Brooks Williams & Sloan Wainwright
Brooks Williams & Sloan Wainwright
30-years ago Brooks Williams & Sloan Wainwright met at a concert near New York City. The two "up and coming" singer-songwriters shared the stage, Sloan on a beat-up school piano and Brooks on a cranky old Gibson guitar. They sang their songs and beguiled the audience with stories and tales. Over the years the two crossed paths at festivals and gigs and would sing a song or two on-stage together. They said, "we should do more of this." Finally, they have! In January-February 2020 the two embarked on their first tour, ten dates in the UK, to rave reviews and two honest-to-goodness 'sell-outs.' Their collaboration - one guitar, two voices - features rich harmonies, fleet-fingered guitar riffs, and powerhouse energy. Their own songs - "Bright Side of a Rainy Day" and "Jump That Train" - alongside classics like "Love Hurts," "Sea Of Heartbreak," and "Comes Love." Plans are afoot to make a recording and do some more touring. Stay Tuned!
Video: Jump That Train
Video: Bright Side Of A Rainy Day
Video: Here Comes The Blues
Video: Love And Happiness
Sloan Wainwright Biography
Sloan Wainwright is a dynamic performer who shifts with apparent ease between pop, folk, jazz and blues. Her rich contralto is warm, smokey and smooth and is the star attraction. Usually accompanied by a guitarist or her own piano, her songs are earthy, sometimes intense. Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a “who’s who” of contemporary folk music. Sloan carries the family tradition. She is a powerful and personable performer who oozes that Wainwright “charm and musicality.” With just shy of a dozen CDs in her discography, two songwriting awards from the annual EmPower Posi Music Awards, numerous musical compositions for theater and dance, Sloan is also highly praised as a teacher at many of the best-known master songwriter series and workshops, including Richard Thompson’s “Frets and Refrains.”
Brooks Williams Biography
Brooks Williams is one of the most versatile musicians on the roots music scene today. He can turn his hand equally to blues, Americana and acoustic. With twenty-eight recordings and hundreds of shows every year, he is a musician of the highest calibre. Rated in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists with “a beautiful voice that you just melt into” (AmericanaUK), he has a knack for writing songs that are “sophisticated musically, and yet sound immediately familiar.” A Statesboro, Georgia native now living in the UK, Williams is no stranger to the concert and festival stages in Europe, North America and the UK, including Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, Vienna’s JazzLand, Scotland’s Celtic Connections, the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, and New York’s legendary Caffe Lena. His music has charted on North America’s FOLKDJ, the EuroAmericana chart and Blues Lists around the world. WUMB-FM in Boston (USA) voted him one of their Top 100 Artists.
Brooks Williams & Sloan Wainwright UK Tour Dates
19 Jan Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, Devon For Info
21 Jan The Green Note, Camden, London Get Tickets
22 Jan The Old Ship, Lowdham, Nottinghamshire SOLD OUT!
23 Jan Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham Get Tickets
25 Jan Village Hall, Gunness, Lincolnshire For Info
26 Jan Chapel Arts Centre, Bath Get Tickets
29 Jan Cramlington Folk Club, Cramlington, Northumberland For Info
30 Jan Montrose Folk Club, Montrose, Scotland For Info
31 Jan RAFA, Cleethorpes, NorthEast Lincolnshire For Info
2 Feb Hang Fire Southern Kitchen, Barry, South Wales SOLD OUT!