Innovative folk from the North-East

One of the most innovative groups on the folk/ roots scene, the all-female Northumbrian quartet Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, return to Norwich Arts Centre, off St Benedict's, on Monday (8pm).

One of the most innovative groups on the folk/ roots scene, the all-female Northumbrian quartet Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, return to Norwich Arts Centre, off St Benedict's, on Monday (8pm).

If you caught last week's Radcliffe and Maconie R2 session you'll know how much the girls are: 1. Passionate about their North-East roots, 2. Superb singers and musicians, and 3. Great fun.

The tour promotes their audacious new album The Bairns, their follow-up to debut album Cruel Sister, which was Mojo's Folk Album of the Year 2005.

The band - Rachel Unthank (voice, cello and feet), her sister Becky Unthank (voice and feet), Belinda O'Hooley (piano and voice) and Niopha Keegan (fiddle and voice) - also feature interpretations of songs by the likes of Antony and the Johnsons, Robert Wyatt and Bonnie Prince Billy in the repertoire.

Their often austere and beautiful music has won them plenty of celeb fans, including Phill Jupitus and Bob Harris.

Box offices: 01603 660352 (£10, concs £8) and www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

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