This month sees The Unthanks back with the fifth instalment in their acclaimed “Diversions” series.
On this record, The Unthanks are the unaccompanied voices of Becky Unthank, Rachel Unthank and Niopha Keegan. The version of the group that includes Adrian McNally as pianist, producer and arranger, and Chris Price on guitars and bass, is still very much alive but following the expansiveness of recent orchestral explorations, culminating in a BBC Proms, the obvious next move was for them to stand aside, to allow Rachel and Becky Unthank to go back to the beginning, which for them is unaccompanied harmony singing.
On Diversions Vol 5, they fully explore their rich and unique vocal combinations, with brand new pieces and arrangements. “Magpie” is one of only three tracks on Live & Unaccompanied that has appeared on an Unthanks record before. For the rest of the tracks, The Unthanks would prefer us to regard the versions here on Diversions Vol 5, as the definitive recordings, captured live across a five-week tour in Spring 2019. Selected from 31 shows, the performances on this record were variously taken from shows in Newcastle, Dublin, London, Brighton, Durham, Bellaghy and Belfast.
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