The Hanging Stars

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May 9, 2021

The Square Tower

The Square Tower Broad Street Old Portsmouth Hants PO1 2JE

02392 382888

An Evening Of Beautifully Crafted Cosmic Americana…

Tickets available securely online at:

Doors Open: 7.15pm, Show Starts 7.45pm.

Tickets £14 each, £16 on the door (if not sold out).

Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea, Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea or Harbour Records in Emsworth. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address. If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.

“Switching deftly between deliciously sentimental Americana and swaggering psychedelia!” (Uncut Magazine)

“Hazy desert dreams of songs, nicely sharpened with steely-eyed guitars and Mersey-laced harmonies – a shimmering sliver of post-summer brilliance!” (The Guardian)

We’re delighted to welcome a band that are arguably the hottest ticket on the UK Americana scene at the present time! Welcome to the mind-blowing world of The Hanging Stars!

The Hanging Stars channel the sounds of The Byrds, Big Star and The Flying Burrito Brothers with hints of Mojave 3 and The Allah Las – mainlining the dying embers of the early 70s psychedelic folk and cosmic country scenes. The band is comprised of songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Olson (Eighteenth Day Of May / The See See), Sam Ferman (The Light Shines) on bass, Paulie Cobra on drums, Patrick Ralla (The Alan Tyler Show) on banjo, guitar, keyboards and assorted instruments, with pedal steel courtesy of Joe Harvey-Whyte.

“Swampy psychedelia that recalls the Medway Delta as much as the Mississippi – these are stars that shine as much as they hang!” (Clash Magazine)

The Hanging Stars released their third album of beautifully crafted Cosmic Americana, “A New Kind of Sky”, in February 2020, winning four-star reviews from Uncut Magazine, Shindig Magazine and The Times and receiving radio play by BBC 6 Music (Gideon Coe) and BBC Radio 2 (Bob Harris). 

The band recently played ‘I Woke Up In July’ for the Shindig Lockdown Festival and sold out the 7” vinyl EP when released in July.  When Bob Harris played it on his BBC Radio 2 show he declared “I love this band!”.

Americana UK wrote that with “A New Kind Of Sky’ “… the band have forged a sparkling album which, on the strength of the songs and the sheer excellence of the playing, allows that it too might one day be considered a classic.”

The Hanging Stars’ second album Songs for Somewhere Else (2018) won acclaim from Uncut Magazine, Shindig (several features and four-star review), The Quietus and The Line of Best Fit.

“A truly beautiful record!” (Louder Than War)

Their critically acclaimed 2016 debut Over the Silvery Lake received plaudits from broadsheets such as The Times and The Guardian, as well as Uncut and Q. They picked up a good amount of support at BBC 6 Music and “The House on the Hill” scored a much coveted 10/10 by John Robb on Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable. 

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

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