ONE of acoustic roots music’s guiding lights Brooks Williams is to play a gig on Anglesey.

Described as a "mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist," Brooks is appearing at the Victoria Hotel, at Menai Bridge.

Originally from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell, he is ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists.

His music is described as the love-child of country blues and Americana. Brooks first got his start in the clubs and bars around Boston, playing five or six nights a week.

His friend and fellow guitar wizard Martin Simpson calls him the “Real Thing!” His massive repertoire reads like a roots music Hall Of Fame. Classic blues ranging from Bessie Smith to Memphis Slim and compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. On top of all this is his songwriting which stands comparison with virtually any of his peers. Rooted in tradition his songs are timeless, contemporary, wryly observed and relevant.

Brooks has 28 albums to his name, including his latest “Lucky Star,” and a vigorous touring schedule, which has taken him from festival stages to listening rooms around the world,

He is at the Victoria Hotel in Menai Bridge on Saturday February 23. Doors open 8pm and tickets are available from Palas Print Caernarfon (01286 674631) and Mudshark records in Bangor.