The Unthanks
Every year, The Unthanks host six winter weekends of singing, eating and walking on the Northumberland coast. Workshops, walking and singarounds take place with Rachel and Becky Unthank, with good food to write home about by Unthanks pianist and musical director, Adrian McNally. Cosy pubs, beautiful heritage coastline, great food, good cheer and an exclusive mini concert from various Unthank members. The all-inclusive weekends take place under one roof in a brand new bunkhouse, reclaimed from a once derelict farm building, with under-floor heating and 10 minutes walk from the fishing village of Seahouses. There are also a number of insulated modern 'wigwams' for couples and small groups. Informal singing and group workshops, surrounded by countryside with a sweep of sea views towards the Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle and with the Cheviot Hills as a backdrop. Rachel and Becky Unthank are not just performers. They have many years of experience in giving workshops.. from taking adult choirs to school workshops, singing in swimming pools with babies to taking an hour’s singing workshop for 500 people in a Spanish city square! From the serious business of passing on tradition to the simple joy of singing, The Unthanks are committed and passionate about teaching, sharing and living folk song. The onus of the weekend is on inclusivity. You do not have to be an experienced singer to attend or enjoy the weekend. For us, singing is about joining in.

While the tickets are exclusive to mailing list members, this is no extortion exercise in getting fans to pay a fortune to spend five minutes with their hero(ine!). Our events are designed to disregard and undermine the conventional band/fan hierarchy. We intend them to be a down to earth, inclusive experience, designed to bring people together for the joy of group singing and good company.

These weekends are now in their tenth year, with many attendees returning year after year.

These weekends are exclusively available to mailing list members only. All you have to do to receive more info the weekends, is to join the mailing list, here in the website. When the weekends go on sale, but sure to be quick off the mark - they normally sell out in 48 hours.

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