The Unthanks announce their Winter Onliner

The UnthanksThis weekend The Unthanks present 22 hours of content! Exclusive new performances, podcasts, Q&As, cook-alongs and quizzes, will sit alongside over 2 hours created by participants, making The Unthanks Winter Onliner a colourful and truly unique community event.

The idea is inspired by the absence this winter of our seven annual singing weekends, which we have been running for ten years. Rather than just post an online gig, we hope to create a space in which there is connectivity and enrichment between lots of people, sharing far more colour and light than we can offer alone.

The weekend will include ten, fifteen-minute installments of Get Out And Sing! Participants have been challenged ahead of the weekend, to go out on their daily walks and record themselves singing from a favourite spot. The result is a snapshot of lockdown life from across the globe, with people sharing their feelings, their places, their voices and their songs.

During the event, attendees will be able to interact live, and share their songs, thoughts and stories in live session rooms. In addition to the exclusive new performances, the main stage will a family workshop and concert, a live Q&A, a live quiz hosted by attendees and podcasts so that attendees aren’t stuck behind screens all day, on subject from the making of the soundtrack for Mackenzie Crook’s Worzel Gummidge to the 10th anniversary of the six months in which The Unthanks creative and premiered the music for four albums!

The Unthanks will bring their residential singing weekends into front rooms with exclusive unaccompanied performances from the beaches of Northumberland that regulars will recognise from the weekend walks, and pianist and producer Adrian McNally will cook one of the infamous dishes made on the weekends. There will also be interviews and performances with Unthank family members who have inspired the tradition instilled in Rachel and Becky Unthank, and even cameo contributions from some Unthank McNally juniors!

The event has caused enough waves already for The Unthanks to be planning the next one…


Options include a concert-only double-bill ticket, featuring on Friday night, a ten-piece ensemble Mount The Air gig from Newcastle City Hall 2015, plus a Saturday night exclusive new show, filmed in the beautiful, atmospheric Simpson Street Studios, Northumberland.

A weekend ticket grants full access to an event platform on which attendees can come together between ‘main stage’ content, in live breakout rooms which will be labelled as chat rooms, sing rooms, poetry and storytelling rooms, and so on

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