- The Unthanks Brass-Project Released on Record, Plus More Shows
- April 12th, 2012
Diversions Vol. 2: The Unthanks With Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.
Retail Release Date: Monday 30th July
Album Launch: Cambridge Folk Festival – Saturday 28th July
Prior to the retail release and launch, the album will be exclusively available at brass shows during June.
The album will chart last year’s collaboration with the National Champions of Great Britain, featuring music written and arranged by Unthanks pianist and producer Adrian McNally, including The Father’s Suite, written in celebration of Rachel Unthank and McNally’s first child.
The album will be released this summer and the project returns to the stage with shows including York Minster, Liverpool Philharmonic, Victoria Theatre Halifax, Grassington and Cambridge Folk Festivals, and No Direction Home – the new festival by the End of the Road team. The collaboration is a spectacular, with The Unthanks and ‘Briggus’ making up over 30 people on stage. As well as music written specifically for the project, McNally adapts folk song by Ewan MacColl, Tommy Armstrong and Dave Sudbury, the latter being the song King of Rome, as performed at the BBC Folk Awards.
Watch King of Rome from the BBC Folk Awards: The Unthanks WIth Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band at the BBC Folk Awards
Music also comes from the existing repertoire of The Unthanks, including versions of Patience Kershaw, Felton Lonnin and Gan To The Kye, adapted for brass by conductor Sandy Smith from McNally’s original string arrangements.
The record will be launched at Cambridge Folk Festival, but exclusively available before then only at the brass shows in June. Dates on the tour page.