Rachel Unthank and the Winterset - Radio Session 2008

These days they are known as The Unthanks and for good reason as Rachel Unthank explained - It makes me very happy and proud to be changing our name to The Unthanks, and relieved too, as my sister Becky has shared lead vocals with me from the start. Back then when she was just 17, about to start university and unsure about committing indefinitely to our partnership, we chose a name that gave her the freedom that was perhaps key to us still being together now.

Back in 2008 they were still Rachel Unthank and The Winterset, and this short session is from December 2008. It makes a fine introduction to the band who are an English folk group from Northumberland. They made their debut performance at Towersey Village Festival in August 2004 and in May 2005, launched their debut album, Cruel Sister at Holmfirth Folk Festival. Cruel Sister received support from a number of DJs on BBC Radio 2 and was subsequently awarded Folk Album of the Year by Mojo magazine.

Their 2007 follow-up album, The Bairns, was nominated for the Best Album award at the BBC Folk Awards 2008 and also nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. The album debuted in the UK Top 200 Albums Chart at number 178 in the week after the Mercury prize award ceremony.

The band were nominated for three further BBC Folk Awards in 2008 (Best Band, Best Live Act, Horizon Award), and were successful in one category, receiving the Horizon Award at the ceremony in The Brewery, London.

Their third album, Here's The Tender Coming, was released in September 2009. Their fourth album, Last, is planned for release in spring 2011.

Source: BBC Radio.

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@192kbps.

Genre: Folk.

Set:  Studio Session.

Session List:

1. Tar Barrel In Dal
2. Felton Lonnin
3. This Endris Night

Website: Official HERE.

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Anonymous said…
I've seen The Unthanks a couple of times, the last time in Sheffield... it was one of the best gigs I've been to... thanks for this!