Melting Vinyl presents: The Unthanks in Winter
Doors: 3.30pm/ Start 4pm (Matinee)
Doors 7pm / Start 8pm
Age restrictions – 14+, Under 16’s to be accompanied
At this point in their almost 20 years together, it’s easy to imagine that The Unthanks
must surely have done a seasonal winter album already, but no! Known for their genre-
blurring creativity, The Unthanks premiere their dream-like winter fantasia – embracing
both the dark and the light in the most ritualistic of seasons – moving in and out of focus
– like a memory – a hymnal to our shared winter experience. Echoes of winter tunes
known throughout the western world, mix with the traditional and the newly written, all
passed with great care and love through The Unthanks filter.
The heartwarming pathos and glacial majesty present in their music to date makes a
winter concert a mouth-watering prospect. The Unthanks are the perfect band to bring
us an abstract new work capturing the magic and wonder of the turn of the year; the
end and beginning of the circle of life.
The Unthanks have been described as “a take on tradition that flips so effortlessly
between jazz, classical, ambient and post-rock, it makes any attempt to put a label on
them a waste of time”.
Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence
of Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King
Crimson and Tom Waits makes The Unthanks a unique band, earning them a Mercury
Music Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way.
The Unthanks tells stories that capture children. They make music cutting edge enough
to be BBC 6 Music regulars. They can equally be found on Radios 2, 3 and 4, reframing
history and drawing together the worlds of folk, jazz, orchestral, electronic and rock
music. The believability of their storytelling is admired by some of our best storytellers –
Mackenzie Crook, Elvis Costello, Maxine Peake, Nick Hornby, Martin Freeman, Robert
Wyatt, Charles Hazelwood, Ben Myers and David Mitchell, to name a few.
At the nucleus of a constantly evolving unit is the traditional upbringing of Tyneside
sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank and the arrangements and writing of composer,
pianist, producer and Yorkshireman, Adrian McNally.
“It’s quite a rare thing now. They’ve really got everything you could want from music. And I’m very
fussy.” Robert Wyatt
“Few of their contemporaries, within both folk music and the wider artistic spectrum, have such 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 have covered a lot of ground in the past decade and watching them evolve over
this period has been truly inspiring.” Phillip Selway (Radiohead)
Support from Katherine Priddy:
UK artist Katherine Priddy has quickly become one of the most exciting names on the British scene. Declared ‘The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year’ by Richard Thompson, who later invited her to join him on his tour, Priddy’s haunting vocals and distinctive finger-picking guitar style have seen her sell out a headline tour and support world class artists including The Chieftains, Loudon Wainwright III and Vashti Bunyan. Over the past two years, she has performed at the BBC Proms and played well-earned spots at prestigious festivals in the UK and abroad such as the Glastonbury Acoustic Stage, where she also performed live on BBC 2, Green Man, Cambridge Folk, where she was awarded the Christian Raphael Prize, End of the Road and Beautiful Days.
Her much anticipated debut album, ‘The Eternal Rocks Beneath’, was released to great acclaim, receiving national radio play including BBC Radio 6 Music and 2, and upon release reached No. 1 in the Official UK Folk Charts and No. 5 in the Americana charts. Folk Radio UK made Priddy ‘Artist of the Month”. The album made the list of Top 10 Folk Albums in Mojo Magazine.
“Utterly brilliant…one of my favourite voices in contemporary music” – Guy Garvey, BBC 6 Music
“An accomplished set of original songs delivered in a breathtaking voice ” 4/5 – The Observer
“A voice of delicacy and poignancy with its own subtle strength underpinned by a skilled observer’s eye” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2