Northumbrian folk duo The Unthanks unearth the wistful and intimate compositions of Molly Drake, mother of singer and guitarist Nick Drake.
These charming, secluded and melancholy songs offer an insight into the work of Nick Drake, revealing Molly Drake as perhaps the most overlooked influence on the cult musician – and as a fascinating songwriter in her own right. Sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, whose knack for sensitive reinterpretation has seen them tackle everything from traditional English Folk to Antony & the Johnsons, turn their attention to these forgotten songs.
On a simple tape set-up in the living room of the Drake family home, Molly Drake recorded a selection of self-penned songs – a beautiful, yearning selection of piano-backed showtunes and ballads. Not created for anyone but friends and family, these recordings were uncovered by fans of Nick Drake, presenting what producer Joe Boyd called ‘the missing link in the Nick Drake story’. But above all, they reveal Molly Drake as a musician of enormous depth, ripe for rediscovery and close examination.
On sale to Barbican Members 10am Thursday 8 December
On general sale 10am Friday 9 December
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