Tadhg Williams is a 23-year-old songwriter and poet originally from Waterford, now based in Dublin. His music has become known for its lyricism and heart-on-sleeve melodies endearing him to an already significant fanbase, earning praise from the likes of Declan O’Rourke, David Keenan and Stephen James Smith.
Williams’ releases to date have received significant support across Irish media with Hot Press describing him as "one of Ireland's most thrilling emerging songwriters". My Father’s Clouds was released in February 2020 and two headline shows in Dublin and Waterford sold out to complement its release. His latest release The Hope Song enjoyed huge support from RTÉ Radio One, Ireland’s national broadcaster and was later remixed by acclaimed Waterford producer Evan Miles.
Coupled with spoken word track The Story of Me and Them (In Three Parts), a collaborative piece with renowned folk artist Matt McGinn in October, Williams has noted himself as a reflective lyricist and sensitive artist among critics, including Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Tony Clayton-Lea. Often writing about his hometown, Williams credits his time writing poetry with Waterford writing collective Modwords for his development as a lyricist – his songs and poems are both deeply personal and deeply familiar.
Inspired by the orchestration and structure of the songs of Richard Hawley and Elbow, and the very natural heart-on-sleeve-songwriting of the likes of Mick Flannery and David Gray, Williams has been working with composer Pat O’Connor to help him realise that sound. With his cinematic arrangements and luscious strings, O’Connor and Williams have formed an instinctive working relationship.
Having supported acts in the past such as Glen Hansard, Rozi Plain and FIELDS, Williams has noted himself as a consummate live performer. The experience of playing venues such as Vicar Street, Whelan's, and Phil Grimes' Bar in Waterford has enabled him to curate a live show for venues of multiple sizes.