Located in Northumbria, in the north-east corner of England, this all-female folk quartet was shaped in 2004 by Rachel Unthank (vocals/cello), Becky Unthank (vocals), Belinda O’Hooley (piano/vocals), and Jackie Oates (viola/vocals). The Unthank sisters had been raised inside a musical home, with their dad George having sung using the folk tranquility group the Keelers, and from an early on age these were found clog dance at celebrations. Rachel, the elder by eight years, began as a single vocalist in the past due 90s before becoming joined up with by her more youthful sister. If they made a decision to make an record in the mid-00s, Rabble Rouser label employer Adrian McNally place the sisters in touch with O’Hooley and Oates. O’Hooley’s jazzy piano playing permeated the quartet’s acclaimed debut, Cruel Sister, nonetheless it was the Unthanks’ mesmerising vocals on materials by Cyril Tawney (‘On A Mon Morning hours’) and Nick Drake (‘River Guy’) that especially enamoured critics, with Rachel’s 100 % pure singing tone of voice offset by her sister’s husky shades. During periods for the follow-up record, Niopha Keegan was earned as an alternative for Oates. The Bairns was presented with a wider discharge through the auspices of EMI Information, as befitting among the finest folk albums from the hundred years. Alongside amazing interpretations of the original ‘Felton Lonnin’ and ‘Newcastle Lullaby’, the record also included an ambitious undertake Robert Wyatt’s ‘Ocean Melody’ and two O’Hooley originals, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Whitehorn’. Using the group’s account reaching new levels, Stef Conner was earned as an alternative for the departing O’Hooley.