The Unthanks – The Sorrows Away Tour

Sun 24 April 2022 | 7pm

The Unthanks – The Sorrows Away Tour

The Unthanks return to live touring after two years off the road, with the rich and colourful
sound of their eleven-piece ensemble, showcasing forthcoming new album, Sorrows Away,
alongside favourites such as Magpie, The King Of Rome and Mount The Air.

Since the release of the technicolour BBC Folk Album of the Year, Mount The Air in 2015, The
Unthanks have both scaled up to symphonic levels with Charles Hazelwood and the BBC
Proms, and stripped down to the unaccompanied singing they grew up with for Diversions Vol
5. They’ve written six scarecrow soundtracks for Mackenzie Crook’s beautiful adaptation of
Worzel Gummidge, while finding time to interpret the work of female writers including Emily
Bronte, Molly Drake and Maxine Peake. But projects and diversions aside, Sorrows Away is
the long-anticipated follow-up to Mount The Air, and as the title suggests, promises to be a
blues-buster and a step into the light for a band known more for melancholy and well, sorrow!

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 can be heard in the band’s 14 records to date, earning them a Mercury Music
Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way.

“Few of their contemporaries, within both folk music and the wider artistic spectrum, have such a keenly-honed ability to locate in a song the emotional essence that can, in just a single phrase or vocal elision, cut one to the quick.” — The Independent

“There are few times when you discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of
everything you love and hold dear.” — Maxine Peake

“They run from the very root of folk music to the very tip of the branch.” — Elvis Costello

“It’s quite a rare thing now. They’ve really got everything you could want from music. And I’m
very fussy.” — Robert Wyatt

General on sale: Friday 5th November 2021 10am

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