Dar Williams Performs at the Clark

For Immediate Release

December 17, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Dar Williams brings her distinctive blend of pop-folk music to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on January 22 at 8:00 pm, opening the Clark’s 2011 concert series. The intimate Clark auditorium features soaring acoustics and excellent sight lines, offering one of the best performance venues in the region; tickets are $30 ($27 members and students). Tickets are available online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

Known for her soulful lyrics and her haunting voice, "Dar Williams may be the best female singer/songwriter in America today" (Stereotype Magazine). Raised in Chappaqua, New York, and educated at Wesleyan University, Williams lived for 10 years in the thriving artistic community of Northampton, Massachusetts, where she began to make the rounds on the coffeehouse circuit. Joan Baez, an early fan of her music, took Williams out on the road and recorded several of her songs. In 1995, two years after self-releasing her debut album, The Honesty Room, Williams signed with Razor & Tie Entertainment. Along with her six studio albums—also including The Green World (2000) and The Beauty of the Rain (2003)—she has released the onstage document Out There Live (2001) and the DVD Live at Bearsville Theater (2007).

Williams’s Clark concert will feature songs from her new album, Many Great Companions, a two-CD set recently released on the Razor & Tie label. The first disc contains luminous, newly recorded acoustic performances of 12 of Williams’s most sharply drawn and resonant songs; the second is a selection of 19 classic songs, along with her uplifting take on Ray Davies’s Kinks gem “Better Things.” On the new tracks, Williams is joined by Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, who doubles as producer. Also making memorable appearances are Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek fame, fellow singer/songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Patty Larkin, and the trio Motherlode. Many Great Companions charts Williams’s course from an upstart neo-folkie to a seasoned artist.

The Clark’s concert series continues with The White Rabbits, who will rock the Clark with their dreamy harmonies and thumping beats on Friday, February 25 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20. On Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 pm, rock-folk legend Roger McGuinn will share the signature rhythms that launched the Byrds to fame. Tickets are $38 ($35 members and students). For all concerts, tickets are available online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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January 22: Dar Williams brings her distinctive blend of pop-folk music to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on January 22 at 8:00 pm, opening the Clark’s 2011 concert series. The Clark’s soaring acoustics and intimate auditorium offer one of the best performance venues in the region; tickets are $30 ($27 members and students). Tickets are available online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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