The six-piece roots and folk collective are currently touring across the UK, including the Harrogate Theatre on Saturday 15 February 2014.
January 2013 saw the release of the fifth Southern Tenant Folk Union album ‘Hello Cold Goodbye Sun’, a collection of new and original material that has gained 4 star reviews across the music press (Independent, Scotland On Sunday, Daily Record, Q Magazine & many more) and was positioned at number one in the Americana UK Chart in Feb/March 2013.
Following the release the band have played sold out tours in the UK and Ireland and the live reviews of their concert performances picked up on their ‘tight delivery and soaring, gorgeous harmonies’ saying that ‘STFU are a must see live band combining a rich blend of musical talent with a high octane Appalachian style’ and perform their own brand of ‘thrilling traditional musicianship’.
Artistically successful across their career they have been praised in The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times, Mojo, Uncut and Irish Times. Often heard on national radio shows across UK and Eire plus they have performed live in session on BBC Radio 2, Radio 4’s Loose Ends, BBC Ulster and RTE One national TV (‘The Late Late Show’) & radio. Their 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’
Southern Tenant Folk Union are: Alex Hunter – Double Bass/Clawhammer Banjo/Vocals, Rory Butler – Guitar/Lead Vocals, Chris Purcell – Guitar/Vocals, Pat McGarvey – 5-String Banjo/Bass/Vocals, Danny Hart – Mandolin/Vocals and Dirk Ronneburg – Fiddle/Vocals.
Main photograph by Roddy McKenzie