The Union + Skam
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THE UNION was formed by guitarist LUKE MORLEY and vocalist/guitarist PETER SHOULDER after LUKE'S twenty year career with THUNDER came to an end when the band split in 2009.
PETER SHOULDER was the vocalist, songwriter and musical rudder of WINTERVILLE. He is one of only three British artists (the other two being Eric Clapton and Peter Green) to win a W.C. Handy Blues Foundation award, presented in Memphis in 2006 for co-writing the American Blues Song of the Year.
LUKE: 'I met Pete eight years ago and I knew instantly that he had an unbelievable voice that could really move people. He's also a very impressive guitar player. We've worked together ever since whenever our previous commitments allowed us time. The songs we've written so far cover a wider musical territory than THUNDER and it's a wonderful thing for me to be co-writing with someone after so many years of being locked up in a room on my own!'
PETE: 'Working with Luke has always been a pleasure. Whenever we get together it is always a very creative, free and inspiring experience. It's an exciting thing to be working on something new with someone who has already had such an illustrious career to date. It all feels very natural.'
THE UNION'S eponymous debut album, released in August 2010 had critics and fans alike spouting superlatives;
‘THE UNION is quite simple a stunning debut album!' 9/10
Classic Rock Magazine
‘Drenched in a palpable Delta blues vibe. This is a must hear!' 4.5/5
THE UNION brings together two outstanding talents in British rock. This could well be the album of their collective careers so far.'
Later in 2010 the band's first year ended on a satisfying high when THE UNION were voted ‘best new band' at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. The boys played to a room full of rock royalty and then proceeded to celebrate in style!
In January 2011 THE UNION were invited to guest with the recently reformed THIN LIZZY on their UK tour. A successful first foray into Europe followed as special guests to Belgian rockers TRIGGERFINGER.
In June 2011 THE UNION toured the UK as special guests of WHITESNAKE anda also the first taste of the new album ‘SIREN'S SONG' when the title track was released as a free download.
The band's 2nd album was released last October.
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