by / March 7th, 2011 /

The Unthanks, Trembling Bells – Vicar Street, Dublin

Rave reviews are flying in for The Unthanks’ incredible new album Last which
is due for release on March 14th. The UK music monthlies, Uncut, Q and MOJO
have all awarded the album four star reviews. Details of the band’s
forthcoming headline show at Vicar Street below.

“The Unthanks seem to regard folk music the same way Miles Davis regarded
jazz: as a launchpad for exploring the wider possibilities… Last travels
beyond borders… the arrangements are bold and beautifully recorded, but as
ever the vocals of Rachel Unthank and her younger sibling Becky provide the
heartstone….compelling” UNCUT

“This is a big album in every way, full of ambitions layers, heavy on piano,
strings, brass and drums producing vast soundcscapes and lavish arrangements
…a masterclass in chilling understatement. You might want a bottle of
brandy with this one!” MOJO

“…fourth and best album. Bewitching and hugely ambitious.” Q

Harmonic Presents…


& Trembling Bells
Vicar Street
Saturday April 9th, 2011
Doors 7.30pm / show starts 8.30pm

Fully seated show

Tickets on sale Wednesday December 1st €25 (including booking fee) from
Ticketmaster outlets nationwide
0818 719 300 – Republic of Ireland customers // 0844 277 4455 – Northern
Ireland customers // 00353 1 456 9569 – International customers

“Haunting, original and magnificent” The Guardian

“once in a blue moon type of every now and again, you hear music that is so
complete, so wonderful, unique and yet familiar that it stops you in your
tracks. They have that blue moon magic about them, and they have it in
spades” BBC Music

“Music as tough as it is gentle, as ancient as it is modern, and as coldly
desolate as it is achingly intimate.. a sensationally graceful sound that
can be epic and subdued, dreamy and specific, as well as supernaturally
ancient and defiantly modern”. Paul Morley, Observer Music Magazine
(Britain’s leading music journalist)

‘Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence’ The

“They are like the morning dew that hasn’t steamed off yet, they are fresh
and new and I really don’t think they know how good they are” Robert Wyatt

The Unthanks are back with a new album, the follow-up to Here’s The Tender
Coming, which featured in The Guardian and Uncut’s Best Albums of the Year
and was awarded Mojo Magazine Folk Album of the Year. For all the acclaim
for their 3 albums to date, the Mercury Music Prize nominated Tyneside
sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank have become most legendary for their live
performances. Empathetic stories of love, loss, birth, death, brawls and
booze make for a rollercoaster ride through the human condition, as Rachel
and Becky’s folk-club unaccompanied singing upbringing is set against
otherworldly musical pictures, arranged by a band with influences from Steve
Reich to Miles Davies, Martin Hayes to Robert Wyatt, Portishead to Sufjan
Stevens. It’s hard to conceive how music could sound so traditional and
adventurous at once. It is a spell that has earned them fans as disparate as
members of Radiohead and Portishead, Nick Hornby, Elvis Costello, Robert
Wyatt, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Adams, Paul Morley, Ben Folds, Rosanne Cash and
Dawn French! Described by Britain’s leading music journalist Paul Morley as
both “supernaturally ancient and defiantly modern, as coldly desolate as
achingly intimate”, The Unthanks occupy unique ground. The Unthanks will
play music from their new album, as well as from their previous records,
including The Bairns, which featured in both the The Guardian and Uncut’s
Best Albums of the Decade, all genres, worldwide – the only British folk
album to do so.

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