Valley date on Folk Union UK tour

Southern Tenant Folk Union will perform at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on April 15

Southern Tenant Folk Union will perform at Hebden Bridge Trades Club on April 15

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AN award-winning Scottish folk and bluegrass band will stop off in Hebden Bridge this weekend as part of its UK tour.

Southern Tenant Folk Union will perform at the Trades Club, Holme Street, on Sunday night.

Formed by Belfast born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey in 2006, the Edinburgh-based band is now one of the most highly rated folk and bluegrass outfits in the UK.

The band takes its name from the groundbreaking multi-racial union of sharecroppers and non-landowning tenant farmers founded in Arkansas in the 1930s.

Keen to find a more personal outlet for his writing, McGarvey gathered a collective of like-minded musicians who share his love of traditional music but each have their own individual take on such tradition.

These musicians incllude Adam Bulley on mandolin and guitar; Marty Camino on double bass; Carrie Thomas on fiddle and vocals; Chris Purcell on guitar and vocals; Ewan Macintyre on percussion, harmonica and vocals; and Jed Milroy on guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals.

The band continues to appropriate themes and ancient sounding chord progressions from traditional folk songs.

The recently released fourth album Pencaitland is a record that continues the band’s trip into the more interesting areas of acoustic sound, word and tone.

It has been a hit with the critics, gaining a raft of four star reviews.

Tickets for Sunday’s gig are priced £13/£10. For more information, call 01422 845265.