Williams will perform at arts center Sept. 27

Williams will perform at arts center Sept. 27
The South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music and the Vermillion Area Arts Council will be sponsoring a concert by South Carolina-born guitarist and songwriter, Jack Williams.

He will be performing at the Washington Street Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Williams has toured England, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, France and Austria, performing at festivals, house concerts and major folk venues.

A featured performer on the Philadelphia and Kerrville main stages, Jack has also appeared on the Newport and Boston Folk Festival stages. While touring in Massachusetts, Jack was invited on stage by Arlo Guthrie to perform one of his original songs and to join the group in a series of final numbers.

In addition to his successful solo career, Jack's credits include guitar work with legendary singer/songwriters Mickey Newbury, Harry Nilsson, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary), and Steve Gillette, among others.

Peter Yarrow said, "Jack is the best guitar-player I've ever heard." Legendary singer/songwriter, Mickey Newbury added, "Jack and his music are an American treasure."

Williams has six CDs on Wind River/Folk Era Records: Walkin' Dreams and Live & In Good Company, both released in 2003, plus Eternity & Main, Across the Winterline, Dreams of the Song Dog, and his first CD which is scheduled for re-issue, Highway from Back Home.

His is music born at the meeting ground of the traditional and the contemporary – original Southern-American songwriting and performance, drawing deeply from an eclectic well of musical heritage. Jack's fusion of guitar, voice and songs are loaded with influences from a career in jazz, classical, rock, blues, country and folk.

A free-will donation will be taken at the door. For more information, contact Sharon Gray at 605-624-8833 or see Williams' Web site at www. JackWilliamsMusic.com.

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