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Kathryn Williams (born 1974 in Liverpoolmarker, Englandmarker) is a singer/songwriter.


Kathryn Williams was born in Liverpool, and now lives in Newcastle upon Tynemarker after earning an art degree in the city. Williams released her first album, Dog Leap Stairs on her own Caw Records label in 1999 with a budget of £80. The follow up, Little Black Numbers, garnered a Mercury Prize nomination, bringing her to the attention of a wider public. A spell with EastWest / Atlantic followed (Old Low Light in 2002, and the Relations covers album in 2004), before she returned to her independent roots with 2005's Over Fly Over. She released her sixth album, Leave to Remain, on Caw in 2006.

Williams has collaborated with Neill Maccoll, John Martyn, Badmarsh and Shri, Thea Gilmore, Tobias Froberg and Ted Barnes. Two, released in 2008, is the first project to be released under joint names. Williams and Maccoll co-wrote most of the album, with the exception of "Innocent When You Dream", which is a Tom Waits song. Two further songs on Two are written solely by Williams "6 a.m. Corner" and "Blue Fields". Kathryn plays guitars, mellotron, Hammond organ and harmonium on the album.

Commercial success

Her next step was recording some of her music onto CD. These quickly sold at her gigs, so Williams set up her own record label, Caw Records, to release her music. After her second album, Little Black Numbers, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, she signed a licensing deal with Eastwest Records. Little Black Numbers reached number 70 in the album charts in 2001. The follow-up, Old Low Light reached number 56 in 2002.

Her influences include Nina Simone, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Simon And Garfunkel and Velvet Underground. She listens to classical and Cuban music, as well as artists such as PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, though she says she will always go back to the influences she grew up with . She has sung on the new Badmarsh & Shri album and worked with Twisted Nerve artist Pedro.

In 2006, she was a special guest on Tom McRae's Hotel Cafe Tour. Following this, Kathryn Williams completed a tour with Tobias Froberg as support, to promote her album 'Leave to Remain.'

Kathryn Williams released "Two" on Monday the 3rd March 2008, written with and featuring Neill MacColl.




  • "The Fade EP"
  • "Soul to Feet"
  • "Jasmine Hoop"
  • "No One Takes You Home"
  • "In a Broken Dream"
  • "Shop Window"
  • "Beachy Headmarker"
  • "Hollow"
  • "When"
  • "Come With Me" (2008)


  • "The Fade EP" – "Kiss the Forehead", "Some Kind of Wonderful"
  • "Jasmine Hoop" – "Foreign Skies"
  • "No One Takes You Home" – "Without Beat of Drum"

Personal life

Williams is an alumnus of Northumbria University.


  • "Night Baking"; on the charity album Colours Are Brighter - October 2006
  • "Words from the Garden"; Words from the Garden is a poets in residence involving Kathryn Williams, Nev Clay, Emma McGordon and Anna Woodford. This CD is a selection of their writings from The Alnwick Garden over the winter of 2006/07, set in a soundscape by Caroline Beck with music by Kathryn Williams and Nev Clay.
  • Williams recorded a cover of Tim Buckley's "Buzzin' Fly" for the 2005 tribute album Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim and Jeff Buckley.

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