Brooks Williams and Boo Hewerdine (aka State of the Union)

Brooks Williams (USA)  and Boo Hewerdine (UK) are State of the Union. They formed in 2012 and released two critically acclaimed albums, State of the Union and Snake Oil, in short succession. Their subsequent 60-date tour included an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show (BBC 1), plus four-star reviews in both Q and R2. In 2017 SOTU hit the road again for a six-week tour across the UK, including brief stops in Ireland and Portugal. For their 2017 tour they released, The Saltwell Sessions, a recording of their favorite covers. Hewerdine and Williams have an undeniable chemistry. Their combined musicality is something to behold. Whether covering the Pet Shop Boys or Dave Alvin, or performing one of their own co-written songs, this “hands across the water” show is not to be missed. Catch ‘em while you can!

State of the Union at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018. See it on YouTube!

State of the Union on Tour!
2019
17 Aug Folkeast, Suffolk

2017
6 Aug Whitstable Sessions, Whitstable, Kent UK
1-3 Sep Harvest Time Blues Festival, Monaghan Ireland
17 Sep Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin, Hertfordshire UK
20 Sep Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-the-Sea, West Sussex UK
21 Sep West End Centre, Aldershot, Hampshire UK
23 Sep Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury UK
24 Sep Brixham Theatre, Brixham, Devon UK
25 Sep Colchester Arts Center, Colchester, Essex UK
26 Sep The Blue Boar, Maldon, Essex UK
28 Sep Rothbury Roots, Rothbury, Northumberland UK
29 Sep Queen’s Hall, Hexham, Northumberland UK
30 Sep The Old Fire Station, Carlisle, Cumbria UK
1 Oct Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland
2 Oct Centre For Contemporary Arts, Glasgow UK
3 Oct Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, West Midlands UK
5 Oct Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, Suffolk UK
6 Oct Acoustic Roots, Wigan, Lancashire UK
7 Oct Hepwoth Live, Hepworth, West Yorkshir UK
8 Oct Coach House Studio, Wirksworth, Derbyshire UK
10-11 Oct Costa del Folk, Albufeira, Portugal
13 Oct Calstock Arts, Calstock, Cornwall UK
15 Oct SOTU Ellel Village Hall, nr. Lancaster, Lancashire UK
17 Oct Greystones, Sheffield UK
20 Oct Milverton Music, Milverton, Taunton UK

2014

18 Jan The Ropery Barton on Humber
29 Jan Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Scotland
30 Jan The Met, Bury, Manchester UK
2 Feb Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin
7 Feb The Roots Music Club, Doncaster
9 Feb Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury

2013
13 Jan Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin UK
14 Jan Colchester Folk Club Colchester UK
1 Feb The Ram Club, Thames-Ditton Surrey UK
2 Feb The Ropery Hall Barton on Humber UK
3 Feb Square Chapel Halifax West Yorkshire UK
8 Mar Rose Theatre Ormskirk UK
30 Apr Mrs Yarrington’s Battle East Sussex UK
2 May Arlington Arts, Newbury UK
3 May The Atkinson Southport Merseyside UK
4 May Goole Junction Goole East Yorkshire UK
5 May Folk On The Moor Ivybridge Devon UK
9 May Union Chapel, (supporting Lau), London UK
14 May The Bluebell Saffron Waldon UK
16 May Garstang Unplugged Garstang Lancashire UK
19 May Milk Maid Festival Bury St Edmunds UK
24 May West End Centre Aldershot Hampshire UK
25 May The Stables Wavendon Milton Keynes UK
26 May Black Abbot Montrose Scotland
27 May Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh Scotland
28 May Café Borsa Dundee Scotland
29 May Carnegie Hall Dumfermline Scotland
30 May C.C.A. Glasgow Scotland
31 May Tollbooth Sterling Scotland
1 Jun Eden Court Inverness Scotland
16 Jun Fleece Folk Boxford Suffolk
21 Jun Whitstable Sessions Music Club Royal Native Oyster Stores Whitstable Kent UK
14 July Ely Folk Festival Ely Cambridgeshire UK
27 July Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge UK
6 Sep The Junction Cambridge UK
19 Sep Americana Music Series The Ranleigh Brighton East Sussex UK
21 Sep The Whitworth Centre Daley Dale Derbyshire UK
29 Sep Topsham Folk Club Topsham Devon UK

4 Oct Woodend Barn Banchory Scotland
15 Oct Slaughtered Lamb, London UK

13 Dec Folk & Blues Club, Carlisle UK


2012
24 Jan Celtic Connections, Glasgow Scotland
5 Apr The Junction Cambridge UK
12 Apr The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse, Shrewsbury, Shropshire UK
13 Apr Chattery, Swansea, Wales
14 Apr Marrs Bar Worcester UK
15 Apr The Ropery Hall Barton on Humber UK
19 Apr Thunderbolt, Bristol UK
21 Apr Folk In The Barn, Canterbury Kent UK
24 Apr Lemon Tree Aberdeen Scotland
25 April Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh Scotland
26 Apr Rothbury Roots, Rothbury Northumberland UK
1 May The Lexington (supporting Dodgy), London UK
4 May Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill Suffolk UK
8 May The Stables Wavendon Milton Keynes UK
9 May Centre for Early Music, Walmgate York UK
24 May The Borderline London UK
25 May Montose Music Festival (supporting Eddi Reader), Montrose Scotland
3 Jun Greystones, Sheffield UK
7 Jun Spectacular, Kirk Specs, London UK
17 Jun The Big Session Festival, Walton-On-Trent, South Derbyshire UK
23 Jun Brudenell Social Club Leeds UK
28 Jun The Met, Bury Manchester UK
3 Jul Tarc Gallery, Stanford Bridge Worcestershire UK
20 Jul The Blue Boar, Maldon Essex UK
27 Jul Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambride UK
9 Aug Otterton Mill Otterton Devon UK
20 Sep The Sun Inn Dedham Essex UK
21 Sep Upwood Village Hall Upwood Cambs UK
28 Sep Cambridge Folk Club, Cambridge UK
2 Oct The Anvil Basingstoke Hampshire UK
6 Nov Royal Hall (Supporting Eddi Reader), Harrogate  
7 Nov The Gala (Supporting Eddi Reader), Durham
9 Nov Hamilton Town House (Supporting Eddi Reader), Hamilton Scotland
10 Nov Queen’s Hall (Supporting Eddi Reader), Edinburgh Scotland
11 Nov Eden Court (Supporting Eddi Reader), Inverness Scotland
13 Nov Music Hall (Supporting Eddi Reader), Aberdeen Scotland
14 Nov Albert Halls (Supporting Eddi Reader), Sterling Scotland
15 Nov SOTU Concert Hall Glasgow Scotland (Supporting Eddi Reader) 
16 Nov Concert Hall (Supporting Eddi Reader), Perth Scotland
21 Nov The Biddulph Arms, Biddulph, Staffordshire UK
22 Nov The Musician, Leicester UK
23 Nov Prema Arts Centre, Uley Gloucestershire UK
1 Dec Newhampton Folk Club, Wolverhampton UK
4 Dec Korks, Otley UK
6 Dec The Cellars at Eastney, Southsea, Hampshire UK
8 Dec Acoustic Tearoom, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria UK
9 Dec Live on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC 1 New Broadcasting House, London UK
15 Dec Selby Town Hall, Selby, North Yorkshire UK