Acclaimed for their enigmatic, subdued aesthetic and commitment to promoting working class folk traditions, the Unthanks began life as Rachel Unthank and the Winterset. Centred around Rachel’s remarkable voice, able to move from ghostly whispers to full-blooded rabble-rousing while retaining a strong Northumbrian tinge, the band changed its name in 2009 after her equally talented younger sister Becky joined up.
With a now permanent line-up of five multi-instrumentalists often joined by additional forces, they have spent the last decade ploughing a unique furrow between the traditions of folk and the adventurousness of rock. Their work strives to be socially consciousness and offer an oral history of the English past. Between touring large venues and recording music, they run residential singing weekends on the north-eastern coast, host musical workshops in schools and perform in local pubs.
Their most recent album Mount the Air was their most accomplished to date: steeped in tradition, and keenly felt. For fans of folk music, this special anniversary performance is an essential entry in the calender.
|What||The Unthanks, Scala|
|Where||Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL | MAP|
|Nearest tube||King's Cross St. Pancras (underground)|
On 09 Dec 15, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via Scala|