Fortune By Design is the debut album from Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh, admired by both listeners and fellow musicians alike, here they combine their talents for an extraordinary collaboration of British and Americana roots music.
Each is a leading light on their respective instruments and they both bring buckets of charisma and talent to the stage. Add to that poignant songs and lively humour and the result is a truly remarkable duet. They will simply knock your socks off. In 2020, they released a video of the Jimmie Davis and Eva Sargent classic, Columbus Stockade Blues. The response was instant and positive. You should do more of this, the predominant reaction…and so they have. With a few gigs under their belt, including Whitstable Sessions in Kent, Maverick Festival in Suffolk, and AVH Concerts in Derbyshire, Williams and Walsh have officially combined forces. Their repertoire includes their own songs and tunes, as well as classics from The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Norman Blake, Bessie Smith and Nanci Griffith. Brooks Williams plays guitar with ‘melodic virtuosity’ (Irish News), effortlessly combining old-time fingerpicking, country flat picking and bluesy backbeats. He’s rated one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and is ‘quite simply one of the most unassuming, natural performers on the circuit’ (Fatea). BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Musician’ nominee Dan Walsh plays British, Irish and American folk music. His ‘virtuoso playing’ (Morning Star) features a unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. ‘Absolutely terrific’ (Mark Radcliffe, BBC RADIO 2).
Artists’ website: https://brookswilliams.com/brooks-williams-dan-walsh
‘Columbus Stockade Blues’ – virtually live:
October/November/December 2022 UK tour dates.
14/10 CHESTER St Mary’s Centre
22/10 BEVERLEY St Nicholas Church
23/11 NORWICH Louis Marchesi
24/11 BASINGSTOKE The Anvil
25/11 DONCASTER Roots Music Club
26/11 FULBOURN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
03/12 BLYTH Royal Lightship
09/12 GREAT EASTON, LEICESTERSHIRE Village Hall