Kathryn Williams in the region
COLIN WILSON Kathryn Williams, one of the UK's most acclaimed singer-songwriters and who has released several wonderful albums of gentle, intelligent folk-influenced country music, plays Cambridge on Sunday October 15 and Norwich on Monday October 16.
Kathryn Williams, one of the UK's most acclaimed singer-songwriters and who has released several wonderful albums of gentle, intelligent folk-influenced country music, plays Norwich Arts Centre on Monday, October 16
A favourite of the music press, the relative anonymity of the talented Williams remains a mystery. Characterised by delicate vocals and acoustic instruments, she has been compared in style to such artists as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.
Since being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize a few years ago for her second album Little Black Numbers, each of Kathryn's albums has been received with ever more glowing accolades in the press.
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Admired by the likes of Norah Jones and Dido, Kathryn continues to gather fans with each new release or concert. Rather than be compromised by the demands of major labels, the independently-minded Liverpudlian puts her records out on her own label, Caw Records.
In 2004 she released Relations, a widely-acclaimed and eclectic collection of covers which included a stunning reading of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
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She is touring the UK with her tightly-knit group of musicians to promote her latest album, Leave to Remain, which was released earlier this month.
Disarmingly modest and self-effacing in front of an audience, Williams' crystal-clear voice has the sparse accompaniment of cello, piano, guitar and occasional percussion.
Support comes from Swedish artist Tobias Froberg who had just released his new album Somewhere in the City through Poptones Records, the label run by legendary music guru Alan McGee, the man who discovered and signed Oasis and Primal Scream among others. McGee describes Tobias Froberg as the next “Scandinavian Superstar”.
Doors 8.30pm. Tickets £15adv/£16door, 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
t Kathryn Williams plays the Junction A2, Cambridge, on Sunday, October 15. Doors 7pm. Tickets £13adv/£15door, 01223 511511, www.junction.co.uk