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The Unthanks with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band (Diversions, Vol. 2)

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The King of Rome
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Trimdon Grange Explosion
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George
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The Happiness or Otherwise of Society (Jack Elliott)
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The Father's Song
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George II
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My Lagan Love
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Queen of Hearts
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Gan to the Kye
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Felton Lonnin
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Blue Bleezing Blind Drunk
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Newcastle Lullaby
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Gresford (The Miners' Hymn)
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Farweel Regality
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 73:25

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The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band

penman6

No diversion needed here with this beautiful and courageous album. I am not going to fall into the trap of overusing words like ethereal and eerie.], except to say that this album is both. But put more simply it is intelligent, tender, sensitive, well thought out and well worth a listen. Folk and brass band music? Sounds strange doesn't it, but why? Why should it be? They are about as close as you can get, both born out of community based music, story tellers, evokers of thought and feeling. I guess that there are some obvious stand out tracks on here, but for me they all work in the same way. As the singing stops and the music pauses does the brass come in like a maternal cuddle or an old memory, mixed with happiness, and always tinged with a sadness that only brass in unison like this can bring. Farewell Regality, hello a new musical genre that works just beautifully for me.

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Stormed the 2012 folk awards

rendrag

'The King of Rome' left the annual BBC folk awards stunned - a brilliant marriage of sounds that was so beautiful. The Unthanks are becoming a tremendously exciting and innovative band, and their Diversions series is just something special. Their version of King Crimson's - Starless really works, then onto covers of Antony and the Johnsons, and Robert Wyatt - not just copies but very effective re-interpretations