One of the premier English folk groups of the early 21st century, the Unthanks -- the surname of siblings Rachel and Becky -- present a dynamic mix of old and new, trafficking in elements of traditional Northumbrian folk music, classical, jazz, and pop. The group emerged in 2004 under the name Rachel Unthank & the Winterset and released a pair of well-received albums (2005's Cruel Sister and 2007's The Bairns), before officially adopting the Unthanks moniker in 2009. Since then, the core trio of Rachel, Becky, and the former's husband Adrian McNally, who is also the group's manager, musical arranger, and producer, have issued a string of acclaimed releases, including 2011's Last and 2015's Mount the Air, as well as a popular series of idiosyncratic live recordings that have covered everyone from Robert Wyatt and Antony & the ...
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