State of the Union

Brooks Williams & Boo Hewerdine

"Beautiful, classy playing and great songs"
Acoustic Magazine 

“Americana at its finest!”


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 is now working on it fourth album to be release early in 2021 on Reveal Records. 

Boo Hewerdine 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 Before came out in Autumn 2019 on Reveal Records. 

Brooks Williams is an Americana singer-songwriter-guitarist, in 2020 celebrating 30-years touring and recording with tours in both the USA and the UK, as well as collaborations with Rab Noakes, Sloan Wainwright and Hans Theessink. His new album, Work My Claim, released in Spring 2020, features John McCusker, Christine Collister, Phil Richardson and Aaron Catlow.

1 Mar Dartford Folk Club, Dartford, Kent UK
3 Mar Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, Essex UK
4 Mar St Edith Folk Club, Sevenoaks, Kent UK
5 Mar Wadsworth Community Centre, Hebden Bridge, Halifax UK
10 Mar The Green Note, Camden Town, London UK
11 Mar Upwood Village, Upwood, Huntingdon UK
12 Mar Acoustic Roots, Wigan, Greater Manchester UK
13 Mar Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire UK
16 Mar TBD, Glasgow, Scotland UK
17 Mar Montrose Folk Club, Montrose, Scotland UK
18 Mar Ripley Live, Ripley, North Yorkshire UK
19 Mar Pies, Peas, Performance, Retford, Nottinghamshire UK
20 Mar Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin, Hertfordshire UK

23 Jun Llantrisant Folk Club, Llantrisant, Wales UK
24 Jun Uxbridge Folk Club, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, West London UK
10 Jul RAFA Club, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire UK

Past Tour Dates For Brooks Williams and Boo Hewerdine as State of the Union

All Tour Dates Postponed Due To Pandemic

4 July Lyceum Folk Club, Newport, South Wales UK 
7 July Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry, Shropshire UK 
4 August Wickham Folk Festival, Wickham, Hampshire UK 
17 August Folkeast, Suffolk UK 
13 Sep Cambridge Folk Club, Cambridge UK 

26 August, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shropshire UK
6 August Whitstable Sessions, Whitstable, Kent UK 
1-3 September Harvest Time Blues Festival, Monaghan Ireland 
17 September Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin, Hertfordshire UK 
20 September Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-the-Sea, West Sussex UK 
21 September West End Centre, Aldershot, Hampshire UK 
23 September Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury UK 
24 September Brixham Theatre, Brixham, Devon UK 
25 September Colchester Arts Center, Colchester, Essex UK 
26 September The Blue Boar, Maldon, Essex UK 
28 September Rothbury Roots, Rothbury, Northumberland UK 
29 September Queen’s Hall, Hexham, Northumberland UK 
30 September The Old Fire Station, Carlisle, Cumbria UK 
1 October Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland 
2 October Centre For Contemporary Arts, Glasgow UK 
3 October Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, West Midlands UK 
5 October Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, Suffolk UK 
6 October Acoustic Roots, Wigan, Lancashire UK 
7 October Hepwoth Live, Hepworth, West Yorkshire UK 
8 October Coach House Studio, Wirksworth, Derbyshire UK 
10-11 October Costa del Folk, Albufeira, Portugal 
13 October Calstock Arts, Calstock, Cornwall UK 
15 October Ellel Village Hall, Lancaster, Lancashire UK 
17 October Greystones, Sheffield UK 
20 October Milverton Music, Milverton, Taunton UK
18 Jan The Ropery Barton on Humber UK
29 Jan Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Scotland 
30 Jan The Met, Bury, Manchester UK 
2 Feb Hitchin Folk Club, Hitchin UK
7 Feb The Roots Music Club, Doncaster  UK
9 Feb Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury UK
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, London UK 
14 May The Bluebell, Saffron Waldon, Essex UK 
16 May Garstang Unplugged, Garstang, Lancashire UK 
19 May Milk Maid Festival, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 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, 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 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
24 Jan Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Scotland 
5 Apr The Junctio,n 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, 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, 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, Cambridge UK 
9 Aug Otterton Mill, Otterton, Devon UK 
20 Sep The Sun Inn, Dedham, Essex UK 
21 Sep Upwood Village Hall, Upwood, Cambridge UK 
28 Sep Cambridge Folk Club, Cambridge UK 
2 Oct The Anvil, Basingstoke, Hampshire UK 
6 Nov Royal Hall (Supporting Eddi Reader), Harrogate UK  
7 Nov The Gala (Supporting Eddi Reader), Durham UK
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 Concert Hall (Supporting Eddi Reader), Glasgow, Scotland 
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