20190322: Friday 22nd March: Brooks Williams
Support: Honey & The Bear
Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks' music is the love-child of country-blues and soulful Americana.
His massive repertoire spans classic roots and blues as well as compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. His own songs are thoroughly alive with such clearly-drawn ironic characters as Frank Delandry and Evil Knievel, and rich in blues pathos.
Brooks has worked stages worldwide for close to thirty years, touring constantly in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. "Lucky Star", his 28th album, was released in July 2018.
A “fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!” - The San Antonio Light.
Honey and the Bear
This folk and roots inspired duo comprising songwriters Jon and Lucy Hart combine powerful guitar riffs with delicately interweaving vocal harmonies, foot-stomping rhythms and catchy melodies, drawing on elements of folk, Americana, country, blues and whatever else takes their fancy. The songs they perform tell intriguing tales of folklore from the Suffolk coast, alongside heartfelt compositions about life’s adventures, as well as the ups and downs of love and betrayal.
The multi-instrumentalist pair have been writing together since early 2014, and have appeared at Cambridge Folk Festival, Maverick, Ely Folk Festival and FolkEast. In early 2016 they completed their first tour of Germany, released their debut EP ‘About Time’, and also their follow up EP ‘About Time Too’. Late 2018 will see the release their debut album.
"Jon and Lucy spoke, played and sang with ease making it all look effortless ...Their lyrics were significant without being contrived, and were enhanced by their storytelling and communication with the audience in between numbers.” - Ellie-Jane Arden, The John Peel Centre.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £12(door), £11(advance), £10(members).