The Unthanks play an Irish tour in April, with dates announced for Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway & Belfast.
The Unthanks are back with a new album, the follow-up to Here’s The Tender Coming, which featured in The Guardian and Uncut’s Best Albums of the Year and was awarded Mojo Magazine Folk Album of the Year. For all the acclaim for their 3 albums to date, the Mercury Music Prize nominated Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank have become most legendary for their live performances. Empathetic stories of love, loss, birth, death, brawls and booze make for a rollercoaster ride through the human condition, as Rachel and Becky’s folk-club unaccompanied singing upbringing is set against otherworldly musical pictures, arranged by a band with influences from Steve Reich to Miles Davies, Martin Hayes to Robert Wyatt, Portishead to Sufjan Stevens.
It’s hard to conceive how music could sound so traditional and adventurous at once. It is a spell that has earned them fans as disparate as members of Radiohead and Portishead, Nick Hornby, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Adams, Paul Morley, Ben Folds, Rosanne Cash and Dawn French! Described by Britain’s leading music journalist Paul Morley as both “supernaturally ancient and defiantly modern, as coldly desolate as achingly intimate”, The Unthanks occupy unique ground. The Unthanks will play music from their new album, as well as from their previous records, including The Bairns, which featured in both the The Guardian and Uncut’s Best Albums of the Decade, all genres, worldwide – the only British folk album to do so.
9th April Vicar Street, Dublin
10th April School of Music, Cork
11th April Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
12th April Roisin Dubh, Galway
14th April Empire Music Hall, Belfast
Tickets for all shows are available now from Ticketmaster.