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Toronto band’s only Maine performance

Band photo provided by Union Duke.

FARMINGTON - Old South Congregational Church will explode on Thursday, March 21st...sweat will fly and floorboards will tremble as Union Duke, a Toronto folk quintet, takes the stage with an explosive live show. Bridging soulful indie folk/rock with bluegrass and splash of country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for any venue. These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll. Union Duke is two fifths city, two fifths country, and one fifth whiskey.

For their third record, Golden Days, Union Duke recorded live off the floor to capture the raw, joyful energy of their concerts. Then they brought in Grammy award-winning mix engineer Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Timbre Timber) to bring the mixes to life. Golden Days will take you back to your warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs. It also looks forward, reaching for those long, lazy summer days that will keep you going through the winter. It’s a record of pain and struggle, lessons learned – and of laughter between friends, tenderness between lovers. One minute you’re following banjo music rambling down a country lane. The next minute you feel the pulse and pound of the amplifiers.
The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren’t so distant after all. To find out more about this Toronto based quintet band find them at

Old South First Congregational Church, UCC is located at 235 Main Street in Farmington. Doors open at 6 p.m. Jam session begins at 6:15 p.m. Concert kicks off at 7 p.m. Adults $15, Students (including college students with I.d) $10/$5. Refreshments will be available during jam session and intermission by donation. Ticket reservations call 207-491-5919. Follow Old South Church Concert Series on Facebook. Subscribe to receive e-newletter at

Sponsors for the Union Duke concert sound and lights are Saddleback Ridge Wind and Mills and Mills Law Office.

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  1. Tickets are available at the door.