"The impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt"?
You had us at Elvis.
Marlon Williams is an award winning singer-songwriter from a town called Lyttelton in New Zealand.
After selling out his first London show in June, the acclaimed crooner returns for his first headline tour of the UK and Europe this month.
Performing with his band The Yarra Benders recently, a Sydney Morning Herald review glowed “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”.
He's over here to play solo - but don't expect there to be any less intensity in his live shows.
Williams grew up singing in the Christchurch cathedral choir, before his punk rock dad turned him onto country music in his teens.
He formed a band with school pals (and his science teacher!) at 17 and they went on to play some of Australia's biggest festivals.
Relocating to Melbourne a couple of years ago, Williams began performing solo and built a cult following playing a residency at local venue the Yarra Hotel.
Since then, the world's been his oyster.
This mesmerizing performance of Screaming Jay Hawkins' 'Portrait of a Man' is well worth pressing play on, you won't be disappointed:
Book tickets to see Marlon live in London on Monday and Manchester next Wednesday here.
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