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THE UNTHANKS IN WINTER — Manchester Christmas Live Show [20 Dec @ Albert Hall]



After almost 20 years together it’s easy to imagine that The Unthanks must have made a seasonal album already, but this December will see the genre-bending duo create a hymnal to our shared winter experience. Embracing both the dark and the light in the most ritualistic of seasons, the two-piece will mix the traditional and the newly written — passing it all with great care and love through The Unthanks filter.

The heartwarming pathos and glacial majesty present in their music to-date makes a winter-focused show a mouth-watering concept: The Unthanks are the perfect band to bring us an abstract new work capturing the magic and wonder of the turn of the year, along with the end and beginning of the circle of life.

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 them a unique band that have earnt a Mercury Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way.

Frequently found on BBC 6 Music, as well as Radio 2, 3 and 4, The Unthanks reframe history and draw together the worlds of folk, jazz, orchestral, electronic and rock music. The believability of their storytelling is admired by some of the 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 the 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.

Tickets for The Unthanks In Winter live in Manchester are on sale now