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Interview: The Unthanks

Interview: The Unthanks

Geordie folk gal explains why she won't be cheering up quite yet

The Unthanks: Glad to be glum

Misery may be folk music’s stock-in-trade but no one does it quite like the British. Maybe it’s part of our heritage. We are a nation, after all, that has not only invented a drink called bitter but have a brand called Doom Bar. And within the UK, there’s one particular volume of folk music that is unparalleled in its bleakness. It’s called the Northumbrian Minstrelsy, and it’s the first place Rachel Unthank, of critically acclaimed folk group The Unthanks, goes to look for new songs to cover.

After years of relatively anonymous graft, this past year has really been the one where everyone has wanted a part of The Unthanks

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