Known as an authentic musician with rich blues vocals, over the past six years Sarah Shiels has been making a name for herself. As an experienced bass guitarist and vocalist, she has gigged extensively across the UK and Internationally, initially playing locally around Yorkshire with her first band ‘The Velvet Dolls’, before going on to play around England with ‘Jackson D’ and ‘Rivers Johansson and The Deemed Unrighteous’, as well as the likes of Seattle, Spain and Germany with ex blues-punk band ‘Ming City Rockers’. Back in 2017 she embarked upon a brief project of psychedelic folk and blues with a new band, debuting at Beverley Folk Festival. They went on to support the likes of 'Curtis Eller's American Circus' at the renown New Adelphi Club in Hull, as well as the acclaimed 'Jeffrey Lewis'. More recently, she played with garage rock and roll outfit ‘The Black Delta Movement’, and throughout 2018, toured the UK and Europe. She is currently playing with 'The Dyr Sister', 'Fire (The Unstoppable Force)', 'Rivers Johansson', 'Chubby Mam' and 'Cowfish".
Sarah also performs solo, combining folk and blues alongside her poetry. She has supported ‘Rod Clements’ (Lindisfarne), ‘Tom Hingley’ (Inspiral Carpets), ‘Wreckless Eric’, ‘Ted Key’ (The Housemartins), ‘SUSTO’, ‘Greg Russell’, ‘Anthony D’Amato’ and 'Jesca Hoop' to name a few. In 2018, she also released her first collection of poetry, titled 'Two Years'.
“Sarah Shiels truly made her mark at this year’s festival. Along with her incredibly talented band, she mesmerised the audience with powerful riffs alongside her distinctive rich, bluesy vocals.”
“A number of people commented on how great it was to see something completely unique at the festival, especially from an up and coming talent like Sarah, performing with her band on a main stage at our festival.”
-Beverley Folk Festival
"It turns out Sarah Shiels has a voice like honey poured over diamonds."
"She already is one of the best new voices on the Yorkshire scene and she can only go up from there."