Friday 10th July, 8.00pm
Since releasing three project albums in one year back in 2012, The Unthanks have been hiding away in Northumberland, quietly working away on an ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Last, released to coincide with this tour and brought to life on stage with a talented 10 piece band.
Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of the last decade (worldwide, all genres), The Unthanks have an army of notable fans, including Elvis Costello, Colin Firth, Robert Wyatt, Rosanne Cash, Paul Morley, Martin Hayes, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby.
Definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity, The Unthanks see folk music less as a style of music and more as a oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks.
‘Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence’