The Hanging Stars

Friday 20 October, 2023 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre
Church Walk
Stowmarket IP14 1ET
£12.00 adv. / £14 otd.
John Peel Centre for Creative Arts
The Hanging Stars @ John Peel Centre

The Hanging Stars

+ Palomino Kings

+ Chris Wilbraham and The Larks


Blending folk pastoralism with swampy 60s Americana, The Hanging Stars sound like the missing link between the California desert sun and the grey skies of London Town. The album was recorded between LA, Nashville and Walthamstow, with each of these vastly different places leaving an indelible mark on the songs. Their debut album Over the Silvery Lake came out in March 2016.
The band is made up of songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Olson, Sam Ferman on bass, Paulie Cobra on drums, Patrick Ralla on banjo, guitar, keyboards and assorted instruments, with pedal steel courtesy of Horse and Joe Harvey Whyte.

The Hanging Stars place themselves firmly as part of a long folk tradition encompassing European and North American influences – as a continuation rather than a pastiche of these styles.

On the back of their album release, The Hanging Stars played sold-out shows at The Finsbury in Manor House and London’s The Lexington for an end of year extravaganza. They also shared the stage with Teenage Fanclub at their sold-out show at Islington Assembly Hall and played at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia.

An album with enough of a hazy, sun-dappled charm to make the capital’s dreariest weather bearable.The Times 4*s

A promising debut from London’s The Hanging Stars, who switch deftly between deliciously sentimental Americana and swaggering psychedelia.Uncut

a hazy, desert-dream of a song, nicely sharpened with steely-eyed guitars, Mersey-laced harmonies and just a whiff of the Gun Club.” – Guardian

Swampy psychedelia that recalls the Medway Delta as much as the Mississippi, the band’s new single neatly conjoins these influences.” – Clash


+ support from Palomino Kings

As featured on BBC Introducing and AmericanaUK, a rootsy rhythm section, dirty guitars, atmospheric country bends and hammond organ swells underpin singer Gavin’s honest, heartfelt songwriting and emotive vocals.
File next to: Ryan Adams, Dylan, The Band, Credence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young, Rolling Stones, Dan Auerbach, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers…

+ Chris Wilbraham and The Larks

The Larks, Liz Miller and Chris Wilbraham, use guitar and mandolin to complement their voices as they call on a wide range of influences and experiences to entertain their audiences. Their sets can include traditional, contemporary and original songs which can be populated by Mermaids, Nightingales or Vampires and have been known to describe a Lifeboat Disaster or warn of Climate Change.

Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £12 Adv. / £14 Otd.

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