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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 Musi

  Photo: John Hooper

' 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:

Dear Freya,
Jerry's beloved companion and our greatest fan - she never missed a gig!
R.I.P 16th April 2014

Farewell little rock n roll dogxx

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

Here's a little reminder of beautiful Mudeford when it's not battling wind and floods! Film footage of our song Mudeford Mood. With thanks to our dear friend and collaborator, Eric Montague.

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!

We had a great response to Journeys of the Heart -  check out our reviews page

Journeys of the Heart was Album of the Week on BBC Radio Somerset.
In the months after we released it,  we did live sessions on:  BBC Radio Devon for the Judi Spiers show; the Interactive Lunch with Fitz ; and the John Govier Saturday morning show; The Durbervilles Folk Show on BBC Radio Leeds; BBC Radio Somerset - the Emma Britton Show; and  the Alan Thompson Evening Show on BBC Radio Wales; We had airplayand the  on BBC Radio Solent; the Johnny Coppin Show on BBC Radio Gloucester; and also on a number of community radio stations.


Until Today, a track on our live album Caught in the Act!  is a great gig favourite and features a storming drum solo from Keith. Click here to get a little flavour of it.  - Keith's drum solo

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Check out or contact Gordon Spencer who is co-ordinating festival and event bookings for us e:   mobile 07884 001900

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What's Coming Up ...

We've had a bit of a slow start to the year gigging-wise for a number of reasons but we have not been idle! Look out for some new songs into the set including a storming version of Matty Groves (the traditional song perhaps most famously done by Fairport Convention), a new Waterboys cover from their most recent album 'An Appointment with Mr Yeats' ;  and a couple of originals.  And there's more on the way! How can you contain yourselves?

We've some cracking gigs and festivals lined up for the summer - some are still awaiting final confirmation but we CAN tell you that we will be playing at The Old Gaffers Festival on the Isle of Wight in June; Sidmouth FolkWeek, Whitby Regatta and the Great Dorset Steam Fair in August; and The Looe Music Festival in September. We are more than content!

Sadly, due to ongoing problems with his hand entailing a further operation, at the end of last year we had to say a fond farewell to Harry O'Shea who had been playing excellent bass with us for 18 months. That was a blow. But, as they say, one door closes... we are delighted to welcome newly on board Rob Guns Boivin on bass (and several other instruments) and to welcome back Malcolm Windett on bass who will be depping for Rob during 2014.

Magical review!

One of the joys of last year was meeting an array of interesting, wonderful people including Rich Rainlore and Alban Low who both came to our gig at The Magic Garden in Battersea. Check out this review. We were just the tiniest bit chuffed to pieces! Click on the link to read what Rainlore's World of Music had to say and to see some brilliant illustrations by artist Alban Low. Alban was artist-in-residence at Twickenham Folk Club in 2012 (Oh, and Festival Organisers, please take note of last couple of paragraphs!!)

Full Steam Ahead!

Check this out for a joyous bit of film-making - A snippet of State of Undress at the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2012! We were delighted to be back at GDSF for 2013 - in fact the roof of The Shires Arms on the Saturday night fairly flew off - and are looking forward to another visit in 2014!

As you can see from the above, we love playing Steam Fairs, Beer Festivals and other similar events. We were delighted to be at The Great Dorset Steam Fair again last year. We have made many friends there - and at other Steam Fairs - over the years. As a result of our various musical performances 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!

Twitting on and on ....!

We've finally succumbed and set up a twitter account! So follow our goings on here :-

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