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Ongoing Adventures: Rachel Unthank's Favourite Albums
Jude Rogers , March 25th, 2020 10:23

Jude Rogers speaks to Rachel Unthank about her abiding love for and political importance of maintaining the folk tradition... but explains she wasn't averse to a bit of Faith No More when it all got too much. This week's Baker's Dozen.

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Lau – Lightweights and Gentlemen


This would battle Sufjan Stevens for my favourite album. Lau broke onto the folk scene around the same time as us, and we always felt a kinship because we were also trying to push the boundaries of what we were doing. Where do we fit into folk? I don't know. It's funny you saying you think of us as really established, but we've only won two Radio 2 Folk Awards out of 13 nominations in all those years, and one of those was an audience vote. Good old audiences!
 I've known Aidan since his teens, and he's a really interesting, experimental fiddler. Kris has a great voice, and like me, grew up with his family loving folk. Becky's worked with Martin too, who's great. Live, they're always on fire, often quite anarchic, so exciting, and so full of energy.


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