On Tuesday we headed to the Old Fruitmarket for our third concert of the festival – this time the Unthanks, supported by Scottish singing trio the Bevvy Sisters. We’d seen the Bevvy Sisters last year as they supported Eliza Carthy, I enjoyed their set and can think of a couple of people who might like to discover their music, so I might try and find some CDs to give as presents.
I thought the Unthanks were brilliant. I saw them at Greenbelt last year, and although I really liked them I didn’t get as into them as I thought I would (I think I was in a bit of a funny mood by then). I do though remember thinking to myself that I’d love to see them in an indoor venue with fewer distractions. This concert wasn’t (as I was expecting) of their trad stuff but the first part was covers of Antony Hegarty songs (the singer from Antony and the Johnsons) and the second part was covers of songs by Robert Wyatt. Their sound worked so well with both and I absolutely loved it. Brilliant musicians, beautiful voices – it was really magical.