The Unthanks
TOUR DATES

Summer Festivals

FRI 11 AUG 17
EDMONTON FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL, EDMONTON, CANADA

Beginning in 1980 with one staff and 300 volunteers, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has grown and matured to become one of the leading folk festivals in the world. Now boasting a volunteer force of over 2000, the festival in a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best of folk music from around the world.
The quality of the music and the depth of the performer lineup is the single greatest ingredient in our success. Terry Wickham, producer, selects artists within a broad musical mandate. Our vision is to continue to improve as a world- class folk music festival.

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SAT 19 AUG 17
HELSINKI FESTIVAL, HELSINKI, FINLAND

Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in Finland, organised annually in late summer. The festival’s aim is to make art accessible for all. The programme line-up features classical and world music, theatre, dance, circus and visual arts as well as a range of urban events.

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FRI 25 AUG 17
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL, EDINBURGH

Rachel, Becky and Adrian talk to novelist David Mitchell about their interpretations of the songs of Molly Drake. Outbreaks of musical illustration are highly likely!

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SUN 27 AUG 17
SHREWSBURY FOLK FESTIVAL, SHREWSBURY

An exciting family holiday, a place to make new friends and meet up with old friends, an inclusive friendly atmosphere whether you are an experienced folkie or a complete newcomer, whether you come with friends or on your own.

As far as the music is concerned, Shrewsbury Folk Festival has a reputation for delivering the very finest acts from the UK and around the world, always searching to find new authentic artists as well as providing a platform for established performers, and never forgetting to add some fun and diversity to our concerts. We try to bring quality in depth, and we recognise the need to give our artists and audiences the best stages, in the best marquees, with the best sound and lighting possible.

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SAT 16 SEP 17
HOME GATHERING, HOULTS YARD, NEWCASTLE

HOME GATHERING, curated and presented by Tyneside’s much-loved The Unthanks, returns for its 3rd edition this September, with another thrilling line-up across two stages in Newcastle’s Hoults Yard - a post industrial site brimming with atmosphere and regional heritage. The eclectic programme is topped by an exclusive performance of The Bairns by Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, marking the 10th anniversary of the Mercury nominated album. Pianist Stef Conner appears to reform the Winterset, for one performance only.

Other festival highlights include a rare solo performance by the peerless Joan As Policewoman, the beguiling folktronica of Beth Orton and 6 Music favourites, Dutch Uncles. If The Unthanks are known for their political and socially conscious output, it should be no surprise to find on the bill the poetic subversive funk of The Blockheads (celebrating 40 years since the release of their classic New Boots and Panties album), the cutting social commentary of folk singer Chris Wood and original rude boy Neville Staple who along with new material brings to Home Gathering the number one hits of The Specials, still as culturally relevant today as they were to turbulent late ’70’s Britain.

Comic royalty comes in the form of Alan Partridge and Royal Family writer, Henry Normal, and Graham Fellows, the genius behind John Shuttleworth and Jilted John, who surfaces from the shadows of his beloved characters for a rare performance as himself.

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The Unthanks with Army Of Generals conducted by Charles Hazlewood

THU 07 DEC 17
BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL, BIRMINGHAM

The Unthanks embark on a 4-date UK tour in the company of conductor Charles Hazlewood and his orchestra Army Of Generals, creating a series of performances of many of the band's best-loved songs on a grand scale.

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FRI 08 DEC 17
STOLLER HALL, MANCHESTER

The Unthanks embark on a 4-date UK tour in the company of conductor Charles Hazlewood and his orchestra Army Of Generals, creating a series of performances of many of the band's best-loved songs on a grand scale.

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SAT 09 DEC 17
SAGE GATESHEAD, GATESHEAD

The Unthanks embark on a 4-date UK tour in the company of conductor Charles Hazlewood and his orchestra Army Of Generals, creating a series of performances of many of the band's best-loved songs on a grand scale.

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WED 13 DEC 17
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON

The Unthanks embark on a 4-date UK tour in the company of conductor Charles Hazlewood and his orchestra Army Of Generals, creating a series of performances of many of the band's best-loved songs on a grand scale.

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