The Bairns (album)

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The Bairns
Studio album by Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
Released 28 August 2007 (UK)
Recorded January–March 2007
Genre Folk
Length 65:11
Label Rabble Rouser
Producer Adrian McNally
Rachel Unthank and the Winterset chronology
Cruel Sister
The Bairns
Here's the Tender Coming

The Bairns was the second album by Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, which then comprised Rachel Unthank, her younger sister Becky, pianist Belinda O'Hooley and fiddle player Niopha Keegan. Released by Rabble Rouser on 28 August 2007,[1] it was nominated for the Best Album award at the BBC Folk Awards 2008[2] and also nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize. The album debuted in the UK Top 200 Albums Chart at number 178 in the week after the Mercury Prize award ceremony.[3]

Reviewing The Bairns for BBC Music, Mel Ledgard described it as "an album with a cinematic quality, huge in dramatic atmosphere".[1] Nic Oliver, in a review for musicOMH, said it was a "remarkable album that is both contemporary and timeless".[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Felton Lonnin"    
2. "Lull I"    
3. "Ble Bleezing Blind Drunk"    
4. "I Wish"    
5. "Blue's Gaen Oot O'the Fashion"    
6. "Lull II: My Lad's a Canny Lad"    
7. "Blackbird"    
8. "Lull III: a Minor Place"    
9. "Sea Song"    
10. "Whitethorn"    
11. "Lull IV: Can't Stop It Raining"    
12. "My Donald"    
13. "Ma Bonny Lad"    
14. "Fareweel Regality"    
15. "Newcastle Lullaby"    


Rachel Unthank and the Winterset[edit]

  • Rachel Unthank – voice, cello, ukelele, feet
  • Becky Unthank – vocals, feet
  • Belinda O'Hooley – piano, voice
  • Niopha Keegan – fiddle, voice

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Neil Harland – double bass
  • Julian Sutton – melodeon
  • String section on Felton Lonnin : Iona Brown – violin; Andre Swanepoel – violin; Michael Gerrard – viola; Rosie Biss – cello


The album was recorded and produced between January and March 2007 by Adrian McNally and was mastered by Adrian McNally and Denis Blackham at Syke Mastering.[5]

Album artwork[edit]

The CD sleeve was designed by Steven Wainwright, incorporating photographs of the band taken at Beamish Museum, Co. Durham.[5]


  1. ^ a b Mel Ledgard (30 July 2008). "Folk song is all about connection and communication – gifts that are second nature...". BBC Music, BBC website. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Radio 2 Folk Awards: Nominations for 2008". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Official Album Chart for the week ending 20 September 2008". ChartsPlus (Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd) (369): 5–8. 
  4. ^ Nic Oliver (August 2007). "Rachel Unthank & The Winterset – The Bairns (EMI)". musicOMH. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Reinhard Zierke (19 July 2014). "Rachel Unthank & The Winterset: The Bairns". Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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