The Bairns – Reissue


Pre-order for release on 8th September 2023.

Club 500 Editions are limited to 500 copies so don’t delay!

  • Club 500 Edition CD Book, A5 square with 24 pages, lyrics, new foreword by Charles Hazlewood, original sleeve notes, extra images and download.
  • Club 500 Edition 180g double vinyl with 12 page booklet, lyrics, new foreword by Charles Hazlewood, original sleeve notes, extra images, art print and download, exclusively available from this website.
  • Standard CD (no lyrics or sleeve notes) also available, includes download.
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Originally released and licensed the EMI in 2007, The Bairns is now reissued on RabbleRouser Music, and on vinyl for the first time.

Includes: Felton Lonnin –  Fareweel Regality –  I Wish –  Sea Song – Blue Bleezing Blind Drunk

Nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize, and the only British Folk Album to appear in The Guardian and Uncut’s 100 Albums of the Decade.

“The Bairns is a bewitching, dream-like, down-to-earth masterpiece… music as tough as it is gentle, as ancient as it is modern, and as coldly desolate as it is achingly intimate.. a joyous, virtuous and luscious un-folk album – ancient melodies, graphic atmospheres and everyday concerns radically transformed by bloody-minded and discriminating modern sensibilities. If you only buy one folk album this year… Rachel Unthank & The Winterset’s eerie, heart-rending masterpiece The Bairns” Paul Morley, Observer Music Magazine (Top 50 Albums of the Year, Number 17)

“spine-tingling.. deeply atmospheric.. constantly surprising **** ” Colin Irwin, Mojo Folk Album of the Month

“a magical album…a work of towering quality” The Telegraph

“If Fairport Convention’s recent revival of their classic Liege and Lief album was a reminder of how English traditional music was radically transformed in the 1960s, then Rachel Unthank shows how the process is still continuing. One of the folk records of the year****” Robin Denselow, The Guardian

“Rough edges and shimmering experimental production.. original and moving” Neil Spencer, The Observer

“The Bairns is a hugely ambitious and strikingly original.. a startlingly contemporary atmosphere.. theirs is an expansive and panoramic music vision.. quite possibly the folk album of this generation. *****” Rock’n’Reel (R2)

“Here’s a second album that consolidates, nay, surpasses, an outstanding debut. Breathtaking. *****” Manchester Evening News

“Rachel Unthank & The Winterset deliver magnificently” **** Songlines

“..a landmark release.. a quietly devastating towering achievement in anyone’s book.. an overpoweringly haunted atmosphere.. Yes, this disc is very, very special indeed.” Net Rhythms

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