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How Wild the Wind Blows: the songs and poems of Molly Drake

  • Date:
    Sunday 30 Apr 2017
  • Time:
    7:30 PM

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How Wild the Wind Blows: the songs and poems of Molly Drake

A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own songs. On the surface, the 2013 release of Molly Drake's work could easily have been perceived as just a curious footnote and jigsaw piece in explaining the enormous talent of Nick Drake. In the eyes of The Unthanks however, and increasingly amongst others, Molly's work is extraordinary enough to rank alongside and independently of her brilliant son.

With encouragement from the Drake musical estate and the full blessing and enthusiasm of celebrated actress Gabrielle Drake (Molly's daughter and Nick's sister) The Unthanks are sure to relish the opportunity. The Mercury nominated mavericks of British folk music are bound to treat the challenge with the same love and diligence for their subject as they did when reinterpreting the work of Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnson's. This tour of her reimagined work will be accompanied by an album release of Molly Drake's work - Diversions Vol 4. - the latest in a growing line of intrepid projects by The Unthanks.

Never intended for public release, Molly Drake's recordings, made by her husband, were made at home and are of the time. In a climate where films, stories and music are being rehashed for spurious repeat exploitation, if ever a body of work actually merited reappraisal and fresh presentation, surely the work of Molly Drake is it. Her songs share plenty of common ground with her son's - charming and bittersweet, yet dark and pensive.

'Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence' The Independent

How the wild wind blows - the songs
and poems of Molly Drake
A wistful mother in the 1950s makes
some simple home recordings in her
family sitting room. Little could she
have known that decades later, her
son would become one of the most
poetic and influential songwriters
ever, or that more than sixty years
later, the dust would be blown off her
own songs. On the surface, the 2013
release of Molly Drake's work could
easily have been perceived as just a
curious footnote and jigsaw piece
in explaining the enormous talent
of Nick Drake. In the eyes of The
Unthanks however, and increasingly
amongst others, Molly's work is
extraordinary enough to rank
alongside and independently
of her brilliant son.
Never intended for public release, the
quality of her recordings was modest,
and the ideas more like sketches than
fully formed results. If ever a body of
work merited reappraisal and fresh
presentation, surely the work of
Molly Drake is it.

 

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    £20
  • Students:
    £10
  • Under 18s:
    £10

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