‘The Poozies’ in concert

Wednesday 16 October 2013
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

NB There is no Swing Jazz Dance Class tonight ~ come to The Poozies instead!

STOP PRESS – Can’t make it? – then listen online.  Starting at 8.45pm BST, 3.45pm EDT you can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis at www.concertwindow.com/shows/the-poozies

The Poozies

The Poozies

The Poozies have been wowing audiences for 20 years and continue to receive plaudits for their live concerts and recorded albums. Come and see them in concert on 16 October with  Mary Macmaster on electic harp, Eilidh Shaw on fiddle and Sally Barker on guitar and Mairearad Green on accordion

“Review of ‘Yellow Like Sunshine’  In ‘Folk Roots’

The Poozies started life in 1990 as a result of the harp duo Sileas (Mary Macmaster & Patsy Seddon) joining forces with singer-songwriter Sally Barker.  It’s easy now to forget how long the Poozies have been around and what pioneers they have been.  Back in 1990, it was unusual for Gaelic songs to be recorded by singers who weren’t native speakers; now it’s common.  Back then, all female folk bands were a novelty; no one bats an eyelid at it now.  And from the beginning, the Poozies have played and recorded the stuff they like, blithely flitting between musical genres.

After an absence from the band, Sally Barker is back again for this, their seventh album.  The current five-piece line-up is harp, electro-harp, guitar, fiddle, and accordion, all five vocalists (three of them taking turns as lead vocal).  Throughout the album the musical arrangements are both imaginative and polished, the sparkling harp and guitar sounds combining with the warm glowing tones of Eilidh Shaw’s fiddle and Mairearad Green’s accordion to produce a rich, multilayered sound texture and the Poozies continue to enjoy mixing it up.  The album contains two of Sally Barker’s own contemporary ballads: the gutsy pop song ‘Canada’ is strikingly spliced together with ‘O Mo Dhuthaich’ – a 19th Century Gaelic song of emigration to Canada.  Another (18th Century) Gaelic song, ‘Ho Mhorag’, is given an engagingly inventive arrangement; the opening bluesy guitar riff is sustained throughout the song, but joined and transformed by the plangent harp.  Patsy provides the fine Gaelic vocals on ‘Ho Mhorag’, and also on the beautiful Irish song ‘Am Paistin Fionn’, here sumptuously arranged and ingeniously spliced together with Charlie McKerron’s ‘Fionn’s Tune’.

The whole album has great musical and vocal variety; Gaelic classics juxtaposed with contemporary bluesy pop songs and five-part vocal harmonies.  Long may the Poozies’ sun continue to shine!”

Review by Paul Matheson Jan-Feb 2010 Edition

Adult: £12, Student: £7, Young Person: £5, Under 10 and Seasons FREE

Doors and BAR open from 7pm


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