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Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams as State of the Union, create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere with two guitars and two voices. Their performances are consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining. Audiences are still buzzing about their 2018 and 2019 appearances on the main stages at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Costa del Folk, Wickham Festival and FolkEast.
The two formed their collaboration in 2011 and created two albums in rapid succession, State of the Union and Snake Oil. Subsequent tours took them around the UK, to Ireland and Portugal, including a 14-date stint playing theatres with Eddi Reader and an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show (BBC 1), plus 4-star reviews in Q and R2.
What followed in 2017 is Saltwell Sessions, an album of covers, some obscure and some well-known, including Don't Blame Me (The Everly Brothers), Halfway (Greg Trooper) and Unforgettable (Nat King Cole). The 25-date tour that followed saw full houses night after night.
The songs State of the Union create are equal parts wit, whimsy and pathos. Both have an impeccable sense of rhythm and melodic beauty. Their sound is huge, two guitars and two voices exceeding the sum of the parts. They interweave melodies and harmonies, nimble picking and full-tilt chording. It's rich and expertly executed. And both love the craft of writing.
State Of The Union
In the grand tradition of 'The Special Relationship', the State of The Union combines the talents of America and England, producing an end result that is sure to delight fans of hook-laden songs, fiery and emotional guitar playing and soulful vocals. Tapping into a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to Blind Lemon Jefferson, the wide open Fenlands and the frenetic buzz of London, State Of The Union is a masterclass in songwriting, showing off the talents of bluesy Americana stalwart Brooks Williams and cult British singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine to full effect.
See 2 tour dates featuring State Of The Union
Kingskerswell Parish Church
- Church End Road
- TQ12 5LD
State Of The Union image © andy craig photography