Neil Gaiman’s comic book series ‘The Sandman’ is one of the most feted of all time. First published between 1989-1996 it is a story about stories and how Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, is captured and subsequently learns that sometimes change is inevitable. By anyone’s standards it’s something of a sprawling epic and you would have to be foolhardly in the extreme – surely! – to base your debut long-player on it. Not so! Nel Unlit’s ‘Wake for the Dreaming’ is a folk-rock-opera that not only tackles Gaiman’s magnum opus full-on, but does so with aplomb. I’ve been consumed by it over the past weeks and if you’re in any way interested in progressive folk sounds, which swirl up past the chimney pots and into the clouds, then I reckon you will be too. The band – there’s nine of ‘em – have their roots all over the region (and Northern Ireland) and they have developed an expansive live show, which you will be able to see at a number of dates in the region. Gonna be good.
Nel Unlit: Saturday 15 February, Bobik’s Newcastle; Friday 21 February, Zeffirelli’s, Ambleside; Saturday 22 February, Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough; Sunday 23 February, The Bay Horse, Bishop Auckland; Saturday 7 March, The People’s Bookshop, Durham. nelunlit.com