Master guitarist to play at Eaglemount Cidery

PORT TOWNSEND — Singer-songwriter and master guitarist Jack Williams will perform at The Palindrome on Wednesday at Eaglemount Cidery, 1893 S. Jacob Miller Road in Port Townsend.

The concert, presented by Rainshadow Recording and Concerts, is sponsored by The Lighthouse Cafe and Robin’s Nest Bed and Breakfast. Media sponsor is KPTZ Radio.

Tickets are $20 online or $25 cash or check at the door.

Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, returns for the sixth time. His music has been shaped by a 54-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

“Jack Williams is truly one of the most remarkable guitar players I have had the pleasure to present (and that’s saying something!) and a fine singer-songwriter to boot,” said Everett Moran of Rainshadow Recording.

“His artistry … is nothing short of amazing,” said Rich Warren of WFMT’s “Midnight Special” of Chicago. “Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs. He is a showman in the best sense of the word and just wowed our audience. I think they would have followed him anywhere.”

Williams is counted among the most dynamic performers on today’s “folk” circuit, organizers said.

He is a “musician’s musician,” an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar.

Avoiding the compromises of the commercial music industry during his 50-plus-year career, Williams prefers touring under the radar, playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing, organizers said.

He is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses and festivals to music halls and city arts stages, and he frequently shares his musical knowledge with others.

Workshops

In addition to leading numerous workshops as he tours the country, he has been on the staff of The Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, Lamb’s Songwriter Retreat in Michigan, The Folk Project in New Jersey, WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire and he co-hosts a semi-annual Music Workshop Weekend near his home in the Ozarks.

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