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here’s the unthanks coming

190809_theunthanksRebranded folkies announce new album, 42-date tour

With their 2007 album The Bairns, Geordie folk quartet Rachel Unthank & The Winterset clocked up a surprise Mercury Music Prize nomination and quickly established themselves as a hard-working and lovable bunch, feted by everyone from Portishead and Robert Wyatt to Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby. Two years later, they’re back, only not as we knew them. Starting with new album Here’s The Tender Coming, out September 14th, the band have decided they shall henceforth be known simply as The Unthanks. It’s not really surprising, considering that the Winterset have for a long time been co-fronted by both Rachel and her sister Becky Unthank; now they’re simply giving credit where it’s due. Other changes afoot are the departure of pianist Stef Conner, who left the band to do her PhD, and an extended roll call of backing musicians that now includes a string quartet and more. Producer Adrian McNally and violinist Niopha Keegan remain, with McNally taking to the piano stool.

Here’s The Tender Coming is described as “a calmer, melancholic, warmer colour of sad” than the decidedly uncheery The Bairns and there will be no shortage of opportunities to hear it with the band heading out on an immense 42-date tour of the UK and Ireland that runs from early October right through to December. Tickets are on sale now. More info from their website.



Here’s The Tender Coming
01 Because He Was A Bonny Lad
02 Sad February
03 Annachie Gordon
04 Lucky Gilchrist
05 The Testimony Of Patience Kershaw
06 Living By The Water
07 Where’ve Yer Bin Dick
08 Nobody Knew She Was There
09 Flowers Of The Town
10 Not Much Luck In Our House
11 At First She Starts
12 Here’s The Tender Coming
13 Betsy Bell

You can catch The Unthanks at the following venues:

10.10.09 DeMontfort Hall, Leicester
11.10.09 Glee Club, Cardiff
12.10.09 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
13.10.09 The North Wall, Oxford
14.10.09 Arts Centre, Norwich
15.10.09 Arts Theatre, Nottingham
16.10.09 Opera House, Buxton
17.10.09 Leisure Centre, Whitchurch
18.10.09 Phoenix Arts, Exeter
19.10.09 Band On The Wall, Manchester
20.10.09 Band On The Wall, Manchester
21.10.09 Junction, Cambridge
22.10.09 The Sage, Gateshead
24.10.09 Parish Church, Halifax
25.10.09 Oran More, Glasgow
26.10.09 Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
27.10.09 The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
28.10.09 The Duchess, York
29.10.09 Arts Centre, Warwick
30.10.09 Concert Hall, Reading
01.11.09 The Old Vic, Bristol
02.11.09 Komedia, Brighton
19.11.09 Minerva Theatre, Chichester
20.11.09 Freedom Centre, Hereford
21.11.09 St Brides Church, Liverpool 
24.11.09 Assembly Rooms, Derby
25.11.09 Theatre Royal, Lincoln
26.11.09 The Met, Bury
27.11.09 The Maltings, Berwick
28.11.09 The Arc, Stockton
01.12.09 Memorial Hall, Sheffield
02.12.09 Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds
03.12.09 The Brewery, Kendal
05.12.09 Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
06.12.09 Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
07.12.09 Wulfren Hall, Wolverhampton
08.12.09 The Stables, Milton Keynes
09.12.09 West End Centre, Aldershot
10.12.09 Arts Centre, Bridgewater
11.12.09 Arts Centre, East Grinstead 

Alan Pedder


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