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REVIEW: William Fitzsimmons at Barden's Boudoir

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 05 October 2010

William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons

He may look like a ZZ Top cast-off but William Fitzsimmons is made of gentler stuff than the 70s Texan rockers. The bearded guitarist s vocals are so fragile they make Bon Iver sound like Bruce Springsteen in comparison. A packed Barden

By Peter Sherlock

He may look like a ZZ Top cast-off but William Fitzsimmons is made of gentler stuff than the 70s Texan rockers.

The bearded guitarist's vocals are so fragile they make Bon Iver sound like Bruce Springsteen in comparison.

A packed Bardens Boudoir in Stoke Newington Road appreciated his set of melancholy acoustic folk on Tuesday evening.

Though the softly-spoken vocals are occasionally drowned out by Dalston hippy chicks yapping away, they are soon silenced by the insistent hush hushing of irritated fans.

Any yank with heartbroken lyrics and an acoustic guitar is going to be compared to Bon Iver these days.

Though Fitzsimmons' music does not reach the astonishing heights of For Emma, Forever Ago, his intricate guitar work and yearning vocals make for a warm and soulful set.

The affable Pittsburgh-born singer's new album The Sparrow & The Crow has quietly been picking up warm reviews.

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