegas and at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. More recently, Shona has performed and recorded with several local Canadian bands such as "Fear of Drinking", "Tim Readman", "Alpha YaYa Dialo", "The Town Pants", and "Mad Pudding".
Shona is also in great demand as a fiddle teacher. She has been teaching privately for over 12 years and is the founder and director of the Vancouver Scottish Fiddle Club which is currently in its sixth successful year. During the summers of 2002 - 2004 Shona was invited to teach at the Coast Strings Fiddle School in British Columbia and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp in Denver, Colorado. At these schools she was on staff with some of the best fiddlers in the world such as: Bruce Molsky, Seamus Connelly, Richard Greene, Iain Fraser, Pierre Schryer, and David Greenburg.
Shona has just finished recording her debut solo album which was released in March 2005.