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Union members join forces
Friday 10th February, 2017 - Lowdham Village Hall
Union members join forces
Southern Tenant Folk Union
Southern Tenant Folk Union. Photograph: Sandy Butler.
Edinburgh-based string band Southern Tenant Folk Union are the latest act to play at Lowdham Village Hall. They are at the venue on Friday, February 10 at 8pm.

The band combines English and Celtic folk sounds with American bluegrass music.

It was formed in 2006 by Belfast-born musician Pat McGarvey, who plays the five-string banjo in the band.

There have been several changes in line-up but he is currently joined by Rory Butler (lead vocals and acoustic guitar) Steve Fivey (cajon drum and percussion) Craig MacFadyen (double bass) and Katherine Stewart (fiddle).

The name comes from a multi-racial union of sharecroppers and non-landowning tenant farmers in Arkansas in the 1930s.

Southern Tenant Folk Union, who have appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, are past winners of the Americana Artist Of The Year award.

They have appeared at several festivals, including Celtic Connections, Belfast Open House Festival, Orkney Folk Festival and Belladrum Festival.

They are described as a must-see live band with tight delivery and soaring, gorgeous harmonies that combines a rich blend of musical talent with a high octane Appalachian style.

The band is touring in support of its seventh album, Join Forces, which was released in September.

It was written following the May 2015 General Election result and recorded in June and July 2016 amid a quickly changing political landscape, something that has made the suite of songs seem more timely.
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