The Bairns

Rachel Unthank and The Winterset, 2008

Described as "a bewitching, dream-like, down-to-earth masterpiece," The Bairns is already a classic. With their lilting Geordie accents, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset are the inheritors, curators - and gleeful distorters - of northern England's Tyneside musical tradition. Elements of blues, jazz, burlesque cabaret, classical and leftfield contemporary music make their take on folk music peerless, fearless and wholeheartedly brave.