Song­writ­ing show­case at South­ern Fried

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gar­diner

It is hoped that crowds will flock to Perth city cen­tre again for this year’s South­ern Fried Amer­i­cana fes­ti­val South­ern Fried have an­nounced their line-up for 2018.

Steve Earle and the Dukes, Rod­ney Crow­ell, Iris DeMent, Gra­ham Nash, Dar­rell Scott and Gretchen Peters will all be per­form­ing in Perth this sum­mer.

Now in its eleventh year, Perth’s fes­ti­val of Amer­i­can roots mu­sic takes place in Perth Con­cert Hall, Perth The­atre and other city cen­tre venues from Thurs­day, July 26, to Sun­day, July 29. Tickets went on sale on Mon­day, April 16, with 25 per cent dis­count for any­one book­ing five shows or more.

In ad­di­tion to this tick­eted pro­gramme, the South­ern Fried Fes­ti­val will fea­ture smaller gigs in city cen­tre venues, open mic ses­sions, a free out­door stage, a day­time acous­tic stage and var­i­ous fringe events plus a gen­er­ous serv­ing of the fa­mous South­ern Fried soul food. These fur­ther acts are still to be an­nounced.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Andy Shearer said: “I’ve said many times be­fore that the song is the cur­rency of the mu­sic that we present at South­ern Fried, and this year’s line-up of in­cred­i­ble song­writ­ing tal­ent is with­out ques­tion our best to date, and that’s re­ally say­ing some­thing!

“Our head­line sex­tet Steve Earle, Rod­ney Crow­ell, Iris DeMent, Gra­ham Nash, Dar­rell Scott and Gretchen Peters - would all fig­ure in any com­pre­hen­sive list of the great­est song­writ­ers alive and we’re very proud to host them in Perth this sum­mer.

“We al­ways try to en­sure our head­line shows at South­ern Fried are Scot­tish exclusives and that’s the case once again this year but we’ve gone one bet­ter in sev­eral cases with our Rod­ney Crow­ell/ Iris DeMent dou­ble bill, Dar­rell Scott’s af­ter­noon con­cert at Perth The­atre and Gretchen Peter’s clos­ing show of two halves all be­ing one-off Euro­pean shows.

“Perth’s own Red Pine Tim­ber Com­pany and Løngstay, who launch their de­but al­bum at the fes­ti­val.

“As al­ways, there’s an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple to per­form with South­ern Fried Voices open to all-comers (18+) to join Blue Rose Code and The Bevvy Sis­ters in a per­for­mance at Perth The­atre.”

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