9th November 2018
Archive Treasures (2005-2015)
1. 2000 Miles (Christmas single 2015) / 2. On A Monday Morning (Live from TFF Rudolstadt, Germany 2009) / 3. I Wish, I Wish (Live from Melbourne, Australia 2008) / 4. Blue Bleezin Blind Drunk (Live from Holywell Music Room 2008) / 5. Close The Coalhouse Door (Live from The Tyne Theatre, Newcastle 2011) / 6. Alifib/Alifie (Live from Brighton Dome 2012) / 7. The Gallowgate Lad (Live from The Tyne Theatre, Newcastle 2011) / 8. Felton Lonnin (BBC Radio 1 Rob Da Bank Session) / 9. Tar Barrel In Dale (BBC Radio 2 Radcliffe and Maconie Session) / 10. Queen Of Hearts (Alt Demo 2009) / 11. Sexy Sadie (Recording for Mojo Magazine’s White Album) / 12. A Dream Of A Tree In A Spanish Graveyard (feat. Ian McMillan from Harbour of Songs 2012) / 13. Oak, Ash And Thorn (Recorded for the Peter Bellamy Oak, Ash Thorn Project) / 14 . The Unthank Family Band (Recorded at Hartlepool Folk Club 2000)
In quiet, understated celebration of their 10th anniversary, The Unthanks release a 76 minute CD of rarities, exclusive live tracks, demos and outtakes. Archive Treasures (2005-2015) could be described as a fan album and really illustrates how free and uninhibited the musical philosophy of The Unthanks has been over 10 years. There is no greater contrast on the record than listening to snapshots of childhood folk clubs recordings, next to a previously unreleased live version of Robert Wyatt’s Alifib/Alifie, illustrating a bravery and willingness to weather judgement from listeners and critics with musical vocabulary and listening habits less expansive, but ultimately a readiness to believe in the universality of music and the open-mindedness of their audience. Organised on the record in sections, the album features never-before-heard Winterset recordings, live recordings of the 10 piece Unthanks from Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre, radio session tracks, childhood folk-club snapshots, a new Christmas single, a very different work-in-progress version of Queen of Hearts, 3 years before it appeared as a single on Last, plus tracks which have previously only been available on compilation albums featuring other acts, such as crowd favourite Tar Barrel in Dale, The Beatles’s Sexy Sadie, Peter Bellamy’s Oak, Ash and Thorn and from Adrian McNally’s Harbour of Songs album, a collaboration with fellow Barnsleyite, poet Ian McMillan.