Festival 2018 Archive


£18.00 no concessions
Saturday 30 June 2018 at 8.00pm (doors open 7.00pm)
St John’s Church, Buxton Road DE6 1EX


The Unthanks will need no introduction to folk fans and we are immensely proud to be able to present them to Derbyshire audiences in the intimate surroundings of St John’s Church. The band is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point and predominant song source, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony and The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s 7 albums to date. The Unthanks move beyond folk and their haunting voices and arrangements must be heard.

Definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity, The Unthanks see folk music less as a style of music and more as a oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between the contemporary and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks.