The Bairns


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

Nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize

“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)

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“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

Shipping & returns

Please note: shipping for eligible products ordered between now and April 26th, will be shipped on April 26th, the day after we arrive back from the first leg of the Sorrows Away tour.

We want shopping with The Unthanks to be easy. To make sure you’re completely satisfied with your experience with us we have a simple Shipping & Returns process.


We use Royal Mail to ship orders in the UK and overseas. Pricing has been calculated according to weight, and we’ve tried to keep these costs as low as possible. The average shipping times are:

  • UK – Delivery in 48 hours
  • Europe – Delivery in up to 14 working days
  • Rest of World – Delivery in up to 2-3 weeks

We aim to ship all orders within 24 hours of receipt or on the next working day, however because we’re a small team and sometimes on the road, there may on occasion be a small delay in dispatching your order.

You can find out more on our shipping page.


We’re happy to accept returns or exchanges of clothing or records in new and unworn condition with original packaging, within 14 days of receipt.

We do not accept returns of records where the product is not received back with us in its original condition and packaging, for example where a CD/vinyl has been opened. To return your order, please contact us first at

For more information about returns, see our returns page.


We’re delighted to offer a free collection service to customers that will be available on the performance dates of our 11-piece and 5-piece tours between April and July. Please select your date and location carefully as orders will be available for collection at the named venue on the evening of the event only.

Orders placed before 12noon on the day of performance will be available for collection at the stated venue 30 minutes before and after the show, as well as during the interval.

Picking up your order

While you can collect at any point in the evening that the house is open and our stall in staffed, please try to pick up either before or after the show, rather than the interval. The merchandise stand is always at its busiest during the interval, and part of the thinking behind ordering in advance and collecting from shows, is to increase safety by reducing traffic around the stall during the interval!

Sorrows Away

If your purchase included a pre-order of the Sorrows Away album, this will be shipped to you on release day. We will be in touch by email with the Autumn release date when it is confirmed. If you ordered a Sorrows Away bundle and chose to collect, you can pick up the other non-album items in your bundle.

Missed collections

If in the event, you are unable to collect at the show for any reason, you will be contacted with the choice of either picking up your goods at a different show before the end of June, or to pay for the goods to be shipped.

Thank you!