This is the soundcloud page for the acclaimed and award-winning Edinburgh based roots collective Southern Tenant Folk Union.
Their new album ‘Join Forces’ (JOROCK 023) will be released in September 2016 and is the band’s seventh full length album which sees the band return to the stripped back roots chords of their earlier records whilst continuing the political lyric themes from their well received 'Chuck Norris Project' from 2015.
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, BBC Radio 2, Radio 4’s Loose Ends, BBC Ulster and RTE One national TV/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 are saying about the new 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
Best British Americana Act 2010
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