The Poozies is a folk band, playing music from the British Isles and beyond. 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.