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Music, Sun 18 Mar 2018

Southern Tenant Folk Union

Southern Tenant Folk Union


Greystones Road,
S11 7BS


Southern Tenant Folk Union Southern Tenant Folk Union are the Edinburgh based string band that over a series of albums have produced a thought provoking and arresting take on roots & folk music: Rory Butler - Acoustic Guitar/Lead Vocals Steve Fivey - Cajon/Vocals Doug Kemp - Double Bass/Vocals Pat McGarvey - 5 String Banjo/Vocals Katherine Stewart - Fiddle/Vocals Photo Credit Sandy Butler March sees Southern Tenant Folk Union back on the road and playing brand new 'work in progress' material from their current album project, 'Willie Rough'. The record is being based around the renowned Bill Bryden theatre production from 1972. The play is set amongst Red Clydeside in the early part of the first world war and touches on the themes of patriotism, working class life, unions, war and loyalty. New songs and tunes that the band are working on for Willie Rough will make up a large section of the first half of the show – songs about the era, some based on characters and settings from the play and others inspired by the text or the era and world in which it was set. Also the band's percussionist Steve Fivey is hoping to include the industrial sounds of the shipyards themselves with echoes of the plating, rivetting and machine work being used. The live shows will also be taking in music form across their ten year career and seven albums. The political folk protest of 2016's 'Join Forces', the right wing talk radio challenging 'The Chuck Norris Project' with its look at US politics circa 2014 (using the outspoken right wing actor's movie titles as starting points for more progressive left wing songwriting – eg The Octagon, Slaughter In San Francisco & Invasion USA) and the 'modern horror' themed 'Hello Cold Goodbye Sun' which saw the band invited to play live on Irish national TV (The Late Late Show) and on BBC One TV (The Andrew Marr Show). Plus there'll be plenty from the earlier albums, in particular the debut album which was out of print for several years but has now being reissued in a new remastered version with bonus studio and live tracks to celebrate its 10th anniversary. It was acclaimed at the time with reviews in Rock N Reel, Uncut, The Irish Times, Insurgent Country and Americana UK and the album reached No 5 on the Americana UK Chart (behind Lucinda Williams, Richmond Fontaine, The Damnwells & Redlands Palomino Company) and was supported on BBC national radio with airplay from Steve Lamacq, Ralph McLean, Sean Rowley and Mark Lamarr (on his late lamented Radio 2 God's Jukebox Show).

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Dates Times
Sun 18 Mar 2018 20:00 to 22:00


£12 adv/£14 door

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