FTC welcomes back singer-songwriter Dar Williams

Fairfield Theatre Company welcomes beloved singer-songwriter Dar Williams back to StageOne on Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. in support of new album, Emerald.

One of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with the sheer elegance and honesty of her folk-pop songwriting since the early ‘90s. Raised in Chappaqua, N.Y., and educated at Wesleyan University, Williams spent 10 years living in the thriving artistic community of Northampton, Massachusetts where she began to mold her craft by making the rounds on the coffeehouse circuit.

Described by “The New Yorker” as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters,” Dar Williams became a veteran of the New England folk scene after winning over 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 over 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. While NPR’s World Café praised her for her “smart and serious songs with her trademark wit.”

Williams’s growth as an individual has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist. On one level, the 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. On another, it forms a detailed look at the course of modern-day existence in the last 20 years

Plain spoken and heartfelt, Dar Williams is inspirational and ambitious. She stands out as one of the most prolific and endearing singer-songwriters of contemporary folk today.

As documented on the 2010 two-disc retrospective Many Great Companions, Williams’ growth as an individual over her almost two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist and led her to perform alongside such legends as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, and Shawn Colvin.

Coming back to StageOne in support of latest release, Emerald, a musically engaging album that calls to mind Dar’s classic early career sets. Emerald is a polished and heartfelt crowd funded record that features collaborators Jill Sobule (opening for her as well at StageOne), Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, and The Milk Carton Kids.

Emerald is an exceptional album and stands tall. Audiences get ready for an irreplaceable sound as Dar writes in three dimensions that, will put a spell on you and conjure up that magical fourth dimension, with music that will lead to feelings that will indeed touch your heart, as it channels the heartfelt, honest, vital and of course poetic into one electrifying whole.

So don’t miss this chance to join the Fairfield Theatre Company in welcoming back this forceful songwriter, as Dar Williams brings the next chapter of her storied career to an intimate audience at StageOne.

For tickets, at $48 in advance, with a $3 member discount, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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