Nel Unlit are a group of nine songwriters, storytellers and musicians who have their roots all over the North East of England and Northern Ireland.
They are making a rock-opera “Wake for the Dreaming”, based on Neil Gaiman’s epic “Sandman” series.
Despite the idea for the project brewing for 7 years, the band officially formed in 2016, from past and present members of Sullivan and Gold, Dressed Like Wolves, Pellethead, General Sherman and Hold Music and began releasing music through DIY label Spooker Rekkids, based in the attic of musical institution Westgarth Social Club.
Debut single “True Things” caught the ear of Peter & David Brewis of Field Music who went on to produce and perform on the follow up track ‘Unhung’ in 2017. “Fireflies” came next in 2018. These first tracks earned the band critical acclaim, radio play on BBC Radio 6 and comparisons to Nick Drake, Richard Dawson, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver.
“Fireflies - single of the month - A six minute opus. Draws you completely and utterly into it’s world. ” The Crack
"A beautiful, ambitious and eventful piece of music. Nel Unlit invite the listener to join them on their upcoming exploration of music and story" - With Guitars
“Want to hear some music taken from a concept album inspired by Neil Gaiman's Sandman series? Of course you do.” Prog Mag
“Delightfully off-kilter, tremendously mesmerising, a track you want to play again and again” NARC
Bon Iver, Richard Dawson, Joanna Newsome, Anais Mitchell, Brian Wilson.