Well, its a festival curated and headlined by us, The Unthanks, in our local city of Newcastle, across two beautiful, historic venues, both a stones throw from Newcastle Central Station. We love music, and we’ve long harboured a desire to stage and programme our own festival, but we were daunted until now by the thought of how much work it must be. That is until our friends from SSD Concerts came along and made it all possible.
Now in its second year, Home Gathering 2016 will be everything we like about life, not just music. Our favourite local beers and food artisans, stalls with local artists and makers, surprise dance ensemble moments, and flash-mob style singing from within the crowd by our singing weekend choir. We’ll have a hand in every detail to ensure that despite our own largely miserable music, it will be a party from start to finish!
Musically, we’re honoured to have the sublime Richard Hawley headline the Friday night. The rest of the line-up not only reflects our tastes but our influences too - unaccompanied singing at its best from Folk Awards Best Band, The Young’uns, anarchic post rock jazz from Get The Blessing, spoken word from Liz Berry, a major neo-classical treat in a rare performance of Reich’s Different Trains, peerless maverick Richard Dawson, folk royalty in the form of the otherly Marry Waterson, those fearless musical maidens, The Moulettes, and some serious swinging and jumping from Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. We can’t wait.
There’s more still and we don’t think you’ll find a more varied bill.