“A LOVELY PLAYER, A LOVELY SINGER AND A GREAT WRITER, BROOKS WILLIAMS IS THE REAL THING.”
— MARTIN SIMPSON
SOLO TOURS November - December 2023 & Mar - April 2024
Guitarist, Song Wrangler, Roots Music Connoisseur
Cambridge UK-based, Statesboro, Georgia US-born guitarist singer and songwriter Brooks Williams is admired by both listeners and fellow musicians, and has been a leading light on the acoustic music scene for over three decades. "He was playing Americana before it had been given the name" (CMP).
Brooks built his reputation one stage at a time on the back of multiple recordings for, first, Green Linnet Records, and then Signature Sounds. A steady diet of constant touring has built him a long and respected career.
Some highlights include appearances at Newport Folk Festival, Cropredy, Glastonbury, Winnipeg and Cambridge Folk Festival and collaborations with Hans Theessink, Sloan Wainwright, Dan Walsh, Boo Hewerdine, Guy Davis, and the late great Rab Noakes.
Williams effortlessly slides in and out of country blues. His songs are rich narratives about gold prospectors, guitar players, motorcycle riders, golden palominos and ne’er-do-wells, and he sings them with a voice you ‘melt into.’
Born in Statesboro, Georgia USA, Williams moved to Boston at the height of that city’s burgeoning singer-songwriter scene. In the early 1990s, he did his apprenticeship in the bars and clubs in New York and New England and cut his teeth supporting artists like Shawn Colvin, Chris Smither, Rory Block, Leo Kottke, Odetta, Billy Bragg and Taj Mahal.
"Brooks Williams is at the top of his game ever since I can remember, and he shows no sign of slowing down or resting back on past glories." FATEA
“Quite simply one of the most unassuming, natural performers on the circuit, and his easy, relaxed manner conceals the greatest level of true expertise.”
“A guitarist in possession of rich vocal powers and a talent for lyrical imagery, his songs are imbued with uplifting generosity.”
“Surely one of the finest acoustic musicians in the UK. Not only a virtuoso guitarist and master of folk roots stylings but possessing a voice like chocolate.”
— KONTRA GIGS