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March 21, 2013

Moved by mythology

Folk singer Dar Williams returns to Newburyport

Pop folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams is making her return to Newburyport tomorrow night and she’s bringing some “gods” with her.

The Wesleyan graduate sold out the intimate City Hall auditorium back in 2009 and couldn’t be happier to be coming back to the city.

“The day that I spent there was very magical,” Williams says of her visit to the North Shore four years ago. “There’s a lot of history there. I went to the Peabody-Essex Museum, and then made my way up to Newburyport, and it’s just kind of what every touring artist hopes traveling would be.”

Appearing with Williams will be Ipswich native Jake Armerding, who has been turning heads as he builds a reputation in Boston acoustic music scene.

A free spirit all her life, Williams found her way to Massachusetts from her native New York in the early 1990s while working as a stage manager for the Opera Company of Boston. But music was calling to her, and she recorded her first album, “I Have No History” in 1990.

Another album followed in 1991 and Williams began opening for folk legend, Joan Baez who would pay her the ultimate compliment when she recorded the duet, “You’re Aging Well” with her in 1993.

“It was a lifetime experience but it was also a turning point,” Williams says of working with Baez. “She chose to bring me out on the road with her and introduce me to the world. And there are people who still come to my shows, 20 years later, who say that they were there when I was first starting with Joan. She is a generous spirit.”

Williams has not looked back since as she’s spent a career touring with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, The Nields, Shawn Colvin, Girlyman, and Catie Curtis. She is now celebrating her 18th release, “In the Time of Gods,” the inspiration for which came while Williams was out for a drive.

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