Legendary folk musician Dar Williams to perform in Unity

Jan 09, 2014

Legendary folk musician Dar Williams will perform at the Unity College Center for Performing Arts Thursday, Jan. 23. The show will start at 7:30 p.m., with doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

Beloved pop folk singer, Dar Williams, has been described by The New Yorker as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters". A veteran of the New England folk scene with 10 albums under her belt, she emerged nationally in the mid-1990s, winning fans with her idiosyncratic songwriting, acerbic wit and lovely soprano voice. Williams takes pains to avoid the coy and the quirky; her songwriting and performing style has been compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez (an early fan), but with a few acidic and at times hilarious twists.

Selling more than a million albums during her career, Williams has been named one of the most influential singer-songwriters of her time by Rolling Stone, Spin, and Paste Magazine. NPR's World Café praised her "smart and serious songs with her trademark wit." Williams recently released her latest album, 2012's highly praised In The Time of Gods, which ranks right up there with her best work. Plain spoken and heartfelt, yet inspired and ambitious, she stands as one of the most prolific and endearing singer-songwriters of contemporary folk today.

Williams' sizable body of work accumulated is a continuing narrative of her life — what she's experienced and what she's observed during her years of intensive touring. It forms a detailed look at the course of modern-day existence in the 20 years since Williams released her debut album, The Honesty Room. 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 by examining and illuminating the minute details.

The Unity College Center for the Performing Arts is located at 42 Depot Street in downtown Unity. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit uccpa.unity.edu or call 207-948-7469. Built from a 100-year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the UCCPA is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures, and other various events.

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