The Unthanks

Here in the States we're used to "folk" meaning stripped down, low-voiced, and massive beards. But across the pond with The Unthanks, it means playing songs called "Because He Was A Bonny Lad," "Lucky Gilchrist" and "The Testimony of Patience Kershaw" and calling a violin a fiddle. What started as a pair of sisters from the least populated county in England crosses the Atlantic as a 10-piece flood of graceful, enchanting balladry. Some tracks draw comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Bonnie Prince Billy, but The Unthanks' renditions of traditional tunes mostly sound like a wind blowing from another time, and without ever relinquishing those proud countryside accents. MARY PAULINE DIAZ

Mon., July 12, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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