Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Chris Farlow with the Norman Beaker Band at the Borderland 23 Dec 2016

Chris Farlow with the Norman Beaker Band at the Borderland 23 Dec 2016

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Saturday, 17 December 2016

BOO HEWERDINE & BROOKS WILLIAMS - 'State of the Union' Autumn Tour 2017

BOO HEWERDINE & BROOKS WILLIAMS - 'State of the Union' Autumn Tour 2017 - Only a few dates remaining "Beautiful, classy playing and great songs" - Ac
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BOO HEWERDINE & BROOKS WILLIAMS - 'State of the Union' Autumn Tour 2017 - Only a few dates remaining

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"Beautiful, classy playing and great songs" - Acoustic Magazine
“Americana at its finest!” - fRoots
STATE OF THE UNION will return with their third album for Reveal Records in Autumn 2017 and a concert tour with selected Summer Festival dates.
Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams, State of the Union create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere, their performances consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining.
The original songs Hewerdine and Williams play are infused by a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash, from the wide open Fenlands to the frenetic buzz of the city. Their recordings are made quickly, in most instances first take, live in the studio, but the sound this amazing acoustic duo capture is rich and expertly executed.

About Boo Hewerdine & Brooks Williams

Boo is perhaps best known from his years fronting much loved English rock band The Bible but he has since enjoyed a solo career spanning over two decades and written thousands of published songs including those for Eddi Reader, Sia, Chris Difford, Kris Drever and KD Lang. His most recent album “Swimming In Mercury” is due out in February 2017 on Reveal Records.
Brooks Williams got his start in the clubs and bars in Boston USA (the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither) and from there he has toured in ever-widening circles for nearly three decades. In 2013 Williams was nominated best male vocalist by the UK’s foremost roots-music mavens, Spiral Earth. AmericanaUK says, “he has a beautiful voice that you just melt into.” He’s also ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists. Over the years he has picked alongside Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Paul Jones, Little Feat, Maria Muldaur, Shawn Colvin and Leo Kottke, to name but a few.
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More about State of the Union, In conversation:

How did you meet and when did you start playing music together?

Brooks: “Boo invited me to step in last minute to play at his annual Christmas concert. I played a solo set and then sat in with Boo for a few songs. Even though we had never played together before it had a real magic feel to it. I think both of us knew there was something unique happening and worth exploring”.
Boo: “Brooks came and played at one of my Christmas shows when there was so much snow my other guests couldn’t make it! It was magic and we decided to do more. We had actually met once before when Brooks interviewed me for a guitar magazine. Which is a bit like Muhammad Ali interviewing Eddie The Eagle….He is a guitar master!”.

What are the main differences in your guitar styles / playing and approach to songwriting?

Brooks: “On paper our two worlds are pretty far apart, but somehow we’re able to bring them together. It’s an overused phrase but I believe there is some real musical magic in State Of The Union. I like to think it gives us both the opportunity to showcase our ‘expected’ strengths, but also to explore and dig in to the other aspects of our music. In a way SOTU is an alter-ego”.
Boo: “Brooks is a bluesman (of great subtlety) from Georgia and I was in an 80’s indie band….and yet it worked right away. I think the route of why it works musically is both of us have a love of good time… a sense of rhythm. And we both love the craft of writing”.

What do you enjoy most about the duo’s live performances?

Brooks: “It’s the whole package - getting to create a pretty big sound with just two guitars and two voices. Audiences from our earlier tours know what I mean. It’s fun. It’s big. And I’m not aware of anyone else doing it exactly like SOTU”.
Boo: “It feels so much more than the sum of the parts…whenever we revisit SOTU it kicks into gear with ease, in a spooky way!”.

What does State of The Union mean / why did you pick this band name ?

Brooks: “Boo came up with the name. It represents us pretty well, I think. Two distinctly different musicians from different parts of the world with two different sets of influences coming together and making music. And even though on paper it shouldn’t work, there’s so much shared inspiration that it takes on a pretty cool life of its own”.
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Boo & Brooks


Monday 18 September
Tues 19 September
Weds 20 September
Sat 23 September
Sun 01 October
Monday 02 October
Sunday 08 October
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UK Tour Dates 2017
13 Jan Cardiff The Globe
14 Jan Frome Cheese and Grain
28 Jan Bingley Bingley Festival

03 Feb Norwich Waterfront
04 Feb Southampton 1865
18 Feb Exeter Phoenix
24 Feb Dublin Whelans
25 Feb Belfast Empire

03 March Brighton Old Market
04 March Bilston Robin 2

20 April Corby Cube
21 April Tavistock Wharf
23 April Bristol Fleece
27 April Basingstoke Haymarket
28 April Bury St Edmunds Apex
29 April Dartford Mick Jagger
30 April Southend Chinnery

04 May Kendal Brewery
05 May Glasgow ABC
06 May Holmfirth Picturedrome
07 May Nottingham Rescue Rooms
11 May Newcastle Wylam Brewery
12 May Glenrothes Rothes Hall
13 May Inverness Ironworks
14 May Aberdeen Lemon Tree
18 May Leamington Assembly
19 May Harpenden Public Halls
20 May Southport Atkinson
21 May York Fibbers
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Check out the live music coming up at Lincoln Drill Hall in Spring 2017.

Check out the live music coming up at Lincoln Drill Hall in the Spring of 2017...

Jive Aces - Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 8:00pm

Fairport Convention - Sunday 05 Feb 2017, 8:00pm

NJ5 presents: Anthony Strong and his Band - Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 8:00pm

Pennyless  - Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 8:00pm

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders - Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 7:30pm

McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle - Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 8:00pm

Cafe Manouche - Friday 24 Feb 2017, 8:00pm

Hackney Colliery Band - Friday 17 Mar 2017, 8:00pm

The Blues Band - Thursday 06 Apr 2017, 7:30pm

Matthew Ford - Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 8:00pm

Eddi Reader & Special Guest Adam Holmes - Friday 05 May 2017, 8:00pm

Tickets for all of these gigs from 01522 873894.