Astrid Williamson makes first appearance at Ropery Hall

A singer whose style has been likened to that of Carole King and Joni Mitchell is appearing at Ropery Hall on Friday (December 9).

Astrid Williamson, who grew up in Shetland, gained early experience of both local music tradition and stagecraft when she appeared at The Shetland Folk Festival before going on to graduate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) as a classically trained pianist where she also studied under composer Judith Weir.

“In the 1990s she formed the band Goya Dress in the 1990s alongside Terry De Castro and Simon Pearson before disbanding in 1998,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.  “Since then she has released seven albums to date via her own label, Incarnation Records.”

During her career Astrid has collaborated with other artists including the legendary DJ / producer, Arthur Baker, Oskar, and The Bilderberg Group, and toured with Brendan Perry, providing keyboards and backing vocals on his 2010 Ark tour.  Guitarist and Brian Enno collaborator Leo Abrahams produced her fifth album Pulse in 2011.

Returning to her classical roots, Astrid’s first large-scale classical composition, Requiem & Gallipoli, was first performed at Hessle All Saints’ Church as part of a 2015 D-Day remembrance event Requiem for the Fallen that raised funds for a local Hull veterans’ charity and aimed to make people aware of Operation Warrior Wellness, a programme addressing veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder using transcendental meditation.

Tickets to see Astrid’s gig, which starts at 8pm, cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door.  They can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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