Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Since she was barely out of her teens, Dar Williams has had a long-standing relationship with the Eighth Step coffeehouse. Back then in the early 1990s, she opened up for the likes of John Gorka and moved up to headlining status in the intimate church basement on Willett Street, singing “The Babysitter Song” and other tunes on youthful topics.
Today, Williams is a leading folk-icon representing her generation of songwriting troubadours. The songs Williams sings and composes are about more relevant things. After all, she’s lived a bit of life by now and had a chance to observe the human condition close up while criss-crossing the country as a performer.
“OK, true confession. Murder mysteries or detective thrillers – on my computer. Particularly, these days, dreary Norwegian and Swedish ones. It goes with the weather.”
Dar Williams, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?
“No, I can’t remember the first album I ever bought. And you know why? Because I so thoroughly pillaged my sister’s record collection that anything that I actually bought was just sort of an enhancement.
But I’m sure that whatever album I first bought was eternally uncool. I listened to pop music and had a very meaningful relationship with my parents’ folk-rock collection.
The Kingston Trio albums were well-worn in my house. I really loved Joan Baez’s ‘David’s Album’ and Judy Collins’ ‘Whales and Nightingales’ and “Wildflowers.’ And, of course, I listened to all the Beatles’ albums – backwards and forwards.
And somewhere along the way I took it upon myself to open my ears to classical music because my father was such a huge fan.
And the cast album of ‘Godspell.’
Simon and Garfunkel.
And, oh yeah, Herman’s Hermits, too.”