17 February 2015

Southern Tenant Folk Union: new album and tour in Ireland, 3-8 Mar. 2015

Thanks to Ann Marie Walsh of Novatone Music Media for news of the award-winning Edinburgh-based roots collective Southern Tenant Folk Union, led by Belfast-born Pat McGarvey, whose new album The Chuck Norris project was released in Ireland yesterday (16 Feb.); they will be touring here with it early next month.

Southern Tenant Folk Union are Adam Bulley (mandolin), Rory Butler (acoustic guitar, lead vocals), Steve Fivey (cajon/percussion), Chris Purcell (acoustic guitar, vocals), Craig Macfadyen (double bass), Pat McGarvey (5-string banjo, vocals), and Katherine Stewart (fiddle, vocals).

The Chuck Norris project is their sixth and most ambitious album to date. The concept derives from the film star's stance during the last US presidential election campaign, and all the songs take their titles from Norris films, examining issues such as gun laws, labour and management, equality, and paranoia at both ends of the political spectrum - and doing so with 'beauty, space, and clarity'. For the purpose, the band have expanded their sound with guest vocalists; orchestrated fiddle, clarinet, and cello; and influences from soul, disco, and film soundtrack music. The eye-catching graphic design is by Irish designer Jonathan McClean.

You can watch the band perform live on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show and RTE's Late Late Show. The March dates on their Irish tour are:

Tues. 3rd: Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth, 8.00 p.m.; €13.50 (€12.00 + €1.50 booking fee). Bookings: e-mail or tel. 042 9352697
Wed. 4th: Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry, 8.00 p.m.; all tickets £10 (incl. complimentary interval refreshments). Bookings: 0044 (0) 28 7083 1400
Thurs. 5th: Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Co. Antrim, 8.00 p.m.; £12 (£10 concs). Bookings: 0044 (0)28 9250 9509
Fri. 6th: Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, 8.00 p.m.; €15. Bookings: 071 9855 833 or e-mail
Sat. 7th: Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, 8.00 p.m.; €15 on door, €12 early bird tickets available. Bookings: 0504 90204
Sun. 8th: Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin, doors 8.00 p.m.; €12 adv. or €14 on door. Bookings: WaV box office, tel. 1890 200 078

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