BBC Radio 6 Music – Lauren Laverne, With The Unthanks

With The UnthanksLauren LaverneLauren welcomes The Unthanks to the Live Room.

The Northumbrian folk five piece’s latest album Diversions Vol – The Songs And Poems Of Molly Drake is due out on the 26th of May on the Rabble Rouser label.

The project seeks to understand, connect with and share the great writing of Molly Drake, mother of Nick who was a wonderful, yet unknown poet and songwriter. She made a number of home recordings with her husband in the 1950s and now, some 60 years later, her work is being loving brought to new audiences.With the help of Molly’s daughter Gabrielle, The Unthanks have created an extraordinary album, which sets Molly’s poetry to music.

The draw of creating such a record was simple, with the band saying “Hearing a woman, a mother, from that time, expressing the struggle between darkness and light, so beautifully, with such artistry, confidently, and yet kind of from behind closed doors, is as compelling a listen as we’ve ever experienced”.All this plus Lauren has this week’s Memory Tapes, a celebration of a listeners beloved mixtape, Just Added, a Headphones Moment and as much music as we can pack in.

Listen at: BBC Radio 6 Music – Lauren Laverne, With The Unthanks

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