The Poozies began their career in 1990 after Patsy Seddon and Mary Macmaster (aka the Scottish harp duo, Sileas) had been working with singer Sally Barker on her second solo album. They all agreed there was a gap for a women's folk super group and when Sally met the all-Ireland accordion champion, Karen Tweed, at the Hong Kong Folk Festival, the band was born. The Poozies initial touring experience was as a 5-piece band with fiddler Jenny Gardiner, who left before the band recorded their first album Chantoozies (although Jenny did feature as a guest on the song 'Foggy Mountain Top').
During the last 19 or so years, the band has enjoyed great success wherever they have travelled. This is due largely to the spirit of joy in their music, which is at their core whatever changes are on the surface. When Karen decided to leave at the end of 2007, Eilidh suggested one of her Unusual Suspects cohorts, the youthful Mairearadm Green.
The Poozies are masters of arranging and both their instrumental sets and their songs can take you on a journey through a sometimes fantastical landscape. Perhaps even more spine-tingling are the close vocal harmonies which intensify the songs and which are drawn not only from the rich vein of traditional Scottish Gaelic culture but also from any enticing genre. The success of the Poozies is evidenced by their continued popularity with audiences. They play to packed houses wherever they go and they are constantly in demand at festivals throughout the summer months.
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