Welsh Diva Iris Williams Returns To New York With Debut At The Beach Café
International song stylist Iris Williams returns to the New York cabaret scene in a solo performance in her debut at The Beach Cafe located on New York's Upper East Side. During Ms. Williams' set, themed "Let the music begin" she will interpret classic American standards and other favorites. September 8 at 8.15pm. A second appearance at the same venue will be made on October 13. Cabaret - The Beach Cafe.
Ms. Williams will also be appearing at the Cabaret Convention in New York on October 12 -
The 29th New York Cabaret Convention.
In October 2015, Candace Leeds of Cabaret Scenes declared, "The stately Welsh singer, Iris Williams, made her Birdland debut ..., performing to an enthusiastic sold-out house. With her low-key charm, elegant presence, and lovely, deep-throated contralto voice, she truly inhabited each of her songs. She had the audience in the palm of her hand throughout the show."
Reviewing her performance at The Metropolitan Club in 2013, Joe Regan, Jr said, "Iris Williams has lost not a bit of her voice which was championed by Stephen Holden ("...one of the most striking voices in all of cabaret.") and Rex Reed ("You owe it to yourself to see this great lady: Impeccable taste and elegant phrasing.") The vivacious and elegant chanteuse always performs with a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Rob Lester dubbed her voice 'warm brandy' and called her "The Halley's Comet of cabaret." Jeffrey Bruce for Cabaret Scenes, said after a recent concert in Boca Raton, 'this woman is a star, in the truest sense of the word. Catch her if you can! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daqHUWMNa-w&feature=youtu.be.
Ms. Williams is a favorite of Presidents and Royalty. Her classical training, exceptional talent and rich, warm contralto impelled her beyond her beloved native Wales and helped Iris to thrive when her honest and touching rendition of "He Was Beautiful" went gold and launched her international career.
Iris says of her love of cabaret, "I am very drawn - musically, and especially lyrically - to The American Songbook. I relish interpreting these lyrics with their compelling stories of love, sadness, happiness, and loss so that my audiences can connect on a personal level with the meaning of the lyrics behind the music. I also enjoy keeping things fresh by exploring different interpretations at each performance."
Now based in California, the much-loved songstress was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II for her musical accomplishments and her work with charity, Iris Williams has performed with Bob Hope and Rosemary Clooney, for President Gerald Ford, the British Royal Family and has at The Algonquin's iconic Oak Room, The Metropolitan Room and NYC's landmark Birdland Jazz Club as well as Catalina's in Los Angeles and the Purple Plume in Palm Springs. Catch Iris Williams at the Beach Café, 1326 2nd Avenue, New York, NY on September 8 or October 13 at 8.15pm. For reservations go to Iris Williams Tickets, Sat, Sep 8, 2018 at 8:15 PM | Eventbrite.
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