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Contributions from fans and fellow artists to The Memory Book. Read some here.

Contributions from fans and fellow artists to The Memory Book. Read some here.

Contributions by fans and artists alike
Many of the most poignant moments in the book come from you, our fans. Back in the summer, we asked you to write contributions about your own experiences with our music, and with music in general, in terms of its power to inspire, heal, create change, express...

Many of your contributions made it to the book and sit along contributions from fellow artists. Here's a few excerpts of what they said:

No 1: Nick Hornby

‘The Unthanks make secular spiritual music for everyone, and, at the end of the year when some of us have been troubled by some of the uglier definitions and manifestations of Englishness, it is an enormous consolation to realise that this –I want to say this above all –is the sound of my country.’ 

No. 11: Martin Freeman

‘The Unthanks are capable of such beauty that sometimes I can hardly bear to listen to them. And sometimes, when I know I need it, I'll listen to them to open me up and clean me out.’ 

No. 14 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.’

No. 9 Glen Hansard

‘A flood of emotion that we'd held inside ourselves since childhood days had just been unexpectedly freed through this song... It was already clear that whoever this band were, they were our people.’ 

No. 7 Martin Hayes

‘The honest and heartfelt way in which they deliver their music is a true inspiration to me.’

plus contributions from

Robert Wyatt, Elvis Costello, Aidan O’Rourke (Lau), Dawn French, Ade Edmondson, Geoff Travis, Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), Rosanne Cash, Colin Firth, Stephen Mangan, Conor O’Brien (Villagers) and Charles Hazlewood.



Check Dates for the Song and Poems of Molly Drake Tour - Selling Fast

Check Dates for the Song and Poems of Molly Drake Tour - Selling Fast



The Memory Book

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The Unthanks Announce New Album and Tour (click for more details)

The Unthanks Announce New Album and Tour (click for more details)

Announcing an extensive tour and Diversions Vol. 4:
The Unthanks - How Wild The Wind Blows
Performing the Songs and Poems of Molly Drake 

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. Tour dates are announced and on sale today. Full listings below. More details on the album release, set for April 2017, to be announced at a later date.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the intimate nature of the music, the tour travels to venues that are mostly smaller than for an Unthanks tour. Book early to avoid disappointment!



Buy albums and merchandise directly from The Unthanks shop

Buy albums and merchandise directly from The Unthanks shop



Watch The Unthanks perform Magpie on Later with Jools Holland

Watch The Unthanks perform Magpie on Later with Jools Holland