Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday February 27, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

The Unthanks

 

continued

All this might make an Unthanks concert sound like a downbeat evening, but the musical textures make sure that it's anything but. The Unthanks, writes British critic Nigel Williamson, are austere but never bleak. The harmonies of the two sisters, full of unexpected turns, is a pleasure in itself, but the real news is the varied group of arrangements by their producer, and Rachel Unthank's husband, Adrian McNally. They use piano, various stringed instruments, and percussion in a way that attests that, for all the ancient tones of this music, the group members grew up with the electronic textures of modern pop. The voices remain front and center, but the arrangements, which they reproduce in live concerts, both set a mood and help to tell the story. The string quartet in "The Testimony of Patience Kershaw" suggests "Eleanor Rigby" descended into an industrial hell, while the piano and strings of the traditional ballad "Annachie Gordon" intensify the gathering motion of the tale as it moves toward its double deaths.

Despite an occasional squawk of displeasure from the purists about their arrangements, the Unthanks are about the hottest thing going in British folk music these days. It's a genre that has been underrepresented in southeastern Michigan for some time, and this show should be a rare treat. The Unthanks are coming to the Ark with their own new group of backing musicians on July 6.    (end of article)

[Originally published in July, 2010.]

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Batsheva Dance Company - Mesmerizing Batsheva Dance Company - Mesmerizing
Terrance Hayes - The  figures of beauty Terrance Hayes - The figures of beauty
Map of Health Care - Hospital Lodging Programs Map of Health Care - Hospital Lodging Programs
Map of Restaurants with price Under $6 Map of Restaurants with price Under $6
Photo: Hands-On Museum Reflected in the Justice Center Photo: Hands-On Museum Reflected in the Justice Center
NOTE TO SELF RE NEXT CHRISTMAS, by Mary A. Jones NOTE TO SELF RE NEXT CHRISTMAS, by Mary A. Jones
Map of Restaurants that accept Visa Map of Restaurants that accept Visa
The Park Across the Street The Park Across the Street
Ann Arbor Public Schools - Elementary Schools Ann Arbor Public Schools - Elementary Schools
Four Directions - I Spy: January 2017 Four Directions - I Spy: January 2017
Victors For Art February 18th through June 11th