brooks_therootsgeldrop_medres  Brooks Williams, from Statesboro, Georgia (the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell), creates a super-charged roots music. Key And Chords from Belgium describes Williams’ music as “A beautiful fusion of blues, old country and a touch Americana.” Audiences are often heard asking, how can one guitar and one voice sound like a full band? His massive repertoire spans classic roots and blues, compelling covers (from the likes of Dave Alvin, Mose Allison and Kris Kristofferson), and his own songs, which are rooted in blues and old country but are thoroughly alive with clearly-drawn ironic characters and rich blues pathos. Brooks Williams has worked stages worldwide for over twenty-five years, touring constantly in the US, UK and Europe from his current home in England. Over the course of his career he has amassed a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. Brooks has played Ely Folk Festival many times and on each occasion has brought something new and fresh to his performance. We’re delighted to have him back this year – performing on Saturday.