03 November 2011

Southern Tenant Folk Union at the Island Centre, Lisburn, 9 Nov. 2011

Southern Tenant Folk Union (GB) are touring for eight days in this island, starting tomorrow night at the Playhouse in Derry city. All dates in the tour are already on the BIB calendar. Thanks to Una at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, for the following release on their show at the Centre next week:

Formed by Belfast-born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey in 2006, Edinburgh-based folk/bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union play Island Arts Centre Wed. 9 Nov., 8.00 p.m.

A captivating live act who’ll perk up your midweek, Southern Tenant Folk Union are a highly acclaimed seven-piece all-acoustic band playing a fusion of Celtic, British, and American roots music interwoven with mandolins and fiddles, driven by guitar rhythms and their trademark bluegrass banjo.

The group have just released their fourth album, Pencaitland, and with airplay from the likes of Bob Harris and Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2, and praise in the Sunday Times, Mojo and Independent, they are making waves on the music scene. The Guardian commented ‘The band knock up a fierce, raw and earthy music that is the stuff of Mumford & Sons’ dreams…’

Taking their name from the groundbreaking multi-racial union of sharecroppers and non-landowning tenant farmers founded in Arkansas in the 1930s, Southern Tenant Folk Union perform with 'soul & beauty' on their murder ballads & laments and tear it up with their 'Hootenanny sawdust-kickers' and high energy sound: all that plus heartfelt storytelling and their special brand of honest intelligent music. You are in for a fantastic night of entertainment.

Tickets for the concert are £12/£10 concession and are available online, by telephoning 028 92 509254, or in person from the ISLAND Arts Centre, The ISLAND, lisburn.gov.uk.

Una also sends details of a show at the Centre on Saturday 12 Nov., featuring singer/songwriter and guitarist Maurice Dickson, uilleann pipe and whistle player Catherine Ashcroft, and banjo/fiddle/guitar/harmonica player and flatfoot dancer Stompin’ Dave. Tickets for this show can also be booked online.

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