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The Unthanks – Sorrows Away

Date: Wednesday 12/10/2022
Doors: 19:00, performance starts: 19:30 (all timings are subject to change)
Location: The Auditorium, The Fire Station
Tickets: From £22
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

With their 11 piece band, The Unthanks mark the Autumn release of their new album, Sorrows Away.

Tyneside Sisters, The Unthanks are a take on tradition that flips so effortlessly between jazz, classical, ambient and post-rock, it makes any attempt to put a label on them a waste of time. Having previewed Sorrows Away at shows this Spring, the response from live audiences is an early indication that the record is going to breeze the daunting task of following up their BBC Folk Album Of The Year 2015, Mount The Air. Described as “an epic that Sigur Rós or Elbow would be proud of” by Drowned in Sound, and “as good as it gets… music that asks you to consider everything you know and un-think it” by Folk Radio, Mount The Air was awarded 5 stars by The Telegraph, R2, fRoots and Songlines, and 4 by Mojo, Q, Uncut, The Times, Independent and Guardian.

These BBC 6Music regulars and Mercury Prize nominees tell captivating stories with their cutting edge music, reframing history and drawing together the worlds of folk, jazz, orchestral, electronic and rock music. Their narratives are also admired by some of our best storytellers – Mackenzie Crook, Maxine Peake, Nick Hornby, Martin Freeman, Robert Wyatt, Charles Hazelwood, Ben Myers and David Mitchell, to name a few. Billed as more joyful and uplifting than previous Unthanks records, Sorrows Away is perhaps both the pinnacle and yet just the latest in their story so far.

“There are few times when you discover a band and they talk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear.” Maxine Peake

“They run from the very root of folk music to the very tip of the branch.” Elvis Costello

“Few of their contemporaries, within both folk music and the wider artistic spectrum, have such a keenly-honed ability to locate in a song the emotional essence that can, in just a single phrase or vocal elision, cut one to the quick.” The Independent

“The Unthanks have covered a lot of ground in the past decade and watching them evolve over this period has been truly inspiring.” Phillip Selway (Radiohead)

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