Many people heard William Fitzsimmons’ music for the first time as the distinct atmospheric sound of TV series such as Grey’s Anatomy. With his bushy beard, lumberjack shirt and melancholy gaze, the trained psychotherapist embodies the epitome of a next generation of alternative singers and songwriters. A all-rounder, he stands for soft, sensitive folk music combined with electronic sounds or gentle trombones, piano, guitar, mandolin and banjo with finely structured acoustic images: an multi-talented artist, whose velvet voice and thoughtful stories about the dark sides of life are a joy to listen to.

Support: Jake Phillips (US)