The Unthanks


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The Emily Brontë Song Cycle

The Unthanks invite you into the darkly passionate world of Emily Brontë, with a song cycle bearing all the quiet beauty they are known and loved for. Commissioned to mark Brontë's 200th birthday, and using her original cabinet piano to write on, Yorkshire born Unthanks composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of her poems into song, performed with bandmates Rachel and Becky Unthank and recorded in the Parsonage in Haworth where Emily lived and worked.

Captured and released as Part 3 of Lines - a trilogy of records inspired by female writers across time - this live performance of The Emily Brontë Song Cycle will also feature songs from the other records that make up Lines, promising an atmospheric evening, and at its heart, a unique collaboration between a literary great and one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands working today.

The Unthanks

The Unthanks appearing at this event

Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank with Niopha Keegan (violin), Adrian McNally (piano) plus string quartet, brass, percussion and bass. 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. They have received great critical acclaim, various nominations and awards from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a Mercury Prize nomination and an 'album of the year' accolade from both MOJO Magazine and The Guardian. 'Haunting, original and magnificent' (The Guardian) 'Rachel and Becky's voices are one of the true wonders of 21st-century music' (NME).

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The Bookshop Band

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The Bookshop Band write songs inspired by books, and perform them at themed literary evenings held at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, in Bath (Independent Bookshop of the Year 2008 / 2011). The collaboration was started as part of a plan to help Mr B’s rejuvenate its traditional ‘author evenings’. The band would read the forthcoming author’s book in advance and write two songs based upon it, to be performed at the start of the evening. Their performances are inextricably linked to the books themselves, as the members of the band take it in turns to describe where the inspiration for each song came from. The band is made up of two British musician / songwriters, Ben Please, and Beth Porter.

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Middleton Hall at University of Hull

  • Cottingham Road
  • Hull
  • HU6 7RX

The Unthanks image © Andy Gallacher