The Unthanks

From the BBC review:

When confronted with music as splendid as this, it’s easy to be swept along on a wave of purple prose. “Beautiful”, “haunting”, and “beguiling” are all words that spring easily to mind whilst listening to this astonishing record.  Yet such is the presence and emotional weight created by the voices of Rachel and Becky Unthank, even such effusive descriptions drastically undersell what this remarkable duo achieve.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enGRCQxvH-0

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4 comments for “The Unthanks

  1. November 8, 2010 at 19:16

    Unless your piece is an obscure reference to your anti-authoritarian theme…


    Recorded as Unthank and sometimes Onthank, this is a most unusual and rare English surname. It has nothing to do with not thanking somebody, but is locational. It originates from three villages called Unthank, two in Cumbria, the other in the neighbouring county of Northumberland, on the Scottish border. According to the Oxford Directory of English Place Names, the place and hence the surname derives from a pre 7th century Olde English word “unpance” which means literally “without leave,” and described an area of land which was occupied unlawfully.

    Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Unthank#ixzz14ihfMUW0

  2. Rossa
    November 9, 2010 at 11:33

    A good locational name for singers from Northumberland. I looked up Shuttleworth which is one of our family names from the Lancashire side and was interested to see that the first name of Ughtred, my grandfather’s name, appeared in the 14th century.

    You can guess what he was called at school…P*t**d!

    I also tried Fleetwood which was only recorded as a surname, (well it is a surname database) though in my family tree we have a number of ladies using it was a first name.

  3. November 9, 2010 at 14:35

    All very interesting to me. Over our way, we had a village near us called Ugglebarnby too. Good pub there.

  4. November 9, 2010 at 17:44

    Not to mention Newtown Unthank in Leics.

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