Singer, songwriter, guitarist and part-time movie actor Marlon Williams has had a stellar career to date. He's released three albums, won numerous awards, made international TV appearances, and even starred alongside Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the feature film A Star Is Born.
For this episode of Friday Night Live we highlight Marlon's live performances for RNZ Music over the past decade.
'Love is a Terrible Thing' from Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman, 2018:
'Come to Me' from Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman:
Marlon Williams live at WOMAD 2017
Marlon played with his band The Yarra Benders, featuring Ben Wooley on drums, Gus Agars on bass, and Dave Khan who moved effortlessly between fiddle, mandolin and guitars throughout the set.
Songs performed live at WOMAD: 'Strange Things', 'Arahura', 'I Know a Jeweller', 'Minnie Dean', 'Lost Without You', 'Come To Me', 'Harvest Time', 'I'm a Vampire Again', 'Dark Child', 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', 'Make Way for Love', 'Hello Miss Lonesome', 'Portrait of a Man'
And a tribute to Ralph Stanley live at The Sitting Room
'Everyone's Got Something To Say' live at RNZ April 29th 2015
'Strange Things' live at RNZ April 29th 2015.
Music 101 solo session, 2014:
Marlon Williams performs 'Silent Passage' written by Canadian artist Bob Carpenter, and his own songs 'Dark Child' and 'The Lonely Side of Her' in this session hosted by Nick Atkinson:
NZ Live: Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson, 2012
Marlon has a long association with fellow southern troubadour Delaney Davidson, including performing a duet for the You Are Us/Aroha Nui charity concert following the Christchurch mosque attacks in 2019. Here they play 'Little Heart', 'Heaven For You, Prison For Me', ’Get on Your Knees and Pray’ and 'The Trail of Broken Hearts' together for NZ Live in 2012.
NZ Live: The Unfaithful Ways, 2009
Marlon Williams first came to our attention singing with early alt-country band The Unfaithful Ways who formed in 2007. They won Best Song in the 2008 Smokefree Rockquest, released their first EP in 2009, which is when we recorded this session, and followed up with an album ‘Free Rein’ in 2011.