The Unthanks announce Diversions Vol. 4 and tour

Diversions Vol. 4
The Unthanks – How Wild The Wind Blows
Performing the Songs and Poems of Molly Drake

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A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own songs. On the surface, the 2013 release of Molly Drake’s work could easily have been perceived as just a curious footnote and jigsaw piece in explaining the enormous talent of Nick Drake. In the eyes of The Unthanks however, and increasingly amongst others, Molly’s work is extraordinary enough to rank alongside and independently of her brilliant son.

With encouragement from the Drake musical estate and the full blessing and enthusiasm of celebrated actress Gabrielle Drake (Molly’s daughter and Nick’s sister) The Unthanks are relishing the opportunity and will treat the challenge with the same love and diligence for their subject as they did when reinterpreting the work of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnson’s on Diversions Vol 1.

Never intended for public release, Molly Drake’s recordings, made by her husband, were made at home and are of the time. In a climate where films, stories and music are being rehashed for spurious repeat exploitation, if ever a body of work actually merited reappraisal and fresh presentation, surely the work of Molly Drake is it. Her songs share plenty of common ground with her son’s – charming and bittersweet, yet dark and pensive.

A tour of Molly Drake’s work, reimagined by The Unthanks, will be accompanied by the release of Diversions Vol 4. – The Unthanks Perform The Songs And Poems Of Molly Drake.

Artists’ website: http://www.the-unthanks.com/

Tour Dates

April 2017

18  NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME New Vic Theatre

19  MANCHESTER RNCM Theatre

20  WREXHAM William Aston Hall

21  KENDAL Brewery Arts Centre

22  EDINBURGH Queens Hall

23  BERWICK Maltings Theatre

26  BIRMINGHAM Glee Club

27  CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange

28  BASINGSTOKE The Anvil

29  CARDIFF Tramshed

30 BRADFORD UPON AVON Wiltshire Music Centre

May 2017

01  BRIGHTON Old Market

02  SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims

03  LONDON Albany

06  CLITHEROE Grand

07  BARROW Forum

10  RUNCORN Brindley

11  LEEDS City Varieties
12  LEEDS City Varieties

13  STOCKTON ARC

14  NEWCASTLE The Theatre Royal

25 DUBLIN Vicar St

28  LONDON The Barbican (Milton Court Hall)