One of those select few 'how on earth does he do it?!' artists. (Fatea)
Statesboro, Georgia-born, Cambridge, England-based guitarist singer and songwriter Brooks Williams is named one of WUMB-FM Boston's Top 100 All-Time Artists, is nominated best male vocalist by Spiral Earth, and is listed in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists. He has been playing Americana since before it was called that.
Known for both solos shows and collaborations, RnR writes, Williams is a "guitarist in possession of rich vocal powers and a talent for lyrical imagery, his songs are imbued with uplifting generosity" (Read Full RnR Interview, Road Dog).
One collaboration is his duo with ace fiddler, Aaron Catlow. They've recorded two albums, Ready For The Times (2022), a collection of classic folk-Americana songs, and Ghost Owl, short-listed Instrumental Album of the Year. The Atkinson says of their show, "One of the best nights ever. Great songs, great fun and wonderful musicianship." Have a look at the title track, Ghost Owl, or King Of California, recorded/filmed live-in-the-studio.
There is also Brooks' collaboration with virtuoso banjoist Dan Walsh. BGR Events says of their recent performance, "Their gig was up there with the best we have put on.” Have a look at their arrangement of Church Street Blues.
Other musical collaborations include Brooks' songwriter-in-the-round shows with Rab Noakes (here they are playing Bright Side Of The Blues) and State Of The Union (with Boo Hewerdine).
There's loads of video on Brooks' YouTube channel (please subscribe!), plus Brooks' Song Archive, for all you guitar and singing enthusiasts. Vinyl, CDs and downloads (DL) are available in the Store.
Brooks Williams, writes Fatea, is “quite simply one of the most unassuming, natural performers on the circuit, and his easy, relaxed manner conceals the greatest level of true expertise.”
1. Festival Time!
19 Jun Middlewich (Brooks & Aaron Catlow)
2 Jul Kimpton (Brooks solo)
6 Jul Hungerford (Brooks & Boo)
8 Jul Ely (Brooks & Aaron Catlow)
16 Jul Largo Arts (Brooks & Rab Noakes)
7 Aug Broadstairs (Brooks & Dan Walsh)
15 Sep St Ives (Brooks & Dan Walsh)
23 Sep Rye (Brooks & Aaron Catlow)
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2. New Videos!
Celebrating Bob Dylan's birthday in May 2022, here are two of his songs. Filmed and recorded by the wonderful crew at Area 88. Watch If Not For You. Watch Nettie Moore.
3. Auden Guitar Videos.
New videos just launched. Watch Haunted. Watch Hesitation Blues. Watch Beaumont Rag.