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The Unthanks share new single ‘The Bay Of Fundy’


Taken from their forthcoming new album Sorrows Away, The Unthanks have today released their first album single, ‘The Bay Of Fundy’. The Bay of Fundy, while slightly brooding, is a lifting listening experience featuring beautifully textured, vibrant arrangements. It’s a captivating offering and their most cinematic to date.

The Bay Of Fundy was written in 1975 by Gordon Bok, an American folklorist and singer-songwriter, who grew up in Camden, Maine. The Unthanks have reinvented it in typical magpie fashion, acquired originally through osmosis during the upbringing of Rachel and Becky Unthank.

Fundy Bay has the largest tides in the world. The song is about being aboard a boat, stuck on the tide, waiting for days and weeks to be delivered to shore. The lyrics have a sense of isolation and loneliness, allowing for contemplation of the magnitude of nature compared to our tiny selves.

Watch the accompanying video below:

The Unthanks kick off their five-week album today (see dates below), supported by an 11-piece ensemble during which they will preview Sorrows Away, set for release this autumn.

Sorrows Away will be their first, full non-project-based record since their 2015 BBC Folk Album Of The Year, Mount The Air. Since then, The Unthanks have scaled up to self-penned projects with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Hazelwood’s Army of Generals, and right down to their roots for their unaccompanied record, Diversions Vol 5. They’ve created song cycles from Emily Bronte’s poetry, created site-specific theatre with Maxine Peake, paid an entire album and eight track EP’s worth of devotion to Molly Drake, and created the light and the dark in soundtracks for 6 hours’ worth of Mackenzie Crook’s beautiful BBC adaptation of the Worzel Gummidge books.

While The Unthanks have been as adventurous and prolific as ever since Mount The Air, after two years in lockdown and seven years since they recorded with their full ensemble, this is a long overdue and eagerly anticipated follow up and return to the main path of musical adventure, to drive Sorrows Away!

The Sorrows Away Tour

12/04 Masham Town Hall (Warm-Up)14/04 Norwich, The Halls15/04 Nottingham, Albert Hall16/04 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall17/04 Poole, The Lighthouse19/04 Bath, The Forum20/04 Exeter Corn Exchange21/04 The Royal, Northampton22/04 Middlesbrough Town Hall23/04 Lancaster, The Dukes24/04 Newcastle Tyne Theatre and Opera House22/05 Edinburgh, Queens Hall24/05 Belfast Central Church25/05 Dublin, Vicar Street26/05 Pontardawe Arts Centre27/05 Birmingham Town Hall28/05 Bexhill on Sea, De la Warr Pavilion29/05 London Palladium31/05 York Barbican

The Bay Of Fundy (single) is released Tuesday, 12th April.

Sorrows Away (album) will be released in the Autumn.

Pre-Order Sorrows Away on The Unthanks new website and get The Bay Of Fundy as an instant download.

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