William Fitzsimmons is returning to London in order to play an intimate gig at the Jazz Café in February. He will be showcasing songs from his new album ‘The Gold In The Shadow’ released 11th April.
Pennsylvanian song-smith William Fitzsimmons finds healing and hope on new album.

William Fitzsimmons’ acclaimed previous releases have been detailed and agonising retellings of events however the forthcoming album ‘Gold In The Shadow’ is about Fitzsimmons’ personal regeneration in the aftermath of those experiences.

While those albums (particularly 2005’s ‘Goodnight’ and 2008’s ‘The Sparrow And The Crow’) dealt with the bleak and sombre side of inter- and intra-personal disaster ‘Gold In The Shadow’ is a work focused on healing.

William explains: “I had reached the point where I was either going to yield to my sicknesses or engage them headlong. In either case, I could no longer continue the way I was.”

Fitzsimmons describes the songs on ‘Gold In The Shadow’ as “a real and long-coming confrontation with personal demons, past mistakes and the spectre of mental illness which has hovered over me for the great majority of my life.”
Gold In The Shadow represents a welcomed musical departure, not from authenticity in writing, but in the field of focus. It is a return to his pre-music therapeutic passions, but with one eye now fixated on actual and optimistic change.

It is ripe with personal elements, but also represents his first foray into external perspective taking; examining the lives and psychological struggles of those around him in addition to his own.

It is an acknowledgement of the shadow self and the Todestrieb (Freud’s “death instinct”); but, even still and more so, an acceptance of hope.
William Fitzsimmons Supporting James Rhodes @ HMV Next Big Thing
Live at the Jazz Café , 10th February 2011
Doors 7pm, Tickets £10

‘Gold In The Shadow’
Album released April 11th 2011
On Nettwerk Records