Since making their official debut at Towersey Festival way back in 2004, The Unthanks have gone on to establish themselves as one of contemporary music’s most inspiring, surprising and enquiring acts.
There are no easy one-liners to capture who or what The Unthanks are.
You might find them singing in a Tyneside folk club one night, and playing to 2000 Londoners the next, having performed to a primary school in the afternoon. You might find them collaborating with Adrian Utley (Portishead) one moment, and writing the score to an archive film about shipyards the next. Or visiting Africa with Damon Albarn, and then presenting a TV programme for BBC4 about traditional dance. Rubbing shoulders with Robert Plant, Adele, Elbow and Radiohead at the Mercurys, or in a bunkhouse on the coastline of Northumberland cooking for 50 fans on one of their residential singing weekends.
Multi-award-winning Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, along with Barnsley-born pianist Adrian McNally, continue to beguile.
Their recent projects have included The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake (which received 5-star reviews), and The Emily Brontë Song Cycle (premiered in December 2018).
Last at Towersey in 2013, we can’t wait to welcome The Unthanks back!