Voices

It came as a shock last weekend to discover that among my fellow punters at a folk concert back in November 2012 was David Cameron. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister slyly hinted at the hipness of his musical tastes by revealing how he and Samantha snuck into a First Aid Kit gig as the Shepherd Bush Empire. Until then, I had flattered myself that I had a cool and recherché appreciation of music, and that hopefully I had avoided the pretentious music so often accompanied by the word “recherché”.

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28-year-old US singer/songwriter Dar Williams (right) is at the forefront of a new generation of folk singers. Her debut album The Honesty Room and the recently-released follow-up Mortal City, have seen her hailed as the best thing since Suzanne Vega. Williams has received rave notices in the States, prompting the Washington Post to comment: "few of her peers write with as much wit, warmth and honesty".

TICKET OFFER: DEAN FRIEDMAN

American singer/songwriter Dean Friedman returns to the London stage next week for a short season of live performances at The Cafe Royal's Green Room, in London's Regent Street. Friedman, the creator of such quintessential Seventies tracks as "Ariel", "Woman of Mine", "Lydia" and of course "Lucky Stars", will be appearing solo, accompanying himself on acoustic and electric pianos and guitars.

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