Cambridge UK-based, Statesboro, Georgia US-born guitarist singer and songwriter Brooks Williams is admired by both listeners and fellow musicians, and has been a leading light on the acoustic music scene for three decades. ‘He was playing Americana before it had been given the name’ (CMP). His guitar skills are evident as he effortlessly slides in and out of folk, blues and country with a jazz player’s adroitness. It comes as no surprise he is listed in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists. Williams’ voice also takes centre stage and has been described as one you ‘melt into.’ His song are rich narratives about guitar players, gamblers, dreamers, ne’er-do-wells and golden palominos. RnR says they are ‘imbued with uplifting generosity.’
Known for both solos shows and collaborations, Williams’ on-going collaboration with Boo Hewerdine (called State Of The Union) is legendary, with 4-star reviews, BBC airplay and even an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1. We’re thrilled that Brooks will grace the stage of Ely Folk Festival on Saturday evening.