Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 17 July 2022

The Unthanks

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When we first heard BBC Folk Album of the Year, Mount The Air in 2015 we knew we had to book The Unthanks, and their performance at Folk by the Oak that same year was nothing short of incredible.

7 years on and we are among legions of folk fans eagerly awaiting the release of their forthcoming new album Sorrows Away, and thrilled that The Unthanks are returning to Folk by the Oak!

At the core of this constantly evolving, Mercury Music Prize nominated act is the traditional upbringing of Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank and the arrangements and writing of composer, pianist, producer and Yorkshireman, Adrian McNally.

Together their ability to weave enthralling music and stories from threads of tradition, adventure, social commentary, empathy and truly sophisticated harmonies has earned them an army of writer and performer admirers, including Mackenzie Crook, Maxine Peake, Martin Freeman and Elvis Costello to name just a few. In fact, recent Unthanks projects include writing six scarecrow soundtracks for Mackenzie Crook’s beautiful adaptation of Worzel Gummidge, and interpretations of the work of female writers ranging from Emily Bronte to Molly Drake and Maxine Peake.

Expect a performance that showcases new music from Sorrows Away (which as the title suggests promises an uplifting step away from sorrow and into the light), alongside favourites such as Magpie, The King Of Rome, Starless and Mount The Air. We simply can’t wait to share this with you!

a keenly-honed ability to locate in a song the emotional essence that can, in just a single phrase or vocal elision, cut one to the quick.

- The Independent -

The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to them

- Martin Freeman -

There are few times when you discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear

- Maxine Peake -

They run from the very root of folk music to the very tip of the branch

- Elvis Costello -

They’ve really got everything you could want from music. And I’m very fussy

- Robert Wyatt -

The Unthanks – Mount The Air (Folk Awards 2016)