The Unthanks

Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy has announced that award winning folk band The Unthanks will be taking to the Helicon stage as part of the Summer Events Programme on Saturday June 1.

Before fronting one of the most artistically brave and revered banks working today, Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank grew up singing songs without accompaniment, in weaving, unschooled vocal harmony.

As if to prove that creativity should never be about ambition or aspiration, The Unthanks move on from their recent orchestral explorations by going back to what they know and do best - singing in unaccompanied harmony. They will be joined on this tour by Unthanks member Niopha Keegan to make a vocal trio.

The three have already established a band within a band in The Unthanks, with the success of haunting harmony signature pieces like Magpie, recently brought to wider attention by Mackenzie Crook’s beautifully poignant series, Detectorists. On this tour, they fully explore their rich and unique vocal combinations, with brand new material and arrangements, alongside more familiar Unthanks material.

Tickets are available on the Seamus Heaney HomePlace website www.seamusheaneyhome.com priced at £22 per ticket.