William Fitzsimmons / Denison Witmer

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Tuesday / May 26, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States
William Fitzsimmons
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William Fitzsimmons is a singer-songwriter based in Illinois and perhaps best known for his songs "Passion Play" and "Please Don't Go," which aired during pivotal scenes in ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy. His first two full-length albums, Until When We Are Ghosts and Goodnight, were completely self-produced and recorded by Fitzsimmons at his former home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Sparrow and the Crow was his first studio record. In addition, his music has also been featured on ABC's Brothers & Sisters and the Grey's Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice; MTV's Life of Ryan and Teen Wolf; the CW's One Tree Hill; CBS's Blue Bloods; and USA Network's Burn Notice, among others. Fitzsimmons has also been referenced in multiple magazines, including BillboardRolling StonePasteSpin, and Performing Songwriter Magazine.

Denison Witmer is a singer-songwriter from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1995 his first release was a cassette titled My Luck, My Love. He has since released six studio LPs; two live albums; a cover album (Recovered); three EPs; and an LP with the River Bends, a side project consisting of members of the Philadelphia-based alt-country band One Star Hotel. Witmer's 2005 album, Are You A Dreamer?, produced by Don Peris of the Innocence Mission and featuring Sufjan Stevens, received acclaim including positive reviews from Pitchfork Media and Entertainment Weekly. Witmer and Stevens appeared on Rosie Thomas's 2007 album, These Friends of Mine, which included Thomas's version of "Paper Doll," a track originally written and recorded by Witmer. Witmer toured with Thomas in support of that album in venues across the U.S. and Europe. Witmer's style has been described as neo-folk, and he has also been compared to '70s-era singer-songerwriters, including Cat Stevens and Nick Drake. Witmer's lyrics are poetic and thoughtful; his guitar work, while simple-sounding, relies on complex fingerpicking.

$15 in advance / $18 day of show