New show added – Friday 6th September – Herefordshire – Dilwyn Village Hall

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by STFU

We’re currently en route to this weekend’s Ulster American Folk Park Bluegrass Festival nr Omagh in Northern Ireland (which we’re looking forward to immensely) and just wanted to add news of the replacement show for next friday 6th September (to replace the cancelled Ironworks Oswestry show)…we’re now playing in Herefordshire in the Village of Dilwyn at the Village Hall (Cedar Hall)…post code is HR4 8HS…

Doors are 7pm and we’ll be onstage at 8-ish…tickets are £10…kids are £5 each (if you bring more than two the rest are free)…it’s BYOB…and afterwards we’ll be hosting a bluegrass picking session (about 10pm) so bring an acoustic instrument with you and let’s have a jam…

Here’s the ticket link –


STFU Touring early September – Birmingham, London, Wales – tickets on sale now…

Posted on: August 10th, 2013 by STFU

It’s just under a month until STFU are on the road again and we’re playing our first ever show in Birmingham at Kitchen Garden Cafe on Wed 4th Sept before heading to London for a concert at The Forge Arts Centre in Camden on Thu 5th Sept followed by gig TBC on Fri 6th Sept (any ideas?) and a return visit to The Queens Hall in Narberth, Pembrokeshire on Sat 7th Sept…here’s the links for advance tickets…

Wed 4th Sept – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe

Thu 5th Sept – London – Forge Arts Centre, Camden Town

Sat 7th Sept – Queens Hall – Narberth, South West Wales


STFU available for venue/house concert/festival Friday 6th September

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by STFU

Just a quick posting to mention that due to a concert cancelling (in understandable circumstances as they’re close to the bank calling time on them remaining open) for Friday 6th September we’re now available for a venue gig, pub, house concert or festival as we’re between London (Forge Arts Centre on Thu 5th Sept) and South West Wales (Queens Hall Narberth on Sat 7th Sept)…

It’s much better and more fun for us to play rather than have a night off (staring at each other in a travelodge car park) so get in touch if you know of anything or have any ideas/leads for a gig that night…

And though it’s only a month away there’s still time to promote anything we can slot in with posters, flyers and local press/radio…

Best contact is to email me on


STFU Live Radio Session Online – Gilded Palace Of Sin

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 by STFU

Here’s a link to an interview and live session we did crammed into a room at Totally Radio with Shaun Whitehouse and his Gilded Palace Of Sin internet radio show…have a listen…

To hear it visit, click the link to the ‘beta player’ and once that pops up scroll down through the shows to Gilded Palace Of Sin’…I think we’re on about 1 hour into the show and we play two songs live ‘Crash’ & ‘Relic Of A Reasonable Mind’…

STFU’s American IPA – Bristol Beer Launch & Concert tomorrow Thurs 4th July

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013 by STFU

glass and bottle of beerSTFU’s American IPA – Bristol Beer Launch & Concert

tomorrow Thurs 4th July


One day til Southern Tenant Folk Union launch our first ever beer
In Bristol on Thursday night (4th July) we’re mixing two of the world’s best products – great beer and great music:

Southern Tenant Folk Union


‘STFU’s American IPA’

A single hopped IPA (Using the tasty Amarillo Hop)

ABV 5.5% To be served cold in 500ml Bottles

Produced in conjunction with and brewed by
mysterious Bristol-based craft beer brewery
Cat. No –

Release date – Thur 4th July 2013

@ St Bonaventure’s Social Club, Bristol, BS7 8HQ

“That beer you, are now holding, is cold beer, from the abandoned base” Chest Freezer
(adapted 5th album lyric using the word ‘beer’ in place of ‘moon rock’)

July 4th sees the release of a new STFU American IPA Beer to celebrate the recent launch of the fifth Southern Tenant Folk Union album ‘Hello Cold Goodbye Sun’. Acclaimed across the board with 4 star reviews (in The Independent, Irish Mail On Sunday, Scotland On Sunday, Daily Express, Q Magazine) the new album features a collection of new and original material that showcases the growing songwriting, instrumental and vocal talent from within the band.

This all came about because in 2012 when Southern Tenant Folk Union played in Bristol to promote their 4th album Pencaitland they stayed at their mysterious brewer friend’s house after the show. On discovering that this brewery was being set up it was proposed that the next time the band came to town there might be a cold and alcoholically refreshing beer tie-in from the burgeoning craft beer brewers (at that point they were still without a name). Since that late night conversation Wiper and True have established themselves on the Bristol craft beer scene (with their beers appearing and selling out in bars like The Star and Dove, The Lanes and The Hare On The Hill) and Southern Tenant Folk Union have been releasing the new album, performing live on national TV (The Late Late Show in Ireland – the world’s longest running chat show – see the clip here – and taking that new album to number one in the Americana UK charts in March.

The beer label itself features exclusive artwork by regular STFU designer Jonny McClean and the beer has been described as a single hopped beer using Amarillo, a wonderfully complex hop with fruit and floral notes, warm citrus, delicate pine and creamy caramel’. A very limited edition evening then as Southern Tenant Folk Union bring beer, musical happiness and hoppy-ness to St Bonaventure’s for one night only. STFU’s American IPA will be on sale from the bar at the venue at a very competitive price.

Tim Martin from CRH Music, who promote music at St. Bonaventure’s, says that a special night is in store. “It’s entirely fitting that the best Americana venue in the South West should play host to one of the finest progressive folk and bluegrass bands around launching their own Bristol brewed American beer. Great music, a fabulous new beer and one of the friendliest venues in Bristol. What more could you ask for?”

Southern Tenant Folk Union are:

Rory Butler – Guitar/Lead Vocals
Danny Hart – Mandolin/Vocals
Alexander Hunter – Double Bass/Vocals
Chris Purcell – Guitar/Lead Vocals
Pat McGarvey – 5-String Banjo/Vocals
Dirk Ronneburg – Fiddle/Vocals

Thu 4th July – Bristol Beer & Album Launch CRH Music presents ‘Southern Tenant Folk Union’
Live @ St Bonaventure’s Social Club, Berkeley Road (off Gloucester Rd), Bishopton, Bristol, BS7 8HQ
Doors 7:30pm STFU onstage 8:15pm Tickets £11 advance £12 on the door

What the press said about the band’s latest 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

“The Scottish band’s harmonies dance and drone, tackling songs that embrace the traditional ambience of The Unthanks and the experimentation of Tunng”
Andy Fyfe, 4 Stars, Q Magazine

“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

“The band just keep going from strength to strength…with Hello Cold they’ve hit a new stride and when you have a product as fine and accessible as this, it’s just hard to imagine it staying on the shelves for very long”
Rob Lavender, Metro

“Folk has come to the fore at the moment and this collection is up there with the best”
David Esson, 4 Stars, Scottish Daily Express

“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

“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

“This is one hell of an album, delightfully tainted by a dark shadow, go for it, go for it in a big way.”
Neil King, FATEA

“This is another strong performance from the Edinburgh collective, which swims in the spaces between a number of roots genres. Hello Cold…, their fifth album since 2006, is marked by a maturing”
Joe Breen, The Irish Times

For tour updates and a full biography visit Southern Tenant Folk Union at

Ok, hope some of you can make it…

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