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Moulettes Album out Now
July 10th, 2014

The new album by The Moulettes, which features a track with vocals from Rachel and Becky Unthank, is available to buy now, details from The YouTube preview of the album opens with a clip from the track here.

World War One Project
July 10th, 2014

Work is underway on our collaboration with Sam Lee – A Time And A Place: Musical Meditations on the First World War. Some of the material will be self-penned, some of it musical written to war poetry, some will be based on music from the time. It will feature Rachel and Becky Unthank, Sam Lee, Adrian McNally on piano, plus a small string and brass ensemble. The project travels to Birmingham, London and Leeds.

17th Sept Birmingham Town Hall INFO & TICKETS

18th Sept The Barbican, London INFO & TICKETS

19th Sept Howard Assembly Rooms INFO & TICKETS


Orchestival OFF :(
July 10th, 2014

We are sorry to report that for the second year running, the festival hosting our performance with the Philharmonia, has been cancelled. Last year was a postponement. This year, a cancellation. The failure to materialise of some expected funding, is the cause given. We have lots of sympathy with organiser Charles Hazlewood, who has invested a lot in trying to making it happen. It’s a great shame.

Looking ahead to rosier prospects, we are currently in negotiations to embark on a commissioned new work, to be played in collaboration with a symphony orchestra in 2016!

New Bursary For Young Artists in Memory of Middlesbrough Songwriter also Raises Charity Donation.
May 5th, 2014

Musicians in the North East are being invited to apply for a bursary in memory of a songwriter who died in 2013. Celebrations in memory of Graeme Miles organised by The Unthanks and held in London and Saltburn last year, raised enough money for the award, plus a charity donation to Teesside Hospice, where Miles was looked after in his final days.

The bursary has been set up with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Worth up to £1200, the award is open to artists or groups, aged 18 to 25, who are based in the North East of England, with a priority to those based in Teesside. The aim is to fund an important development opportunity, project or programme of activity that will have a lasting impact on their career.

Last year’s fundraising concerts raised £4814.60, with artists including The Wilsons, The Young’uns, The Unthanks, Martyn Windham Reed, Mike Nicholson and Robin Dale coming together to perform songs by the Graeme Miles, who wrote his first song at 14 and after hearing the traditional songs of Tyneside, set himself a 20-year task to create a collection for his adopted native Teesside.

The money was enough to make a £2407.30 donation to Teesside Hospice, and secure the bursary for the first two years. The consortium of artists plan to hold concerts every two years, to keep the award running annually and to continue the exploration of Miles’s work. One concert will take place somewhere in the North East, while the other will not necessarily stay at London’s Cecil Sharp House, instead going to different areas to keep Graham’s music alive across the country. It is hoped that as well as a varying bill of artists paying tribute to Miles, the bursary artists will also showcase their results at the concerts.

The application criteria is for individual musicians including composers and groups who are in the early stages of their professional career or final stages of advanced musical training with a genuine commitment to build a professional career in music.

EFDSS’ Artist Development Manager, Neil Pearson, said: “The bursary is a fitting memorial to a songwriter who has helped to influence many musicians over the years”

Graeme Miles

“There are no limits to what it can be used for – we’d like people to think how the money would best be used to help them. Some examples include touring support, an artistic collaboration with other musicians, paying for recording costs, mentoring, funding an industry showcase or buying a new instrument – the options are endless.”

Adrian McNally and Rachel Unthank from The Unthanks, who organised the fundraising concerts, will continue their support as members of the bursary’s judging panel.

The closing date for applications is Monday June 2 and the winner will be announced by Monday July 14. To find out more and download an application form, go to

A Time And A Place: Musical Meditations on the First World War
March 28th, 2014

This Autumn, members of The Unthanks will collaborate with Sam Lee on a commissioned project to mark the centenary of the start of World War One. Taking place in September and featuring video design by Matt Watkins, it will be multimedia evening inspired by the lives and stories of the generation that witnessed the First World War. The September shows will take place in London, Leeds and Birmingham.

17th Sept Birmingham Town Hall TICKETS AND INFO

18th Sept The Barbican, London TICKETS AND INFO

19th Sept Howard Assembly Rooms TICKETS AND INFO



The Unthanks perform with The Philharmonia
March 28th, 2014

The Unthanks will this summer perform with one of the world’s great orchestras, at Orchestival in Somerset. Conducted by Charles Hazelwood, The Unthanks will perform on the Saturday night, at Bath and West Showground, Somerset, with London’s The Philharmonia. The festival will support Flag, the Somerset Levels flood relief fund set up to the support those affected by recent devastation. The Unthanks are pleased to support Flag and very excited to perform with The Philharmonia Orchestra, widely acknowledged as the UK’s foremost musical pioneer.

Tickets have gone on sale today:

The Unthanks with The Philharmonia – A New Symphonic Adventure

Orchestival, 19th July 2014 INFO AND TICKETS


Upcoming Tour Dates

Wednesday 17 September
Birmingham Town Hall
Thursday 18 September
The Barbican
Friday 19 September
Howard Assembly Room
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