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Coming Soon: The Unthanks - How the Wild Wind Blows Tour

City Varieties, Leeds
Thursday 11 May 2017

The Unthanks announce an extensive tour and the fourth in their Diversions series:
How The Wild 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.

Tour 2017

18.04.17 - New Vic Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme
19.04.17 - RNCM Theatre, Manchester
20.04.17 - William Aston Hall, Wrexham
21.04.17 - Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
22.04.17 - Queens Hall, Edinburgh
23.04.17 - Maltings Theatre, Berwick
26.04.17 - Glee Club, Birmingham
27.04.17 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
28.04.17 - The Anvil, Basinstoke
29.04.17 - Tramshed, Cardiff
30.04.17 - Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford Upon Avon
01.05.17 - Old Market, Brighton
02.05.17 - Turner Sims, Southampton
03.05.17 - Albany, London
06.05.17 - Grand, Clitheroe
07.05.17 - Forum, Barrow
10.05.17 - Brindley, Runcorn
11.05.17 - City Varieties, Leeds
12.05.17 - City Varieties, Leeds
13.05.17 - ARC, Stockton
14.05.17 - The Theatre Royal, Newcastle
25.05.17 - Vicar St, Dublin
28.05.17 - The Barbican (Milton Court Hall), London

More Info:

May 2017

Date Title Venue
11/05/2017 - 19:30 The Unthanks City Varieties