This group formed initially when the various members all lived in London. The line-up comprised Janet Russell (b. 11 January 1958, Buckhaven, Fife, Scotland), Peta Webb (b. 23 August 1946, Woodford Green, Essex, England), Rosie Davis (b. 30 July 1948, Woolton, Liverpool, England) and Sandra Kerr (b. 14 February 1942, Romford, Essex, England). They got together when requested for special events, such as International Women’s Day, and worked in various combinations of two and three at festivals running voice and harmony workshops for women. Much of the song content in their work is from a woman’s perspective. In August 1989, they appeared in concert in the Purcell Room, on London’s South Bank. Despite individual commitments limiting the time the four have to play together, they released a debut album in 1991, before embarking on a short British tour with the French female a cappella group, Roulez Fillettes. Their 1995 album, No Bed Of Roses, caused at least one reviewer to take issue with their trademark ‘ethical’ songs. ‘They seem intent on proving that there is some corner of a festival field that is forever 1980’, wrote Folk Roots journalist Nick Beatle. The comparison he invoked, that of ‘surrogate Sweet Honey In The Rock’, only helped to highlight Sisters Unlimited’s anachronistic position within the folk community.
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