Dar Williams announces Winter Tour Dates 2010
aaamusic | On 06, Oct 2010
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 William’s latest recording project.
The dates are as follows:
30-Nov- 10 Tues Chester Telfords Warehouse www.telfordswarehousechester.com
01-Dec-10 Wed Bury Met www.themet.biz
02-Dec-10 Thurs Edinburgh Pleasence Rooms www.lonesomehighway.co.uk
03-Dec-10 Fri York Duchess www.theduchessyork.co.uk
05-Dec-10 Sun London Union Chapel www.unionchapel.org.uk
06-Dec-10 Mon Nottingham Glee Club www.glee.co.uk
07-Dec-10 Tues Birmingham Glee Club www.glee.co.uk
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 GreatCompanions.
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.
“Tuneful songs that offer incisive portraits of emotional entanglements and our perilous world. She helps speak to our better nature without preaching.” Wall Street Journal.