Natalie Williams Band
Tue 17 NovView Shows
Line-up: NATALIE WILLIAMS vocals; ROBIN MULLARKY bass & backing vocals; PHIL PESKETT keys & backing vocals; AL CHERRY guitar & backing vocals; JAMES MADDREN drums
Singer songwriter Natalie Williams returns to the EFG London Jazz Festival this year with a very special performance accompanied by her classic quartet.
“Natalie Williams is an ebullient presence, a singer who knows her Sarah Vaughan and Shirley Horn, but can turn on the R&B showmanship too. And She has technique to spare on the staccato runs of Spain”, “electrifying”
- Clive Davis, The Times
Natalie Williams, is a veteran of the British music sphere. Since beginning her residency during the re-opening of the Club in 2007, the vocalist and songwriter has enjoyed a rich, varied music career, garnering awards and devoted fans along the way. Whilst Williams' name may not crop up regularly in the music media, most successful vocalists coming out of the UK are on familiar terms with the influential musician. Grammy winning artist, Sam Smith, once went to watch her show as a teen. Smith says,
“Natalie helped me understand Soul music, and her Soul Family Sundays residency at Ronnie’s is what made me realise,‘this is what I really wanna do!'”
Her latest release, the EP Straight on Til Morning, written in collaboration with her husband, bassist and producer, Robin Mullarkey.
Locking in to that childhood love of stories, Natalie says: “Straight on Til Morning was inspired by my love for Peter Pan and all the things he stands for. Never growing up, dreaming big, flying and generally trying to have the best time in life despite any obstacles or ups and downs. When I was a very young girl my family took me to see a production of Peter Pan and I was utterly mesmerised. At the end of the show, a random kid got pulled out of the audience and got to ‘fly’ on stage. I wished that kid had been me for a very long time and it’s never really left my memory.”
Whilst it was written a little time before the Coronavirus pandemic took it's grip on the world, the aptly titled,, will ring true for many in the current climate. Although Williams can even find wit in being skint, with lyrics like 'only got pockets that jangle, when all we need is money that folds'. “'We may be broke'” says Williams, quoting the song, “cos musicians plus no gigs equals broke, but 'we ain't broke,' because despite the financial shortcomings we may face sometimes, we can actually have a really lovely time together and get through anything.