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Please note Alter States Promotions will only be hosting TWO more shows in 2024 before we take an extended break.  Do not miss both of these stellar shows - Annie Keating Band in July and the now rescheduled Hanging Stars gig in October 2024. These will both be amazing gigs. 



NEXT SHOW - Thursday 25th July 2024 


The Annie Keating Band features Keating on acoustic guitar and vocals, rising star Joe Coombs on electric/slide guitars, Scott Warman on bass and Jamie Dawson on drums.

This renowned backing band tours and supports the likes of Demi Marriner and Sara Petite. This lineup has been together for a while and recorded a phenomenal Live album in Essex in 2023 at the Little Rabbit Barn. This unit is hot - this will be a live treat.

Talent spotted by BBC Radio‘s Bob Harris with the release of her breakthrough album, “Belmont” in 2008, Keating has been growing in stature and reputation, having released 11 critically acclaimed studio albums drawing formidable comparisons to artists including Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt and John Prine along the way. A staple of the contemporary Americana scene, Annie Keating writes and sings like a woman who knows deep down that heartache is the price of hope, and she can make us believe — in that way that only the best artists can — that all of it is worth the cost.

“A MUST SEE” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio

“Tremendous… Razor sharp rockabilly, sweet country and swampy blues, the band at full tilt.” – Americana UK

“Keating is the epitome of what it means to be a truly successful songwriter.” AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“Honest, refreshing.” NEW YORK POST

“Country rock with a renegade bite.” LA WEEKLY

“Keating is building the reputation her talent deserves.” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

“One to watch.” BBC RADIO

“Lucinda Williams without the angst, Keating will enchant.” ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE

"One of the brightest lights on the Americana scene, Keating is showcasing the best work of her career” FLEX MUSIC

“Her performances radiate warmth and honest.” THE IRISH TIMES

Support includes James White & The Wildfire.  A previous headliner at Alter States America nights the band are delighted to support the Annie Keating Band and bring some additional spark to one of our last ALTER STATES SHOW of 2024. 

Opening proceedings is the amazing and award winning Florence Sommerville. A great pleasure to introduce Florence to the Alter States audience.




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Saturday 19th October 2024 


The Hanging Stars


Masters of a captivating meld of blissful psychedelic folk and harmony-laden cosmic country.

The Hanging Stars release their new album A Golden Shore as they reflect on a year of triumphs. With an Americana Music Association Bob Harris -sanctioned award and a Nashville sell-out in Third Man’s Blue Room with Jack White approvingly looking on, they’re a leading light in the UK Cosmic Americana cohort. Their standing has allowed them to pay less attention to any preconceptions of what they are ‘supposed to be’. On A Golden Shore-their fifth album and their second for the pioneering Loose Music, following 2022’s Hollow Heart-finds them definitively themselves and presents a set of disparate songs whose fundamental linkage is the band that made them.

On A Golden Shore was recorded at Edwyn Collins’ Clashnarrow Studios with Sean Read producing. Singer/guitarist Richard Olson, drummer Paulie Cobra, multi-instrumentalist Patrick Ralla, plus freshman bassist Paul Milne –laid down the album’s backbone over eight days. Mostly recorded live, even the solos done as a piece. Much is first take because trying better, it never worked as well. Pedal-steel player Joe Harvey-Whyte created and added his parts at his London studio bringing ‘shimmery psychedelic goodness’.

Smartly sequenced On A Golden Shore proceeds in clusters of songs; commencing with the free and easy choogleof ‘Let Me Dream Of You’, encompassing the sunny glam of ‘Sweet Light’, the baggy Balearic waft of ‘Happiness Is A Bird’, the pan pipes and bongos of the exotic ‘Golden Shore’, through to the rolling banjo of ‘No Way Spell’ and the celestial cascades of ‘Heart In A Box’. Fashioned instinctively On A Golden Shoreis ultimately an album of sensation as much as thought, filled with fleeting moments of blissful excess, and stumbling, rushing flutters of sound; its evanescent psychedelia, divine choruses, and shards of strings combine into an infectious, compelling Cosmic Heartbreak Boogie



Suppport comes in the way of Psychadelic folk outfit - BIRDS FLYING BACKWARDS 



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