Belfast debut for Marlon Williams

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After selling out his first London show in June, acclaimed New Zealand crooner Marlon Williams returns for his first headline tour of the UK and Europe this October/November and will be playing at McHugh’s Basement on October 24.

Now based in Australia, Williams is riding high off the back of a huge 12 months in his homelands. His debut album charted at number 4 in its opening week in NZ, and number 31 in Australia, and has already featured on countless album of the year so far lists. His album release tour sold out weeks in advance, the Sydney Morning Herald review glowing “what a terrific show. Fun and funny, sad and blue, it had flashes of modernity amid vast swathes of history and offered up the promise of a future completely unpredictable and completely watchable”.

Williams will spend the next six months touring internationally, before releasing his debut album in UK/Europe and North America in early 2016.

Marlon Williams grew up singing in the Christchurch cathedral choir, before his punk rock dad turned him onto country music in his teens.

He founded The Unfaithful Ways at 17, with his high school friends and their science teacher, and quickly gained national attention, playing the Big Day Out, touring with Band of Horses and Justin Townes Earle, and picking up a Critics Choice award nomination at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album Free Rein.

Williams met acclaimed country singer Delaney Davidson in 2011, and the pair began performing as a duo. Over two years they released three volumes of the series, Sad But True: The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting, garnering critical acclaim, including the New Zealand country song and country album of the year in 2013.

Tickets for the Belfast show, priced £8, are on sale now from all usual outlets.