Where does a band go, after a symphonic journey that peaks with an orchestral performance at the Royal Albert Hall? Back to the beginning of course! Before fronting one of the most artistically brave and revered bands working today, Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank grew up singing songs without accompaniment, in weaving, unschooled vocal harmony. As if to prove that creativity should never be about ambition or aspiration, The Unthanks move on from their recent orchestral explorations by going back to what they know and do best – singing in unaccompanied harmony – joined on this tour by Unthanks member Niopha Keegan to make a vocal trio.
The three have already established a band within a band in The Unthanks, with the success of haunting harmony signature piece Magpie, recently brought to wider attention by Mackenzie Crook’s beautifully poignant series, Detectorists. The Unthanks unaccompanied journey has also included performances with Ireland’s renowned singing trio, Voice Squad. On this tour, they fully explore their rich and unique vocal combinations, with brand new material and arrangements, alongside more familiar Unthanks material.
“They run from the root of folk music to the very tip of the branch.” Elvis Costello