We’re on tour for three one off concerts (ie not part of an album release tour – it’s more of a work in progress tour)…here’s the dates – come along!
Fri 16th March – Great Eaton Hall, Leicestershire https://www.wegottickets.com/event/427094 T. 01536 770309
Sat 17th March – Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire – www.poundarts.org.uk T. 01249 701628
Sun 18th March – Wagon Wheel Presents @ The Greystones, Sheffield – https://wagonwheelmedia.wordpress.com
And from the press release…
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).
What the press said about ‘Join Forces’
“…Join Forces brings old time protest into the modern world, asking positive questions for troubled times.”
Andy Fyfe, Mojo Magazine
“Written after last year’s General Election and recorded at the height of this year’s EU Referendum campaign and its aftermath, there’s a lyrically politically edge to Southern Tenant Folk Union’s seventh album Join Forces, but not so much that it overwhelms the air of gently capable bluegrass reverie soaked through the music.”
David Pollock, The List
“Outspoken and politically forthright, the seventh album from the Union is political-folk with feeling”
Dave Esson, Scottish Daily Express
STFU are doing two concerts in the South West of England on the 29th and 30th September…here’s the details…
Fri 29th September – Watermark Arts Centre, Ivybridge, Devon www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk T. 01752 892 220
Sat 30th September – The David Hall, South Petherton, Somerset www.thedavidhall.org.uk T. 01460 240 340
Check it out – the new video for the track ‘Martial Law’ from the electronic STFU release ‘The Horror Of The Right’ features car chases, explosions, kung fu baw trauma and more…
The album is available now in the following formats…
VERY limited edition 12″ Vinyl – on pre order now – http://puredestructiverecords.bigcartel.com/product/the-southern-tenant-the-horror-of-the-right-original-soundtrack – LP will of course be the best way to hear the music – order now for delivery in mid to late September…
Digipak CD – http://www.southerntenantfolkunion.com/audio_shop/
And last but definitely least, download – https://tst-thesoutherntenant.bandcamp.com/releases – though we still get more money per sale from bandcamp than we ever will from itunes or amazon when it comes out for download through those websites…
And the whole album is streaming in full for a limited time so you can check it out – https://soundcloud.com/the-southern-tenant
More news soon about reviews and radio play…
After three years of messing about the electronic Chuck Norris Project album is finally finished and will be released on Friday 2nd June (CD & Download) – the Full colour Digipak CDs are available for purchase now though in the STFU website shop…
Buy here for £10 inc p&p – http://www.southerntenantfolkunion.com/audio_shop/
For anyone wanting to check it out live there will be an album launch gig on Friday 2nd June at The Caves (we’re supporting Scottish techno producer Stephen Brown) & also a Halloween gig on Fri 27th October (though this will have brand new music being played live to a screened ‘movie’)…