Hello. We’re Union Avenue


From Scotland, the ancestral home of Johnny Cash.

Union Avenue play in the spirit of the great man himself.

They take good songs from every era and make them their own. The end result is fascinating and enthralling.

Union Avenue have thrilled audiences of all ages from Moscow to Las Vegas with their big, bad Memphis sound.

These boys never fail to get an audience to their feet and partying!

All bookings and enquiries:

Union Avenue Promotions

Varick and Willie

4 Greenacres, Oxted, Surrey, U.K. RH8 0PB

+44 (0)1883 714 289


*Sole booking agency

The Band

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Andrew ‘Duke’ Cardno - The Voice and rhythm guitar

The heart and soul of Union Avenue. Andrew has be dedicated to whackin’ out floor stompin’ rock‘n’roll to the classic boom-chicka-boom rhythm for over 2 decades now, as well as performing his own material as a solo artist. He recently appeared in the stage production "Burning Rings of Fire" as the spirit of Cash.

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Paul ‘Luther’ Paterson - Lead Guitar

Paul has performed as lead guitarist and front man for some of Europe’s finest rockabilly bands since starting with the Radium Cats in the 1980’s. He also has a solo blues hit with ‘I Got It Hard’ which was featured on Radio 1. Dale Hawkins (Suzie Q) called Paul "the English Ry Cooder". Dale wasn't very good at geography, but he sure knew a great guitarist when he heard one.

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Matt Curtis - Upright Bass

Matt started out in music as a lead guitarist and singer. His career as bass player started in a big way, touring all over the world and recording with the Kaisers - including a Radio 1 session with John Peel. Later, his love of rockabilly prompted him to take up the double bass, and when he was invited to join Union Avenue in 2006, he ‘jumped at the chance’.

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Richie ‘O.K.’ Corral - Drums

Richie O.K. Corral is the newest member of Union Avenue. Richie is an Edinburgh based drummer and political activist. His love affair with the drums began at aged seven when an ‘old’ psychobilly named Paul Paterson gave him a set of drumsticks and a cardboard box. Richie was a fanatical Radium Kitten until the Cats broke up, at which point he started listening to Nirvana and Incubus J But the lure of playing great shuffles proved too much for him and he’s delighted to be sitting behind the kit for Union Avenue.

Views and Reviews and Venues

The man himself JR Cash - autographed Andrew Cardno’s recording of A.C. Cash - " Andrew thanks for the plug. Even though my hair is a little grey now, you make a good "me"".

Chuck Mead of BR549 - Heard Union Avenue when they recently shared the top of the bill on the Color Line Country and Roots Cruise out of Oslo said "they flipped me out!"

Paul Dunning of BBC Radio 3 - "the best thing about Union Avenue is that you can’t wait to hear their next number as it’s sure to be a surprise."

Ralph McLean of BBC Radio Ulster - after seeing Union Avenue‘s headline appearance at The Open House Festival "hearing Union Avenue blast their way through ‘Teenage Kicks’ in the style of old Johnny is something I’ll remember for a long, long time!"

Mark Radcliffe and Marc Riley of BBC Radio 1 - made their recording of ‘The Ace of Spades’ Record of the week in May 2001.

Stu Gibson - Review of Now Here’s Union Avenue CD described Union Avenue’s music as a "slew of spruced-up smashes…steam-rolled and boom-chicka-boomed." and "there’s a real believability the Mr Cash would have done these songs, somewhere, someday, in some life or other"

Tony Wilkinson American Music Magazine - reviewing the Americana wrote that their version of "…was great, really had me boppin in my collapsible fisherman’s chair - which did!"

And a Few Venues: The Country and Roots Cruise-Norway, The Americana-England, The Open House Festival-Belfast, The Belledrum Festival-Inverness, Hemsby RocknRoll Weekend- England, Locker 17-London, Lemon Tree-Aberdeen, Viva Las Vegas-USA, Dukes-Aberdeen, Roadrunners Club-Berlin, Let’s Get Wild-Stuttgart. Also BBC Radio 1 several times…..