Rachel Unthank & the Winterset

Forging links between folk worlds old, new and other, Rachel and her set have blown a bracing northeasterly gale through traditional English song, casting it in an endlessly inventive and playful new mould.

Transcendent and grounded music folds around unsentimental old, new and imaginatively borrowed stories of booze, brawls, abuse, loss, fear, infantile death, depravity, and sorrow.

Dancing down the leftfield and singing in their own lilting Geordie accents, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset are the “inheritors, curators and gleeful distorters” (Ian MacMillan) of Tyneside’s traditions. Discreetly provocative arrangements draw on elements of blues, jazz, music hall, burlesque cabaret, classical, and leftfield contemporary music, making their take on folk music peerless, fearless and wholeheartedly brave.

Fans as disparate as Robert Wyatt, Kate Rusby, Paul Morley, Nic Jones, Phil Jupitus and Joan As Policewoman have joined the chorus of adulation from the press.

Further reading

Bokanté feature as part of GroundUP Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

A three-act 18 person episode convened (virtually) by Snarky Puppy's Michael League.

Nayda! by Bab L’ Bluz now available on CD & Vinyl

Nayda! is the debut album by Moroccan-French four-piece Bab L' Bluz.

16 August: A day to remember music royalty

Aretha Franklin, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Robert Johnson and Elvis Presley share the same anniversary...

An Introduction to Late Night Laments by Tim Bowness

Tim, whose music is published by Real World, releases his new album on 28th August.