NEWS: Dar Williams Announces UK Dates

Celebrated US writer/artist Dar Williams is set to embark on an intimate winter UK tour in support of the release of ‘Many Great Companions’, a 2CD collection (out 11th October on Proper Records) which charts her course from an upstart neo‐folkie to a seasoned artist, generously and comprehensively pairing a career overview with the Williams’ latest recording project.

The dates are as follows:

30 Nov       Chester         Telfords Warehouse
01 Dec        Bury               Met
02 Dec        Edinburgh   Pleasance Rooms
03 Dec        York               Duchess
05 De          London          Union Chapel
06 Dec       Nottingham  Glee Club
07 Dec       Birmingham Glee Club

Throughout her career, Williams has employed a reporter’s keen eye and a fiction writer’s feel for nuance in the act of confronting what she’s described as “the big picture of how people approach life,” doing so by examining and illuminating the minute details. These juxtaposed thematic arcs, laden with intriguing narrative twists and vivid imagery, are cast in sharp relief on Many Great Companions.

The first disc contains luminous, newly recorded acoustic performances of a dozen of Williams’ most sharply drawn and resonant songs; the second cherry‐picks 19 of her classics, along with her uplifting take on Ray Davies’ Kinks gem “Better Things,” which fits in seamlessly with the originals. On the new tracks, Williams is joined by Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, who doubles as producer, sometimes in tandem with the artist. Also making memorable appearances are Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek fame, fellow singer/songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Patty Larkin, and the trio Motherlode.


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