A chance meeting a few years ago while on tour in The Netherlands led to the guitar-fiddle collaboration of Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow In 2020, their plans for touring and recording were temporarily scuppered, but the two decided to keep themselves busy by accepting an offer to create a ‘soundtrack’ devoted to films of the mighty barn owl. The result was an album – aptly titled Ghost Owl, comprising of ten tracks of fiddle and guitar written for, and inspired by, the barn owl.
The sound Brooks and Aaron create is truly Transatlantic: bluesy Americana, British Isles folk and jazzy Mediterranean. Their repertoire includes songs from Ghost Owl (2021) as well as Ready For The Times (June 2022), a collection of songs from across the broad acoustic roots folk spectrum, including Cheryl Wheeler’s Summer Fly, Jean Ritchie’s The L&N, Rab Noakes’ Jackson Greyhound and Olla Belle Reed’s I’ve Endured.
Aaron Catlow is a master violinist and half of the Bristol-based duo Hawes And Catlow, with guitarist-singer Kit Hawes. He is also the fiddler in UK festival favourite Sheelanagig. Catlow’s other credits including playing with Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Mad Dog Mcrea and Afro Celt Sound System.
Cambridge UK-based, Georgia US-born, Brooks Williams is known for both solos shows and collaborations with the likes of Dan Walsh, Sloan Wainwright, Boo Hewerdine and Rab Noakes, among others.
Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow play music of the highest order. Stripped back. Virtuosic. A fiddle, a guitar and two voices. Light and shade. “Absolutely wonderful!” (Mike Harding)
APRIL MINI-TOUR 2022
7th April Stoller Hall, Manchester
8th April Cambridge Folk Club, Cambridge
9th April The Green Note, Camden, London (Matinee show)
10th April The Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset
For further details visit: https://brookswilliams.com/brooks-williams-aaron-catlow