Unthanks’ thanks to songs of old ahead of Sheffield show

Rachel, left, and Becky Unthank of The Unthanks, who play Sheffield City Hall on Saturday.
Rachel, left, and Becky Unthank of The Unthanks, who play Sheffield City Hall on Saturday.
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Northumbrian folk will be coming to a Sheffield stage on Saturday as The Unthanks hit the road to promote their eighth album Mount The Air.

And singer Rachel Unthank – wife of band percussionist and manager Adrian McNally and sister of fellow singer Becky – is excited to take the album on the road.

Rachel says: “Mount The Air is full of songs we’ve written – and we have all written songs this time, Becky, Adrian and I, whereas it would normally be Adrian.

“Becky wrote a song, and I did too. I wrote a lullaby. So there were lots of ideas.

“Plus we’ve also done what we normally do with reworking traditional songs.

“Becky went to Cecil Sharp House, the folk history collection in London, did some digging and found some incredible songs that we used as a foundation.

“She found a book from Dorset that we used as a basis for a few songs, adding more and arranging.”

And the album has met with some amazing reviews – even if Rachel has tried to avoid them.

“I try not to read reviews, because if I read the good and believe them, then I have to read the bad and believe them too,” she says.

“But obviously if there is a great review around then it’s hard not to have a look.

“It’s lovely to be well-received because you feel like you’ve been successful in communicating your ideas and that people have understood what you’re trying to do.

“That’s always great.”

* The Unthanks play Sheffield City Hall on Saturday. For tickets, priced £18.50, visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk