Home Gathering in staged in the cobbled yard of what was once one of the most famous potteries in the world, located in Byker, a stones throw from Newcastle’s cultural Ouseburn quarter. Between funky indoor post-industrial venues, you may find yourself flash-mobbed by a swirling traditional dance team, or immersed in the throng of an impromptu chorus sing by members of The Unthanks, joining a masked children’s procession, or just taking some time out for top local food or hanging out at a gin or real ale bar.
Strength in depth comes from the beautiful, exceptional voices of captivating London folk singer Lisa Knapp, singer songwriter Scott Matthews and the highly underrated sometime Fernhill singer, Julie Murphy.
Reflecting the wide influences and tastes of The Unthanks, eclectism comes in the form of Zappa-and-Stravinsky-fuelled punk-jazz from the World Service Project, strange folk from Australia’s Bush Gothic, anarchic Klezmer from Tantz, superb young Irish singer and double Folk Award winner Daoiri Farrell, and the indefinable, genre tightrope walking Scottish duo, Twelfth Day.
All this, plus local talent including Rob Heron’s latest incarnation - Sir Jac’s Bantamacs - and the most undeniable influence of all on The Unthanks - The Keelers - the unaccompanied quartet that includes Rachel and Becky’s dad George!