Newsletter 15th February 2008
REMINDER Brooks Williams
with Marsha Swanson
Monday 31st March, The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne
“One of the most fluid acoustic/electric guitarists on the planet” fRoots
a more upbeat Bruce Cockburn – from an artist who only gets better with
every release. …One of
consummate artist, Williams ranks among
“Intelligent, soulful song-writing and dazzling guitar work.” Acoustic Guitar
in this month’s Blues in
Tickets are also
available at Hobgoblin Records,
Come and see our new staging, being used for the first time for this show!
Williams' guitar picking gets any sharper, we'll have to invent new
adjectives," wrote the Boston Globe.
Well, they better start inventing because Williams' music, lyrics,
singing, and picking get sharper with every recording. Critics and writers
hail Brooks as "an acoustic guitar god'" and a "fret monster," saying his
music is "electrifying," "dazzling," and "breathtaking," and that he sings
like the "Angel of Soul." His unique combination of traditional and
original music inspired Dirty Linen magazine to call him one of
His guitar skills have recently won Brooks a place in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists list, in company with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Jan Akkerman, and John Martyn, to name a few. With thirteen albums to his credit, his growing catalogue of original songs is "exquisite," says MOJO magazine.
Likened to James Taylor, Robert Johnson, Bruce Coburn and Bert Jansch Brooks is back in the UK with a new set of songs and a new album (featuring Dave Mattacks), The Time I Spend With You, launched this week. The title track was written whilst Brooks was on tour here last year.
It’s pleasantly difficult to pin down Brooks Williams; a diverse and versatile musician who is quite simply one of the most entertaining and engaging performers on the circuit today.
“This guy is incredible. I thought I'd seen all the great guitar players, now I've just had to go and add another to the list… the boundaries have been stretched” ! Kev Hutch, Live Review
“Brooks continues to consolidate his pole position as guitar picker par excellence…but it's good to be reminded of just how compelling a songwriter Brooks is……hearing his records doesn't really prepare you for the impact - total satisfaction guaranteed.” Net Rhythms
Joining Brooks for this show is Marsha Swanson, recently voted Best Folk Artist and Album at the Glasswerk New Music Awards.
Other 2008 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:
Ø 21 April – Corinne West + support: David Celia
Ø 15 May – Tannahill Weavers + support: Celtish
Ø 24 May – Anais Mitchell + support (tbc)
Ø 2 June – Amy Wadge + support: Andy Walker
Ø 18 June – Eleanor McEvoy + support (tbc)
Ø 30 June – Thea Gilmore + support (tbc)
Ø 21 July - Eve Selis Band + support (tbc)
Ø 8 September – Kirsty McGee (tbc)
Ø 22 September – Dave Swarbrick & Martin Carthy
Ø 3 October – Eliza Gilkyson + sipport (tbc)
Ø 3 November – John Tams & Barry Coope + support (tbc)
Ø 9 December – Dougie MacLean + support (tbc)
More information on all up-and-coming artists can be found on our website: www.acousticsussex.org.uk. You can also find us on MySpace (with samples from some of the artists appearing) at: www.myspace.com/acoustic_sussex. If you know anyone who you think may enjoy our events, please forward this email to them.
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