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Charlie Keith Malcolm, Jerry and Alan

A rocky rootsy band from Dorset playing a distinctive brand of original music

Welcome to the State of Undress website

'Utterly irresistible, infectious, exuberant music. Watch out for this band!'
                                              Rainlore's World of Music

State of Undress at Sidmouth FolkWeek August 2015

Click below to see us having some Raggle Taggle musical fun on the Anchor Garden Stage
at Sidmouth FolkWeek. It's only mobile phone footage so not best film quality but really captures the atmosphere! Thanks, Viv Horne!

Our lovely audience folk rocking and reeling at Sidmouth....

.... and at Looe!

All Aboard! Click on the link below to see us performing the song 'Plenty More Fish in the Sea'  
(written by Glenn 'Skipper' Prigmore from our mini-album Livin' it Lovin it!)
on board one of the Tall Ships in Waterford, Ireland a couple of summers ago.

    ' They give the impression that on stage they could cast all restraints aside....State of Undress is a band I'd go out of my way to hear at a festival and there's a feeling that the slightest nudge would be enough to tip them over into major success.' R2 Rock n Reel

'There is something distinctive in the way State Of Undress use both their vocal and fiddle attack that ensures they are rich in texture as well as pace. ...a vocal performance that moves from full Morrigan mode on the darker songs to fey romancer ... ' FATEA

'The band seems to grow and their music seems to get stronger and bolder' Maverick

Take a look around, find out about us,
listen to clips from our albums and check out a gig near you!

Click below for link to live footage of SoU in Ireland:

State of Undress' shaky eggs are sponsored by Dorset Piddle Brewery:

Here's a couple of music videos of two of our favourites songs - Mudeford Mood and Morning Glory. With thanks to our dear friend and collaborator, Eric Montague.

Mudeford Mood

Morning Glory

(A new band version of Morning Glory will be on our forthcoming album. See 'Stop Press' below.)

Most recent album Journeys of the Heart!

Available now from the CD page of our website (see above) and on general release through Amazon and iTunes!

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National Tree Week : Wild Wood!

It's National Tree Week starting Saturday 28th November and, wonderfully, The Woodland Trust  is using our song Wild Wood, written by Jerry Bird, to help promote it! Check out The Woodland Trust, follow them on facebook, then go for a walk and appreciate our beautiful trees. Take a deep breath - thanks to trees we can do that! Happy Tree Week!

Dancing to a Different Beat: a very fond farewell and a warm welcome

Many of you will know that after being with us 10 years or so, our lovely drummer, Keith Fletcher, has moved on to drumming pastures new. We played our last 'official' gig with him in October at The Amberwood Inn. We had a great night with a marvellous audience.  He played brilliantly with an absolute stonking solo in 'Until Today' at the end of which we presented him with some gifts and a card that loads of people in our audience had signed. It's a huge change for us all. We've shared an amazing musical journey over these years and travelled the length and breadth of the country and even crossed the waters to play in France and Ireland! We've had an incredible time - ups and downs, laughter and tears - but always, always, we've gone through it all together as a true 'band' in every sense of the word. We will miss him but he's not going to disappear completely as he will be depping for us from time to time. Keith has asked us to send his love and thanks to all the wonderful people who have supported us and come to our gigs and shared in the life of State of Undress in so many ways. We, and they, love ya, Keith! 

But the band goes on ... we've been joined on drums (and cajon, djembe and bodhran!) by Rick Hambleton. We've played a number of gigs with him already and we, and the audience, are really enjoying his very distinctive style. 

The Dance of Life : Album Update

We now have final mixes of 6 of the tracks of our new album The Dance of Life - only another 6 to go. And we have a provisional launch date of 5th February. Don't worry - we'll keep you all posted. You will be the first to know the moment it's ready! HUGE THANKS to Russ Gannicott co-producer and engineer for his tireless attention to detail and hi endless patience.

Lovely LIve Gig Review

Check out our reviews page for a cracking write-up of our recent gig at the Victoria Cross by young musician, Cavin Billington-Glen.


Autumn Adventures and Winter Wonders!

We are delighted at the way 2016 is starting to shape up. We had such a brilliant time this year playing festivals and special venues such as Wessex Folk Festival; The Old Gaffers Festival on the Isle of Wight; Party in the Paddock for Wimborne Folk Festival; The Beggars Fair ; Sidmouth FolkWeek; Saltburn Folk Festival;Whitby Regatta; The Great Dorset Steam Fair; and the lovely Looe Music Festival.  We're looking forward to more of the same next year!

Our Songs in Arthouse Short Film: Learning Circle accepted for Major Film Festivals

Exciting news! The quirky, short film Learning Circle, written by and starring actor Paul A. J. Rudelhoff, - a familiar face from lots of character roles on TV, has been accepted for screening at three major international film festivals. It features two of our songs Invisible (from our album Journeys of the Heart) which you can hear playing in the background in a key scene; and a really early song of ours Trouble and Strife (from our Undressed album) which plays out under the credits. Now, you never know who just might be watching ..........

Official Endorsement

As a result of our various musical performances at the wonderful Great Dorset Steam Fair and other similar events and our ability to match them pint-for-pint, we are proud to be officially approved by the Society of Drivers and Engine Men - S.O.D.E.M!  Thank you, guys! x


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