The Unthanks aren’t always prog, but they’re always superb! They’re celebrating their tenth year with some gigging and a new release. If you’re fortunate enough to be in the area, make sure you get to see them.
The Unthanks cap both 10 years and a remarkable year with an intimate Autumn tour of small venues, followed by handful of December shows with their full 10 piece ensemble, including standing and seated London shows, and a homecoming show at Hexham Abbey.
Rather than embarking on some grand celebration, The Unthanks are quietly marking their 10th anniversary this year with a short tour of small intimate spaces, with a pared back line-up, their feeling being that if folk music is a lifelong pursuit, 10 years is just a drop in the ocean.
Small venues means tickets are likely to sell out quick. All show details are below. or on our website here.
And in the same respect, rather than putting out an exploitative ‘best of’, there will be a release of rarities, live recordings, memorabilia and unreleased material will accompany the tour.
The 5 piece intimate tour, featuring material from right across their time, will be following in December by handful of 10 piece anniversary shows to crown the year, including both standing and seated London shows at Scala and Union Chapel respectively, plus a homecoming show in the beautiful surroundings of Hexham Abbey.
The shows mark both 10 years and a remarkable year. In wall-to-wall four and five star reviews, this year’s Mount the Air has been described as “quite simply, a masterpiece”, “music that asks you to consider everything you know and un-think it”, “an epic that Sigur Rós or Elbow would be proud of”, “folk on a different level – airborne, perhaps”, “the first truly jaw-dropping album of 2015”, “both wildly experimental and comfortably familiar”, “gorgeously orchestrated”, “one of the best records I’ve ever reviewed”, “kind of beautiful, kind of blue”, and “beautiful yet stark, orchestral yet intimate, clever yet with simple purity, dark yet kissed with light, ascendant yet earthy and rooted.”
Summer Festival Dates
27.05.15 Hay Festival Hay on Wye
27.06.15 Glastonbury Festival
(Pyramid Stage, The Unthanks with Orchestra, conducted by Charles Hazlewood)
10.07.15 Earagail Arts Festival Ireland
11.07.15 Folk at the Hall Trelawnyd, N Wales (Headliners)
19.07.15 Folk by the Oak Hatfield, Herts.
24.07.15 Folkfest Killarney Kerry, Ireland
26.07.15 Deer Shed Festival Topcliffe, N Yorks (Headliners)
01.08.15 Cambridge Folk Festival
02.08.15 Port Eliot Festival (Headliners)
14.08.15 Stockholm Culture Festival
22.08.15 Home Gathering Newcastle (Headlined and curated by The Unthanks)
23.08.15 FolkEast Glemham, Suffolk (Headliners)
29.08.15 Solfest, Silloth, Lake District (Headliners)
30.08.15 Greenbelt, Kettering (Headliners)
05.09.15 End of the Road Dorset
06.09.15 Moseley Folk Festival West Mids
25.09.15 Gaiety Theatre Douglas, Isle of Man (on sale v soon)
27.09.15 Queens Cross Church Aberdeen (on sale end of May)
17.10.15 Homegrown Bury, Castle Armoury Drill Hall (Headliners)
10th Anniversary Intimate 5-Piece Tour
22.10.15 The Customs House South Shields 0191 454 1234
23.10.15 The Witham Barnard Castle 01833 631 107
24.10.15 The Dukes Lancaster 01524 598500
25.10.15 Wem Town Hall 01939 238 279
26.10.15 The Atrix Bromsgrove 01527 577330
27.10.15 SJE Oxford 0845 413 4444
28.10.15 Holy Trinity Church Guildford 01483 566007
29.10.15 Theatre Royal Margate 01843 292795
30.10.15 St Mary’s in the Castle Hastings 01323 841414
31.10.15 The Stables Milton Keynes 01908 280800
01.11.15 Drill Hall Lincoln 01522 873894
06.11.15 Middlewich Town Hall 01606 833434
07.11.15 Trades Club Hebden Bridge (Standing Saturday Night Show) 01422 845 265
08.11.15 Trades Club Hebden Bridge (Seated Matinee Show) 01422 845 265
08.11.15 Trades Club Hebden Bridge (Seated Evening Show) 01422 845 265
13.11.15 Theatre by the Lake Keswick 017687 74411
14.11.15 Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough 01723 370541
15.11.15 All Saints Church Pocklington 01759 301547
10th Anniversary 10-Piece Shows
04.12.15 Hexham Abbey (10th Anniversary Homecoming Show) 01434 652477
05.12.15 The Great British Folk Festival Skegness 0300 1006648
09.12.15 Scala London (Standing 10th Anniversary 10 piece show) 0845 4134444
10.12.15 Union Chapel London (Seated 10th Anniversary 10 piece show) 0845 4134444