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The Bairns CD

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  • Audio CD (20 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000T5MFBI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

Once in a while, an album turns up which just gobsmacks you with its originality and unexpectedness. Rachel Unthank & The Winterset's Cruel Sister (2005) was an outstanding debut but its successor is on a different plane altogether: The Bairns inhabits some other dimension in which four young women channel the genius loci of England's North-East into a hauntingly uplifting aural experience.

The band's unique sound revolves around Rachel and Becky Unthank's unaffected, richly regional voices but it's a true ensemble, with Niopha Keegan's fiddle soaring or weeping on demand and much of the power stemming from the absolute conviction of Belinda O'Hooley's dashingly versatile piano playing.

It's an album with a cinematic quality, huge in dramatic atmosphere. Passages of blazing grandeur switch to phrases so sparse and spooky you can see the tumbleweed blowing by. Songs both traditional and contemporary share a commonality of spirit and tone that links new and old: O'Hooley's Whitethorn - a bruised tale of infant mortality - springs from the same well of human suffering as the trad Blue Bleezing Blind Drunk, a tipsy, whirling waltz of a song about booze and marital abuse.

Terry Conway's Fareweel Regality (a song of such moving lyrics and honest delivery that dry eyes aren't an option) sits perfectly with similarly doughty northern material (jaunty segued snippets from Northumbrian Minstrelsy; the tense, dialect-laden Felton Lonnin). Equally epic are Robert Wyatt's Sea Song (an inspired inclusion with hypnotic foot percussion and spacey harmonies) and the unearthly, improvisatory Newcastle Lullaby which closes the album.

There's a real rootedness to this music, a direct line to something old - mysterious, blood-and-bones old - and a constant dance between that ancient earthiness and an approach that's totally of today. While the creative input of producer, sound engineer and manager Adrian McNally to RUTW's work is noted, there's a numinous quality to this album which is deeply matrifocal.

Live, they're fresh and funny and every bit as brilliant as this record. Folk song's all about connection and communication - gifts that are second nature for Rachel Unthank & The Winterset. --Mel Ledgard

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To tell the truth there is very little I can add that hasn't already been said by those reviewers more knowledgeable and eloquent. Most here obviously feel the same way I do about this music Still there is something about "The Bairns" that creates a need to share my delight.

I discovered this album as part of my annual buying of the "Mercury Prize shortlist". Suffice to say all of the others have already faded away into the background and pall in comparison to this exquisite piece of work.

I remember the Guardian blabbing on about The Winterset when this was released but did the shameful "folk: I don't really do folk" thing and ignored it. My embarrassment at that earlier narrowness of vision is luckily smothered by my sheer joy of finally discovering what I was missing.

Let me start by saying that I have never heard anything like this before. This is something above and beyond the term "music". It's an experience that honestly transcends everything I have heard and loved in the past. As you immerse yourself in this album moments of devastating, desperate beauty emerge, entangling and drawing you further into the overriding hypnotic framework and gently rhythmic flow that flawlessly holds this exceptional work together.
This is a collection of tunes that will move you deeply, sometimes to tears, sometimes to laughter. I recently saw them live (which mere words cannot recommend strongly enough but it is, incredibly, even better live) and was somewhat relieved and amused to see other people nearby wiping away discreetly shed tears.
It was "Blackbird" and "Sea song" that initially hooked me but it was "Felton Lonnin", "Blue's Gaen Oot O'the Fashion" and especially "I Wish" that reeled me in.
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I first heard the Unthank sisters on the BBC 'Folk on the BBC' programme broadcast this xmas (many times)on BBC4. Their music and voices blew me away and so I decided to buy their album the 'Bairns'. At first I thought it a little dreary and slow, but after listening to it a few times and really concentrating on the music I became a huge fan. You don't have to be a Geordie to enjoy their haunting Northumberland songs, this music is univesal and they should have more recognition for their talent.
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I cannot praise this album highly enough. It encompasses every mood from ecstatic joy to deep sorrow, and leaves you feeling warm and funny inside. There's something about the Unthanks' voices, and the way they interweave, that is profoundly moving. Note the uplifting compassion, the sense of humour and the almost journalistic realism that informs this stunning song cycle. All human experience is here. The music is beautiful and the voices even more so. If you are feeling jaded by music, give The Bairns a listen.

You don't need to like (or know anything about) 'folk music' to enjoy this record. The Unthanks are even more captivating live. See them while you can.
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It's dark. Let's get that out of the way first - the songs range in subject from domestic abuse through infant mortality to being stuck at home while your husband is out hunting whales. Even the cheerier-sounding tunes such as 'Blackbird' have a darker edge to them, and minor keys abound.

What this album does, though, is get things back to basics, and do it right. At the heart of the tunes are the two voices of Rachel and Becky Unthank, and they are allowed to take centre stage. They are very different voices, Rachel's being stronger, I think, but harder, while Becky's is reedier and more expressive, but to be honest, the truth of the matter is that the two voices work excellently together - the songs are filled with multiple-part harmonies that are a joy to listen to.

That's not to say, of course, that the instrumentation is in any way lacking - it's spare, in a way that only the most confident can manage; at no point are the instruments fighting the voices - the two parts of each song work perfectly together. When the voices are taking centre stage the music supports them, and when the instrumentalists are allowed free reign (as on 'My Donald'), the result is absolutely gorgeous.

in short, then, this is one of the most beautiful CDs that I've bought for a long time, and in the few months I've owned it, I've managed to fall thoroughly in love with the Unthank sisters.
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Having first come across the Unthanks when they performed "Blue Bleezin'...." at the Mercury awards, I hankered after this CD for some time. The only thing preventing my buying it earlier was that I don't consider myself in any way a "folkie".

Finally, having made the decision to buy, this wonderful CD has not been off my player since, even being played on repeat. The combination of evocative vocals with varied and sometimes quirky arrangement brings individuality to each song and with an emotion to pull the heart strings this way and that and then both ways at once.

Uplifting, harrowing, charming, joyous, wistful.....and much more. I can't wait to extend my collection with their other works.
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Not for the first time has Northumberland produced its own folk music-Owen Brannigan is the most obvious
But this isn't Steeleye Span or Kathryn Tickell or When the boat comes in its the next step where traditional folk songs from Tyneside meet the sounds of Sting and Elvis Costello head on.In other words the music of the Unthanks works equally as rock when you consider that Steeleye Span and the Fairport Convention used the same elements
The Sting comparison is pretty close if you listen to the CD If On A Winters Night.
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