The Unthanks: The Emily Brontë Song Cycle

Commissioned to mark Brontë’s 200th birthday, Yorkshire born Unthanks composer Adrian McNally has turned ten of her poems into song, performed with band mates Rachel and Becky Unthank and recorded in the Parsonage in Haworth where Emily lived and worked. 

Captured and released as Part 3 of Lines - a trilogy of records inspired by female writers across time - this live performance of The Emily Brontë Song Cycle will also feature songs from the other records that make up Lines.

This unique collaboration between a literary great and one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed bands working today, creates an atmospheric evening not to be missed.

The Unthanks create and perform Art Folk with an approach to storytelling that makes easy bedfellows of polar opposites such as starch traditionalism and sonic adventure, glacial minimalism and heartbreaking empathy. This has earned them an army of notable fans such as fellow artists and storytellers Mackenzie Crook, Maxine Peake, Nick Hornby, Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French, Adrian Edmondson, Stephen Mangan and members of Portishead and Radiohead.

Maxine Peake “There are few times when you hear an album or discover a band and they stalk immediately to the heart of everything you love and hold dear.” 

The support act for this show will be The Bookshop Band. The offspring of an artistic love-affair between a duo of English folk singer-songwriters and a multi-award winning independent bookshop in the UK, Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, The Bookshop Band write and perform songs inspired by hundreds of authors from Shakespeare to Philip Pullman.

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