Unquestionably one of the most highly regarded folk groups of this generation, if not modern times, the acclaim bestowed upon The Unthanks could fill a library worth of Scrapbooks. The group occupy a unique space in music today, delivering perfectly crafted music that combines contemporary and historical elements in a way very few others can. As soon as I saw The Unthanks on the line-up for Deer Shed Festival 2013 I immediately scrawled the name down, and hoped we could arrange a session.
After having captivated the audience at The Big Top stage on Sunday afternoon - Rachel, Becky and Niopha performed new song The Magpie on a secluded country path hidden behind the trees guarding the festival site. The light that fell between the overhanging trees provided specks of light as delicate as the harmonies being performed, and that prevailed over the distant hum of the festival arena. One take was all we needed to capture a truly remarkable performance that anybody will have come to expect from The Unthanks.
With thanks to the band themselves, Deer Shed Festival, Tom Airey, Carl Flattery and Adam Taylor.