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How The Wild Wind Blows: The Unthanks
Performing the songs and poems of Molly Drake.
A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son Nick Drake would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own songs.
With active encouragement from the Drake estate, and with the full blessing and enthusiasm of celebrated actress Gabrielle Drake (Molly’s daughter and Nick’s sister), The Unthanks revisit and reappraise Molly’s charming and bittersweet songs – works that are extraordinary enough to rank alongside those of her brilliant son.
The Mercury nominated mavericks of British folk music are bound to treat the challenge with the same love and diligence for their subject as they did when reinterpreting the work of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons. This tour of her reimagined work will be accompanied by an album release of Molly Drake’s work – Diversions Vol 4. – the latest in a growing line of intrepid projects by The Unthanks.
Image © Andy Gallacher
Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank with Niopha Keegan (violin), Adrian McNally (piano) plus string quartet, brass, percussion and bass. They have received critical acclaim for their first three albums as well as a Mercury Prize nomination
and a MOJO Magazine Award. Rachel and Becky's folk-club singing is set against otherwordly musical pictures, arranged by a band with influences ranging from Steve Reich to Portishead.
'Haunting, original and magnificent' (The Guardian)
'Rachel and Becky's voices are one of the true wonders of 21st-century music' (NME).
The Unthanks tour dates
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Venue: Anvil Arts
Bookings: 01256 844 244
Disabled Bookings: 01256 844 244
Seating Plan: View the Seating Plan
→ Basingstoke 3 min walk