The band was formed in 1990 after Patsy Seddon and Mary Macmaster, performing as Scottish harp duo, Sìleas, had been working with singer Sally Barker on a solo album. They all agreed that a new women’s group was a good idea and when Barker met the all-Ireland accordion champion, Karen Tweed, at the Hong Kong Folk Festival, the band was born.
Barker brought an element of rock music sensibility to the band’s sound; when she left to start a family, the “voice of the nineties”, Kate Rusby, joined.
With Rusby came a more traditional flavour and a blossoming of the harmony singing that is such a trade-mark of The Poozies. However, Rusby’s meteoric rise to stardom, via the Mercury Awards, swept her away from the band to concentrate on solo work.
Eilidh Shaw, a young west coast (of Scotland) fiddler, joined Joining Seddon, Macmaster, and Tweed to forma neew line-up for the band. Shaw had grown up playing fiddle in her parent’s ceilidh band, The Highfield Band.
Edited by Grosseteste on 10 May 2011, 18:27
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