Where does a band go, after a symphonic journey that peaks with orchestral performances at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall?
Back to the beginning of course. Before fronting one of the most artistically brave and revered bands working today, Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank grew up singing songs without accompaniment, in weaving, unschooled vocal harmony. As if to prove that creativity should never be about ambition or aspiration, The Unthanks move on from their recent orchestral explorations by going back to what they know and do best – singing in unaccompanied harmony – joined on this tour by Unthanks member Niopha Keegan to make a vocal trio.
They fully explore their rich and unique vocal combinations, with brand new material and arrangements, alongside more familiar Unthanks material. Believing unaccompanied song to be a performance art of storytelling and communication, instead of recording a studio album, each show will be recorded and there will be chance at shows to pre-order a forthcoming album compiled from live performances on this tour.
“They run from the root of folk music to the very tip of the branch.” Elvis Costello
The Unthanks will be supported by Tim Dalling. Tim is a writer of beautiful songs and purveyor of theatrical clowning. What makes him so unique and compelling is his readiness in front of an audience to bare all sides and depths of himself, masquerading at points behind absurdist performance theatre, which only serves to make his moments of bare, folk club truth, all the more affecting. www.timdalling.co.uk
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