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evansakes Southern Tenant Folk Union, Mar 27th (3) Southern Tenant Folk Union, Mar 27th 22 Mar 11

That's at TwickFolk in Twickenham if anyone fancies seeing a captivating mix of celtic/old time/bluegrass from a seven piece gathered around one microphone.

Here they are filmed recently performing on BBC Radio Ulster

Formed by Belfast born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey in 2006 and taking their name from the groundbreaking multi-racial union of sharecroppers and non-landowning tenant farmers founded in Arkansas in the 1930's (the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union), the Edinburgh-based Southern Tenant Folk Union are now among the most highly rated folk and bluegrass outfits in the UK today.

Now with their third album they've continued to appropriate themes and ancient sounding chord progressions from traditional folk songs. Using these to document and reflect modern life they keep the essential simplicity and directness of style but often with a modern update to the underlying lyrical subject matter. New tunes that touch on atheism, intolerance and most recently (on 'The New Farming Scene') a brutal return to the land in images of a post fossil fuel, post technological, agrarian future.

The latest line-up of the band features
Chris Purcell - Vocals/Guitar
Ben Ivitsky - Vocals/Fiddle
Jenny Hill - Vocals/Double Bass
Adam Bulley - Vocals/Mandolin
Pat McGarvey - Vocals/Banjo
Jed Milroy - Vocals/Guitar
Ewan Macintyre - Vocals/Guitar/Percussion

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