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Hayward Williams will perform at Princeton Coffeehouse

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 1:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014 1:55 p.m. CDT
Hayward Williams

PRINCETON — Wisconsin singer-songwriter Hayward Williams will perform at the Princeton Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The coffeehouse is located at Open Prairie United Church of Christ, 25 E. Marion St. in Princeton. Doors open at 7 p.m.

It will be a Wisconsin kind of night, as Tom and Abby Beneke, two Princeton natives who also both play music and live in the Badger State, will open for Williams. Tom, based in Madison, has also opened for Willy Porter, Ezra Furmin, Woody Pines and Dakota Dave Hull. His sister, Abby, who now lives in Milwaukee, was vocalist in several bands when she lived in Appleton.

As for Williams, he grew up with a guitar in his hands, performing from an early age in cafes, bars and eventually rock clubs throughout his native Wisconsin and around the Midwest. His first release was in 2005 with “Uphill/Downhill.” He followed that with “Trench Foot” (2005) and “Another Sailor’s Dream” (2007).

In reviewing Williams’ 2009 release, “Cotton Bell,” The Irish Times wrote, “Given the plethora of American singer-songwriters, to stand out they have to be something special ... Hayward Williams fits the bill to judge by this sparse, concentrated slice of thoughtful, folky Americana.” His latest release is “Haymaker,” which came out in 2012. He has toured with Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey and played in Foucault’s band, Cold Satellite.

Williams has been well received in Princeton in years past — he performed at the Princeton Public Library in 2009 and the Coffeehouse in 2011. His appearance at the Coffeehouse this season is sponsored by Russ Walton.

The Princeton Coffeehouse offers a full season of traditional and modern folk, blues and bluegrass music from August through May. All seats are $12 and are general admission.

Open Prairie, the performance venue for the Coffeehouse, is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.

For information, visit or call 815-872-6501.

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