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20 April NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Alphabetti Theatre TICKETS
23 April POCKLINGTON Church of All Saints TICKETS
24 April HALIFAX Square Chapel TICKETS
25 April BIRMINGHAM St Paul's Church TICKETS
26 April WIMBORNE MINSTER Tivoli Theatre TICKETS
27 April BRIGHTON St George's Church TICKETS
28 April FOLKESTONE Quarterhouse TICKETS
29 April EPSOM Playhouse TICKETS
30 April CARDIFF Tramshed TICKETS
01 May BRISTOL St George's TICKETS
02 May LONDON Union Chapel TICKETS
07 May SALFORD St Philip's Church TICKETS
08 May LIVERPOOL Epstein Theatre TICKETS
09 May MORECAMBE The Platform TICKETS
10 May PAISLEY Arts Centre TICKETS
11 May EDINBURGH Pleasance Theatre TICKETS
14 May LEAMINGTON SPA The Assembly TICKETS
15 May NORWICH Open TICKETS
16 May MILTON KEYNES The Stables TICKETS
17 May NEWARK Palace Theatre TICKETS
18 May HEBDEN BRIDGE The Trades Club TICKETS
19 May SETTLE Victoria Hall TICKETS
23 May LEEDS Left Bank TICKETS
24 May DURHAM Ushaw College TICKETS
25 May DURHAM 2 Old Cinema TICKETS
26 May NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Gosforth Civic Theatre TICKETS
29 May DUNDALK Spirit Store TICKETS
30 May DUBLIN The Pepper Canister TICKETS
31 May BELFAST The Duncairn TICKETS
01 June BELLAGHY Seamus Heaney HomePlace TICKETS
03 August CAWTHORNE Underneath the Stars Festival TICKETS
23 August THAME Towersey Festival TICKETS
24 August WADEBRIDGE Cornwall Folk Festival TICKETS

The Unthanks

Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence The Independent

Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of last decade (worldwide, all genres), The Unthanks have an army of notable fans, including Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Colin Firth, Robert Wyatt, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French, Al Murray, Ade Edmondson, Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Paul Morley, Martin Hayes, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby.

The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point and predominant song source, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s 7 albums to date.

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. Who knows how rich, imaginative and groundbreaking their new album will be, released to coincide with this tour, and to be brought to life on stage with a talented 10 piece band.

It’s anyone’s guess. Those project albums – the orchestral ambition of a brass band collaboration, a reimagining of the work of Robert Wyatt and Antony Hegarty, and a soundtrack to a film about the shipbuilding industry – give little clue, while work since then with Orbital, Sting, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Martin Green (Lau), Martin Hayes, The Voice Squad, Charles Hazlewood, The Moulettes and German composer Werner Cee,, is so disparate that making predictions is impossible.

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.

Im glad to be around at the same time as them Martin Freeman

“The Unthanks seem to regard folk music the same way Miles Davis regarded jazz: as a launch pad for exploring the wider possibilities. Uncut

Rachel and Becky’s voices are one of the true wonders of 21st-century music” NME

It is their ability to pare back extraneous matter and to stare unflinchingly into the very soul of a song that makes them a spellbinding experience” BBC Music

Just beautiful Lauren Laverne

Haunting, original and magnificent  The Guardian

“once in a blue moon type of every now and again, you hear music that is so complete, so wonderful, unique and yet familiar that it stops you in your tracks. They have that blue moon magic about them, and they have it in spades” BBC Music

Music as tough as it is gentle, as ancient as it is modern, and as coldly desolate as it is achingly intimate.. a sensationally graceful sound that can be epic and subdued, dreamy and specific, as well as supernaturally ancient and defiantly modern. Paul Morley, Observer Music Magazine