LIVE REVIEW: The Unthanks @ Northern Stage, Newcastle (15.06.24) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Vocalist duo Becky and Rachel Unthank have been lauded as bringing traditional Northumbrian folk music back to the forefront, with many of their albums sporting a ‘best folk album of the year’ accolade. Tonight’s gig at Northern Stage, part of the Underdog: The Other Other Brontë wrap around events, sees Becky and Rachel joined by Adrian McNally to discuss the making of their album Lines Part Three: Emily Brontë, providing a fascinating insight into the inspiration behind the music.

The words and poetry by Emily Brontë were soaked up by The Unthanks and pieced together in music form; the bleak imagery of the Yorkshire moors and dark themes the Brontë sister touched upon is captured brilliantly. Adrian recalled stories of writing the songs and performing them on Emily Brontë’s very own piano at The Parsonage in Haworth, and the trio’s stories were a very intriguing insight into the production of the album.

The chat was interspersed with performances of songs from the album; Adrian’s delicate piano playing alongside the ethereal harmonies of the Unthanks sisters, resonating and reverberating through the eaves of the theatre, leaving the audience enthralled and contributing to an emotive and hauntingly beautiful experience that left the audience very moved.

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