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(2009 – present)

The Unthanks is an English folk group from Northumberland, known for an eclectic approach in combining traditional English folk with other musical genres. Featuring siblings Rachel Unthank and Becky Unthank, the group was, from 204 to 2009, initially known as Rachel Unthank & The Winterset. The name changed in the summer of 2009 with the lineup. The first album to be released under the new name was “Here’s The Tender Coming”. The band released their 2nd album, “Last”, in March 2011.

Known for their timeless, unsentimental and quietly subversive tales of loss, fear, booze, brawls, abuse and sorrow, siblings Rachel and Becky Unthank are honest, young storytellers outside of time, forging links between folk worlds old, new and other. It’s hard to imagine a British folk band with fans like Radiohead, Portishead, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby, but The Unthanks occupy a unique place in music. Influenced as much by the minimalist eccentricity of Steve Reich, Antony & The Johnsons, Robert Wyatt and Miles Davis, as they are by their Geordie native North East England, back home The Unthanks have established themselves as the most innovative and critically acclaimed folk band in modern history.

Using a kaleidoscope of unlikely instruments, their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past.


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  • Biscuit1978

    Mount the Air is outstanding

    2 Apr 9:42pm Reply
  • firefly2811

    pure talent right here. mount the air is a album of great beauty so good.

    28 Mar 12:43am Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    I never realised how short Rachel and Becky are until I stood next to them last night as they signed my Mount The Air vinyl. It was the perfect end to a perfect night :¬)

    8 Mar 4:36pm Reply
  • funkytechnician

    Mount The Air... ethereal, eclectic, ecstatic. Bliss.

    2 Mar 11:29pm Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    Mount The Air is just... perfect. I can't wait until 7th March to see them perform again.

    10 Feb 6:54pm Reply
  • yakkowarner

    I'd imagined a couple of comments, what with the new album being released today. All I need to say is it's a lovely, nigh perfect way to spend an hour, especially with some good headphones and a comfy chair...

    9 Feb 11:21am Reply
  • yakkowarner

    Get yourself to and pre-order the new album! (Comes with a track from the album to download now)

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • backi480

    a discovery an experience a journey ... or simply good Music !

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • headey

    Manchester 22.1.2013 check

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    I wasn't disappointed...

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    Looking forward immensely to Vol 3 next week...

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Bernician

    Diversions Vol 3: "Songs From The Shipyards" is both musically and thematically entirely up to the usual extremely high standard. Official release is November the 5th. Also, catch the live performance with the film if you can. It's an emotive but nonetheless excellent experience.

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Diversions 2 is an excellent album,I play in a brass band and normally won't listen to Brass albums but this is a good crossover album.

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • tim_flatus

    Anyone who can not only cover songs like Sea Song and Starless, but also more than do them justice gets my vote!

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    I really don't work for them, but their new album is only £9 at Amazon, as I write...

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    New Album 30th July

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    Live highlights ,for me at least, was Beckys very moving solo of 'Riverman', a rousing 'here's the tender coming' , and being able to see Rachels fine clog dancing from so close. I'm also compelled to tell the world that Rachel Unthank is completely and totally adorable... (btw the message below should read 'texting' rather than 'testing', I blame me phone)

    10 May 2012 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    I'm actually sitting not ten feet from Becky Unthank at their Newcastle gig (it's half time). Words can actually describe how good it is, but I really should stop testing, probably...

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    Thanks for a magical evening in Sevenoaks last night. It was great to hear your wonderful music stripped back to basics, warts and all. If Adrian ever calls it a day as a musician, he'd make a great stand-up comedian xD

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • onegumas

    Thank you for King Crimson cover - starless.

    1 Feb 2012 Reply
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