Kathryn Williams is a prolific songwriter, but much of it has been out of the public eye. She hit the singer-songwriter big-time with a Mercury Prize nomination in 2000 for her sophomore album, but it seems she has been a little bit timid jumping into the limelight. Despite numerous albums and collaborations and a fair amount of time on the Radio 2 playlist, she still gets nervous about standing on stage, and joked with me before the show that she needed a lie down to prepare herself.
Williams was touring with her new album Hypoxia, a commissioned piece inspired by the life and works of Sylvia Plath, and good friend Michele Stodart, of The Magic Numbers fame. They appeared on stage together, Williams supporting Stodart, and then Stodart supporting Williams after a brief break. Their delicate harmonies worked wonders on the respectable crowd at the Black Box, who were singing and clapping along by the end of the night. Photographer Paul Woods was there to bring you the experience.
Kathryn Williams and Michele Stodart played the Black Box on Friday 9th October.