Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow

A pairing made in heaven!”

— At The Barrier

Absolutely wonderful!”

— Mike Harding

In the presence of excellence!”

— Folk London


Trans-Atlantic Fiddle & Guitar Duo

“If it looks easy to accomplish something complex and difficult, then you are in the presence of excellence” - Folk London

Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow bring soaring Trans-Atlantic melodies and bluesy-folk brilliance to the time-honoured guitar and fiddle tradition. These two are masters of their respective instruments.

This inspired pairing has been gathering praise from the likes of Songlines, Folk Radio UK, and Penny Black Music, among others, and delighting audiences from festivals like Ely, Middlewich, Raunds and venues like Stoller Hall and The Atkinson, who stated their concert was “one of the best nights ever.”

A chance meeting on tour in The Netherlands led to the two collaborating on two recordings in as many years. The magic is evident from the start.

Ghost Owl is first in 2021. A collection of guitar & fiddle duets written for, and inspired by, the barn owl, Ghost Owl is shortlisted Instrumental Album Of The Year by Fatea. "The sound," says Songlines, recalls the style of “Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick….Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.” 

Ready For The Times follows in 2022 and showcases the depth and breath of their musical vocabulary. With two voices, an acoustic guitar and a fiddle, these two show just how versatile they can be. From Ola Belle Reed’s I’ve Endured to a Hot Club-styled reading of If You Want The Rainbow, from the Piedmont classic CC&O Blues to full-tilt bluegrass on Love Too Soon, “this album,” says Penny Black Music, “is a joy to listen to.”

Aaron Catlow is a master violinist and half of the Bristol-based duo Hawes And Catlow, with guitarist-singer Kit Hawes. He is also the fiddler in UK festival favourite Sheelanagig. Catlow's other credits including playing with Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Mad Dog Mcrea and Afro Celt Sound System.

Cambridge UK-based, Georgia US-born, Brooks Williams has a long-standing solo career in both North America and the UK and is also known for his adventurous collaborations with the likes of Dan Walsh, Sloan Wainwright, Boo Hewerdine and Rab Noakes, among others. He is named one of WUMB-FM Boston's Top 100 All-Time Artists. Fatea refers to him as “one of those select few 'how on earth does he do it?!' artists."

The music of Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow, says Folk Radio UK, is "a thing of beauty."

Praise For Ready For The Times
“Refreshingly engaging, this is a cracker!” - Living Tradition

“Fantastic collection of songs with great arrangements and inspired choices…” - Penny Black Music

“A testament to both their individual musical talents and the chemistry they spark in each other as a duo…” - Folk Radio UK

“Williams & Catlow are a talented musical duo who amaze the listener with their musical dexterity and enjoyable selection of songs…” - Ready To Rock

“I’d recommend you study the pizzicato blues fiddle on ‘Jackson Greyhound,’ a song about the segregation of public transportation in the 1960s.” - Irish Music

Praise For Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow In Concert
“The audience loved every minute and afterwards begged them to return to the stage.... ” - Big Wheel Blues, Isle Of Man

​"One of the best nights ever. ​Great songs, great fun and wonderful musicianship. Do not hesitate. Go and see Brooks and Aaron while you can. You will have the best time. - Grateful Fred's, The Atkinson, Southport

"An outstanding performance of sublime quality, entertaining and beautifully paced. Two musicians at the top of their game." - The RAFA Club, Cleethorpes


(Dates so far - more being added.)

January 2023 
30th The Bell Inn, Bath
31st Dartford Folk Club, Kent 
February 2023 
2nd The Fleece, Evesham 
4th RAFA Club, Cleethorpes (0 7703 067 733) 
5th The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset 
March 2023 
14th St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales
24th Cambridge Folk Club, Cambridge
25th The Guildhall, Litchfield Arts, Litchfield, Staffordshire 
April 2023 
15th Ripley Live, Ripley, North Yorkshire
16th The Folk House, Bristol
20th Calder Vale Country Club, Preston  
21st Wee Bear Cafe, Inn On Lochside, Bridgend, Lintrathen, Scotland  
22nd The Masonic Hall, Broughty Ferry, Scotland  
24th Croydon Folk Club, Croydon, South London 
28th Wesley Centre, Maltby, Nr. Rotherham  
29th Wadsworth Community Centre, Wadsworth, Hebden Bridge 
May 2023 
3rd Grateful Fred’s, The Atkinson, Southport, Mersyside 
June 2023 
4th Village Hall, Nettleham, Lincoln
8th Barry Arts Festival, Wales
16th Milverton Music Club, Milverton, Somerset  
July 2023 
27th Otterton Mill, Otterton, Devon 
September 2023  
21st The Institute, Laxey, Isle of Man 
22nd St Edith’s Folk Club, Sevenoaks Kent 
23rd Elm Farm Music, Stannington

(Where we've been before!)
November 2021
5th The Institute, Laxey, Isle of Man 
February 2022 
2nd Grateful Fred’s, Southport, Mersyside 
3rd Black Swan Folk Club, York, North Yorkshire
5th Thimblemill Library, Smethwick, West Midlands
6th Chapel Arts Centre, Bath, Somerset 
26th RAFA Club, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire
April 2022
7th Stoller Hall, Manchester 
8th Cambridge Folk Club, Cambridge
9th The Green Note, Camden, London
10th The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Swanage Dorset
May 2022
1st Raunds Folk Festival, Raunds, North Northamptonshire
June 2022 
19th Middlewich Folk And Boat Festival, Middlewich, Cheshire
23rd The Barn, Baston, Lincolnshire
July 2022 
8th Ely Folk Festival, Ely, Cambridgeshire
18th Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire
September 2022
23rd Rye Arts Festival, Rye, East Sussex
October 2022
30th Crawley Blues Club, The Hawth, Crawley


Ready For The Times

Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow

"Fantastic collection of songs with great arrangements and inspired choices...." Penny Black Music

Ghost Owl

Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow

"A thing of beauty..." Folk Radio UK


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