Union Chapel, Islington
Some combinations are just meant to be, and one of those if the sound of The Unthanks and the soaring vault and gothic revival architecture of Union Chapel. If there is a lovelier sound in music, or a more beautiful music venue in London, then I don’t know them. Warmed by electric lamps fixed to the lower edge of the balcony, just below the tea lights twinkling against their marble inlays, a capacity crowd listened in hushed awe. It really was one of the most beautiful sounding and looking events I have ever attended.
When I booked the tickets I thought this might be a festive show of some kind but instead it turned out to be a celebration of ten years of The Unthanks. Rachel and Becky started the show unaccompanied, singing John Dead a Capella just as they did in their earliest days of performing. Over the next few songs more band members were added until the full current ten piece line up were on stage, starting with musical arranger and keyboardist (and Mr Rachel Unthank) Adrian McNally and finishing with strings, drums and trumpet. Each addition create a new layer » Continue Reading.