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"Rachel Unthank & the Winterset" formed in 2004 and since 2009 known simply as The Unthanks are an English folk group from Northumberland, known for their eclectic approach in combining traditional English folk with other musical genres
Rachel Unthank, and sister Becky, were raised in an environment permeated with music and folk song. Both of their parents are singers, and the sisters have been attending and performing at folk festivals for as long as they can remember. Later joined by two additional musicians ‘Rachel Unthank & The Winterset’ came into being, and released an award-winning début album. Pianist / singer Belinda O’Hooley played an important part in pushing the harmonies, textures and sounds of the group beyond the usual folk boundaries, which rapidly made them stand out among their peers. Fiddle and vocals on their first album, ‘Cruel Sister’, were provided by Jackie Oates.
The lineup changed for their second release "Bairns" Niopha Keegan replacing Oates (who launched a highly successful solo career).
A little while later, O’Hooley decided to leave and the group reformed with the addition of Adrian McNally and Chris Price and became The Unthanks in 2009.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments