The Unthanks in Winter @ Róisín Dubh

The Unthanks in Winter

Tue 26th November, 2024 Doors: 7:30pm
@ Róisín Dubh

When December draws near, The Unthanks will release and tour In Winter - a double-album,
gatefold, dream-like winter fantasia, embracing both the dark and the light in the most ritualistic of
seasons. Moving in and out of focus - like a memory - a bittersweet hymnal to our shared winter
experience. 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.
In Winter is an abstract new work that captures the warmth and nostalgia of the festive season,
the chill and darkness of the winter months, and the reflective ritualisms of the turn of the year;
the end and beginning of the circle of life. You will hear what a Tyneside band playing a German
Christmas song in the style of The Beach Boys sounds like! A Spanish carol performed by English
folkies through the filter of Tom Waits. A newly written tribute to the NHS. An abstract take on A
Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. Traditional wassails and old stories coloured with folk
noir and traces of Vincent Guaraldi’s Merry Christmas Charlie Brown. In typical magpie style, The
Unthanks collect and reimagine, at once unique and familiar, inspired but natural and effortless.
In Winter features a new sound palette for The Unthanks, incorporating vibraphone, clarinet and
saxophone into the core band that features vocal harmony, piano, violin, double bass, guitars and
The Unthanks tell stories that capture children. They make music cutting edge enough
to be BBC 6Music regulars. They can equally be found on Radios 2, 3 and 4, reframing
history and drawing together the worlds of folk, jazz, orchestral, electronic and rock
music. The believability of their storytelling is admired by some of our best storytellers -
Mackenzie Crook, Elvis Costello, Maxine Peake, Nick Hornby, Martin Freeman, Robert
Wyatt, Charles Hazelwood, Ben Myers 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 Barnsley composer,
pianist and producer, Adrian McNally.
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”.
Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence
of Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King
Crimson and Tom Waits makes The Unthanks a unique band, earning them a Mercury
Music Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way.
“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’s quite a rare thing now. They’ve really got everything you could want from music. And I’m very
fussy.” Robert Wyatt
“Few of their contemporaries, within both folk music and the wider artistic spectrum, have such a
keenly-honed ability to locate in a song the emotional essence that can, in just a single phrase or
vocal elision, cut one to the quick.” The Independent
“The Unthanks have covered a lot of ground in the past decade and watching them evolve over
this period has been truly inspiring.” Phillip Selway (Radiohead)
“The honest and heartfelt way in which they deliver their music is a true inspiration to me.” Martin
“It hits you in your soul rather than your head. I love them.” Adrian Edmondson
“If there was such a thing still as having a favourite band like in the old days, I’d say they were my
favourite band.” Paul Morley

Please Note:

Over 18s. Standing. These tickets are NONREFUNDABLE except in the event of a cancellation or postponement.