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You’ve arrived at the home of the acclaimed and award-winning Edinburgh based roots collective Southern Tenant Folk Union.


Their last album ‘The Chuck Norris Project’ was their sixth to be released since they formed in 2006 and contains a set of songs that build on some of the political lyrics and soundtrack-style atmosphere from the acclaimed 5th album Hello Cold Goodbye Sun as well as showcasing the growing songwriting, instrumental and vocal talent from within the band. Album seven, Join Forces, will be released in September 2016, more info soon.


Artistically successful their albums have been praised in The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times, Mojo, Uncut and Irish Times. Often heard on national radio shows across UK and Eire they have also performed live in session on BBC One TV’s ‘The Andrew Marr Show’, BBC Radio 2, Radio 4’s Loose Ends (twice), BBC Ulster and RTE One national TV (The Late Late Show & The View) & radio. Their live show is exciting, engaging and in their hands ‘bluegrass can effortlessly be blended with other genres – folk, roots, americana – to make a potent, timeless sound’.


What the press said about the previous album ‘Hello Cold Goodbye Sun


“The Scottish folk group Southern Tenant Folk Union presents its most potent offering since 2010’s excellent The New Farming Scene”

Andy Gill, 4 Stars, The Independent


“Going to inordinate lengths to emulate Krautrock gods such as Can, the five-string banjo of Pat McGarvey is harnessed to a tea towel to recreate the arpeggios of the analogue sequencers pioneered by Tangerine Dream, and it sounds fantastically dreamy”

Colin Somerville, 4 Stars, Scotland On Sunday


“Southern Tenant Folk Union find themselves attracted to the horror realm on this atmospheric album – to horror film soundtracks and to the horrors of modern society…which makes a bright, Beatlesy response to shadowy authority figures, or to both in the case of Crash, which recreates the creepy synth arpeggios used in 1970s horror scores on a five-string banjo”

Fiona Shepherd, 4 Stars, The Scotsman


“Even though the year is a few days old I’d be surprised if this album, their fifth to date, doesn’t figure in our next annual Top 20 Albums list”

Joe Lepper, 9/10, Neon Filler


“Hello Cold Goodbye Sun, like all the recent work from this band, has its particular surface ripples but lasting depth beneath”

Alan Morrison, The Herald


“These 12 songs creep into your psyche. On the surface they may seem like pretty folk tunes, with the banjos and fiddles skipping merrily along, yet the grim and gloriously morbid tales give an otherwise well-worn musical genre a bit of a twist”

Olivia Schaff, Digital Fix


“It may be folk but it is upbeat and danceable. All in all an album that could be called rootsy Calvin Harris or David Guetta with banjos. Brilliant”

Rick Fulton, The Daily Record


What the press said about the band’s fourth album ‘Pencaitland


‘The band knock up a fierce, raw and earthy music that is the stuff of Mumford & Sons’ dreams…the results are as compelling as they are oppressively bleak’

Maddy Costa, The Guardian (Friday Film & Music)


‘Pencaitland is their most serious and ambitious album yet’

Andrew Mueller, UNCUT


‘A Fascinating union of Celtic and American influences’

Simon Cosyns, The Sun


‘Atmospheric, with sonorous rumbles of bowed double bass and melancholy harmonica against a stealthy ticking of strings’

Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman


‘Honest, thoughtful and admirable’

Joe Breen, The Irish Times


‘One of the finest Celtic roots albums you will hear this, or any other, year’

John Hawes, Americana UK


‘There’s clearly a lot more to come from this act, given their desire to push the boundaries of folk music rather than stubbornly stick to its traditional basics.’

Joe Lepper, 8/10, Neon Filler


‘Offering an alluring Scottish folk/old-time string band mix, it’s still stamped with a provocative charm that makes it an effective slow burn…beautiful recording quality, subtle arrangements and involving, melancholic songs are powerfully persuasive’

Colin Irwin, MOJO


‘There was more heart in the room last night than you’d find in a whole tour of Mumford & Sons. And art. Nothing too flashy to begin, just lovely interwoven mandolins and fiddles, driven by guitar rhythms and their trademark bluegrass banjo. Southern Tenant Folk Union might have been playing in a boozer, but if people call these guys a jumped-up pub band, they’ve got it all wrong.’

Russ Coffey, The Arts Desk


Southern Tenant Folk Union are:

Rory Butler – Guitar/Lead Vocals
Steve Fivey – Cajon Drum/Percussion
Craig Macfadyen – Double Bass
Pat McGarvey – 5-String Banjo/Vocals
Katherine Stewart – Fiddle/Vocals

plus sometimes on the road

Chris Purcell – Guitar/Vocals


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