The Unthanks - Please Keep Us Ticking!

by The Unthanks in Corbridge, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 22nd May 2020 we successfully raised £51,504 with 1427 supporters in 28 days

All our shows are cancelled or postponed for now, so here is bunch of rarities and special items for you to buy and keep us ticking over!

by The Unthanks in Corbridge, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

As a self employed band, we're careful with money because the cost of recording, producing, product designing, manufacturing and marketing can cost upwards of £40k, even for a modest release, upfront, before a penny comes in. So we save up to bring you music, but the loss of income from cancelled shows means we are in danger of spending the budget for our next record on basic survival.  We're a five piece band with seven children between us, so even decent chunks of earnings, put away for forthcoming releases, can slip away quickly! Help us make sure we can get through this time without draining our resources, so that we can continue to make music for you! 30% of donations on top of reward sales, will be donated to domestic abuse charity Refuge. If you are buying rewards from overseas, please add a donation to cover postage costs, thanks.


Our first thought, when we realised that all shows would need to be postponed, was to support venues. So we asked venues to keep any money they could hold on to, through the generosity of ticket buyers willing to wave their refunds to support the arts. We waved any cut of that, because we believe it's vital that venues have cash now, to stay alive, so there will still be places to play when this is all over! We've also committed to rescheduling shows when its safe to do so, and have promised anyone who donated their ticket cost to the venue, that they can have a free album from our merch stall at the rescheduled show. This isn't virtue signalling. It's just another way to motivate people to donate to venues now, by offering to reward them later.

Part of that plan to prioritise the plight of venues, was to look after ourselves by raiding our archives and setting up this sale of rarities! We hope this sale offers you the chance to help us in return for something special.

With every purchase, we'll also send you a signed photo and two Magpie "One's For Sorrow / Two's For Joy postcards.

If you can afford a little extra to donate, as well as buy something, we will send 30% of your donation to the domestic abuse charity, Refuge. Please only do so if you can afford to.

As well as needing to feed and cloth the seven children we have between five band members (plus we are planning to support our sound engineer who lost work with us through cancellations), we have another financial predicament. We are looking forward to spending this period of cancellations and isolation, making the follow up to Mount The Air - a BBC Folk Album of the Year. If all our funds are wiped out by basic survival over the next 6 months however, we will not have the money to finance, manufacture and market our next record, all of which, for an independent artist, must be paid for upfront. Plus, until we can afford to do that, there will no new album to tour, so our live earnings will be compromised too, until there is a new album to tour!

Check out what we have for sale below!

All items below include: postage and packaging, a signed photo and two Magpie "One's For Sorrow / Two's For Joy" Postcards designed by Natalie Rae Reid.

Note, the Crowdfunder page will only let you buy one 'reward' at a time, but its fine to make several purchases if you want to buy more than one item!

PLEASE NOTE: Postage is included, but if you are buying from overseas, please consider adding a donation amount to cover the extra. THANKYOU!



* Note that some of the items above were originally only available as part of the Memory Box. The extra items here are overrun stock. The Memory Box was a limited edition of 1500 copies. Each individual item was printed, and in some cases, we received as many as 100 overrun copies, and with others, as few as five. We have held on to this overrun stock, because it seemed a shame to dispose of them, while at the same time, we were duty bound to keep the Memory Box limited. This seems like a good time to send the overrun stock to good homes, both to raise funds at this time, and also because the imminent loss of our studio and store space means that we are forced to downsize! Each item will be stamped with the buyer's initials to distinguish items from those belonging to Memory Box owners.

** The 18 additional Memory Boxes have been created partly from overrun stock and partly from 'return to sender' unknown address type issues with the original limited 1500. Each box will be ink-stamped with the buyer's initial to distinguish these boxes from the original 1500.

We ask project owners to honour their rewards wherever possible but please note that all pledges are donations and there is no guarantee that you will receive any rewards from the project owner. Please see Crowdfunder's Terms of Use for more information regarding rewards for pledges.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

THE UNTHANKS SONGBOOK (2ND EDITION)

Brand new second edition including additional songs. Over 60 pages of our favourite songs, including original cuttings from our own songbooks. Limited copies! Price inc UK P&P please add donation for OVERSEAS postage. * This is not a second songbook. We don't believe that the book represents good value for anyone who has a first edition. See PDF reward containing the newly added songs, for first edition owners.

£5 or more

PDF of New Recipes from The Unthanks Kitchen

This reward is for those who have the first edition of The Unthanks Kitchen. We don't believe the second edition is good value for those who have the first, as it only contains a handful of new recipes, so we have created this PDF, which contains only the new recipes for those who have a first edition, so you do not feel conned into buying the second! The PDF will be sent by email in mid June. This sale is only open a few more days though!

£5 or more

PDF of new songs from The Unthanks Songbook

This reward is for those who have the first edition of The Unthanks Songbook. We don't believe the second edition is good value for those who have the first, as it only contains a handful of new songs, so we have created this PDF, which contains only the new songs for those who have a first edition, so you do not feel conned into buying the second! The PDF will be sent by email in mid June. This sale is only open a few more days though!

£10 or more

ADD AN ALBUM (CD)

Add an Unthanks album to your order to have more music to enjoy at home under lockdown. Mount The Air and many others to choose from. Click to see full selection and select.

£10 or more

276 of 300 claimed

Harbour of Songs

An album described by The Guardian as "exceeding the sum of its parts", Harbour of Songs is a 2012 album inspired by The Boat Project and features performances by The Unthanks, Alasdair Roberts, The Moulettes, Villagers, Steve Tilston, Ralph McTell, Nick Hornby, Ian MacMillan and Lucy Farrell, with Unthank vocals over most of the songs, and all curated, arranged and produced by Unthanks pianist Adrian McNally.

£12 or more

THE MEMORY BOOK

VERY SPECIAL PRICE FOR ONE DAY ONLY. Nearly 200 full-colour pages are packed with exclusive content, including, unseen tour diary accounts and photos. memorabilia and artwork selected by the band, written contributions from current and past members, unseen photo shoot outtakes, comprehensive discography, tour date posters and fliers, plus foreword by writer Paul Morley, and written contributions by both regular fans and fellow artists.

£15 or more

ADD LINES (CD)

This is practically a giveaway. Three records in neat slipcase for £15 including postage and packing! The records are focused around female words from across time - Part One depicts Hull's headscarf revolutionary Lillian Bilocca (words by Maxine Peake), while Part Two focuses on turning the poetry of female WW1 poets in to song, and Part Three does the same to the poems of Emily Bronte, written and recorded using her original piano.

£15 or more

THE UNTHANKS KITCHEN (2ND EDITION)

Brand new second edition, featuring additional recipes. By popular demand from our singing weekenders, a recipe book of dishes made at our winter weekends, including our infamous Sprout Pasta! Limited copies! Price inc UK P&P please add donation for OVERSEAS postage. * This is not a second songbook. We don't believe that the book represents good value for anyone who has a first edition. See PDF reward containing the newly added recipes.

£15 or more

4 of 30 claimed

LAST TOUR POSTER WITH FULL TOUR DATES

2011 Tour of the album Last, with special guests Trembling Bells. Wilmslow Homer artwork and full tour dates. Show includes the De La Warr Pavillion, Manchester Cathedral, Shepherds Bush Empire, The Tyne Theatre, Vicar St Dublin..

£20 or more

ADD AN ALBUM (VINYL)

Add an Unthanks album to your order to have more music to enjoy at home under lockdown. Mount The Air and many others to choose from. Click to see full selection and select.

£20 or more

SPECIAL FILM EDITION OF DIVERSIONS VOL 5 (CD+DVD)

The SFE edition of Live And Unaccompanied includes the DVD film As We Go, beautifully filmed on tour by BAFTA winning filmmaker Ainslie Henderson. Its worth buying the album from this Crowdfunder site because for the same unit price you get postage and packaging included, plus the Magpie postcards and signed photo!

£20 or more

6 of 10 claimed

A3 "LAST" POSTER

Signed in 2011 by all five core members See main column on the left for image of product. Price includes postage, but if you are buying from overseas, please add a donation to cover overseas postage.

£25 or more

ADD 'LINES' (VINYL)

This is practically a giveaway. Three 10" vinyl records in neat slipcase for £25 including postage and packing! The records are focused around female words from across time - Part One depicts Hull's headscarf revolutionary Lillian Bilocca (words by Maxine Peake), while Part Two focuses on turning the poetry of female WW1 poets in to song, and Part Three does the same to the poems of Emily Bronte, written and recorded using her original piano.

£25 or more

5 of 10 claimed

A2 LAST POSTER

Signed in 2011 by all five core members. See main column on the left for image of product. Price includes postage, but if you are buying from overseas, please add a donation to cover overseas postage.

£30 or more

55 of 80 claimed

POSTER BUNDLE

Mainly A3 and some A4 posters including rarities such as poster artwork for The Bairns, Mount The Air, Last and Cruel Sister. You will receive a selection of 5 from the 7 that appear in the image (see in the main column.

£30 or more

SPECIAL FILM EDITION - DIVERSIONS VOL5 (VINYL+DVD)

The SFE edition of Live And Unaccompanied includes the film As We Go, beautifully filmed on tour by BAFTA winning filmmaker Ainslie Henderson. Its worth buying the album from this Crowdfunder site because for the same unit price you get postage and packaging included, plus the Magpie postcards and signed photo!

£30 or more

6 of 10 claimed

A1 POSTER MOUNT THE AIR TOUR (FEAT. ALBUM ARTWORK)

A1 quality poster in new condition. Just ten available. Price includes UK P&P but PLEASE ADD donation for OVERSEAS postage, thank you!

£12 or more

300 of 300 claimed

MAGPIE TEA TOWEL

Note - PHOTOS FOR EACH ITEM can be seen in the main story to the left of this column. NEW!! "Two For Joy" tea towel on 100% natural cotton, artwork by Natalie Rae Reid (Mount The Air) and inspired by the song Magpie, as used by Mackenzie Crook in Detectorists.

£20 or more

30 of 30 claimed

King Of Rome A3 Signed Art Print

Inspired by the King of Rome song, the illustration by Becky Unthank that became the front cover of Diversions Vol 2 - The Unthanks And Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band. Signed A3 art print.

£25 or more

110 of 110 claimed

TWO SIGNED ART PRINTS

Each signed by the artist, cover artwork for Mount The Air (Natalie Rae Reid) and Diversions Vol 2 based on King of Rome (Becky Unthank)

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

A2 SIGNED POSTER WITH BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK

An Intimate Evening With The Unthanks. Just 10 available, beautiful artwork, signed by all 5 core members, A2. See main column on the left for image of product. Price includes postage, but if you are buying from overseas, please add a donation to cover overseas postage.

£30 or more

6 of 6 claimed

SUPER RARE FLYER BUNDLE

Just six available! You will receive: - The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band Flyer - A Time And A Place with Sam Lee flyer - Crows Bones (Becky Unthank, Martin Green, Adrian Utley..) flyer - Signed Photo of Rachel Unthank - Two Magpie Postcards

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A2 SIGNED POSTER only one available!

The only poster we have signed by members of the ten-piece live band. The poster is an A2 "Last" Poster See main column on the left for image of product. Price includes postage, but if you are buying from overseas, please add a donation to cover overseas postage.

£30 or more

10 of 10 claimed

A1 MOUNT THE AIR POSTER (FEAT. RACHEL & BECKY)

A1 quality poster in new condition. Just ten available. £30 including UK P&P please add donation for overseas postage, thank you!

£45 or more

11 of 10 claimed

MOUNT THE AIR TEST PRESSINGS

Just 10 in existence! Test pressings of Mount The Air on 180g vinyl in white card sleeves, a double album including etched fourth side, signed by Rachel Unthank. These were the first ever pressings of Mount The Air on vinyl, the quality of which was approved.

£50 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Lines - Collectable Signed Test Pressings

The original test pressings of all three parts of Lines - Lillian Bilocca, WW1 and Emily Bronte - on ten inch vinyl. The price is for all three, signed by Rachel Unthank. These were the first ever pressings of Lines on vinyl, the quality of which was approved. Yours will be one of just four.

£50 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Signed Test Pressings of Diversions Vol 5 - Just 3

Only 3 in existence, collectable signed test pressings of Diversions Vol 5 - Live And Unaccompanied

£80 or more

18 of 18 claimed

THE MEMORY BOX

The original 1500 copies went in a flash. We have managed to put another 18 copies together, drawn from over run stock, and these will be the last available copies ever. The original box was sold without the Memory Book, which came out a year later to complete the box. These boxes will include the Memory Book. The Unthanks Memory Box will arrive hand-finished, stamped, numbered, signed and posted with the owner’s name on it.

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