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"Singing is Sacred - Singing Heals - Singing is Life"

Doris WIlliams performs as a solo vocal artist accompanying herself on lute Celtic, Renaissance, and American genres. She directs several bands, Celtic Rose, Musici della Doria, and Jouissance, with some of the top Bay Area early music and folk musicians.

She is also called to provide healing music to those in need of comfort in hospice, hospitals, shelters, and at home. Her repertoire is an ideal medium that transports her listeners to a safe, and comforting place, a place for expressing what makes us spiritual human beings - our stories of love, sorrow, joys, and healing.

Contact her at 650-213-6463
or by e-mail:

New CD
New CD: Renaissance And Beyond
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Upcoming Performances

Saturday, July 12 Angelicas Redwood City 863 Main, 6:30 p.m. St. Doris Williams and Mike Bell perform 5 centuries of love songs from Europe, Celtic lands and America. Tickets $12 online or $18 at the door. Order tickets and dinner reservations at or call 650-679-8184.

Saturday, July 5, Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, Doris WIlliams and Mike Bell perform outside the entrance of the Gilroy Gardens for Art in the Park day, featuring 20 Bay Area juried artists. Visit for more information.

Thursday, July 3 Los Altos Farmer's Market 4 -8

Hope to see you there!

~~~~~~~ Recent Performances ~~~~~~~

Saturday, May 3 2014 7 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church Early Music Series, 1100 Shasta Avenue at The Alameda, San Jose. Doris Williams, lute and voice, Howard Kadis, lute, and Julie Morisette, viola da gamba. a program of "REnaissance Love Songs Expressed" reflecting different kinds of love, from intimate to universal.
Suggested Donation: $10 per person •Reception to follow each concert
•For further information email Doris or call her at 650-213-6463.

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 4 p.m. St Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Rd. Menlo Park, CA Doris Williams, lute, voice, Kit Robberson, viola da gamba, and guests singing a program of "Love Songs of the Renaissance Expressed" including songs from medieval Spain, Renaissance England, France, Germany, Italy, Celtic songs, and American arrangements for early instruments. Tickets: $20 general/$16 senior/$5 student in advance at; $25/$21/$5 at the door. For more information call the church at 650-854-6555, or e-mail Doris or call her at 650-213-6463.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Angelica's Restaurant 863 Main St. Redwood City, Doris Williams, Claudia Gantivar, recorder perform "A renaissance of Love Expressed" Songs and Chants from Medieval Spain, Europe, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and America. Lute, voice, recorder. Tickets $13 onine, $18 at the door at or call 650-679-8184.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4 p.m. Salon Concert at Guild Hall, Cranbrook Institute, 470 Church Rd. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Sunday, Dec. 1 Dickens Fair at the Cow Palace. Lady Doris and Sir Mike are performing at the Dickens Fair between 2:30 and 7. Tickets are $25 for adults, less for children, under 5 are free. Order tickets at Eventbrite,

Friday, Dec. 20 6:30 p.m. Angelica's, 683 Main St. Redwood City. Come and hear and sing your favorite Renaissance Christmas tunes with lute, harp sounds and voice! Doris Wiliams Christmas Singers will sing Renaissance tunes, and then a traditional Christmas sing-a-long at the end of the show. Cover charge is $12.00 online, $15 at the door. For tickets and reservations call 650-679-8184 or online at

Tuesday, August 20, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Lane Community Room, 480 Primrose Rd. Burlingame Public Library. Doris Williams performs Renaissance Songs of Love, Nature, Loss on her lute. Also Celtic and original selections. For more information call the library at 558-7444.

Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m., 5301 McKee Rd. San Jose, • Doris Williams performs with the Peralta Consort, a local recorder ensemble. She will lead a quartet of singers in some selections from France, Italy, Germany and England. Also featuring Doris on lute. $10 donation.

Saturday and Sunday June 15, 16 Santa Cruz Scottish Renaissance Festival, Highland Games, Living History, Vendors and Performers. Watsonville, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Celtic Rose, Doris Williams, Mike Bell, Karl Franzen performing at various outdoor stages. For more information »

Friday, February 22, Dinner time around 6 p.m. Gaia's Garden Restaurant, 1899 Mendocino Ave. Doris Williams and Mike Bell perform Celtic, Renaissance, and Americana.

Sunday, February 24 2013, 3:30 p.m. Resurrection Parish, 303 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, CA • Doris Williams, soprano and lute, and Susan Casey on Renaissance Recorders present Renaissance and Celtic gems. $15.00 tickets.

Saturday, March 23 5 p.m. Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, Doris directs the singers in Ansamble Luython, a Renaissance Ensemble dedicated to Eastern European music. Slovenian Music will be featured, including motets of Lamentations of Jeremiah, lute solos, and folk songs.

Saturday, April 6th 11 a.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. Menlo Park. Doris Williams, soprano and Claudia Gantivar on Renaissance recorders performs "Lute Songs and Solos of the Renaissance" Free program presented by Friends of the Library.

Saturday, May 11, 3 p.m. Foothills Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Rd, San Jose."Musici della Doria" presents music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including Dowland, Caccini, Lawes, Boleyn, Morley, Johnson. Admission is a donation.

Sunday, January 22, 2012 4 p.m. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park. Renaissance Songs of Love, Doris Williams, Howard Kadis, Jonathan Harris. Mary Prout Tickets: in advance ($15/12) at At the door $20/17 senior/12 student/5 under 12

Saturday, February 11, 2012 Angelica's Bistro, 6:30 - 8:30 will include Celtic Rose and Ken Brown, gypsy jazz guitarist. Tickets $10 in advance at $15 at the door. call 650-365-3226

Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. Willow Glen Coffee Roasting, Celtic Rose performs Renaissance, Celtic, and Originals.

Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. Cambrian Library, 1780 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose Celtic Rose performs Celtic Cross-Over Songs - From the Celtic Lands to the Americas. 408-808-3080

Friday, March 23, The Ugly Mug Cafe, 4640 Soquel Drive, Soquel 831-477-1341. 6 - 7:30 p.m.Doris Williams and Mike Bell performing Celtic, Renaissance, Americana, and Originals. Come for organic coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and vegan options.

Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. Fernando St., San Jose, 408-808-2000. Celtic Rose performs "Celtic Cross-Over Songs - From the Celtic Lands to America.

Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m. Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Rd. San Jose. Musici della Doria, Doris Williams Early Music ensemble performs Early 17th Century Songs of Love, Nature, and Loss from Shakespeare, Jonson, Dryden and Baif. Music by Caccini, Dowland, Johnson, Lawes, and Battaile. Also featuring Howard Kadis, lute, Jonathan Harris, recorder, Mary Prout, gamba. Donations are $10.

(Notes on May 12: I will be singing What the Italians and French and English considered reviving the ancient Greeks ideals of meter and affectation with one single melody. This was essentially the beginnings of Opera in Italy. Composers include Caccini, and his famous "Amarilli mia bella", Dowland, Battaile, Henry Lawes, Johnson's setting of two famous tunes: "Full Fathom Five" from The Tempest, and "Have you seen a white lily grow." from The Devil is an Ass by Ben Jonson... Performers are Howard Kadis on the long-necked lute, otherwise know as the archlute, Mary Prout: gamba, and Jonathan Harris: recorders. )

Monday, June 4, 5 p.m. Ansámbl Luython "Collegium Rorantistarum" Renaissance Music of the Polish Court 5:00PM, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, $25 General Admission, $20 SFEMS/Seniors/Students/Disabled, or call 575.650.8223. Doris Williams sings soprano in this ensemble of 6 singers.

Wednesday, June 6, 8 p.m. Memorial Church, Stanford University. Early Music Singers perform Spanish Renaissance concert. Free Concert.

Thursday, June 14, 11 a.m. Doris leads her Swinging Seniors Group of 5 singers at the Mountain View Senior Center on Escuela in Mtn View! Come have a good lunch and enjoy beautiful music.

Saturday June 16 & Sunday June 17 Santa Cruz County FairGrounds, Watsonville, Loch Lomond Highland Games and Celtic Gathering. Celtic Rose, Doris Williams and Karl Franzen perform on several live stages throughout the fair. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Prebyterian Church, Aptos 9850 Monroe Ave.Doris Williams with her Celtic Rose Band, Karl Franzen and Mike Bell perform. This is a part of David Brewer's Celtic Music night.

STORM THE BASTILLE! Thursday, July 12, 8 pm@ Angelica's Bistro, Redwood City

Join Les Campagnards and friends for an exciting Bastille Day party at Angelica's Bistro in Redwood City on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 8 pm (dinner seating starts at 7 pm). Les Campagnards members Alan Keith, Gary Breitbard, Jena Rauti and Peter Tommerup will be joined by Daniel Steinberg, Debra Dawson and Doris Williams for a fun-filled evening of French Country and Parisian music, songs, and dances.

Featured instruments are: bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, accordion, fiddle, piano, and dulcimers. Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti will lead easy-to-follow country dances and mixers that are popular at the "bals folklorique" -- bourrée, scottish, polka, and valse. We'll sing La Marseillaise and other French favorites – song sheets provided. Table reservations are highly recommended -- the event is $10 per person in advance, $14 at the door. Allow minimum $15 per person for food/drink purchases. Angelica's Bistro is at 863 Main Street in Redwood City. To reserve a spot, go to: and check the Calendar of Events for July 12. Or, phone 650-365-3226. For other event info call Gary at 650-493-0693

Saturday, July 21, 3 p.m. 1217 Via Huerta, Los Altos, CA Doris Williams and Mike Bell perform Renaissance, Celtic, and Originals. Johann Nilson with his creative versions of classic songs. Sliding Scale Donation. Stay for a jam and birthday party to celebrate Doris and Rudy's birthday. A benefit for Rock The Earth

Saturday, July 28 5:30-7:30 p.m. DNote 7519 Grandview Ave, Arvada, CO Doris Williams performs with Mike Witter and her brother Tim Truitt. Celtic, Renaissance and Originals.

Saturday, November 17, Angelica's Bistro 6:30 p.m 863 Main Street, Redwood City . . Tickets $10 in advance at $15 at the door. call 650-365-3226

Sunday, December 9, Sunnyvale Library, 3 -4 p.m. Doris Williams and Susan Casey present a program on Renaissance music.

Saturday, December 15, 7:30. Benefit Concert for Hurricane Sandy, with Doris Williams, Mike Bell and Friends performing Renaissance, Celtic, Originals and Amercan country/pop. 1217 Via Huerta, Los Altos. CD's for sale. Contribute whatever you can. Holiday sing-a-long of not so well known music following at 9 p.m.

About the Music

Doris"Doris Williams performs live as a solo artist, and with other talented musicians in the Bay Area. She is extremely well versed in many styles and genres of music, both modern and ancient, making her an ideal music instructor. Her lifelong committment to preserving our musical heritage inspires her joy of teaching.

Her repertoire of Celtic, Renaissance, and American Folk is an ideal medium, blessed as it is with a fluidity and transcendence that allows her listeners to rejoin the distant parts of our historic cultural tapestry. By accompanying herself on lute she is able to perform Renaissance and Celtic ballads, dance tunes, and instrumentals.

Sean Fullerton, Music Writer & Producer writes: "Doris's naturalness and ease in sharing definitely helps others to be themselves, to open up. One of the most refreshing things about her nature is the way she lives out loud, unashamed. Whenever I'm tempted to hide my talents under a blanket, I think of how she walks out on stage without props and bares her soul with a single line of melody. . . She's an inspiration..."

"Without question, Doris is one of the most gifted artists working today. Whether singing Elizabethan folk tunes or classical arias, playing jazz piano or writing singularly original songs, this soulful young woman is an unstoppable force of creation."

Jeffrey Rensch writes: "Doris's voice is limber and pure and her musicianship is sound.
Performing Renaissance or Celtic music she seems to make a direct expressive connection from those earlier times to right now. You owe it to yourself to hear her!"


picMs. Doris Williams received degrees from Oakland University of Rochester, MI, and Stanford University of Stanford, CA, in vocal music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. She has performed with numerous chamber choirs, including the California Bach Society, Philharmonia Baroque Chorus, and the San Francisco Choral Artists.

She has studied with Gregory Wait and Maureen Chowning in Palo Alto, and also had master classes with some of the top early music performers in the world, including Andrea von Ramm, Nigel Rogers and Julianne Baird. She has also directed chamber vocal groups in early music, jazz, folk, and spiritual music.

Doris performs on an 8-course lute, directing her Celtic Band Celtic Rose. They have performed at Ardenwood Scottish Renaissance Festival, Tartan Day, and numerous other festivals and venues in the Bay Area. In addition, Ms. Williams also writes original material for spiritual use in the church, and recital hall. Her recent CD “Renaissance and Beyond” has had rave reviews.

Press Review of Renaissance & Beyond:
a review in Folknik, San Francisco Music Club organization.
Article written by John Kelly.
For Sale Now At: CD Baby

"You don't have to be an early music aficionado to enjoy this recording. Doris starts boldly with 16th century songwriter Claudin de Sermisy's "Tant que vivray". The first stanza is sparsely arranged, just voice and lute; then the second stanza adds another lute and recorder. Doris' voice is rich and buttery, with a dark quality rarely heard in sopranos.

"The most original track is "Like the nun who sings to none" with a melody by Doug Young, south bay jazz guitarist, and lyrics by Doris' mother, Margaret Ann Sayres. A Welsh folk song, "Adar Man" provides a meditative transition to the spirited conclusion, Rory Cooney's "Canticle of the Turning". The lyrics are a reworking of the Magnificat, itself a bit of Hebrew folk poetry.

"Doris kicks it along and brings out its joy, hope, and wonder. Renaissance and Beyond is a good recording if you'd like to hear the roots of today's song genres - or if you simply enjoy beautiful singing and playing. The Singing Angel, as it says on the Cd Cover."

For Lessons, Bookings for parties, Funraisers, Festivals and Special Events,
& for more information on her CD "Celtic & Beyond"

Contact Doris: 650-213-6463
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