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Celtic Music

About the Music



c"Doris Williams ' repertoire of Celtic, Renaissance, and American Folk is an ideal medium that transports her listeners to a safe, comforting place, a place for expressing what makes us spiritual human beings - our stories of love, sorrow, joys, and healing. Blessed as it is with a fluidity and transcendence it allows her listeners to rejoin the distant parts of our historic cultural tapestry.

She accompanies herself on lute. Renaissance, Celtic, and American songs, dance tunes, and instrumentals are in her repetoire. In her band Celtic Rose she plays lute and tin whistle. She has shared the stage with Peter Daldry, Pat Ryan, Andrew Davis, Kit Robberson, Claudia Gantivar, Howard Kadis, Karl Franzen, Ernest Kinsolving, Alan Keith, Gary Breitbart, Mike Bell, Caroline Garbarino, and many other local musicians.

Sean Fullerton, Music Writer & Producer writes: "Doris's naturalness and ease in sharing definitely helps others to be themselves, to open up. One of the most refreshing things about her nature is the way she lives out loud, unashamed. Whenever I'm tempted to hide my talents under a blanket, I think of how she walks out on stage without props and bares her soul with a single line of melody. . . She's an inspiration..."

"Without question, Doris is one of the most gifted artists working today. Whether singing Elizabethan folk tunes or classical arias, playing jazz piano or writing singularly original songs, this soulful young woman is an unstoppable force of creation."


Jeffrey Rensch writes: "Doris's voice is limber and pure and her musicianship is sound.
Performing Renaissance or Celtic music she seems to make a direct expressive connection from those earlier times to right now. You owe it to yourself to hear her!"


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Biography

Doris Williams has been singing since she was very young, starting at two with good old Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. She started piano lessons at 5 and voice at 14, and continued piano until college. While still a teenager Doris fell in love with early music. While attending Oakland University in Michigan her parents gave her a lute for a birthday present. She graduated from Oakland University in Michigan with a B.M. in Early Music, then went on to Stanford to get her M.A. degree in Vocal Early Music.

Doris has enjoyed the musical scene of the Bay Area since 1988, performing with professional chamber choirs, teaching private piano, choir, and voice, and performing as a soloist in church, recital hall, and many other venues, including local and regional Celtic Faires and Renaissance Faires. Doris accompanies herself on an 8-course lute, and also plays tin whistle, bodhran, and recorder. She is currently active singing Celtic, Renaissance, American, Jazz, Spiritual Healing Music, and Originals, accompanying herself on the lute. Doris has now moved to Michigan to live with her fiance, Jim, and is forging new beginnings as a performer, while still going to California for tours.

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Visit her youtube channel lutesandflutes. She has produced four albums: Celtic and Beyond, with Renaissance, Celtic, and Originals, "Renaissance and Beyond" , a live concert of Renaissance Music, "Sleep My Child" an early recording of her singing lullabies from around the world, and "The Singing Bird", live concerts of her performing with many of her musician friends in the Bay Area. Now she has moved to Michigan to live with her fiancÚ Jim, and is forging ahead with performing as usual!

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Press Review of Renaissance & Beyond: A review in Folknik, San Francisco Music Club organization. Article written by John Kelly:

You don't have to be an early music aficionado to enjoy this recording. Doris starts boldly with 16th century songwriter Claudin de Sermisy's "Tant que vivray". The first stanza is sparsely arranged, just voice and lute; then the second stanza adds another lute and recorder.

Doris' voice is rich and buttery, with a dark quality rarely heard in sopranos. The most original track is "Like the nun who sings to none" with a melody by Doug Young, south bay jazz guitarist, and lyrics by Doris' mother, Margaret Ann Sayres. A Welsh folk song, "Adar Man" provides a meditative transition to the spirited conclusion, Rory Cooney's "Canticle of the Turning".

Doris kicks it along and brings out its joy, hope, and wonder. Renaissance and Beyond is a good recording if you'd like to hear the roots of today's song genres - or if you simply enjoy beautiful singing and playing. The Singing Angel, as it says on the CD Cover.

"Singing is Sacred - Singing Heals - Singing is Life"

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DORIS in PALO ALTO WEEKLY »
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DORIS in SAN JOSE MERCURY »

Press Review of Renaissance & Beyond:
a review in Folknik, A San Francisco Music Club
Article by John Kelly.


You don't have to be an early music aficionado to enjoy this recording. Doris starts boldly with 16th century songwriter Claudin de Sermisy's "Tant que vivray". The first stanza is sparsely arranged, just voice and lute; then the second stanza adds another lute and recorder. Doris' voice is rich and buttery, with a dark quality rarely heard in sopranos.

The most original track is "Like the nun who sings to none" with a melody by Doug Young, south bay jazz guitarist, and lyrics by Doris' mother, Margaret Ann Sayres. A Welsh folk song, "Adar Man" provides a meditative transition to the spirited conclusion, Rory Cooney's "Canticle of the Turning". The lyrics are a reworking of the Magnificat, itself a bit of Hebrew folk poetry.

Doris kicks it along and brings out its joy, hope, and wonder. Renaissance and Beyond is a good recording if you'd like to hear the roots of today's song genres - or if you simply enjoy beautiful singing and playing. The Singing Angel, as it says on the Cd Cover.

Contact Doris at 650-213-6463 - or by e-mail: dorisinging@gmail.com


Upcoming Performances

2017:

Sunday, May 7 - 4:00 p.m. , St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 North Division Street, Ann Arbor, MI
Music from Codex Specialnik, a Prague Manuscript c 1500, directed by Carmen Cavallero.
Doris Williams performs Renaissance Harp with the Ann Arbor Grail Singers. $15/12/8

Thursday, April 27, 6 - 8
Doris Williams, Singing Angel. Creating New Originals on Celtic Harp & Lute.
A Bean To Go 16 W. Flint St. Lake Orion, Michigan

Monday, April 10, 3-5 p.m
.  Musical Offering, Bancroft St. Berkeley CA. Doris Williams performs

Friday, April 7, 7:30 - 9:30 p.
m.  Cafe Zoe,1929 Menalto Ave, Menlo Park,
Celtic Rose performs Renaissance and Celtic selections.

Friday March 17, 12 p.m.
 Performance at Henry Ford, Beaumont Hospital, West Bloomfield Michigan.

Thursday, March 16, 11:30
 St. Patrick's Performance at Clarkston Senior Center, Clarkston, Michigan

Saturday, April 15, Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St. Mountain View, CA  
Celtic Rose performs Renaissance and Celtic selections.



Here are the top ten reasons to seek a creative side of yourself:
1. We reinvent ourselves, tapping into our higher, healthier selves
2. We give our brains a tune-up
3. Refresh our soul, mind, and body
4. We release fears, hatred, guilt, or shame
5. WE share our personal journeys and stories, making connections with others
6. We reveal diversity in each other building respect and love
7. We eliminate blockages in our body causing disease
8. We share our commonality
9. We release the past, look forward to the future
10. Creativity solves challenges we face for ourselves and the world.

I create custom songs for you or someone you know that's special in your life.
A song that recalls all the special qualities and memories of someone or an event.

Contact me for more info.





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After singing in various chamber choirs, Doris Williams began to explore a solo career with extraordinary renaissance and folk musicians. She has produced three CDs: "Celtic and Beyond," "Renaissance and Beyond." and "The Singing Bird." They explore her versatility as an interpreter of renaissance and Celtic music. On these albums she plays the lute, tin whistle, keyboard, and sings. She displays her talents as a song writer of folk and spiritual music on these CDs.

Doris Williams performs live as a solo artist, and with her band Celtic Rose. She also is called to provide singing and prayerful comfort for those that have mental, physical, or spiritual illness, coming to their home, hospital, or hospice.


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"Singing is Sacred - Singing Heals - Singing is Life"

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Contact

For Lessons, Bookings for parties, Funraisers, Festivals and Special Events,& for more information on her CD "Celtic & Beyond"
Contact Doris: 650-213-6463
or by e-mail: dorisinging@gmail.com


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