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19th April 2017

Scotland's Southern Fried Festival line up announced

Nick Lowe, Loudon Wainwright III, Rodney Crowell and many more confirmed

Nick Lowe, Loudon Wainwright III and Rodney Crowell headline the tenth Southern Fried Festival which will also feature Andy Fairweather Low & The Hi Riders and an all-star cast of singers in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music: The Songs of Chuck Berry, as well a celebration of Canadian artists.

The Festival opens in Perth Concert Hall on Thursday 27 April with Rock ‘n’ Roll Music: The Songs of Chuck Berry. A diverse collection of festival artists and special guests will explore Chuck Berry’s songbook, and friend and fan of Southern Fried, guitarist Andy Fairweather Low will anchor the show with his expanded 8-piece soul revue, The Hi Riders. 
Nick Lowe returns to Perth Concert Hall on Friday 28 July for a solo show. His sonic scope embraces all kinds of sounds, from rock to country to soul to pop. Nothing is off limits, as long as it has a groove and goodness based in reality. Support comes from ‘songwriter’s songwriter’ Jim Lauderdale who has written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists. 

Making his Southern Fried Festival debut in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 29 July is Loudon Wainwright III who came to fame when Dead Skunk became a Top 20 hit in 1972. He is supported by Rodney Crowell.
The festival closes on Sunday 30 July in Perth Concert Hall with North Star: Scotland Sings Canada, a specially created show to celebrate Southern Fried’s 10th birthday and the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s foundation which will see some of Scotland’s finest musicians and singers exploring the huge contribution of Canadian artists to American roots music and the influence they have exerted over generations of writers and performers. 

With Perth Theatre undergoing restoration and redevelopment, The Salutation Hotel, a favourite after show haunt with Southern Fried acts, steps in once more to host Late and Southern Fried after Perth Concert Hall’s main stage events on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July. Kentucky singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley plays a late show in The Salutation Hotel on Thursday 27 July and Friday and Saturday Late and Southern Fried gigs feature country newcomer Sam Outlaw, UK songwriter Peter Bruntnell, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express and Cyndi Cain, as well as a return for Doug Seegers.

There will be 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. More acts are still to be announced.

“The song has always been the beating heart of Southern Fried, and that’s more the case than ever as we celebrate our 10th birthday. We open and close the festival with two ambitious one-off concerts. The first extends the festival to four days for the first time and celebrates the ground-breaking genius of Chuck Berry, who passed away earlier this year. We are delighted that Andy Fairweather Low, one of the world’s greatest bandleaders and guitarists has agreed to be musical director and bring his expanded 8-piece band for the occasion. On Sunday, we explore the huge influence of some very northern artists on some very southern music styles in North Star: Scotland Sings Canada.  The Band, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell were massively important artists in the development of what we now know as Americana and we’ll dig into the Great Canadian Songbook in the company of some fantastic Scottish singers and musicians.

Friday and Saturday night see us bring four of the most highly regarded songwriters around to Perth for what will be two amazing nights with Nick Lowe and special guest Jim Lauderdale on Friday and Loudon Wainwright III with Rodney Crowell in a mouth-watering double bill on Saturday,

Elsewhere in the line-up, we have some great songwriters from both sides of the Atlantic including Chuck Prophet, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, Doug Seegers, Rab Noakes, Sean Taylor and Ags Connolly.

We’re now working hard on the guest singers for our Chuck Berry and Canadian shows and putting the finishing touches to a great mixture of artists who’ll appear on our free stages over the weekend.”
Festival director Andy Shearer

Southern Fried Festival takes place in Perth Concert Hall and other city centre venues from Thursday 27 until Sunday 30 July. Festival passes go on sale on Friday 21 April with general ticket sales open from Wednesday 26 April. Tickets available here 
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