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[Concert Review] Dar Williams, Barrymore Theatre, Oct. 27th

Dar Williams Barrymore Theater,  Barrymore Theater, Oct. 27th, more info at trueendeavors.com Dar Williams definitely has a stage presence.  A commanding one.  And she is in her element in Madison, WI amongst the, shall we say, far-left crowd.  She even said that on her calendar, the Madison, WI date of the tour is always circled and starred. The opener Madison native Tracy Jane Comer was very good,  ranging from songs about coping with loss to an Elton John cover.  She was really good. Then out came the Dar... And Dar William started out the night with her song "Spring Street" and it is indicative of her strong songwriting ability.  Dar Williams was subtle and poignant and incredibly funny.  She speaks very fast and it's kind of like listening to Hunter Thompson, if you can follow her, it's brilliant. The crowd was very much into the music and she received rapturous applause after every song. This is a group who is so familiar with her career, that they began shouting out song choices for her.  The obvious one was "The Christians and Pagans" which Dar described as a kind of pickup line for Wiccans.  Here it is below: Dar Williams had the audience singing along and even some people in the audience began dancing in the aisles of the Barrymore.  The last song of the night was "The One Who Knows" and my favorite song of the night.  I just love the lyrics: "You'll fly away but take my hand until that day So when they ask how far love goes When my job's done, you'll be the one who knows." Very elegant and beautiful lyrics. The "who carries that around in their pocket?" moment of the night: When Dar broke her guitar pick, there was  someone in the audience who had an extra one and brought it up to her. Overall: Dar Williams gave a great performance that is true to her form.  She is a skilled songwriter and has a presence with the audience.  She has many stories behind her music and the quick wits to banter with the audience.  It was an interesting night to see a woman who is well-known throughout the folk movement.

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