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Unthanks on BBC NE

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CannieShieldsLaddie 06 Nov 08 - 10:02 AM
Georgiansilver 06 Nov 08 - 11:48 AM
The Borchester Echo 06 Nov 08 - 12:36 PM
nutty 06 Nov 08 - 01:12 PM
Dave Sutherland 07 Nov 08 - 03:14 AM
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Subject: Unthanks on BBC NE
From: CannieShieldsLaddie
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 10:02 AM

Rachel Unthank and the Winterset on Local TV last night.

A very interesting piece.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/content/articles/2008/10/31/north_east_s14_w8_unthank_feature.shtml


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Subject: RE: Unthanks on BBC NE
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 11:48 AM

To all those clever critics on the last Rachel Unthank thread... eat your hearts out.......
Well done the lasses I say!!!!
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Unthanks on BBC NE
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 12:36 PM

Just the usual Inside Out lightweight, patronising piece, really.

"The Unthank sisters are two girls (sic) who have just stumbled on global success," said the cliche-ridden presenter. Global? Really?

"RUTW are a group that hail from Gateshead" (they don't). "The Northumbrian (sic) dialect is being sold to a new audience that hasn't a clue what they're singing about". Actually, their accent is understood all over Teesside and even beyond, in my experience.

Much about The Bairns arrangements, but strangely not a word about the arranger, Jackie Oates who disappeared from the lineup in slightly mysterious circumstances. Wonder how she's doing now? [insert irony icon for those who require it].

The website blurb is, however, even worse.

"Folk music in the North East and Cumbria used to be heavily politicised – protest songs were a weapon in the fight against social injustice. But now, folk's found a growing market with people who just like to be entertained". Good grief. Are the "girls" actually prepared to be dumbed down to that extent?

Most of all I was amused by the assertion that manager McNally is Rachel's fiancée. This a "Northumbrian" custom? What ole Adrian ought to be doing is keeping a much tighter rein on what publicity goes out if the band wants to be taken seriously as purveyors of trad music. If they actually do . . .


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Subject: RE: Unthanks on BBC NE
From: nutty
Date: 06 Nov 08 - 01:12 PM

"if the band wants to be taken seriously as purveyors of trad music"

I'm sure that's the last thing they want.

They are making a living doing something they love.

Knowing the girls (who are both lovely)and their family, I'm sure that they have been on the folk music scene long enough to take all the hype with a pinch of salt.


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Subject: RE: Unthanks on BBC NE
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 07 Nov 08 - 03:14 AM

"Folk music in the North East and Cumbria used to be heavily politicised – protest songs were a weapon in the fight against social injustice. But now, folk's found a growing market with people who just like to be entertained".
I can recall Rachel's father as a singer at The Birtley Folk Club and I can well imagine what the the response from the Elliott family to the above statement would be/have been.


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Subject: RE: Unthanks on BBC NE
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Nov 08 - 03:38 AM

They are playing over here at Caistor soon.


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