SOUTH­ERN TEN­ANT FOLK UNION

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The Chuck Nor­ris Project

★★★★

Johnny Rock Records

Hol­ly­weird ac­tor supreme Chuck Nor­ris lu­di­crously warned in 2012 that “a vote for Obama would bring a thou­sand years of dark­ness”. It set STFU leader Pat McGar­vey a-think­ing and, us­ing many of Nor­ris’s movies as jump-off points, he ex­plored press­ing po­lit­i­cal is­sues from his pas­sion­ate left-wing per­spec­tive for the band’s sixth al­bum. That’s the back­ground. The fore­ground is mu­sic of de­light­ful in­ven­tion, slip­ping in and out of gen­res with sur­pris­ing deft­ness. Sure, there is the odd clunk, but this is am­bi­tious mu­sic in Punch Broth­ers vein with only flick­ers of STFU’s blue­grass ori­gins. As is now usual with the col­lec­tive, there are line-up changes, but Rory But­ler’s warm voice and Kather­ine Ste­wart’s sig­na­ture fid­dle add hugely to the mix. They are cur­rently tour­ing Ire­land and worth catch­ing.

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