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The Unthanks Sing Emily Brontë

The Unthanks Sing Emily Brontë

Mon 1 January 0001 - Fri 21 December 2018
Victoria Hall

Plus special guests, You Tell Me (Peter Brewis and Sarah Hayes)

In this worldwide premiere, The Unthanks play their new Emily Brontë Song Cycle for the first time in front of a live audience.

Commissioned by the Brontë Society to mark Emily Bronte’s 200th Birthday, Yorkshire born Unthanks pianist and composer Adrian McNally has turned a selection of her poems into song, performed with bandmates Rachel and Becky Unthank.

McNally created the songs using Emily Bronte's piano which is still housed in the Parsonage Museum in Haworth where she lived and worked. The only live performance of this new work promises to be an atmospheric and unique collaboration between a literary great andone of the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands working today.

The Unthanks make Art Folk with an approach to storytelling that makes easy bedfellows of polar opposites such as starch traditionalism and sonic adventure, glacial minimalism and heartbreaking empathy, earning them an army of notable fellow artists and storytellers, including Mackenzie Crook, Nick Hornby, Martin Freeman, Maxine Peake, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French, Adrian Edmondson, Stephen Mangan and members of Portishead and Radiohead.

You Tell Me:
As one half of Field Music, Peter Brewis has been honing the craft of pop songwriting for almost fifteen years, whilst Sarah Hayes has been exploring contemporary folk in her solo work, and the world of indie-pop via her band Admiral Fallow. After meeting at a Kate Bush celebration concert, the pair bonded over a shared love of artists such as The Blue Nile, Jon Brion, Rufus Wainwright, Tortoise and Randy Newman. Initially they planned for Peter to produce a Sarah Hayes album but this quickly evolved into a new act being formed. Their debut self-titled album is set to be released in January on Memphis Industries and single Clarion Call can be heard here.




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  • There are few times when you hear an album or discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear
    Maxine Peake

  • The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to them
    Martin Freeman