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Artist of the Week #0029: Van William

This week's Artist of the Week is Van William, who's album 'Countries' is released today, and he heads out on tour next month with First Aid Kit, while also headlining London's Omeara in March.


Van William is a man with a history, and a story to tell. Having toured the world from the age of twenty, first with his band Port O’Brien, followed by his second group WATERS. While all of this happened, he managed to find time to work on his father's fishing boat.

But then everything slowly dissolved. His father declared retirement from his commercial fishing, and his personal and musical relationships also disappeared. Van William reached breaking point, or as he puts it;

“I was freaked out”

But with this gave him a new purpose, a new music focus and direction. And from that came 'Countries'. A fantastic debut album for an artist, it hits the spot with romance and sadness, touching on subjects of what was and what is now. It takes us an the emotional ride …

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