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Astrid Williamson

Astrid Williamson
Astrid Williamson on tour with Brendan Perry in 2010
Background information
Origin Shetland, Scotland
Genres Indie
Years active 1995–present
Labels One Little Indian / Incarnation Records
Associated acts Goya Dress, Electronic, Leo Abrahams, Stephan Eicher

Astrid Williamson (born in 1971) is a Shetland born musician and songwriter.

In the 1990s, Williamson founded indie band Goya Dress which consisted of Williamson, Terry de Castro, and Simon Pearson. Goya Dress made only one album 'Rooms' which was produced by John Cale. Goya Dress dissolved in 1996, after which Willamson went on to release solo material (sometimes using solely her first name)[1] with UK independent record label One Little Indian Records and founded her own record label, Incarnation Records.[2] Pearson and de Castro went on to join Cinerama alongside David Gedge, frontman of The Wedding Present.

In addition to her solo career Williamson also worked in collaboration with various groups including Oskar[3] and the experimental band, The Bilderberg Groop.[4] She has also worked with Canadian Singer/Songwriter Tara Maclean and provided Vocals for The Hope Blister and 1990s supergroup Electronic.

She is a classically trained pianist and graduate of the RSAMD (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama).

In May 2010, Astrid took to the road with Brendan Perry to play keyboards and sing backing vocals on stage 2 of his Ark tour.

Williamson has also worked with longtime Brian Eno/ Jon Hopkins collaborator, guitarist and ambient expert Leo Abrahams. Abrahams produced her fifth solo album Pulse, released in August 2011.

Recently, Astrid has been playing with Dead Can Dance on their 2012-13 world tour.


  • Discography 1
    • Solo albums 1.1
    • With Goya Dress 1.2
    • With Stephan Eicher 1.3
    • With Electronic (Backing Vocals) 1.4
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Solo albums

  • Boy For You (First Album) (1998)
  • Astrid Williamson (2003)
  • Day Of The Lone Wolf (2006)
  • Here Come The Vikings (2009)
  • Pulse (2011)
  • We Go To Dream (2015)

With Goya Dress

  • Rooms (1996)

With Stephan Eicher

  • Louanges (1999)

With Electronic (Backing Vocals)


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Astrid Williamson - Biography".  
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External links

  • Official website
  • Astrid Williamson at Allmusic
  • Goya Dress biography provided by VH1
  • Adair, David. Interview with Astrid Williamson, Contact Music.
  • Simpson, Dave. Day of the Lone Wolf review, The Guardian.
  • Edwards, Mark. "Pop: Hungry like the wolf", The Times UK.
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