01 dicembre 2011

Prende il via domani a Londra, in St. James's Church a Piccadilly, un nuovo ciclo di appuntamenti dal vivo con le mirabili interpretazioni dei repertori di Robert Wyatt e Antony & The Johnsons ad opera del gruppo The Unthanks, proprio mentre esce l'album tratto dai concerti dell'anno scorso alla Union Chapel: The Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons, Live from The Union Chapel (Diversions Vol 1.), primo di una serie di volumi atti a documentare le esperienze compiute di recente dalle sorelle Rachel e Becky in vari contesti e occasioni. Informazioni e recensioni su tour e album sono al sito web del gruppo, e un video promozionale è anche su YouTube.

Rachel and Becky Unthank have long found kindred energies in the proudly maverick English soul of Robert Wyatt. Their interpretation of his ‘Sea Song’ was one of the real jewels of Mercury Music Prize nominated second album ‘The Bairns’, and regarded by Wyatt himself as the finest interpretation by another artist of his songs. Wyatt was helpful and enthusiastic to the band in their preparations for this project, pleased that his songs are being performed live, given that he himself chooses not to perform these days. Similarly, they have previously dipped their toe in the water with Antony Hegarty’s music. ‘For Today I Am A Boy’ was a showstopper in the early days of Rachel Unthank & The Winterset. With a December tour to mark the release, a Scottish premiere at Celtic Connections in January and a promise of more Wyatt / Hegarty songs not featured on the album, the project appears to have a life of its own, as The Unthanks continue to explore two of the most adventurous songbooks of the last half-century.