It has been a long gap, but the ever-adventurous Poozies are back, showing off their fantastic new line-up and all new material. Having first burst onto the folk scene in 1990, Shetland Folk Festival stalwarts will remember The Poozies as a popular visiting act at the 11th Festival in 1991 who appeared in the televised ‘Shetland Sessions’ series on the BBC, the precursor programme to the popular Transatlantic Sessions series. It’s about time they were back and we think it is more than fitting that they are here to celebrate our 40th with us!
Newbies Sarah McFadyen (fiddle, banjo, guitar) and Tia Files (guitar, fiddle, percussion) have joined founding member Mary Macmaster (electro-harp) and long-term cohort Eilidh Shaw (fiddle), and together they continue to play a dazzling, joyfully eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional tunes with beefy, powerful accompaniment. Their perfectly executed songs vary dramatically from Gaelic waulking songs to old-time American, country and pop. Throughout the years, The Poozies have toured worldwide, and attracted recognition and appreciation for their diverse choice of material, unusual and exciting arrangements, and heart-tugging vocal harmonies. As Eilidh herself says, “this most recent reincarnation of The Poozies is all about mischief and rebellion…” and we can’t wait to see and hear their onstage antics!