Acoustic Union String Band
Location: Meringandan West, Toowoomba / Brisbane
Country: Australia

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Acoustic Union Band Bio

When times were tough live music got going……
The great depression of the late 1920’s saw music like the Negro blues, and the dust bowl era of Woodie Guthrie. In the 1960’s times were a changing. The dynamic rhythm and lyrics of Bob Dylan were number one around the world. People were healed and revolutions’ were started.  The musical styles of these artists were copied and new songs were written. New ways of playing were developed. 
There are still musicians today, who carry on these traditional styles, but with their own soul and feeling added. The likes of C.W. Stoneking, with his contempory slant on traditional Hokum Blues. He has been nominated twice. And this year he received an ARIA award for the best Blues and Roots album of the year 2009.  
Chad Swaby and Mark Anderson are also true to the old style traditions, of singing and musicianship. They add a modern flavor to this music. 
Chad who is known around the South East Folk, Event and Pub scene in Toowoomba and Brisbane, for reproducing the sound and style of Bob Dylan, and others of the 1960’s & Golden Era. Performed with the group: Up in Folk. He has just released his first album: Soldiers and Slaves.
Mark aka Ruff-Cut Anderson, is well known in his own right for his banjo and mandolin playing ability. He is heavily influenced by the music of Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Stoneking and many Traditional Country Blues Artists. Mark has performed recently at the 2009 Woodford Folk Festival, and many other high profile music events over the past 12 years with band: Dirt Music. He has also been the opening act for the Brisbane Guitar Show since its inception in 2007, with the blues duo: The Jook Joint Boys. They also play clubs and regular café gigs around Brisbane.
Chad and Mark have combined talents, and are now performing under the name Acoustic Union String Band.    Together, they have created a fantastic show of songs. Paying tribute to traditional and modern artists, mixed in with breathtaking originals. All performed on string band instruments that are typical of the style. Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica, Guitar and stomp box.  Producing a unique and unforgettable soundscape!

So come along to experience these guys. Let them take the depression out of this recession and have a great time enjoying one of the most unique duos around!!

Acoustic Union's Song List

1. Mail Train 41. Will the Circle be Unbroken
2. Darling Corey 42. Eve of destruction
3. Great Ship 43. Lost Highway
4. Minglewood Blues 44.  My Daddy
5. Moonshiner 45.  Don't Let your Deal go Down
6. Mr Seigal 46.  Ramona
7. In My Time of Dying 47.  Long Journey Home
8. Texas Eagle 48.  One More Cup of Coffee
9. Going up the Country 49.  France Blues
10. Bad Moon Rising 50.  Sorrow
11.See that my Grave is Kept Clean 51.  Diving Duck Blues
12. Ben McCullough 52.  Oh Sister
13. Jessie James 53.  Lost John Dean
14. Walking Down the Line 54.  Sitting on Top of the World
15. Don't Think Twice 55.  Ragged and Dirty
16. All Along the Watchtower 56. Is She really Going Out with Him
17. Milwaukee Blues 57.  Bails of Cocaine
18. Ain't no Lie 58.  Long Train Comming
19. Gypsie Woman 59.  Make it to the Woods
20. Baby Blue 60.  Worried Blues
21 .Folsom Prison Blues 61.  A Train Robbery
22. Seven Fingers 62.  When the Ship Comes in
23. You Know the Rest 63.  Soldier's Joy 1864
24. I Hear you Knocking 64.  Times they are a Changing
25. Dustbowl Blues 65.  Train that Carried my Gal Away
26.The Weight 66.  Wreck of the Old 97
27. Rambling Man 67.  Six White Horses
28. How Long Blues 68.  Yesterday is Here
29. Chocolate Jesus 69.  Down from the Mountain
30.  You Don't Know how it Feels 70.  Little Buffalo
31. Last Fair Deal Going Down 71.  Hey Hey My My
32. When Mountains Cry 72.  Down & Out Blues
33. John Hardy 73.  Comes a Time
34. Log Train Running 74.  Fumblin with the Blues
35. Where the Soul Never Dies 75.  Ploughed up the Field
36. Follow you Down 76.  Nomad
37. Jump Jim Crow 77.  In the Pines
38. Music into Gold 78.  Lonersville
39. Highway of Pain 79.  Saturday Night in Jail
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