Diversions Vol 2
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Diversions Vol 2

Unthanks / Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band

Diversions Vol. 2 constitutes perhaps the most daring and accomplished of musical adventures to date for The Unthanks. Their paradoxical marriage of staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure continues in the shape of the brand new collaboration with Brighhouse and Rastrick Brass Band, known as the best public subscription band in the world.

The record is a culmination of a project that began as a commission from Brass: Durham International Festival, with Unthanks pianist, composer and producer Adrian McNally writing The Father’s Suite: a four movement piece in celebration of Rachel Unthank and McNally’s first child, born four weeks before the sold-out, premiere in Durham Cathedral.


The Unthanks recorded this second instalment of the Diversions series with the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, a collaboration that reminds me of the way Alain Toussaint’s distinctive brass arrangements put such a beautiful musical dressing on so many great 70s tunes.

This album was recorded live, giving an extra punch, and The Unthanks’ mix of traditional and original material works well in this setting.

michaelas-pic Michael Awosoga-Samuel is a bookseller and music specialist at Readings Carlton.

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