Rachel Unthank & The Winterset

"intimate, epic and overflowing with musical intelligence" The Independent

"They might not end up being the best selling all-girl British group of all time, but they're well on their way to being the most charismatic and imaginative" Paul Morley, Sunday Telegraph
"once in a blue moon type of every now and again, you hear music that is so complete, so wonderful, unique and yet familiar that it stops you in your tracks. They have that blue moon magic about them, and they have it in spades" BBC Website live review
"They are like the morning dew that hasn't steamed off yet, they are fresh and new and I really don't think they know how good they are" Robert Wyatt
Headlines February 14th 2009

Only England Spring date announced
We are pleased to announce that we have a special one-off show in Leeds, the only England gig this spring.

We headline a Voices weekend festival at the newly opened and renovated Howard Assembly Rooms. We have been invited to curate the evening, and we are very, very excited and honoured to have The Wilsons as special guests. If you have never seen them, please come! If you have, you'll be there! Details...


Australia Tour Announced
We're very happy to announce a return to Oz in March. Taking in New Zealand too this time, we play two Womad events, plus shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Tour dates here


Winterset number one in New York
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Cruel Sister availability
Apologies to anyone who has struggled to find our first album in the past month. If you've asked at somewhere like HMV, you may have been told that it has been deleted. This is not true. The problem is that distribution company Pinnacle has gone into receivership, so it has stopped supplying retailers with stock.

Our immediate distributors Cadiz (who supplied Pinnacle with Cruel Sister) are currently negotiating a new partner and normal business will resume there on. In the meantime, Cruel Sister is available direct from our website and stock is still available from Cadiz for retailers.


Dublin date announced.
A Dublin date has been tagged on to the Northern Ireland tour.

The date is February 3rd at the Douglas Hyde Gallery at Trinity College.

The gallery has a reputation for its eclectic programme, which has included Sufjan Stevens, Cat Power, James Blackshaw and Laura Viers. See tour page for details.


Thank you Europe!
Thanks to everyone who came to see us on mainland Europe. Hopefully we made some new fans. We definitely made some new friends.

We had a great time both on our tour and with Ben Folds. We hope to have some photos and a blog up shortly.


Niopha available for fiddle tutoring
Winterset member Niopha Keegan is available for one-to-one touring in the North East of England. With a lifetime of experience in traditional Irish music and a graduate from the Bmus Folk and Traditional Music degree at the University of Newcastle, Niopha can teach Irish, Scottish and English traditional music to any standard, plus classical for beginners and basic music theory. Will teach children and adults at competitive prices. Can teach from home in Newcastle or can travel to you, in and around the North East. Initial enquiries directed through Adrian. Details on the contact page.

Lyrics on the website
At last! In the sleeve notes of The Bairns, we promised to put the words from the songs on the website. We’ve had a good few enquiries asking where they are. At long last they are now on-line, here.

the bairns"The Bairns is a bewitching, dream-like, down-to-earth masterpiece." Observer Music Magazine Top 50 Albums of 2007 (number 17)
"Not just a great record but an important one; a classic in its own lifetime." Channel 4 Music Top Ten Albums of 2007
"the only new folk combo with a traditions-favouring spirit who would sound equally at home performing with Waterson:Carthy as they would Joanna Newsom" Time Out, London

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