Union Duke, a five-piece folk group with an explosive live show, starts off 2019 with a show at Barrie.

The Toronto-based band will be featuring music from their third record, Golden Days. The album was recorded live off the floor to capture the raw, joyful energy of their concerts. It’s a record of pain and struggle, lessons learned and laughter. Songs encompass memories of warm summer days designed to keep you going through the winter months ahead.

The musicians – Ethan Smith, Jim McDonald, Matt Warry-Smith, Will Staunton and Rob McLaren – have been making music together for years. They are known for their soaring harmonies, soulful indie rock tunes with elements of bluegrass and country.

Union Duke has performed at numerous festivals in the past including TURF, Mariposa and Summerfolk.

The show takes place Jan. 18 at the MacLaren Art Centre. It is presented by the Barrie Folk Society.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $30; $35 at the door. Advance tickets are available from MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster St., Barrie, online at barriefolk.com or by calling 705-721-9696.



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