The UnthanksThe Unthanks play The Pavillion in Cork on March 26th and we’ve got some free tickets to give away.

The Unthanks play The Pavillion in Cork on March 26th and we’ve got some free tickets to give away.

A new album, tour, an extended line-up and a name tweak for Mercury nominated Geordie pioneers, The Unthanks bring their sensational live show to The Pavilion on March 26.

The Unthanks occupy a unique place in music, counting among their fans, Radiohead, Portishead, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Damon Albarn, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby. Northumbria sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank are unsentimental young storytellers outside of time, forging links between folk worlds old, new and other. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure ought to be polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks; the British counterpart to the leftfield folk leanings of Sufjan Stevens, Bonnie Prince Billy, Tom Waits and Fleet Foxes.

Formerly known as
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, their second album The Bairns (2007) was Mercury Music Prize nominated and named one of The Best Albums of the Decade (worldwide, all genres) in Uncut and The Guardian. Last year’s album Here’s The Tender Coming uses a kaleidoscope of unlikely instruments and features in almost every UK poll for Albums of the Year.

Singing in their own lilting Geordie accents, and lost in the stories of the songs they sing, Rachel and Becky are servants of the traditions they keep alive. They belong to a rare breed of selfless performer – those who perform to let tradition breath through them.
The Unthanks Irish tourdates:

25 Mar 2010 Black Box, Belfast
26 Mar 2010 The Pavillion, Cork
27 Mar 2010 Roisin Dubh, Galway
28 Mar 2010 Whelans, Dublin

If you’d like to be in with a chance of grabbing a pair of tickets to the Cork gig, just email giveaways@thumped.com with The Unthanks Cork Tickets in the subject line by midnight, March 22nd.