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I first heard "River Man" on the Phil Jupitus breakfast show and was immediately entranced. I'm not normally a fan of this genre but this album really stands out. The is real raw talent on show here.

Stunning stuff

Just fresh from a Rachel Unthank and The Winterset gig in Newcastle. Both their albums, Cruel Sister and The Bairns, manage a mix of traditional, contemporary and just plain different. The voices are heavenly, the arrangements intelligent and innovative. Although Rachel fronts the band, her younger sister Becky has perhaps the most distintive voice, powerful, breathy and fragile all at once. That's not to distinguish between any in the new Winterset lineup though, they are all terrific performers, distinctive personalities and their music is a joy. And now they have tee shirts too!..If you want a taster, try Blackbird, On a Monday Morning, Farewell Regality and Sea Song.

great apart from Riverman

Lovely voices, tunes and arrangements make this a pleasure to listen to. The only thing that really didn't work was the cover version of Nick Drake's classic, Riverman. That song is his, and depends utterly on his voice, guitar and strings. With those things, it's brilliant. Take any one of those things away, and you've got a fairly simple, almost childish, tune, and truly terrible, pretentious, meaningless lyrics.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Based in Northumbria, in the north-east corner of England, this all-female folk quartet was formed in 2004 by Rachel Unthank (vocals/cello), Becky Unthank (vocals), Belinda O’Hooley (piano/vocals), and Jackie Oates (viola/vocals). The Unthank sisters were raised in a musical household, with their father George having sung with the folk harmony group the Keelers, and from an early age they were to be found clog dancing at festivals. Rachel, the elder by eight years, started off as a solo singer in...
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