On Sunday, a folk singer named William Fitzsimmons will perform at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend. And you
should must go.
Earlier this week, I had a chance to chat on the phone with Fitzsimmons, and he was one of the nicest and most forthright interviewees I’ve encountered in 10 years of writing for newspapers. The result of that chat will appear on Page 3 of tomorrow’s GO! Magazine, and I hope you’ll read it. I’ll post a link here on the blog.
Truth is, though, just about all you need to know about Fitzsimmons — about the music he makes, at least — you can find in his top four friends on MySpace. Check it:
MySpace. Still good for something.
Look at that. It’s like the Mt. Rushmore of hushed, heartsick indie-folk, equally dedicated to the gone-too-soon icons (at left) and the next-big-things (at right). Don’t get me wrong, I love three of those four artists — I don’t fully “get” Bon Iver, but I don’t hate it, either — but if you could sum up what Williams Fitzsimmons does, you couldn’t do much better than a glance at his closest MySpace buds.
Actually, I do have one minor quibble. If I could, I’d climb up on that Mt. Rushmore and chisel in the chiseled face of Sufjan Stevens, whose elegant chamber-folk-pop shares even more with Fitzsimmons’ songs than any of the artists above, and that’s saying something. It’s no wonder I’ve fallen head-over-heels for this guy’s music; if you go home and look at my computer, you’ll see that I’ve played more Sufjan Stevens over the past five years than any other artist.
Enough babbling. Here’s one of the best songs from “The Sparrow and The Crow,” Fitzsimmons’ painfully personal 2008 album based on his own divorce:
William Fitzsimmons and opener Rosi Golan play at 8 p.m. Sunday at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend). Tickets are $12 plus fees in advance at BendTicket, and $15 at the door.