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Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow - Ghost Owl tickets

Thimblemill Library in Smethwick

Saturday 5th February 2022

7:30pm til 11:00pm (last entry 10:00pm)

Minimum Age: 5

The Friends Of Thimblemill Library welcome Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow to perform Ghost Owl, an audio-visual hommage to the barn owl.


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Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow - Ghost Owl on Saturday 5th February 2022

The Friends Of Thimblemill Library are pleased to welcome Brooks Williams & Arron Catlow to perform their new collaborative album Ghost Owl.

Please note that this will be a limited capacity show of just 50 capacity to allow for social distancing, so please ensure that you book your tickets early to ensure entry.

Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow

Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow bring their singular voices to the guitar and violin tradition with soaring melodies, heart-tugging counter-melodies and agile rhythms. Seamlessly connect Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Mediterranean overtones with technical brilliance, these two are masters of their respective instruments.
Williams and Catlow met on tour in The Netherlands a couple of years ago. Later that same year, Williams invited Aaron to play with him on his 30th Anniversary album, Work My Claim. There was magic from the start.
In 2021, opportunity came from an unlikely place. Filmmaker/Photographer Simon Hurwitz asked Williams to write and record a couple of guitar pieces to accompany some short films of barn owls.
A couple of tunes became an album’s worth, and Williams’ guitar was seconded by Catlow’s violin. The result is Ghost Owl, a collection of guitar and violin duets inspired by, and written for, the barn owl.
Aaron Catlow is a master violinist and half of the Bristol-based duo Hawes And Catlow, with guitarist-singer Kit Hawes. He is also the fiddler in UK festival favourite Sheelanagig. Catlow has also worked with Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Mad Dog Mcrea and Afro Celt Sound System.
Cambridge UK-based, Georgia US-born, Brooks Williams is known for both solos shows and collaborations with the likes of Boo Hewerdine, Rab Noakes and Sloan Wainwright, among others. He is named one of WUMB-FM Boston's Top 100 All-Time Artists. Fatea refers to him as “one of those select few 'how on earth does he do it?!' artists.'
In concert, Williams and Catlow mine the depth of both tunes and songs, from Williams' back catalogue as well as gems from the British and American folk tradition. Such as Church Street Blues, King Of California, and Farewell To The Gold.
It’s a Trans-Atlantic Roots Music Collaboration of the highest order. Stripped back. Virtuosic. Light and shade. Full flight.

“Aspiring guitarists and fiddlers need to listen closely.” - At The Barrier

“A thing of beauty.” - Folk Radio
“Absolutely wonderful!” - Mike Harding
“Beautiful slice of art!” - Sound & Vision
“The audience loved every minute of the performance and afterwards begged them to return to the stage.... ” - John Barker (The Big Wheel Blues Club / The Institute Laxey)
“Recalls the style of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick....” - Songlines

Limited Earlybird tickets available at only £12.00 (£8.00 concessions).

General Advance tickets & on the door entry will be £14.00 (£10.00 concessions).

Doors open at 7.30pm & music will commence at 8.00pm.

Note that this will be a mainly seated show.

Music Genres: 

Acoustic, Blues, Country/Americana, Folk, World Music

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Entry Prices

Minimum age: 5

Entry price (public): 12.00 (Additional fees may apply)

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This event has Covid secure measures in place

physical distancing

Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities


Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus

Hand gel available on site

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Thimblemill Road, ,,
B67 5RJ

Tel: 0121 569 4943

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