The Unthanks return to live touring with their 11-piece band to perform their new album, Sorrows Away. As well as favourites such as 'Magpie', 'The King Of Rome' and 'Mount The Air'. Their 2015 BBC Folk Album of the Year, Mount The Air was described by Drowned in Sound as “an epic that Sigur Rós or Elbow would be proud of”. Since then, The Unthanks have both scaled up to symphonic levels with Charles Hazelwood and the BBC Proms, and stripped down to the unaccompanied singing they grew up with, for Diversions Vol 5. They’ve written 6 scarecrow soundtracks for Mackenzie Crook’s beautiful adaptation of Worzel Gummidge, while finding time to interpret the work of female writers including Emily Bronte, Molly Drake and Maxine Peake.
At the centre of a constantly evolving unit is the traditional upbringing of Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank. Alongside the arrangements and writing of composer, pianist, producer and Yorkshireman, Adrian McNally.
“They run from the very root of folk music to the very tip of the branch.” (Elvis Costello)
Uniquely captivating band Lady Maisery perform their first studio album in 6 years, Tender. The combined vocal and multi-instrumental talents of Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans transmute to form a unified voice, carrying stories of sisterhood, human struggle, the joy of living and the vitality of music. Their new album comprises original songs written by Lady Maisery, as well as contemplative and personal interpretations of work by Björk, Tracy Chapman and the late Lal Waterson. An arresting record that explores the power in vulnerability and the strength in kindness, these are songs which acknowledge our collective wounds while striving forward with a visceral hope for the future.
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