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1. Dar Williams live at the Pleasance Bar, Edinburgh 21 November, 2009

2. Dar Williams live at the Borderline, London UK -18 November, 2009


3. Dar Williams says a little prayer to her fans after her Edinburgh Gig at the PleasanceBar  21 November, 2009:




Dar
Williams with fans at the Pleasance Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland 21 November, 2009


Talented Scotish singer songwriter Adriana with Kathy..Dar and her Adriana's tour manager from Lonesome Highway Promotions
Dar Williams... New York's most loved hippy...Folk Rock Singer...
 
plays to packed audiences all of the United Kingdom at her UK November, 2009 Tour..
suppported by talented singer songwriters Adriana form Scotland and Lynne Hanson from Ottawa, Canada

 Dar Williams is one of the true believers left in the world of "tell it as it is" ..as it was when she was at college during the good old "Hippy Days" where "honesty "and "The Truth is the Truth " was an expected norm, rather than rather than as it is now where "The Truth" has been replaced by what is called "political correctness".. The name of one of Dars first album's sums Dar's honest stanced on life aptly named "Honesty Room"...Dar Williams is a travelling "Honesty Room" when she sings and chats to her spell bound audiences that hang on to each spoken and sung word and musical sound that comes from Dar at all her performances...Dar Williams is never allowed to leave the stage without being demanded back at least three times untill Dar is so tired she just has to end it to go an have a cup of Organic Tea heated by a solar powered kettle...even though she was having trouble finding the sun while in Edinburgh in good old "Sunny Scotland" which Dar Williams describes as a city with so many beautiful things to get lost amongst..and may even end up dropping out there is later years when she makes her "Rock and Roll Millions".. Ha.Ha. Ha...as she says in great jest..as Dar Williams even though being one of the most talented people in the music business, would never swap her honesty and unwillingness to sell out to become just another Pop Singer for the money and the fame....Dar Williams in fact has a lot of trouble dealing with her new found world success as one of the greatest folk Rock singers this century ..
The USAWeeklyNews has been filming Dar Williams for the last few years all around the world and is in the process in producing a music documentary of DarWilliams
called "Honesty Room" which will premier on Australian Television and then around the rest of the world

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Lynne Hanson talented singer song writer from Ottawa, Canada supporting artist to
New York Folk Rock Star Dar Williams 
at Dar's  Borderline, London gig on the 18th November, 2009

 

Lynne Hanson talented singer song writer from Ottawa, Canada supporting artist to 
New York Folk Rock Star Dar Williams 
at Dar's  Borderline, London gig on the 18th November, 2009


USA's most loved Folk Rock Singer Dar Williams is performing at the following Dates in the UK 
You will be sorry if you miss out on seeing Dar Williams on this rare UK
Check out Dar Williams at Club Volaire, Edinburgh in 2007 singing her most loved favourite
"The Baby Sitter"  that is bound to requested on this UK tour..we don't think Dar will be allowed home till she sings this one


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Lynne Hanson talented singer song writer from Ottawa, Canada supporting
wel known ns muxch loved folk rock artist from New York State,  Dar Williams at Borderline, London UK 18-11-09

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Dar Williams singing and telling her amazing zany  and entertainiing stories at Borderline, London, Uk 18-11-09

Dar Williams one of the best emerging folk Rock singers this century supported by talented Ottawa, Canada singer songwriter Lynne Hason both sing to a packed house at Borderline, London UK on 18th November, 2009


The crowd went wild and refused to let Dar Williams leave the stage at her Borderline Gigin London on the 18th November, 2009. Dar had to come back to the stage three times to sing and entertain the demanding crowd with an unending appetite for Dar's soulful story telling songs, sung only the way Dar can do it with her magical unique voice. Dar was supported by Lynne Hanson, a very talented singer songwriter from Ottawa, Canada, with a very soulful voice and real stories to tell. Lynne sings porch music that merges universal themes with Texas soul-country..

Don't miss Dar Williams in Edinburgh on the 21st November, 2009, presented by
Lonesome Highway Promotions http://www.lonesomehighway.co.uk/

Other events coming up at Borderline, Orange Yard, off Manette Street, Soho, London, W1D 4AR
... walking distance from the Tottenham Road Tube

Thursday 19 November 2009 , Mean Fiddler presents Trace Bundy and Megafaun
Friday 20th Novemebr 2009,  Mean Fiddler presents PINEY Gir plus Kami Thompson, John Mckeon, and Jason Street
Saturday 21st November  2009 , Mean Fiddler presents Nancy Elizabeth plus Cate Le Bon and Messasge to Bears
Tuesday 24th November 2009, Barfly presents Fight Like Apes
Wednesday 25th November 2009, Mean Fiddler presents Suzanna & The magical orchestra plus Susanne Sundfoer
Thursday 26th Novmber 2009, Mean Fiddler presents Sarah Gillespie and Grad Alzmon
Friday 27th November 2009 CJC & The Borderline presents The Penny Black Remedy and guests
Saturday 28th November 2009 Mead Fiddler presents Sham 69 plus Alternatuve TV asnd Shagasty
Tuesday 1st December 2009, Club Uncut presents Deer Tuck and Megafaun
Wednesday 2nd December 2009, Mean Fiddler presents James Grant
Thursday 3rd December Live Nation presents Of A Revolution and special guests
Friday 4th December 2009, Mean Fiddler presents Gay For Johnny Dep plus Outcry Collective
Saturday 6th December 2009 Mean Fiddler presents Kevin Tuffy & The Coldharbour Band plus Belle Grande and Attoy Ark
Sunday 6th December 2009  SJM Concerts presents Kevin Devine plus special guests
Tuesday 8th December 2009 Mean Fiddler presents Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett (from Little Feat) plus Juliah Dawson
Wednesday 9th December 2009, Mean Fiddler presents Acoustic Ladyland
Thursday 10th December 2009  DHP Converts presents Lowline
Friday 11th December 2009 Barfly presents Kate Miller Heidke
Saturday 12th December 2009 Wildplum Live presents Doctor Fonda plus Pandora and 6 Second  Silence
Sunday 13rh December 2009 Mean Fiddler presents Ian Broudie ( of Lightning Seeds) & James Walsh (of Starsailor) plus Matthew P
Tuesday 15th December  Curious Generation presents Jay & The Boys plus Will Can Sing and Olivia Sebastianelli
Thursday 17th December 2009, Mean Fiddler presents Deathray Trebuchay plus Klezma Villanova
Friday 18th December 2009 CIC & The Borderline presents 12 Dirty Bullets
Saturday 19th December 2009  VPMG presents APSE and special guests
Thursday 31st December 2009, 10pm The Borderline presents Christmas Clubs' New's Eve Party

 


Dar Williams On Tour

Upcoming Events list past events

March, 2009

11

Wednesday

New York, NY

8:00 pm

R.E.M. Tribute at Carnegie Hall

[ more info ]

12

Thursday

Harrisburg, PA

7:30 pm

$34.00

Whitaker Center/Sunoco Performance Center

[ more info ]

13

Friday

Teaneck, NJ

9:00 pm

$25.00

Mexicali Blues Cafe

[ more info ]

14

Saturday

Bayshore, NY

8:00 pm

$45.00

Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

[ more info ]

15

Sunday

Ridgefield, CT

8:00 pm

$45.00

Ridgefield Playhouse

[ more info ]

26

Thursday

Middletown, CT

Wesleyan University CFA Theater

[ more info ]

April, 2009

4

Saturday

Mashpee, MA

Mashpee High School Auditorium

[ more info ]

8

Wednesday

Solana Beach, CA

8:00 pm

$20.00

Belly Up Tavern

[ more info ]

9

Thursday

Los Angeles, CA

Roxy Theatre

[ more info ]

10

Friday

Santa Barbara, CA

9:00 pm

Soho

[ more info ]

11

Saturday

Petaluma, CA

8:00 pm

$25.00

Mystic Theatre

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12

Sunday

San Francisco, CA

8:00 pm

Great American Music Hall

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14

Tuesday

Seattle, WA

8:00 pm

Moore Theatre

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16

Thursday

Portland, OR

8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

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30

Thursday

Madison, WI

Orpheum Theatre

[ more info ]

August, 2009

5

Wednesday

Bethlehem, PA

Musikfest

[ more info ]

6

Thursday

Amagansett, NY

8:00 pm

Stephen Talkhouse

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7

Friday

Lowell, MA

Summer Concert Series

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8

Saturday

Freeport, ME

L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series

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Taken From Dar Williams Official Web Site
http://www.darwilliams.com/index.php?page=about

About Dar Williams

"With every album, I’m trying to figure out what I don’t have to say, while still giving each song its due," Dar Williams says. Of her new album,Promised Land, Williams commented, "On this one, I was paring the stories down to their core. I wanted the songs to sound simple and down to what they were meant to be, which is hard to do. It takes a lot of knowledge to get to the point where you can say what you need to say — no more, no less."

To peel her insightful, melodic story-songs down to their essence, as well as inject them with the energy and momentum they clearly called for, Williams enlisted Brad Wood, a Grammy-nominated producer and musician known for his work with rock singer-songwriters Liz Phair, Pete Yorn, and Ben Lee. "Dar was looking to try something different and get out of her comfort zone," Wood says. "She had made a number of records and it seemed like a good time, career-wise, for her to make a change. I was flattered that she thought to ask me to help. Her voice is so great that you can do just about anything behind her and it’s going to sound cool!"

Personally inspired by the spindly live feel of late '70s/early '80s albums by the Police, Elvis Costello, and the Pretenders, Wood manages to make Williams' elegant, worldly songs sound visceral and urgent, while preserving the integrity and emotion that have been hallmarks of her sound (along with a beautifully intimate, bell-clear voice) since Williams began playing out on the Northeast singer-songwriter circuit in the early ’90s. 

“Brad understood the songs and gave them the space they needed,” Williams says. “I love that clean, straightforward sound he gets.” And so Promised Land includes several immediately engaging toe-tappers, such as “It’s Alright,” “The Easy Way,” “Buzzer,” and “Go to the Woods,” as well as Williams’ trademark thoughtful balladry, including the keenly felt “Book of Love,” “The Tide Falls Away,” and “You Are Everyone.” 

There are also two covers, Fountains of Wayne’s “Troubled Times” (“I’m a sucker for a tragic protagonist conveyed through what seems like a really pleasant pop song,” Williams says) and “Midnight Radio” from the stage musical and film Hedwig and the Angry Inch, whose soundtrack Wood produced, though Williams says he had nothing to do with her choosing to record the song. “Midnight Radio” was written by composer Stephen Trask, an old friend of Williams’ from her college years. “Stephen and I go way back. He wrote a song for a student film I was in where I played a dancing potato,” she recalls with a laugh. “But we also go way back in that spiritual sense, so I always wanted to do that song.” 

Throughout, Promised Land brims with the renewed vigor that Williams clearly felt working with a new producer and group of musicians, including Better Than Ezra drummer Travis McNabb, who adds a welcome bounce and spring to the proceedings, and noted multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz, who has played with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Wilco, and Sheryl Crow. Other guest musicians include Williams’ pals Marshall Crenshaw (guitars on “It’s Alright”), Suzanne Vega (backing vocals on “Go to the Woods”) and Gary Louris from The Jayhawks (“The Tide Falls Away”).

In the past, Williams’ songwriting has located the personal in such universal topics as politics, religion, sexuality, and family. This time, rather than tie the songs together around any particular theme, Williams presents a collection of disparate stories and characters. She writes about trying to be open to major life change on “It’s Alright,” trying to take the high road in past relationships on “The Easy Way,” the perspective that comes with age on “The Tide Falls Away,” and the Milgram obedience experiment that took place at Yale University in the ’60s on “Buzzer” (“a subject I have been obsessed with since reading about it when I was 18”). However, Williams, a wife and mother of a four-year-old son, did find what she calls “the high seas of parenthood” influencing several of the songs, which she began writing after she finished her second children’s book Lights, Camera, Amalee(published by Scholastic in July 2006).

“I’ll go through a day where the only people I’ll talk to are my husband, my son, and the person behind the counter at CVS,” she says, “but being a parent has pushed me out into my town too. It connects me to all the stuff that I care about, but on a local level, like politics, the environment, one’s town, and all the interesting personalities in it. I’m interested in those stories. I see them connecting to the big picture of how people approach life. I think that’s in the songs.”

Williams’ passion for the big picture has led to a long-held connection to social and environmental issues, which she nurtures by getting involved with various projects, including community gardening and lobbying for renewable energy in the upstate New York town where she lives. “I’m as green as you get for what I do for a living, which require, you know, things like flying,” she says. “I think about the environment all the time. The biggest deal to me right now is trying to get my town’s elementary and middle schools to look at geothermal as an option,” she says. Williams’ other passions include local-food movements and arts outreach with kids. She will often perform at benefits in small towns that are struggling to save a local theater, bookstore, or farmer’s market. “I love to get into these places and learn about their battles,” she says. “In my mind, this country is like a patchwork of towns filled with people hanging out, growing gardens, listening to music, and talking about important stuff. In a way, that’s what the album title is about. I found myself making a distinction between the Promised Land we claim and the actual promise of the land that we try to live up to. ”

Williams’ growth as a person over her 15-year career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist. Raised in Chappaqua, NY, and educated at Wesleyan University, Williams spent 10 years living in the thriving artistic community of Northampton, MA, where she began to make the rounds on the coffeehouse circuit. An early fan of her music was Joan Baez, who took Williams out on the road and recorded several of her songs. Williams self-released her debut album, The Honesty Room in 1993, then signed with Razor & Tie Entertainment in 1995, which has been her label home ever since. She has released one live album — Out There Live (2001); six studio albums — The Honesty Room (1993), Mortal City (1996), End of the Summer(1997), The Green World (2000), The Beauty of the Rain (2003), and My Better Self (2005); and one live DVD — Live at Bearsville Theater (2007).

Through it all, Williams’ motivation as an artist is to “experience meaning without fooling myself,” she says. “There are these moments where everything feels connected, and I think my art is about trying to find the stories that make us feel connected. That’s the verve of my life. It’s what keeps things interesting.”

Hear Dar on WFUV On Christmas Day

Friday, December 19th, 2008

On December 2, Dar performed as part of a WFUV benefit concert at the Society for Ethical Culture in New York City. That concert will be broadcast on WFUV (90.7 FM in the NYC area, or streaming live at wfuv.org) between 10 AM and 1 PM Eastern time on Thursday, December 25. The concert also features performances from The Felice Brothers, Bruce Hornsby, and James Hunter.


Listen To Dar On Weekend Edition

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

On Sunday, Sept. 28 NPR's Weekend Edition aired the segment in which Liane Hansen interviewed Dar about Promised Land. You can listen to it any time here.


Upcoming Media Appearances

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Don't forget Dar's upcoming media appearances as the Promised Land tour continues:

Sept. 30: SHARON, NY
Live performance on WKZE (11:30 am)

Oct. 1: PORTLAND, ME
Live performance on WCLZ (12:30 pm)

Oct. 3: GREAT BARRINGTON, MA
Live performance on WBCR 97.7 FM (3:00 pm)

Media Appearances In A Town Near You

Friday, September 19th, 2008

When Dar comes to your town on the current "Promised Land" tour, chances are she will also appear on your local airwaves. Here is the schedule so far (check back for updates):

Sept. 18: BOSTON, MA
Watch Dar's appearance on FOX 25

Sept. 19: CHICAGO, IL 
Live performance on WGN Noon News (between noon- 1 pm)

Sept. 21: MINNEAPOLIS, MN 
Live interview on KFAI 90.3 FM "Womenfolk" show (12:15 pm)

Sept. 22: MINNEAPOLIS, MN 
Live performance on KARE-TV (NBC) "Showcase Minnesota" (10:45 am)

Sept. 23: IOWA CITY, IA 
Live performance on Iowa Public Radio /WSUI & KSUI (10:00 am)

Sept. 25: COVINGTON, KY 
Live performance on WNKU (11:00 am)

Sept. 26: BUFFALO, NY 
Live performance on WBFO 88.7 FM "Music On The Border" show (2:20 pm)

Sept. 27: NEW YORK, NY 
WCBS - Live performance on CBS Saturday Morning (9:00 am) tentative

Sept. 28: NATIONWIDE
Interview with Liane Hansen on NPR's "Weekend Edition"

Sept. 30: SHARON, NY 
Live performance on WKZE (11:30 am)

Oct. 1: PORTLAND, ME 
Live performance on WCLZ (12:30 pm)

Oct. 3: GREAT BARRINGTON, MA 
Live performance on WBCR 97.7 FM (3:00 pm)

Oct. 6: NEW YORK, NY 
Live performance on WFUV (time TBD)



"Promised Land" Is Here!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Promised Land Is Here!

Today is the US release date of Dar's eagerly awaited new album Promised Land. Go forth and buy!

Or, if you would prefer to go forth and download, you can get it from iTunes:


Dar Williams - Promised Land - It's Alright

Lots Of Appearances Coming Up

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Dar will be doing several in-store performances and signings in the coming weeks to promote her eagerly anticipated new album, "Promised Land," out on Tuesday, September 9th.

First, you're invited to a party! There is a studio bash for the Hudson River painters featured in the CD booklet on Tuesday, September 9 from 6-9pm. They'll be showing their work at Spire Studios in Beacon, NY. Dar will probably sing a song or two, too. Come enjoy Hudson Valley artists and gazpacho from the artists' own gardens. 

The first in-store appearance is at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square in New York City on Wednesday, September 10th at 7PM. Purchase “Promised Land” at the Union Square location only beginning September 9 at 9AM and receive a wristband for the event on September 10 at 7PM. Time and space are limited so please arrive early! Click HERE for more details.

After that, Dar will be performing and signing at Newbury Comics in Cambridge, MA on Friday, September 12th at 6:00 pm. (Pre-order "Promised Land" from Newbury Comics and receive a limited edition, autographed CD booklet!)

The final signing and performance will be at Borders in Ann Arbor - Waters Place on Wednesday, September 17th at 12:30 pm.

Be sure to catch Dar in one of these intimate settings and get a preview of some of her brand new material!




Dar Williams

 
has become a major force on the New England folk scene. An idiosyncratic songwriter who `nt Kisco, NY, but raised in Chappaqua, the daughter of medical writer/editor Gray Williams and Marian Ferry, an active figure in Planned Parenthood. Her parents were educated at Yale and Vassar, respectively. Raised in a decidedly liberal arts atmosphere, Williams began studying guitar at age nine and wrote her first song at 11. In high school she was interested in athletics, but an ankle injury led her to audition for the musical +Godspell. She became active in drama, and by her senior year, after composing more music and writing plays, considered herself a playwright. She blames an "existential crisis" at age 16 for her creativity and sharp sense of humor. 

During her sophomore year at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Williamsspent a few months in Berkeley, CA, where she wrote songs and performed at the Starry Plough. After earning a B.A., she moved to Boston in 1990 to find a career in the arts, dabbling in everything from directing plays and operas to performing. By the year's end she was stage manager for the Opera Company of Boston. She also began taking voice lessons and it was her teacher, Jeannie Diva, who encouraged Williams to try the coffeehouse circuit. Williams tried hard, especially between late 1992 and early 1993, but things didn't pan out, so she abandoned Boston for the relaxed folksy, artsy atmosphere of Northampton, MA, home of many prominent universities. 

Williams claims to draw much inspiration from her home community. Her love of the folk scene stems from her admiration of its integrity toward honesty and real emotion, and a creative freedom not found in more popular music genres. She loves trying to use traditional methods to express the realities and foibles of contemporary life. After several self-released cassettes, Williams made her proper debut in 1993 with the independent Honesty Room to considerable critical acclaim for both her beautiful soprano voice and her lovely, intriguing songs. The following year she signed to Razor & Tie Records, which reissued the album. Her second album, Mortal City (1995), has been similarly praised, and was followed by 1997's End of the Summer. 

Williams performs on the college and coffeehouse circuit and has also won rave reviews for her festival appearances, including the Newport Folk Festival and the Mississippi River Music Fest, St. Louis. She issued Cry, Cry, Cry in 1998, and The Green World followed two years later. Over the next few years,Williams remained a major presence on the concert trail; she also recorded songs during this two-year trek across America and Europe. She hooked up withAlison Krauss, Béla Fleck, Dave Matthews Band's Stefan Lessard, trumpet player Chris Botti, and others for the impressive The Beauty of the Rain, which appeared in February 2003. My Better Self, Williams' most personal set of her career yet, arrived two years later, followed by Promised Land in 2008. ~ Sandra Brennan,
All Music Guide
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Dar Williams song writing has been compared to that of

 Joni Mitchell



When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. Uncompromising and iconoclastic, Mitchell confounded expectations at every turn; restlessly innovative, her music evolved from deeply personal folk stylings into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music, presaging the multicultural experimentation of the 1980s and 1990s by over a decade. Fiercely independent, her work steadfastly resisted the whims of both mainstream audiences and the male-dominated recording industry. While Mitchell's records never sold in the same numbers enjoyed by contemporaries like Carole King, Janis Joplin, or Aretha Franklin, none experimented so recklessly with their artistic identities or so bravely explored territory outside of the accepted confines of pop music, resulting in a creative legacy which paved the way for performers ranging fromPatti Smith and Chrissie Hynde to Madonna and Courtney Love. 

Born Roberta Joan Anderson in Fort McLeod, Alberta, Canada, on November 7, 1943, she was stricken with polio at the age of nine; while recovering in a children's hospital, she began her performing career by singing to the other patients. After later teaching herself to play guitar with the aid of a Pete Seegerinstruction book, she went off to art college, and became a fixture on the folk music scene around Alberta. After relocating to Toronto, she married folksingerChuck Mitchell in 1965, and began performing under the name Joni Mitchell. 

A year later the couple moved to Detroit, MI, but separated soon after; Joniremained in the Motor City, however, and won significant press acclaim for her burgeoning songwriting skills and smoky, distinctive vocals, leading to a string of high-profile performances in New York City. There she became a cause célèbre among the media and other performers; after she signed to Reprise in 1967, David Crosby offered to produce her debut record, a self-titled acoustic effort that appeared the following year. Her songs also found great success with other singers: in 1968, Judy Collins scored a major hit with the Mitchell-penned "Both Sides Now," while Fairport Convention covered "Eastern Rain" and Tom Rush recorded "The Circle Game." 

Thanks to all of the outside exposure, Mitchell began to earn a strong cult following; her 1969 sophomore effort, Clouds, reached the Top 40, while 1970's Ladies of the Canyon sold even better on the strength of the single "Big Yellow Taxi." It also included her anthemic composition "Woodstock," a major hit forCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Still, the commercial and critical approval awarded her landmark 1971 record Blue was unprecedented: a luminous, starkly confessional set written primarily during a European vacation, the albumfirmly established Mitchell as one of pop music's most remarkable and insightful talents. 

Predictably, she turned away from Blue's incandescent folk with 1972's For the Roses, the first of the many major stylistic turns she would take over the course of her daring career. Backed by rock-jazz performer Tom Scott, Mitchell's music began moving into more pop-oriented territory, a change typified by the single "You Turn Me On (I'm a Radio)," her first significant hit. The follow-up, 1974's classic Court and Spark, was her most commercially successful outing: a sparkling, jazz-accented set, it reached the number two spot on the U.S. album charts and launched three hit singles -- "Help Me," "Free Man in Paris," and "Raised on Robbery." 

After the 1974 live collection Miles of Aisles, Mitchell emerged in 1975 with The Hissing of Summer Lawns, a bold, almost avant-garde record that housed her increasingly complex songs in experimental, jazz-inspired settings; "The Jungle Line" introduced the rhythms of African Burundi drums, placing her far ahead of the pop world's mid-'80s fascination with world music. 1976's Hejira, recorded with Weather Report bassist Jaco Pastorius, smoothed out the music's more difficult edges while employing minimalist techniques; Mitchell later performed the album's first single, "Coyote," at the Band's Last Waltz concert that Thanksgiving. 

Her next effort, 1977's two-record set Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, was another ambitious move, a collection of long, largely improvisational pieces recorded with jazz players Larry Carlton and Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan, and a battery of Latin percussionists. Shortly after the record's release, Mitchell was contacted by the legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus, who invited her to work with him on a musical interpretation of T.S. Eliot's -Four Quartets. Mingus, who was suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, sketched out a series of melodies to which Mitchell added lyrics; however, Mingus died on January 5, 1979, before the record was completed. After Mitchell finished their collaboration on her own, she recorded the songs under the title Mingus, which was released the summer after the jazz titan's passing. 

Following her second live collection, 1980's Shadows and Light, Mitchellreturned to pop territory for 1982's Wild Things Run Fast; the first single, a cover of the Elvis Presley hit "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care," became her first chart single in eight years. Shortly after the album's release, she married bassist/sound engineer Larry Klein, who became a frequent collaborator on much of her subsequent material, including 1985's synth-driven Dog Eat Dog, co-produced by Thomas Dolby. Mitchell's move into electronics continued with 1988's Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm, featuring guests Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, and Billy Idol. 

Mitchell returned to her roots with 1991's Night Ride Home, a spare, stripped-down collection spotlighting little more than her voice and acoustic guitar. Prior to recording 1994's Turbulent Indigo, she and Klein separated, although he still co-produced the record, which was her most acclaimed work in years. In 1996, she compiled a pair of anthologies, Hits and Misses, which collected her chart successes as well as underappreciated favorites. A new studio album, Taming the Tiger, followed in 1998. Both Sides Now, a collection of standards, followed in early 2000. 

Two years later, Mitchell resurfaced with the double-disc release Travelogue. She announced in October 2002 that this would be her last album ever, for she'd grown tired of the industry. She told W magazine that she intended to retire. She also claimed she would never sign another corporate label deal and in Rolling Stone blasted the recording industry for being "a cesspool." By the timeTravelogue appeared a month later, Mitchell had simmered down and her plans to call it quits had been axed. Numerous compilations and remasters appeared between 2002 and 2006, culminating in the release of the independent Shine in 2007. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide



and


 Joan Baez,





The most accomplished interpretive folksinger of the 1960s, Joan Baez has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career still going strong.Baez is possessed of a once-in-a-lifetime soprano, which, since the late '50s, she has put in the service of folk and pop music as well as a variety of political causes. Starting out in Boston, Baez first gained recognition at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, then cut her debut album, Joan Baez (October 1960), for Vanguard Records. It was made up of 13 traditional songs, some of them Child ballads, given near-definitive treatment. A moderate success on release, the album took off after the breakthrough of Joan Baez, Vol. 2 (September 1961), and both albums became huge hits, as did Baez's third album, Joan Baez in Concert, Pt. 1 (September 1962). Each album went gold and stayed in the bestseller charts more than two years. 

From 1962 to 1964, Baez was the popular face of folk music, headlining festivals and concert tours and singing at political events, including the August 1963 March on Washington. During this period, she began to champion the work of folk songwriter Bob Dylan, and gradually her repertoire moved from traditional material toward the socially conscious work of the emerging generation of '60s artists like him. Her albums of this period were Joan Baez in Concert, Pt. 2 (November 1963) and Joan Baez 5 (October 1964), which contained her cover of Phil Ochs' "There But for Fortune," a Top Ten hit in the U.K. 

Like other popular folk performers, Baez was affected by the changes in popular music wrought by the appearance of the Beatles in the U.S. in 1964 andDylan's introduction of folk-rock in 1965, and she began to augment her simple acoustic guitar backing with other instruments, initially on Farewell, Angelina(October 1965). It was followed by a Christmas album, Noël (October 1966), andJoan (August 1967), albums on which she was accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Peter Schickele. Baez continued to experiment in the late '60s, releasing Baptism (June 1968), in which she recited poetry, and Any Day Now(December 1968), a double album of Dylan songs done with country backing, which went gold. 

In March 1968, Baez had married antiwar protest leader David Harris, who was imprisoned as a draft evader. Harris was a country music fan, and Baez's turn toward country, which continued on David's Album (June 1969) and One Day at a Time (March 1970), reflected his taste. Blessed Are... (August 1971) was a gold-selling double album that spawned a gold Top Ten hit in Baez's cover of the Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." It was followed by Carry It On(December 1971), the soundtrack to a documentary about Baez and Harris.Baez switched record label affiliation to A&M Records with Come from the Shadows (May 1972), which moved her in a more pop direction. Where Are You Now, My Son? (May 1973) included sounds taped during Baez's visit to Hanoi in December 1972. 

In the late '60s and early '70s, Baez moved toward pop/rock music and also began to write her own songs, culminating in the gold-selling Diamonds & Rust(April 1975), which was followed by the entirely self-written Gulf Winds (October 1976). Baez moved to the Portrait label of CBS Records with Blowin' Away(June 1977), but she left the label after Honest Lullaby (May 1979), and her next album, European Tour (1980), was released only outside the U.S. It was another seven years before she found an American record label, Gold Castle, forRecently (1987), which was followed by the live album Diamonds & Rust in the Bullring (January 1989) and Speaking of Dreams (October 1989). Baez moved to Virgin Records for Play Me Backwards (August 1992). 

In 1993, Vanguard released Rare, Live & Classic, a three-CD boxed set retrospective. Ring Them Bells, a live album on which Baez was joined by musical descendants like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls, came out on Guardian Records in 1995. Gone from Danger, her first studio album in five years, followed in 1997, and it was another six years before the release of Dark Chords on a Big Guitar in 2003. A November 2004 concert in New York was documented on the 2005 release Bowery Songs. Baez?s 24th studio album,Day After Tomorrow, produced by Steve Earle, was released on September 9, 2008, by Bobolink/Razor & Tie. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide






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Dar Williams Music Albums (8)

Razor & Tie
9/09/2008
Razor & Tie
9/13/2005

Evangeline
2/17/2003

Razor & Tie
9/25/2001




Promised Land
Razor & Tie
9/09/2008
My Better Self
Razor & Tie
9/13/2005
The Beauty of the Rain
Evangeline
2/17/2003
Out There Live
Razor & Tie
9/25/2001
The Green World
Razor & Tie
8/22/2000
End of the Summer
Razor & Tie
7/15/1997
Mortal City
Razor & Tie
1/23/1996
The Honesty Room
Waterbug
9/20/1994


'As Cool As I Am'
Dar Williams
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Dar Williams
I Saw A Bird Fly Away lyrics

I asked the habitual partygoer 
Just how high she thought she'd get, 
And I asked the ethereal girls 
If they were floating yet 

And so I asked the light of the day, 
What's this rush for heaven, 
And I saw a bird fly away, 
And I could not ask again. 

The tabloid-tainted actress knows 
The myth of higher ground. 
The thing she got from playing a nun 
She got from sleeping around. 

And so I asked the light of the day, 
What's this rush for heaven, 
And I saw a bird fly away, 
And I could not ask again.

He fell in the mud and
He became enlightened
I wonder who's laughin' now

And I've been running uphill, 
Panting, punching at the air, 
Fighting what's been pushing me down, 
Like I can see it there. 

And so I asked the light of the day, 
What's this rush for heaven, 
And I saw a bird fly away, 
And I could not ask again. 

And I saw all this climbing, climbing, 
Just as far from heaven, 
And I saw a bird fly away, 
And I started climbing again.

Who's laughing now
He fell in the mud and 
He became enlightened,
I wonder...who's laughing now

Dar Williams
The One Who Knows lyrics
Time it was I had a dream
And you're the dream come true
And if I had the world to give
I'd give it all to you.
I'll take you to the mountains
I will take you to the sea
I'll show you how this life became 
A miracle to me.

You'll fly away
but take my hand until that day
So when they ask how far love goes
When my job's done, you'll be the one who knows.

All the things you treasure most
Will be the hardest one
I will watch you struggle on
For the answers come
But I won't make it harder
I'll be there to cheer you up
I'll shine the light that guides you down
The road you're walking on

You'll fly away
but take my hand until that day
So when they ask how far love goes
When my job's done, you'll be the one who knows.

Before the mountains call to you
Before you leave this home
When I teach your heart to trust
As I will teach my own
But sometimes I will ask the moon
Where it shined upon you last
And shake my head and let me say
It all went by so fast

You'll fly away
but take my hand until that day
So when they ask how far love goes
When my job's done, you'll be the one who knows.

Dar Williams
When I Was A Boy lyrics

I won't forget when peter pan came to my house, took my hand
I said I was a boy; I'm glad he didn't check.

I learned to fly, I learned to fight
I lived a whole life in one night
We saved each other's lives out on the pirate's deck.
And I remember that night
When I'm leaving a late night with some friends
And I hear somebody tell me it's not safe, someone should help me
I need to find a nice man to walk me home.
When I was a boy, I scared the pants off of my mom, 
Climbed what I could climb upon
And I don't know how I survived, 
I guess I knew the tricks that all boys knew.
And you can walk me home, but I was a boy, too.

I was a kid that you would like, just a small boy on her bike
Riding topless, I didn't care who saw.
My neighbor came outside to say "Get your shirt!" 
I said "No way! It's the last time, I'm not breaking any law."
And now I'm in a clothing store where the sign says less is more
More that's tight means more to see, more for them not more for me.
That can't help me climb a tree in ten seconds flat.

When I was a boy, see that picture that was me, 
Grass-stained shirt and dusty knees.
And I know things have gotta change, they've got pills to sell
They've got implants to put in, they've got implants to remove.
But I am not forgetting, that I was a boy too.

And like the woods where I would creep, 
It's a secret I can keep
Except when I'm tired, except when I'm being caught off guard.
I've had a lonesome awful day, the conversation finds it's way
To catching fireflys out in the backyard.
So I tell the man I'm with about the other life I lived
And I say 'Now you're top gun, I have lost and you have won.'

And he says "oh no, can't you see?
When I was a girl, my mom and I we always talked, 
And I picked flowers everywhere that I walked.
And I could cry all the time, now even when I'm alone, I seldom do.
And I have lost some kindness
But I was a girl too, 
And you were just like me
And I was just like you."

Dar Williams
Mercy Of The Fallen lyrics

Oh my fair North Star
I have held to you dearly
I have asked you to steer me
Til one cloud scattered night
I got lost in my travels
I met Leo the Lion
Met a king and met a giant, with their errant knight

There's the wind
And the rain
And the mercy of the fallen
Who say they have no claim
To know what's right
There's the weak
And the strong
And the beds that have no answers
And that's where I may rest my head tonight

I saw all the bright people
In imposing flocks they landed
And they got what they demanded
And they scratched at the ground
Then they flew, and the field
Grew as sweetly for the flightless
Who had longing yet despite this
They could hear every sound

There's the wind
And the rain
And the mercy of the fallen
Who say they have no claim
To know what's right

If your sister or your brother were stumbling on their last mile
In a self-inflicted exile
Wish for them a humble friend
And I hope someday that the best of Falstaff's planners
Give me seven half-filled manors
Where half-dreams may dream
Without end

There's the wind
And the rain
And the mercy of the fallen
Who say, "Hey, it's not my place
To know what's right"
There's the weak
And the strong
And the many stars that guide us
We have some of them inside us

Dar Williams
The Easy Way lyrics

I knew a guy, I thought he was my first love
But he had to decide…between me and the one before
And she stacked it all up
Like a house of cards
That if he didn't come back
He'd find her flattened on the floor
And though, I went and lived in my own hell
Thought that I could die as well
I Let him go, where he thought he had to go

Chorus
Cause I never took heavy words for granted
And I never took, the undeserved advantage
No I never took the easy way
So, why don't you take it a little easy on me now

I know the road has so many questions
And I thought I could explode
Just for some attention
I could acolyte, I saw the flames of towering tapers
I was prophesized by the flaming piles of papers
Yeah I watched the power huddles
And their coats draped over puddles
And trust me baby, I'm the one you need

Chorus
But I never took heavy words for granted
And I never took, the undeserved advantage
No I never took the easy way
So, why don't you take it a little easy on me now

We don't want to be the ones, 
Who lie and cheat and slander
So we hold each other up
To the higher standards
But I'll tell you what
I never tried to make it hard
Cause when your hard, just to be hard, 
The only thing that's hard is you

So heres what I took
I kept the wine and laughter
And tell every path
That you'll screw up in ever after
Yeah through the peaks and twisty canyons
I made many great companions
Best of all is the one that loves me like you do

Chorus x 2
But I never took heavy words for granted
And I never took, the undeserved advantage
No I never took the easy way
So, why don't you take it a little easy on me now

2nd Chorus

Cause I never took heavy words for granted
And it's much too late, to even want the shortcut
Yeah I never took the easy way
So, why don't you take it a little easy on me now
Cause we know that easy, never easy anyhow


Dar Williams Lyrics


After All lyrics  
Alleluia lyrics  
All My Heroes Are Dead lyrics  
And A God Descended lyrics  
Another Mystery lyrics  
Anthem lyrics  
Are You Out There lyrics  
Arrival lyrics  
As Cool As I Am lyrics  
Beautiful Enemy lyrics  
Better Things lyrics  
Bought And Sold lyrics  
Calamity John lyrics  
Calling The Moon lyrics  
Closer To Me lyrics  
College Girl lyrics  
Comfortably Numb lyrics  
Comfortably Numb - Ani Difranco lyrics  
Echoes lyrics  
Empire lyrics  
End Of The Summer lyrics  
Family lyrics  
Farewell To The Old Me lyrics  
February lyrics  
Fishing In The Morning lyrics  
Flinty Kind Of Woman lyrics  
For Everyone lyrics  
Highway Patrolman lyrics  
If I Wrote You lyrics  
I'll Miss You Till I Meet You lyrics  
In Love But Not At Peace lyrics  
Iowa lyrics  
Iowa (Traveling Iii) lyrics  
Ireland lyrics  
It's A War In There lyrics  
It Happens Every Day lyrics  
I Had No Right lyrics  
I Have Lost My Dreams lyrics  
I Love, I Love lyrics  
I Love, I Love (Traveling II) lyrics  
I Love, I Love [Travelling II] lyrics  
I Saw A Bird Fly Away lyrics  
I Won't Be Your Yoko Ono lyrics  
Liar lyrics  
Mark Rothko Song lyrics  
Mercy Of The Fallen lyrics  
Miss You Till I Meet You lyrics  
Mortal City lyrics  
My Friends lyrics  
O Canada lyrics  
O Canada Girls lyrics  
Party Generation lyrics  
Playing To The Firmament lyrics  
Play The Greed lyrics  
Road Buddy lyrics  
Southern California Wants To Be Western New… lyrics  
Southern California Wants To Be Western New York lyrics  
So Close To My Heart lyrics  
Spring Street lyrics  
Starman lyrics  
Stop Smoking lyrics  
Teenagers, Kick Our Butts lyrics  
Teen For God lyrics  
Terrarium lyrics  
The Babysitter's Here lyrics  
The Ballad Of Mary Magdalen lyrics  
The Ballad Of Mary Magdalene lyrics  
The Ballad Of Mary Magdelan lyrics  
The Beauty Of The Rain lyrics  
The Blessings lyrics  
The Christians And The Pagans lyrics  
The Christians & The Pagans lyrics  
The Easy Way lyrics  
The Great Unknown lyrics  
The Ocean lyrics  
The One Who Knows lyrics  
The Poignant, Yet Pointless, Crisis Of A Coed lyrics  
The Pointless, Yet Poignant, Crisis Of A Co-Ed lyrics  
The World's Not Falling Apart lyrics  
This Is Not The House That Pain Built lyrics  
This Was Pompeii lyrics  
Traveling Again lyrics  
Traveling Again (Traveling I) lyrics  
Two Sides Of The River lyrics  
We Learned The Sea lyrics  
What Do You Hear In These Sounds lyrics  
What Do You Love More Than Love lyrics  
When It Gets That Way lyrics  
When I Was A Boy lyrics  
When Sal's Burned Down lyrics  
Whispering Pines lyrics  
Wilder Than Her lyrics  
You're Aging Well lyrics  
Your Fire Your Soul lyrics  
You Rise And Meet The Day lyrics


Dar Williams Lyrics



After All lyrics  
Alleluia lyrics  
All My Heroes Are Dead lyrics  
And A God Descended lyrics  
Another Mystery lyrics  
Anthem lyrics  
Are You Out There lyrics  
Arrival lyrics  
As Cool As I Am lyrics  
Beautiful Enemy lyrics  
Better Things lyrics  
Bought And Sold lyrics  
Calamity John lyrics  
Calling The Moon lyrics  
Closer To Me lyrics  
College Girl lyrics  
Comfortably Numb lyrics  
Comfortably Numb - Ani Difranco lyrics  
Echoes lyrics  
Empire lyrics  
End Of The Summer lyrics  
Family lyrics  
Farewell To The Old Me lyrics  
February lyrics  
Fishing In The Morning lyrics  
Flinty Kind Of Woman lyrics  
For Everyone lyrics  
Highway Patrolman lyrics  
If I Wrote You lyrics  
I'll Miss You Till I Meet You lyrics  
In Love But Not At Peace lyrics  
Iowa lyrics  
Iowa (Traveling Iii) lyrics  
Ireland lyrics  
It's A War In There lyrics  
It Happens Every Day lyrics  
I Had No Right lyrics  
I Have Lost My Dreams lyrics  
I Love, I Love lyrics  
I Love, I Love (Traveling II) lyrics  
I Love, I Love [Travelling II] lyrics  
I Saw A Bird Fly Away lyrics  
I Won't Be Your Yoko Ono lyrics  
Liar lyrics  
Mark Rothko Song lyrics  
Mercy Of The Fallen lyrics  
Miss You Till I Meet You lyrics  
Mortal City lyrics  
My Friends lyrics  
O Canada lyrics  
O Canada Girls lyrics  
Party Generation lyrics  
Playing To The Firmament lyrics  
Play The Greed lyrics  
Road Buddy lyrics  
Southern California Wants To Be Western New… lyrics  
Southern California Wants To Be Western New York lyrics  
So Close To My Heart lyrics  
Spring Street lyrics  
Starman lyrics  
Stop Smoking lyrics  
Teenagers, Kick Our Butts lyrics  
Teen For God lyrics  
Terrarium lyrics  
The Babysitter's Here lyrics  
The Ballad Of Mary Magdalen lyrics  
The Ballad Of Mary Magdalene lyrics  
The Ballad Of Mary Magdelan lyrics  
The Beauty Of The Rain lyrics  
The Blessings lyrics  
The Christians And The Pagans lyrics  
The Christians & The Pagans lyrics  
The Easy Way lyrics  
The Great Unknown lyrics  
The Ocean lyrics  
The One Who Knows lyrics  
The Poignant, Yet Pointless, Crisis Of A Coed lyrics  
The Pointless, Yet Poignant, Crisis Of A Co-Ed lyrics  
The World's Not Falling Apart lyrics  
This Is Not The House That Pain Built lyrics  
This Was Pompeii lyrics  
Traveling Again lyrics  
Traveling Again (Traveling I) lyrics  
Two Sides Of The River lyrics  
We Learned The Sea lyrics  
What Do You Hear In These Sounds lyrics  
What Do You Love More Than Love lyrics  
When It Gets That Way lyrics  
When I Was A Boy lyrics  
When Sal's Burned Down lyrics  
Whispering Pines lyrics  
Wilder Than Her lyrics  
You're Aging Well lyrics  
Your Fire Your Soul lyrics  
You Rise And Meet The Day lyrics

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Total communication equals peace. 
That is our aim. 
That is what artists can do for the world! 

Yoko Ono
What is the Relationship Between the World and the Artist?, May 1971


IMAGINE PEACE





IMAGINE PEACE

War Is Over














IMAGINE PEACE


Q: "You have attained sufficient honor and wealth. Are you happy?"

John: "Yes."




IMAGINE PEACE


Notes
  1. ^ Infoplease.com [1]
  2. ^ Cohen, Gail J. "Dar Williams FAQ". Retrieved on 2007-03-06.
  3. ^ "Tonic on WUKY". Retrieved on 2008-09-19.
  4. ^ a b Alarik, Scott (September/October 1994). "Finding a New Approach". Performing Songwriter Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-04-11.
  5. ^ "Find in a Library: Tofu Tollbooth, First Edition". Retrieved on 2007-03-11.
  6. ^ "Find in a Library: Tofu Tollbooth, Second Edition". Retrieved on 2007-03-11.
  7. ^ "Joan Baez and Dar Williams Interviewed by Liane Hansen". NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. 1995-10-08.
  8. ^ http://darwilliams.net/library/advocate6-11-01.html
  9. ^ "Food Is Not Love podcast". Retrieved on 2007-03-21.
  10. ^ Rothschild, Matthew (June 2006). "Dar Williams Interview". The Progressive. Retrieved on 2007-04-11.

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Dar Williams live at  2007 at Club Volaire, Edinburgh Scotland


                      
Dar Williams along with
         Sher Watson, folk-rock singer songwriter                  
    and Sher's Das Contras Folk-Rock_Jazz Fusion Band
http://www.dascontras.com/
Das Contras: a six-headed musical monster with a Latin temperament, an axe to grind, two devilish horns & a rock n roll heart.
Born in Fife, nurtured in Stockholm and corrupted in Glasgow, Das Contras have been performing their unique funk/folk/jazz/rock since 2005. 
Since winning the PRS New Music Award in 2006 the band have played hundreds of concerts from Auld Reekie to New York.
Live highlights include festivals in the US & Europe and gigs with Ozomatli (The Arches), Acoustic Ladyland (King Tuts), Terry Callier (Jazz Cafe), Marlena Shaw & Candi Staton (The Ferry). 



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Artworf for Das Topia Album by

 Famous Japanese artist Shizuko Kiyohara

compliements of the

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Art will be on displayed by amazing talented 
Japanese artist Shizuko Kiyohara.

Education1992 Completed research study at Joshibi University of art and Design

1998 Internship trainee, Ministry of Education, Japan

ExhibitionJapan Contemporary Art Exhibition/Tokyo Metropolitan Museum

(The national museum of Modern Art Tokyo Prize)

The Japan Print Associate Exhibition /Tokyo Metropolitan Museum

('97 Associate member prize , '98 New Comer Prize )

International Biennial in Gyor/Hungary , In Seoul/Korea,

Georgian College, Canada Tikotin Museum of Israel etc.

Public CollectionThe National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Japan

The Museum of Modern Art , Kamakura and Hayama, Japan

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art ,Israel Gyor Museum, Hungary

For more information on Japanese artist Shizuko Kiyohara and her to view her artwork visit

http://www.geocities.jp/shizko_web/ and
 
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 is due out in May, 2009
are some of the artists chosen by

            
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and the work to bring peace to this world and
to encourage government and
the people to stop all wars with their message


                The War Is Over.. and please just
                 Imagine Peace and Give Peace A Chance


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                     wwww.imagingepeace.com
 





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Dar Williams at Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock, NY, May 2007
Dar Williams at Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock, NY, May 2007


Dar Williams

Dar Williams (Dorothy Snowden Williams, born April 19, 1967)[1] is an American singer-songwriter specializing in pop folk.

She is a frequent performer at folk festivals and has toured with such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, The Nields, Shawn Colvin, Girlyman, Joan Baez, and Catie Curtis.

Biography

Williams was born in Mount Kisco, New York, and grew up in Chappaqua with two older sisters, Meredith and Julie.[citation needed] The nickname "Dar" has erroneously been thought to relate to the Daughters of the American Revolution, which is mentioned in the song "Flinty Kind of Woman." However, it actually originated due to a mispronunciation of "Dorothy" by one of Williams's sisters.[2] Recently, in an interview with WUKY radio, Dar said her parents wanted to name her Darcy, after the character in Pride and Prejudice, and that they intentionally called her "Dar-Dar", which she shortened to "Dar" in school.[3]

In interviews[specify], she has described her parents as "liberal and loving" people who early on encouraged a career in songwriting. Williams began playing the guitar at age nine and wrote her first song two years later. However, she was more interested in drama at the time, and majored in theater and religion at Wesleyan University.

Williams moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1990 to further explore a career in theater. She worked for a year as stage manager of the Opera Company of Boston,[4] but on the side began to write songs, record demo tapes, and take voice lessons. Her voice teacher encouraged her to try performing at coffeehouses, but her early years performing were made difficult by the intimidating nature of the Boston folk music scene, as well as her own battle with stage fright. In 1993 Williams moved to Northampton, Massachusetts.

Early in Williams's music career, she opened for Joan Baez, who would make her relatively well known by recording some of her songs (Williams also dueted with Baez on Ring Them Bells). Her growing popularity has since relied heavily on community coffeehouses, public radio, and an extensive fan base on the Internet.[citation needed]

Williams recorded her first full album, The Honesty Room, under her own label, Burning Field Music. Guest artists included Nerissa and Katryna Nields and Gideon Freudmann. The album was soon picked up by Waterbug Records. In 1995, she moved to Razor & Tie, and her first album for that label, 1996's Mortal City received substantial notice, partially due to the fact that it coincided with her tour with Baez.[citation needed] The album again featured guest appearances by the Nields sisters and Freudmann, as well as noted folk artists John Prine, Cliff Eberhardt and Lucy Kaplansky. With that success, Razor & Tie re-released The Honesty Room. By the time of her third release, End of The Summer (1997), Williams' career had gathered substantial momentum, and the album did remarkably well[specify], given its genre and independent label status.

In 1998, Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky formed the group Cry Cry Cry as a way to pay homage to some of their favorite folk artists. The band released an eponymous album of covers and toured from 1998 to 2000.

She has since released four more studio albums on the Razor & Tie label (The Green World (2000), The Beauty of the Rain (2003), My Better Self (2005), and Promised Land (2008)), as well as a live album (Out There Live (2001)).

Williams has lent her talent and support to various causes, founding the Snowden Environmental Trust and taking part in many benefit concerts. She performed in a show at Alcatraz with Baez and the Indigo Girls, to benefit the prisoner-rights group Bread and Roses.

As someone who has toured a great deal of the time and had trouble finding suitable dining on the road, Williams was inspired to write and publish a directory of natural food stores and restaurants called The Tofu Tollbooth in 1994.[5] In 1998 Williams co-authored a second edition with Elizabeth Zipern.[6]

On May 4, 2002, she married Michael Robinson, an old friend from college. Their son, Stephen Gray Robinson, was born on April 24,2004. She currently resides in Hudson Highlands, New York.

Dar Williams on songwriting
Williams wants her music to be an "efficient career," something she can do her entire life.[citation needed] She strives to accomplish this by "continuously court[ing] your muse; to keep writing stuff that feels risky about things you believe in, that you're really feeling."

Songs

Recurrent themes in Williams's songs include religion, adolescence, gender issues, anti-commercialism, misunderstood relationships,loss, humor, and geography.

Williams' early work spoke clearly of her upbringing in 1970s and 80s suburbia -- of alienation, and the hypocrisy evident in the post-WWIImiddle class. On the track "Anthem" on her early tape All My Heroes Are Dead, she sang, "I know there's blood in the pavement and we've turned the fields to sand."

Williams' songs often address gender typing, roles, and inequities. "You're Aging Well" on The Honesty Room discusses adolescent body image, ageism and self-loathing in excruciating detail. The song ended with the singer finding an unnamed female mentor who pointed her toward a more enlightened and mature point of view. Joan Baez covered the song in concert and later duetted with Williams on tours.[7]

A 2001 article in The Advocate[8] discussed Williams' popularity among LGBT people, writing that among LGBT-supportive straight songwriters, "few manage in their lyrics to dig as deeply or as authentically as... Williams does".

"When I Was a Boy", also on The Honesty Room, uses Williams' own childhood experiences as a tomboy to muse on gender roles and how they limit boys and girls, who then become limited men and women.[4]

"The Christians and Pagans" on Mortal City simultaneously tackles both religion and sexual orientation through a tale of a lesbian/pagancouple that chooses to spend solstice with the devout Christian uncle of one of the women, thus creating a situation where people who would oppose each other on almost every political and cultural front try to get by on pure politeness. Throughout the song, the family members begin to discover their differences need not estrange them from one another.

In an interview in 2007 on the Food Is Not Love podcast, she said that the song "February" from Mortal City was one of her songs that she liked best. She referred to the way the song "kept on evolving into, not only what I wanted to say, but what I wanted to say and didn't even know was in there." She liked the way the song "kept on breaking its own rules in a way that art is all about."[9]

Williams' relationship with her family is hinted at through several songs, perhaps most notably in "After All" off The Green World. The song appears to deal mainly with her depression at the age of twenty-one,[10] referring to it as a "winter machine that you go through" repeatedly while "everyone else is spring-bound." It also hints at a history of physical abuse suffered by her parents, which ironically helps to give some closure and perspective to Williams' own personal struggles.

Later work

Williams' latest two albums, The Beauty of the Rain and My Better Self, are characterized by more lush arrangements, guest artists, movement away from the tropes and techniques of folk song-writing, and the wry sensibility of a mature woman looking at her life, rather than a young woman trying to handle her upbringing.

Discography

Albums, EPs

Contributions

Bibliography

  • The Tofu Tollbooth (1998, co-author)
  • Amalee (May 2004)
  • Lights, Camera, Amalee (July 2006)


Dar Williams Past Events list only upcoming events

March, 2009

1

Sunday

Hamilton, ON Canada

8:00 pm

$20.00

The Studio at Hamilton Place

[ more info ]

5

Thursday

South Burlington, VT

7:30 pm

$25.00

Higher Ground

[ more info ]

6

Friday

Rockland, ME

8:00 pm

$28.00

The Strand Theatre

[ more info ]

7

Saturday

Brownfield, ME

8:00 pm

$35.00

Stone Mountain Arts Center

[ more info ]

11

Wednesday

New York, NY

8:00 pm

R.E.M. Tribute at Carnegie Hall

[ more info ]

February, 2009

3

Tuesday

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

8:00 pm

$20.00

Culture Room

[ more info ]

4

Wednesday

St. Petersburg, FL

7:30 pm

$27.50

The Palladium

[ more info ]

5

Thursday

Gainesville, FL

8:00 pm

$15.00

Common Grounds

[ more info ]

6

Friday

Jacksonville Beach, FL

8:00 pm

$15.00

Freebird Live

[ more info ]

7

Saturday

New Orleans, LA

9:00 pm

$15.00

The Parish @ House Of Blues

[ more info ]

27

Friday

Wakefield, PQ Canada

8:30 pm

$20.00

The Black Sheep Inn

[ more info ]

28

Saturday

Toronto, ON Canada

The Mod Club

[ more info ]


January, 2009

21

Wednesday

Rochester, NY

7:00 pm

$22.00

Water Street Music Hall

[ more info ]

22

Thursday

Boston, MA

8:00 pm

$26.50

Paradise Rock Club -- SOLD OUT

[ more info ]

23

Friday

New York, NY

6:00 pm

$25.00

Webster Hall

[ more info ]

24

Saturday

Philadelphia, PA

8:00 pm

Keswick Theatre

[ more info ]

25

Sunday

Ringwood, NJ

2:00 pm

$25.00

Ringwood Public Library

[ more info ]

26

Monday

Richmond, VA

8:00 pm

The National

[ more info ]

28

Wednesday

Carrboro, NC

8:00 pm

$22.00

Cat's Cradle

[ more info ]

29

Thursday

Birmingham, AL

8:00 pm

$20.00

WorkPlay Theatre

[ more info ]

30

Friday

Athens, GA

8:00 pm

$20.00

Georgia Theatre

[ more info ]

31

Saturday

Greenville, SC

8:00 pm

$17.00

The Handlebar

[ more info ]



December, 2008

6

Saturday

New Haven, CT

7:00 pm

Toad's Place

[ more info ]

11

Thursday

Ringwood, NJ

1:30 pm

$25.00

Ringwood Public Library

[ more info ]

12

Friday

Woodstock, NY

9:00 pm

Bearsville Theater

[ more info ]

13

Saturday

Fall River, MA

8:00 pm

Narrows Center for the Arts

[ more info ]

14

Sunday

Skowhegan, Maine

Opera House

[ more info ]

26

Friday

Northampton, MA

7:00 pm & 9:30 pm

$32.50

The Iron Horse

[ more info ]

27

Saturday

Brooklyn, NY

8:00 pm

$25.00

Southpaw

[ more info ]


P



October, 2008

1

Wednesday

Portland, ME

8:00 pm

One Longfellow Square

[ more info ]

2

Thursday

Woodstock, VT

7:30 pm

Woodstock Town Hall Theatre

[ more info ]

3

Friday

Great Barrington, MA

8:00 pm

Mahaiwe Arts Center

[ more info ]

4

Saturday

Mamaroneck, NY

8:00 pm

Emelin Theatre

[ more info ]

14

Tuesday

Boulder, CO

8:00 pm

Boulder Theater

[ more info ]

15

Wednesday

Holladay, UT

Holladay United Church of Christ

[ more info ]

17

Friday

Seattle, WA

8:00 pm

Moore Theatre

[ more info ]

18

Saturday

Eugene, OR

7:30 pm

The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

[ more info ]

19

Sunday

Portland, OR

8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

[ more info ]

20

Monday

Santa Cruz, CA

8:00 pm

Rio Theatre

[ more info ]

22

Wednesday

San Francisco, CA

8:00 pm

Great American Music Hall

[ more info ]

23

Thursday

Los Angeles, CA

9:00 pm

El Rey Theatre

[ more info ]

24

Friday

Tucson, AZ

7:00 pm

Club Congress

[ more info ]

25

Saturday

Flagstaff, AZ

7:30 pm

Orpheum Theatre

[ more info ]

28

Tuesday

Dallas, TX

8:00 pm

House of Blues

[ more info ]

30

Thursday

Austin, TX

8:00 pm

Texas Union Ballroom

[ more info ]


November, 2008

1

Saturday

Decatur, GA

7:00 pm & 9:30 pm

Eddie's Attic

[ more info ]

2

Sunday

Charlotte, NC

8:00 pm

Neighborhood Theatre

[ more info ]

3

Monday

Asheville, NC

8:00 pm

The Orange Peel

[ more info ]

6

Thursday

Charlottesville, VA

7:30 pm

Gravity Lounge

[ more info ]

7

Friday

Alexandria, VA

7:00 pm

The Birchmere

[ more info ]

8

Saturday

Alexandria, VA

7:00 pm

The Birchmere

[ more info ]

18

Tuesday

Hanover, New Hampshire

Spaulding Auditorium

[ more info ]

21

Friday

St Louis, MO

9:00 pm

Blueberry Hill

[ more info ]

22

Saturday

Nashville, TN

10:00 pm

3rd & Lindsley

[ more info ]

23

Sunday

Louisville, KY

7:00 pm

Clifton Center

[ more info ]

December, 2007

1

Saturday

New York, NY

8:30 pm

City Folk Live @ Zankel Hall

[ more info ]

2

Sunday

Brooklyn, NY

8:00 pm

Southpaw

[ more info ]

November, 2007

2

Friday

Fairfield, CT

8:00 pm

Quick Center for the Arts @ Fairfield University

[ more info ]

3

Saturday

Newburyport, MA

8:00 pm

Newburyport City Hall Auditorium

[ more info ]

4

Sunday

Pawling, NY

8:00 pm

Towne Crier Cafe

[ more info ]

7

Wednesday

Philadelphia, PA

8:30 pm

The Tin Angel

[ more info ]

8

Thursday

Annapolis, MD

6:30 pm & 9:30 pm

Ram's Head On Stage

[ more info ]

9

Friday

Alexandria, VA

7:30 pm

Birchmere

[ more info ]

10

Saturday