Bluegrass band Southern Tennant Folk Union, who shot into the limelight on BBC 1’s Andrew Marr Show last year, are set to play Woodend Barn.
The March 28 gig is part of their ‘Hello Cold Goodbye Sun’ tour, which has them playing gigs up and down the country over the coming month.
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 amongst a few) and was positioned at number one in the Americana UK Chart in February and March last year.
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’) and radio.
Their show is exciting, engaging and the band blen bluegrass with other genres such as folk, roots, Americana.
Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music, and a sub-genre of country music inspired by the music of Appalachia.
It has mixed roots in Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English traditional music, and was latterly influenced by the music of African-Americans with the incorporation of jazz elements.
Bluegrass is mainly comprised of narratives on the everyday lives of the people from whence the music came.
Bluegrass vocals frequently reference the hard existence of living in rural areas.
Reviewer Colin Somerville, for Scotland on Sunday (Group flagship Paper) gave the band 4 stars.
He said: “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”
Tickets are available from the Barn of by calling the box office: 01330 825431