Missing a Beat
On Friday evening 23rd October 2015, we played at the Amberwood Inn Ltd for a lovely last 'official' gig with Keith Fletcher who has been our drummer almost since we started. It's a huge change for us all. 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. We've shared an amazing musical journey over all 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. He will be depping for us - and in fact will be playing at our gig at the Wig-and Quill in Salisbury on Friday 30th October !! Keith sent us a lovely email message in which he asked us to send his love and thanks to all the wonderful people who have supported us and come to our gigs. We, and they, love ya, Keith!
Hard Drive Promotions
State of Undress is delighted to announce that the band will be working with Hard Drive Promotions on a Scottish Tour in 2015. Hard Drive Promotions, run by Dave Holmes, has a passion and an enthusiasm for the artists they work with. And no wonder. They have some great artists on their roster - the Graham Brown Band; Steve Gifford ...and now us! We're really looking forward to working hard and playing hard too - in all senses of the word! - when we come North of the Border next summer. (Posted 22nd November 2014)
State of Undress go festive!
Stanpit Village Hall
on Friday 19th December at 7.30pm!
Music, Merriment, Mistletoe and Mayhem!
Yes, after a break of two years, the State of Undress festive show is back! Well, the band says Christmas just didn't feel right for them without it! So, expect an evening of some festive favourites such as 'Fairytale of New York' and 'I Saw Three Ships' plus their own festive songs 'The Legend of Christmas Eve' and 'Christmas 'round ours'; some gig favourites; and some songs new to the audience...and to the band!
Audience members are positively encouraged to wear seasonal attire. We especially welcome those sporting Santa hats and reindeer antlers!
At the State of Undress Festive Show, anything can happen, and quite probably will!
We hope you can join us to help us celebrate Christmas and Yuletide.
For a little flavour of what to expect, click on the link below:
Tickets are £7.50 on the door or available to reserve or buy in advance from 07971 472768 or 07988 622398
or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
14th November 2014 at 8.30pm
State of Undress will be opening for Sheelanangig at Talking Heads, Southampton.
Tickets are £8.00
Gonna be a fab night. Hope to see you there!
Press Release (April 2013)
Mudeford Film Goes International Via Frome!
The British Amateur Film Festival attracts film-makers from all over the world. This year’s entrants include film-makers from the USA , South Korea, Europe, and across the UK including, of course, Dorset!
Eric said: ‘I’m delighted that my short film Mudeford Mood has received recognition by BIAFF. They receive hundreds of entries each year so to be awarded 3-stars when there is such high quality international competition is very exciting and extremely encouraging.’
Eric’s film-making will be known to numerous people, both locally and from much further afield, as he has filmed many local events – including the Olympic Torch Procession last summer - on behalf of Christchurch Tourist Authority and the Mayor’s Office as well as local community groups. One of his promotional films portraying the beauty and many attractions of Christchurch and its surrounding areas, including Mudeford, is on Christchurch Tourism's website, visitchristchurch.info
Eric added: ‘Mudeford Mood is a bit of a departure from my usual subject matter. I first met State of Undress a couple of years ago when they were performing in the High Street for the Christchurch Christmas Festival. I just immediately loved their music and the vibrancy and colour of their performance. I am in the post production stage of a major DVD project with them. I have been following them around the country for the last two years on a rather wild and wonderful adventure which has taken me across to Ireland and to the highest and possibly the windiest music venue in England on top of a mountain in Yorkshire! Filming Mudeford Mood was a little warmer and certainly closer to home!’
For details of the Frome Five Minute Festival, more information about BIAFF, and to watch the video Mudeford Mood, log on to netfora.tv/2013. To find out more about Eric’s film making , check out the web site at netfora.tv
News re : our song ' I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan told me so!)'
Also lovely piece in the New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times today (Friday 29th September). It's a weekly paper so you can buy it for the next 7 days! And really good coverage in the Bournemouth Evening Echo (Friday 29th September). We are Band of the Week and there's a link to their site where our song I'm Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So!) is featured http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/24seven
Listen in on Monday 1st October at 10.40am to BBC Radio Somerset when the gorgeous Emma Britton will be playing our 'gorgeous' song and chatting to Charlie about it all. Follow what Emma's up to and all that's happening on her show on
Press Release (September 2012)
Gorgeous Gok Loves Band’s Gorgeous Song!
(To hear the song, just click on - http://www.gokwan.com)
The aptly named State of Undress have written a song called ‘I’m Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So)’ and what’s more, the charismatic and flamboyant presenter of such programmes as How to Look Good Naked absolutely LOVES it!
With a new dating programme ‘Baggage’ which started this Friday 21st September on Channel 4, Gok’s exuberant personality will once again be filling our screens and the Gorgeous song by Dorset–based State of Undress will be filling Gok’s website! As Gok’s many followers land on his site, they immediately hear the song and there’s a link to the band’s website.
Gok said: ' As soon as I heard 'I'm Gorgeous Gok Wan Told Me So' , I absolutely loved it...I mean it's not every day you get to inspire a song! It's really positive and so much fun- with a really uplifting message about having the confidence to be yourself. Just what all the gorgeous gokettes out there need to hear!'
Charlie Rose lead singer with State of Undress and co-writer of I’m Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) spoke of the band’s delight at Gok’s response. ‘It’s great that Gok is so enthusiastic about the song and in the couple of days since it’s been on his website, we’ve already had lots of interest. It’s really quirky with an almost jazzy feel and although the lyrics are humorous and fun, it does have a serious message. We’ve only been playing it live for the last couple of weeks – in fact its first public outing was on Bank Holiday Monday – but it’s been going down a storm wherever we’ve played it.’
Alan Rose, guitarist and co-writer continued: ‘It’s a bit of an unusual song for a fiddlesome folk rock band but we all love performing it. Charlie and I had the lyrics and the melody pretty much worked out but it’s the rest of the band who have really brought it to life with a drum shuffle sound; a swing bass and some rather jaunty fiddle!’
Charlie adds: ‘ There’s so much media pressure on people to conform to a set idea of who and what is gorgeous . As a mother of two sons aged 20 and 17, and size 10 being a dim and distant memory, this song – and indeed Gok’s philosophy - is a celebration of everyone no matter what their age or size. ‘
To hear I’m Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) and to follow all Gok’s goings on including the latest news on Baggage click on to : www.gokwan.com . To download the single, go to www.itunes.com/stateofundress; to learn more about State of Undress and their music or to buy a hard copy single of I’m Gorgeous (Gok Wan Told Me So) go to www.stateofundress.com
We had three storming gigs in Yorkshire - Puzzle Hall Inn, Tan Hill Inn and Whitby Regatta - completely magical! Huge thanks to all those lovely Yorkshire folk for making us so welcome. On our way back we stopped in at the Durbervilles Folk Show on BBC Radio Leeds for a chat and a live session. We loved that. If you didn't catch it, you can listen again for the next 6 days on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/p00wk9ts
BRILLIANT night at The Barge Inn, Honeystreet, Pewsey on Saturday night (28th July). Can a gig get much better than that? Big thanks to Alan and the team and to our wonderful, warm and extremely lively audience. The pub is still standing - but only just! x
Sat 28th July at 11.40am - Alan and Charlie will be playing Mudeford Mood (plus a few other songs - just all stripped down and acoustic) for the official opening of Mudeford Arts Festival down on the Quay. Hope to see you there. In case you can't get to Mudeford yourself, have a look at this video so you can see just how beautiful it is ... Mudeford Quay is under threat of development. Anything we can do to show that we don't want its unique character and heritage to change can only help.
Fab reviews of our new album Journeys of the Heart from R2 Rock n Reel; Fatea magazine; and Maverick - see links on Stop Press - home page. (21st July 2012)
Yetminster Fair Evening Concert at St Andrew's Hall this Saturday 14th July - only 9 tickets left! If you would like one of them, contact Garth Hentley by phone on 01935 873239 ; by text on 07972 498059; by email email@example.com ; or in person from Oak House Stores, Yetminster. More details on our gigs page. (Actually it was sold out; had to print extra tickets; and still there was a waiting list!)
Our dear friends
Before the celebration at Tom Brown's, there was a beautiful tree dedication ceremony. A young oak tree was planted in the grounds of Kingston Maurward where Diane worked and had many friends. Here it is - may it grow big and strong and offer shelter and a place of respite and contemplation to all those who need it.
Dear Wonderful People
Many of you will know that Jerry's beautiful wife, Diane, has been ill for more than a year. Many of you came to our gig for them last summer or supported us in other ways. We are so very sad to tell you that Diane died a few days ago. The cancer that she had fought off so valiantly and with such strength and humour came back with a vengeance and there was no further treatment that could be given.
Diane's funeral will take place on Monday 25th June in Eastbourne. However, at her request, there will be a celebratory event in Dorset on Monday 2nd July. There will be a private tree dedication in the grounds of Kingston Maurward at approximately 5.30pm but then - and this is where Diane was very specific! - there will be a bit of a party at Tom Browns in the High Street, Dorchester at which everyone is welcome. From 6.30pm we are hoping there will be morris dancing in the garden and the pub will be laying on sandwiches - no-one can dance on an empty stomach. Then State of Undress will play at 8.00pm. This is what Diane wanted and she and Jerry would be pleased to see as many of you there as can make it. We've gigged regularly at Tom Browns over the past year or two. It was one of the venues that Diane could get to and we've had some great gigs and happy times there with her.
Jerry is being amazing. He has good and loving friends. They, and us as a band, are doing all we can to support him and show him how much we all care for him. Diane would want us to get out playing and we will do so. We have some wonderful gigs booked for the rest of the year all round the country so, if you can't get to us, there's a very good chance we'll be getting to you! We would love to see you - here in Dorchester for Diane's celebration if you can make it, otherwise at one of our many gigs at some other time.
Thank you to everyone for your care and concern.
State of Undress
State of Undress News
25 May 2012
Musician and writer, Jerry Bird, who lives near Dorchester, will be launching his new book Songs from the Magical Tradition on Saturday 2nd June at Imagine Books, in St Alban Street, Weymouth. Jerry will be playing music and signing books at the bookshop from 11am to 2pm.
Jerry is the editor of Merry Meet Magazine, a ‘journal of folklore and pagan heritage’. His first two books, which are also on sale at Imagine Books, were both about the folklore of ancient landscapes and archaeological sites, so Songs from the Magical Tradition is something of a departure from his normal subject matter. Traditional music is, however, dear to his heart, as he has been playing in folk clubs and at festivals for over thirty years, and has always been fascinated by some of the more mysterious ballads in the folk tradition, which are populated by elves, faeries, druids, witches, giants and dragons. The book examines the history, symbolism and possible origins of seventeen magical songs. Words and music are included, along with notation for eight instrumental pieces in easy-to-follow arrangements for aspiring musicians.
Jerry is the fiddle player with Dorset-based folk-rock band State of Undress, and after signing books he will be performing with the band on the Wessex Folk Festival’s main stage in Hope Square, Weymouth. Not content with that, the band will be playing at Tom Brown’s pub in High East Street, Dorchester from 9pm, where the book will also be available.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, OR TO ARRANGE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY / INTERVIEW PLEASE CONTACT:
JERRY BIRD: firstname.lastname@example.org 01305 880150
23 St Alban Street Weymouth DT4 8BZ
www.imaginebookshops.com 01305 767965
47 High East Street, Dorchester DTU 1HU 01305 264020
TO REQUEST A REVIEW COPY OF SONGS FROM THE MAGICAL TRADITION PLEASE CONTACT:
Green Magic Publications, 5 Stathe Cottages, Stathe, Somerset TA7 0JL
BBC Radio Devon Thursday 17th May
We had a great time at the Devon County Show - well, at least we did until the weather turned freezing cold and pouring down with rain. Ah well welcome to summer! Takes more than a bit of weather to put off us hardy folk! As well as doing a couple of sets on the big bandstand stage, Alan and Charlie pitched up at the BBC Radio Devon Studio tent to have a chat with presenter Fitz and do a little acoustic slot . As this was coming live from the County Show, there was an audience in the tent as well. Alan and Charlie had huge fun doing a stripped down version of The Keys of Canterbury with the audience - and Fitz - on shaky eggs! You can listen again on the link below - just scroll along to the last ten minutes of the show (2.50ish!)
BBC Radio Devon Judi Spiers Morning Show Monday 14th May!
Alan and Charlie had a lovely time with Judi Spiers on her Morning show on BBC Radio Devon on Monday 14th May. We were on about 11.15am for a good 20 minutes or more. Judi played The Hangman's Daughter off the album; we then had a really good long chat; and then we played Second Time Around live just the two of us.
BBC Radio Somerset - Album of the Week!
Our new album 'Journeys of the Heart' was album of the week on BBC Radio Somerset from 30th April - 4th May. Emma Britton played a track on her Morning Show sometime between 10.30am - 12 noon each day. Emma chose the following tracks: Monday - She Rides So Graceful through the Night; Tuesday Wagon Wheel; Wednesday Are We Alright?; Thursday Second Time Around; Friday The Hangman's Daughter. It was great being Album of the Week. Emma said some wonderful things about us and apparently (and I quote) 'Getting a lot of love here for State of Undress'...so huge thanks to the listeners for texting, tweeting, emailing and even phoning into the studio! Follow what Emma's up to on http://www.twitter.com/@theemmabrittonX
Our new album Journeys of the Heart is now available to purchase from our website on the CDs page and from iTunes. Some stalwart Undressers have already bought it and here's what some of them have said: 'Loving the Album - playing it lots esp Are We Alright!!' Robbo; 'Fantastic CD played it on the way home with Angela driving!' Tony; 'Love the CD Very atmospheric and really bouncing like tonight's gig!' Chris
We did an interview with Peter Aston from Forest Folk. Here's what he had to say about it:
"Journeys of the Heart is a great showcase for the unusual blend of roots, folk, country and rock that is State of Undress. The album has a live feel
to it and you can almost hear the pint pots chinking in the background! The material has been well chosen - a good balance of original material,covers, and traditional. The self-penned songs have strong lyrics and the album is delivered with pleasing harmonies backed by fine musicianship.The album deserves wide recognition and I'll certainly be playing tracks regularly in my programme. " Peter Aston, Forest Folk Forest FM 92.3 http://www.forestfm.co.uk
Great Night Piddling and Shaking at our Album Launch!
Huge thanks to all those who came to celebrate the local launch of our new album Journeys of the Heart and the sponsorship of our shaky eggs by Dorset Piddle Brewery last Friday 30th March! There was a really warm, wonderful atmosphere. We thank all the lovely Undressers who shared the evening with us - some of whom had travelled a long way to be there - and those who were Undressed for the first time! Thank you all for making it such a special gig. We'd also like to thank Dorset Piddle Brewery for sponsoring our shaky eggs.
A Fond Farewell and a Warm Welcome ...
The album launch on Friday was, sadly, Malcolm's last official gig with us. We have had the most amazing 5-plus years with him. He's contributed so much to the band in that time. We shall miss his rich and creative bass playing; more than that, we shall miss his irrevererent sense of humour! But, we are very lucky to have found Harry O'Shea on bass. Not only does Harry play electric bass - he also plays a bespoke replica 1950's blue grass double bass, and a ukulele bass! Harry will be playing with us when we gig at Honeyfest, The Barge Inn, Honeystreet Pewsey on Friday 13th April. Unlucky for some but certainly not for us!
State of Undress have a Piddle and a Shake on their Musical Journey!
Charlie Rose lead singer and one of the writers for State of Undress said: ‘We’re really looking forward to the launch of Journeys of the Heart at YOGI. We will be doing two sets as usual – but the first set will consist entirely of the new album. We will play each track in the order that they are in on the album. In the second set, we will do our older material and we will really enjoy being able to hand out a shaky egg to everyone in the audience to join in the last few songs.’
State of Undress are delighted at the partnership with Dorset Piddle Brewery. The band play at a number of Beer Festivals and Steam Fairs all around the country; they are very proud of their Dorset heritage; and their fiddle player, Jerry Bird, is a fully paid-up member of CAMRA. All in all, a very appropriate relationship! Having had a very turbulent 2011 with some major highs and some desperate lows – including the theft of their band van at the end of the year – they are looking forward to a very positive 2012. The ups and downs of the last 12 months or so meant the band had to put their recording work on hold. Now, releasing their long-awaited album Journeys of the Heart and announcing their association with Dorset Piddle Brewery is just the boost the band need and shows that they are once again on the up. The launch gig at YOGI is sure to be quite a night!
State of Undress hope you will be able to join them for a Piddle and a Shake at YOGI – Ye Olde George Inn, 2a Castle Street, Christchurch BH23 1DT on Friday 30th March at 8.30pm. Free entry. Journeys of the Heart will be on sale at the gig and will also be available from the band’s website www.stateofundress.com. For more information about Dorset Piddle Brewery check out www.dorsetpiddlebrewery.co.uk or contact 01305 849336
Media enquiries: Charlie Rose – 07971 472768
Radio Airplay for Remembrance Sunday
Emma Britton is doing a special show to commemorate Remembrance Sunday on BBC Radio Somerset 95.5fm. She will be playing our song Take Me To The Leader and having a chat about it at approximately 10.30am. We are really pleased to be a part of her special programme. Then, in the afternoon, the great folk artist Johnny Coppin will also be playing our track as part of his show which goes out from 1.00pm - 2.00pm on BBC Radios Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bristol and Wiltshire. We understand it will be the last track he plays on his show. Would be great if you could listen in! Here are the links: http://www.bbc.co.uk/somerset and http://www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire
State of Undress Van and Equipment Stolen
State of Undress that rocky rootsy fiddlesome band have been having a real roller coaster of a year. Loads of ups - with amazing gigs right across the country; a major down in the summer when their fiddle player’s lovely wife was ill, and now, just when they were really back on the up with a great momentum building for next year, they have had another significant set back. Their band van, together with their sound equipment (PA and speakers), several guitars and other equipment has been stolen.
Charlie Rose, lead singer and one of the writers with State of Undress, said: ‘This is such a huge blow - especially for Malcolm our bass player. The band van belongs to him. It’s a big white Mercedes Sprinter (Reg R388 YTF) but all customised inside. Malcolm had converted it himself so that it could be used as a camper van with sleeping areas and cooking facilities but also seats for all the band members and purpose built storage for all the equipment. There was an exact place for everything. We loved it and we’ve had such brilliant times in it. It’s taken us from Cornwall to Scotland and from London to Ireland this year.’
Malcolm Windett, bass player and song writer, continued: ‘I’m gutted. The loss of the van is bad enough but my guitars are unique and very personal to me. Each one has its own distinctive musical personality. Anyone who plays an instrument will understand how I’m feeling.’
Fellow musicians are asked to keep a look out for the guitars and other equipment which may be offered for sale in local shops or on eBay. The guitars are very striking: an Alembic Elan 5-string bass, a Washburn fretless bass and an Ovation nylon-string acoustic guitar.
The other stolen equipment includes: two Mackie SM450s speakers plus stands and a Yamaha digital desk; a Paul Jones suitcase amp and extension cabinet; a TC helicon vocal monitor; a Boss pedal board and various pedals. A selection of lights and leads were also taken.
State of Undress are not just a local band. They are a professional touring band who play all across the UK. In December, they are due to play in London, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire as well as their annual Christmas show at The Regent Centre in Christchurch - this may prove a little difficult without their band transport!
Charlie adds: ‘ With petrol prices the way they are, it’s just not cost-effective for us to travel separately in our cars. And although the van and equipment is insured, it will take months to sort out everything. If anyone out there can help us in the short-term, we would be so grateful.’
If anyone thinks they have seen a van, guitars or any of the other equipment matching these descriptions and which may belong to State of Undress, please contact Dorset police on 101 quoting case number T11C-049743 and if anyone thinks they can help the band in any other way please contact them on 07971 472768.
And so it’s 90 years since the Poppy Appeal was started. 93 Years since the end of the ‘War to End All Wars’. Except it didn’t. And here we are nearly a century later with major conflicts taking place in many parts of the world. Mostly, ordinary people have no part in the decision to go to war. They are caught up in world events and global politics over which they have no control. And, yes, there are times when a country has to make a stand, when you have to fight to protect justice, dignity and freedom. But no matter how just the cause – in war, everybody loses. And children and the vulnerable lose the most.
This is the message of the song Take Me to the Leader performed by State of Undress that rocky rootsy fiddlesome band from Dorset. They are donating all profits from downloads and single CD sales to the charities ‘War Child’ and ‘The Royal British Legion.’
Take Me to the Leader was written some years ago by Dorset musician, the late Peter ‘Foz’ Foster, who was a great friend and mentor to State of Undress. Pete had been a well-respected musician in the 60s and 70s, playing with the likes of Ralph McTell and Cat Stevens.
Charlie Rose, lead singer with the band explains: ‘It was Pete who, in the early days, encouraged Alan (State of Undress guitarist) and myself with our song-writing and performing. ‘Take Me to the Leader’ was a song Pete had written before we met him and we were so honoured when he asked us to record it. He loved this version and we know he would have been delighted that we have put it out as a single to raise money for these two very important charities.’
Alan Rose continues: ‘Although State of Undress is mostly known for our uptempo, fiddle-infused music, we do perform some more thought-provoking songs. Take Me to the Leader is a track that we play at special gigs and it’s a highlight of our annual Christmas show. We play it then as part of a set-piece with a reading about the football match in the trenches on Christmas Eve in World War I. It’s always a highly-charged, poignant moment and gets a great response from the audience.‘
Although the band recorded Take Me to the Leader some time ago and it has been available as an album track, this year’s very special Poppy Appeal made it seem the right time to put it out as a single.
To get a copy of Take Me to the Leader download it from www.itunes.com/stateofundress. For more information about the work of War Child and The Royal British Legion, log on to their websites: www.warchild.org.uk ; www.britishlegion.org.uk
Shop til you Drop!
Spend the day shopping in London on Sunday 30th October and then spend the evening with State of Undress
at one of London’s most iconic music venues Half Moon, Putney
Coach leaves Southampton at approx 9.00am (Can pick people up at pre-arranged points en-route). Shopping in London 11.30am – 6.00pm. Leave for the Half Moon, Putney at 6.30pm. Doors open 8.00pm, Band on stage at 8.30pm. Coach leaves Putney at 11.00pm. Cost £22.00 includes return coach fare and entry to The Half Moon. Places strictly limited. To book yours…
Oh What a Night!
On behalf of Jerry and myself, I would like to thank everybody that came to the fantastic State of Undress gig on Friday 29th July at Ye Olde George Inn.
From the first moment that Jerry joined the band a year ago, we both felt as if we had been welcomed into an extended family of band members, friends and fans. We couldn’t believe that such a lovely group of people could exist.
The evening kicked off with a surprise from my good friends Hobos Morris. I had a message from Sue to say that “you may be getting a few more Hobos there than you bargained for....” Little did I know that they would turn up in costume with the band and put on such a wonderful performance! Even Charlie couldn’t resist joining in on one of the dances!
As Jerry said, the money raised will be put to the best use – we want to rent somewhere closer to Dorchester. We desperately need a house with central heating and in a better condition than the quirky little cottage that we inhabit at the moment. Although in an idyllic location, last winter we had to put up with sharing our home with mice, damp walls and ice on the inside of the windows. We were also cut off for over a week when it snowed heavily in December. We have found somewhere we like and pending reference checks, we hope to move in at the end of August. What you did for us on Friday night has made this a possibility rather than a whimsical dream.
There were so many involved in helping to make it such a special night for us, and I am sure to miss people out. I would like to thank Liz Windett and Charlie’s sister Georgie for looking after me at various times in the last few months, Ronnie and her helpers on the door doing such sterling work selling raffle tickets, Sarah for putting Jerry and myself up in her house, all the Hobos team for coming along on the night and their messages of support, fans that travelled from far and wide (Wales, London, Scotland, Bath), Tony and Angela, Ronnie and Sal and Steve, Sheila and Kev, all of Charlie’s friends locally in Christchurch, the person who paid for my trip on the minibus to the gig, Jerry’s aunt and uncle for making the trip down from Oxfordshire to see us (they are now firm fans of the band!), the Olde George for allowing the band to use the room... I’m sorry if I have missed you out of this long list, but I thank each and every one of you that contributed to one the best evenings I have had in a long, long time.
Finally, I would personally like to thank the lovely Charlie, Alan, Malcolm and Keith for all their support and for being such a brilliant band. Together, they spread a lot of happiness around through performing their wonderful music. In this world that is quite an achievement. They certainly are very special people. Jerry has had a fantastic year with State of Undress and he has loved every minute of every gig. On Friday, I thought that the whole band played exceptionally well and the response from the audience was out of this world. It has given my spirits a huge lift and made me feel even more determined to fight for better health.
Jerry's Gig! Friday 29th July - Result!!
Hello wondrous people! You raised an incredible £1001.52!!
What can we say? What an amazing night. The atmosphere was electric and you are all just the best audience any band could have! Thank you so much for your support of this special event, many of you travelling a great distance to be part of it. We loved every moment of playing for you.
We have so many people to thank, we're not quite sure where to start but we'll have a go:
First of all - a big thank you to Ian of Ye Olde George Inn for the use of his lovely courtyard room and to his team for looking after us all so well.
To the fabulous Hobos Morris side for the fun start to the evening - what a great surprise for Diane!
To all those who so generously donated raffle prizes:
Alan Cackett, of Maverick Magazine; Sean McGhee of R2 Rock n Reel; Sarah Meaden of Angelic Jewellery; Julian Hubbock of the Great Dorset Steam Fair; Julie Hearn author of Follow Me Down; Show of Hands; Liz Windett; Gary Theobold of The Regent Centre; Ian of YOGI; Adrian Collis of Thoroughbred Music and Billy Bragg.
To our dear friend Ronni who was on ticket and raffle prize duty all night so hardly saw the gig at all. (But she did party til 4 in the morning so she made up for it afterwards!)
To all those who were unable to come to the gig but who sent us donations and who were there with us in spirit.
Finally, last but never, ever least - you, our audience, for giving us the best night ever!
We hope we'll see you soon.
Warmest Dorset wishes to each and every one of you.
Charlie, Alan, Jerry, Malcolm and Keith xxxxx
State of Undress
Jerry's Gig: Friday 29th July
We are organising our most special, most personal gig ever.
It's on Friday 29th July at Ye Olde George Inn in Christchurch starting at 8.00pm. Tickets are £6.00.
You need to book your tickets in advance by phone (07971 472768; 01425 277462; 07988 622398) or email.
Our wonderful fiddle player, Jerry, and his wife, Diane, need all our support. Diane is really unwell at the moment and is doing battle with the Big C. This is a really recent development only diagnosed in the last few weeks so it has come as a bit of a shock to everyone. So, we thought we really needed to do something practical to help. As anyone knows who has had any dealings at all with this ****** of a disease, it's a long old haul and involves lots of trips to hospital and extra things at home. Lots of additional expense.
We are doing a gig to raise money for them. This is not a 'charity' event - it's not for MacMillan or Cancer Research. This is to help Jerry and Diane. Jerry will be playing. And we are going to have the best night ever whilst doing it!
Ian, Landlord of YOGI (Ye Olde George Inn) in Christchurch has offered us the use of his lovely Courtyard Room. YOGI is one of the oldest pubs in Christchurch. It serves Piddle Real Ale and great food too. The Courtyard Room holds 75. We played there in May for their Beer and Music Festival and had a great time. It'll be a tight squeeze - but, hey, that's how we like it!
If you can't come to the gig but would like to help anyway, then you can send the price of a ticket (or whatever you want) by cheque payable to Rosebud Music and send it to:
Jerry's Gig, State of Undress, 7 Solent Road, Walkford, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5PZ
We'll keep you all posted about this very special gig. In the meantime, we ask you for the power of positive thought!
We are working with Eric Montague of Netfora TV on a DVD of behind-the-scenes footage of the recording of our new album...
Eric filmed The Hangman's Daughter at our Christmas Show...
The fundraising gig we did on Friday 11th March at The Bridge Inn, Woolston for Cancer and Leukhaemia Research raised a whopping £900+. Big congratulations to Sue and all her helpers for organising such a great night!
We are back in the studio recording our Christmas single 'The Legend of Christmas Eve' and, by popular request, 'The Hangman's Daughter'. Both of these will be available to purchase at gigs and on-line very soon. We are also working on and recording material for a new album (Hangman's Daughter is a taster!) which will be out in time for Easter. Keep checking the website for updates.
Song for a Boy
We were proud and touched that our song 'Song for a Boy' was included on the playlist for Women of Substance Radio for their special themed show at the beginning of September.
Sad Tidings, Glad Tidings
We are very sad to tell you that our lovely fiddler, Samantha Jane, has moved on to pastures new. We had a fantastic 4½ years playing with her in the band and she made an amazing contribution to our progress. There were many adventures, heaps of fun, loads of laughter and much music making. We shall miss her greatly but send her on her new journey with much love. The wonderful Jerry Bird has joined us. Jerry plays some very fine fiddle as well as guitar, mandolin and banjo. He is a highly-respected figure on the roots circuit so we are delighted that he has chosen to join us.
World Cup Anthem
Our World Cup Song 'This Time!' made it to the Semi Final on Steve Power's Breakfast Show on Wave 105. Many thanks for voting for us.
We had a fabulous time recording and making the music video of our World Cup Anthem. There's a great write-up about it in The Daily Echo April 5th edition 'It's our World Cup Anthem - by Christchurch band State of Undress'.
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Our beautiful song 'Morning Glory' is being used every Saturday at 5.00am to introduce the programme of the same name on BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset.
Livin' it, Lovin' it!
Our new mini-album 'Livin' it, Lovin' it!' is now available. Seven great tracks including our singles produced by Grant Showbiz (Billy Bragg's long time producer) 'One More Shot (of you boy)' and 'Red Waters' plus four new tracks and our version of the traditional Raggle Taggle Gypsy.