The Unthanks: The Songs & Poems of Molly Drake

  • The Unthanks

    The Unthanks



  • The Unthanks with Molly Drake (centre)

    The Unthanks with Molly Drake (centre)



  • Jul


Live Show



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The Mercury nominated folk band perform the work of Molly Drake alongside tracks from their ten albums

Last year The Unthanks released and toured Diversions Vol 4 - a record dedicated to the work of Molly Drake, mother of the great Nick Drake. The tour, though comprehensive had no East Midlands date. The Unthanks put that right with this show, presenting the best of the Molly Drake project, plus other favourites from their ten albums to date.

Molly Drake’s bittersweet songs are brought to life by the Mercury nominated Tynesiders, assisted by Molly’s daughter, the actress Gabrielle Drake, who recorded her mother’s poetry for the project, which features in the show.

Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, and influenced by Miles Davis, Steve Reich, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits, The Unthanks make Art Folk with a booming socially conscious heart, leading to a legion of actors and writers identifying with their commitment to storytelling, such as Martin Freeman, Maxine Peake, Mackenzie Crook, Nick Hornby, Colin Firth, Dawn French, Ade Edmondson, Stephen Mangan and Paul Morley, plus musicians including Elvis Costello, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Ryan Adams, Rosanne Cash, Glen Hansard and members of Portishead and Radiohead.

They run from the root of folk music to the very tip of the branch. Elvis Costello

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.  Maxine Peake

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. Martin Freeman