The Bairns

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This second album from Rachel Unthank & the Winterset, following the group's highly praised debut, is a record that demands several plays to understand. It starts off in uncompromising fashion, as the first verse of "Felton Lonnin" is in Northumbrian dialect so deep as to be virtually incomprehensible to an outsider and Unthank's wavering vocal isn't exactly embracing. But the song opens up, and it sets the tone well for the rest of the disc. It's very much a folk record -- most of the songs are traditional -- but it takes chances. "Blue's Gaen Oot o'the Fashion" is a patchwork of snippets taken from several different songs, while "Lull III: A Minor Place" simply uses...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This second album from Rachel Unthank & the Winterset, following the group's highly praised debut, is a record that demands several plays to understand. It starts off in uncompromising fashion, as the first verse of "Felton Lonnin" is in Northumbrian dialect so deep as to be virtually incomprehensible to an outsider and Unthank's wavering vocal isn't exactly embracing. But the song opens up, and it sets the tone well for the rest of the disc. It's very much a folk record -- most of the songs are traditional -- but it takes chances. "Blue's Gaen Oot o'the Fashion" is a patchwork of snippets taken from several different songs, while "Lull III: A Minor Place" simply uses the chorus from Bonnie Prince Billy's song of the same name. There are some contemporary folk songs, one from bandmember Belinda O'Hooley, but the most ambitious track has to be a cover of Robert Wyatt's "Sea Song." Always a very personal piece, it's one that doesn't lend itself easily to interpretation, especially by an acoustic group, but Becky Unthank does an excellent job on the vocal, while the arrangement, neatly subdued, is sympathetic and true to the feel of the original. It's rare to hear a folk group where piano stands as the central instrument the fiddle often feels like it's there in a supporting role, but they make it work, and when the sisters harmonize in their singing, it can be quite sublime. Time will shake off the hype that's attended them over the last couple of years, but this is a band with real spark and invention.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 884108015827
  • Catalog Number: 158
  • Sales rank: 282,831

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Felton Lonnin (7:23)
  2. 2 Lull I (1:22)
  3. 3 Blue Bleezing Blind Drunk (5:13)
  4. 4 I Wish (6:24)
  5. 5 Blue's Gaen Oot O'The Fashion: The Wedding O' Blythe/When the Tide Come (4:30)
  6. 6 Lull II: My Lad's a Canny Lad (0:23)
  7. 7 Blackbird (2:53)
  8. 8 Lull III: A Minor Place (0:22)
  9. 9 Sea Song (6:19)
  10. 10 Whitehorn (6:04)
  11. 11 Lull IV: Can't Stop It Raining (1:45)
  12. 12 My Donald (8:06)
  13. 13 Ma Bonny Lad (1:57)
  14. 14 Farewell Regality (6:20)
  15. 15 Newcastle Lullaby (6:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rachel Unthank & the Winterset Primary Artist
Iona Brown Violin
Julian Sutton Melodion
Rachel Unthank Cello, Ukulele, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Becky Unthank Vocals
Niopha Keegan Fiddle, Vocals
Technical Credits
Robert Wyatt Composer
Denis Blackham Mastering
Will Oldham Composer
Johnny Handle Composer
Terry Conway Composer
Owen Hand Composer
Traditional Composer
Belle Stewart Composer
Rachel Unthank Song Notes
Rachel Unthank & the Winterset Arranger
Becky Unthank Song Notes
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