THE Unthanks Unaccompanied concert at Pocklington Arts Centre tonight (April 23) has sold out, but the ever-busy North Eastern folk act has another tour lined up already for the autumn.

Tonight, sisters Rachel and Becky Unthanks and regular band member Niopha Keegan will perform a cappella at 8pm, when Lau fiddler Aidan O'Rourke and pianist Kit Downes will be the opening act.

Come the autumn, The Unthanks will present The Emily Brontë Song Cycle on a 17-date British and Irish tour that will visit the National Centre for Early Music, York, on October 23 and Middleton Hall, Hull, on October 27. Special guests will be the aptly named The Bookshop Band.

The Unthanks have issued an accompanying note: "Anyone who came to the premiere at Leeds Town Hall [last December] and who feels aggrieved that the show was billed as 'the only performance' of the Emily Bronte Song Cycle, please be assured that it was the only planned date at the time.

"When a project is commissioned, the premiere is invariably scheduled before the work on the project has even begun, therefore the artist can only have limited confidence about how successful it will be. Only when the work is complete and the premiere received, can the artist begin to reflect on whether they are happy enough with the work and whether there appears to be sufficient appetite for it to warrant further exposure, such as a tour." Hence The Full Bronte!

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