two women stand close to one another surrounded by branches and leafs
Past Event

The Unthanks in Winter

Brighton Dome presents
Mon 18 Dec 2023
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A dreamy winter fantasia from the genre-blurring folk storytellers

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At this point in their almost 20 years together, it's easy to imagine that The Unthanks must surely have done a winter album already, but no!

Known for their genre-blurring creativity, The Unthanks present their dream-like winter fantasia. Echoes of winter tunes known throughout the western world mix with the traditional and the newly written, all passed with great care and love through The Unthanks filter.

The Unthanks have been described as 'a take on tradition that flips so effortlessly between jazz, classical, ambient and post-rock, it makes any attempt to put a label on them a waste of time'.

Blending the traditional music of the North East of England with the influence of Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Sufjan Stevens, King Crimson and Tom Waits makes The Unthanks a unique band, and has earnt them a Mercury Music Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way. Their storytelling is admired by some of our best storytellers - Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Maxine Peake and David Mitchell, to name a few.

At the nucleus of a constantly evolving unit is the traditional upbringing of Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank and the arrangements and writing of composer, pianist, producer and Yorkshireman, Adrian McNally

“The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to them.” – Martin Freeman

“There are few times when you discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear.” – Maxine Peake

“They run from the very root of folk music to the very tip of the branch.” – Elvis Costello

“It hits you in your soul rather than your head. I love them.” – Adrian Edmondson 

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