The Unthanks

The Unthanks In Winter/ Support Kathryn Williams

SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2023

Doors 7.00pm

£27.50/£25.00

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 genreblurring 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 6Music 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.
“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
“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)
“The honest and heartfelt way in which they deliver their music is a true inspiration to me.” Martin
Hayes
“It hits you in your soul rather than your head. I love them.” Adrian Edmondson
“If there was such a thing still as having a favourite band like in the old days, I’d say they were my
favourite band.” Paul Morley

Under 16s accompanied by an adult over 18

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Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
EH1 2EA

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