The Poozies began their career in 1990 after Patsy Seddon and Mary Macmaster (aka Scottish harp duo, Sileas) had worked with singer Sally Barker on her second solo album. The Poozies have undergone lineup changes from time to time but in 2009 The Poozies world turned full circle when the original band member Sally Barker, after an absence, rejoined the band. Seventeen years down the line The Poozies seem to have found the secret of eternal youth. Still with three original members, Sally, Patsy and Mary, they have been energised by the perfectly compatible addition of Eilidh and Mairearad, and remain as fresh and delightful as ever.
The Poozies recipe is a fragrant casserole of inventive interpretations, creative collaborations and melodic mastery, saturated by the spice of open-mindedness with which they happily explore the musical universe. In this inspirational band of women, the passion of Sally Barker’s vivid voice is reinforced by the percussive power of her rock solid guitar; irresistible energy bursts from Eilidh Shaw’s faultless fiddle; the perfect precision of Patsy Seddon’s shimmering harp intertwines with the magical melodies of Mairearad Green’s delicately dextrous accordion, all grounded by the growing groove of Mary Macmaster’s capacious Camac electro harp and rounded off by the blending of five different yet sympathetic voices in heart-wrenching harmony.
The band has enjoyed great success wherever they have travelled. This is largely due to the spirit of joy in their music, which is at their core whatever changes are on the surface. The success of The Poozies is evidenced by their continued popularity with audiences throughout the world. They play to packed houses wherever they go and are constantly in demand at festivals throughout the summer months.
Features Sally Barker currently appearing in The Voice and mentored by Tom Jones --BBC1 Television