Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes Singing Siblings

Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes Singing Siblings

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The Unthank s cou ldn't have chosen a more fitting venue for the first night of their current tour than St James's Chu rch, Piccad i l ly ;

ju st a s it 's a l l too ea sy for pa s ser sby, eyes glued to the bright lights, to overlook this relic of the 17th century, one could be forgiven for missing The Unthanks' distinctive breed of folk music amid the barrage of predictable tales of nightclub romance filling the airwaves. But si ster s Rachel and Becky Unthank st i l l managed to pack the pews .

Where does ou r nat ionw ide fascination with singing siblings come from? The Gallaghers had u s on tenterhook s every t ime they bickered ; Jedwa rd seem to be building a career on nothing more than shared DNA; and now groups of sisters everywhere are transforming solo songs into family singalongs. Audiences seem to emanate a sor t o f pa renta l pr ide when siblings are on stage, as if watching their offspring play the coveted role of Second Shepherd in the school Nat iv ity play. …

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