Ruth Lambert ~ Ruth began treading the boards at the tender age of six, having watched her mother appear in every musical known to mankind, and decided that the stage was the place for her. After singing, playing, dancing and partying her way around the clubs and pubs of the North East for more years than she cares to admit, she eventually got it together to graduate with a first class honours degree in music from the University of Strathclyde. She returned home to Tyneside and began teaching voice and piano, as well as running community music projects and choirs. Ruth soon had so many fellow singers and budding students knocking on her door that it became necessary to upgrade her abode with the investment of a tea urn capable of quenching the thirst of large troops of warbling women. This girl loves to swing and enjoys fronting her own jazz trio as well as clicking her fingers in front of the Customs House Big Band. Currently vocal coaching at the Sage, Gateshead, and Newcastle University, she feels that possibly her greatest achievement is her mastery of the Shoeshopper’s pitch pipe. Whilst being slightly alarmed that since joining the Shoeshop Quartet her voice appears to be reaching the depths of a baritone, she still gets to flex her girly muscles in her role as wardrobe mistress.’
Laurie Shepherd ~ Since she was born on the day of her birthday Laurie was destined to become a member of The Shoeshop Quartet. Laurie’s first performance sitting in the bath singing ‘Away In A Manger’ aged just 4 years old shocked and humbled her parents. She has then since warbled her way through her classical grades and Music College before graduating from top London music school Vocaltech with a bachelor of music in 2006. Laurie has since appeared at venues such as Sage Gateshead and is involved in a variety of musical ventures such as showcasing her talents as a solo singer songwriter, singing as one half of a jazz duo, backing singing with some great bands and performing with The Soundpower Orchestra. Laurie is also the vocal tutor at The Academy Of Music and Sound. Since becoming a Shoeshopper, she has perfected the art of pin curling with the assistance of oceans of setting lotion.
Hannah Taylor ~ Originally from Yorkshire, Hannah moved up to t’Toon (aka Newcastle) to study Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music and by ’eck, she loved every minute of it! After graduating with a 1st class honors degree, she immediately began singing and coaching her way around the North East. As a vocal coach Hannah has taught at several high profile academic institutions including Newcastle College and most recently at Sage Gateshead. When she isn’t fulfilling her love of a cappella singing by ‘Shoeshopping’, Hannah can also be found providing backing vocals for and fronting numerous function bands in the region. As well as her talents as a singer, Hannah is also head of the false eyelash department for Shoeshop possessing the strongest glue and temporarily blinding only one Shoeshopper in her training to become chief ‘Stickeronerer’, a post she takes very seriously.
Meghann Clancy ~ When Meghann first knocked out the tune of Kum Ba Yah on her sister’s toy keyboard at a very young age, it became apparent that she was destined for musical greatness. Like fellow Shoeshopper Hannah, Meghann is also a Yorkshire lass, a country bumpkin from up t’Dale! She moved to Newcastle to pursue a degree in music from Newcastle University, and took to the local acoustic scene like a duck to water, performing as a singer-songwriter and in various bands, as well as running a weekly open mic night. Meghann can also be found trilling her way around various schools in Northumberland, tutoring in voice, guitar, piano and ukulele. A natural soprano, Meghann’s vocal chords vibrate at the speed of light in order for her to reach those haunting top lines in the Shoeshop Quartet.