The Unthanks In Winter at Exmouth Pavilion

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When December draws near, The Unthanks will release and tour In Winter – an abstract new work that captures the warmth and nostalgia of the festive season, the chill and darkness of the winter months, and the reflective ritualisms of the turn of the year; the end and beginning of the circle of life. In Winter features a new sound palette for The Unthanks, incorporating vibraphone, clarinet and saxophone into the core band that features vocal harmony, piano, violin, double bass, guitars and percussion.

You will hear what a Tyneside band playing a German Christmas song in the style of The Beach Boys sounds like! A Spanish carol performed by English folkies through the filter of Tom Waits. A newly written tribute to the NHS. An abstract take on A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. Traditional wassails and old stories coloured with folk noir and traces of Vincent Guaraldi’s Merry Christmas Charlie Brown. In typical magpie style, The Unthanks collect and reimagine, at once unique and familiar, inspired but natural and effortless.

The Unthanks a unique band, earning them a Mercury Music Prize nomination and international acclaim along the way. They have been described as “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”. At the nucleus of this constantly evolving unit is the traditional upbringing of Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank and the arrangements and writing of Barnsley composer, pianist and producer, Adrian McNally.

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Exmouth Pavilion, Esplanade, Exmouth, UK

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