Re: Wille And The Bandits

Well, the recent lockdown seems to have put the planned album release back, I think until about May. However, Wille reports that it’s given the opportunity not only for a bit extra “tweaking” but also to allow some mates to drop by and contribute….
And the other good news; there’s a 20-odd date tour next Spring,  re-doing what was curtailed in 2020, and once again, Welsh-wizard Troy Redfern will be there too…
March 2022
Mar 04 2022 Bideford, The Palladium Club
Mar 05 2022 Truro, The Old Bakery Studios
Mar 06 2022 Exeter Phoenix
Mar 09 2022 Leicester, The Musician
Mar 10 2022 Derby, The Flowerpot
Mar 11 2022 Oxford, The Bullingdon
Mar 16 2022 Preston, The Continental
Mar 17 2022 Nottingham, The Bodega
Mar 18 2022 Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
Mar 19 2022 Newcastle upon Tyne, The Cluny & The Cluny 2
Mar 23 2022 Margate, Elsewhere Record Store
Mar 24 2022 Cambridge Junction
Mar 25 2022 London, 100 Club
Mar 26 2022 Bristol, Thekla
Mar 30 2022 Gloucester Guildhall
Mar 31 2022 Sheffield, The Greystones
April 2022
Apr 01 2022 Selby Town Hall
Apr 02 2022 Buckley, The Tivoli
Apr 06 2022 Guildford, The Star Inn
Apr 07 2022 Wolverhampton, The Robin 2
Apr 08 2022 Bridgwater Arts Centre
Apr 09 2022 Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog
Apr 21 2022 Bradford, Nightrain
Apr 22 2022 Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre
Apr 23 2022 Shoreham-by-Sea, Ropetackle Arts Centre

When life gives you lemons; don't make lemonade.
Give back the lemons.  Why were the lemons free?  What's wrong with the lemons?
Do Not trust the lemons...

Re: Wille And The Bandits

Wylam Brewery; Newcastle - 25-10-22

So, thought it was about time I had a look along to what I regard as my "garden shed" for a gig, since I can see it from my kitchen window. Originally slated for my birthday back in February, I wasn't going to be daunted by a slight re-arrangement; I've waited for a while to catch Samantha Fish, and having Wille & the Bandits as support, well it made it a no-brainer.

So, a shorter set than I'm used to from WATB, who appear to have an extra bandit in the ranks of Wille, Matthew (keys) Harry (bass) & Tom (drums) in the form of Chris Haddon on 2nd guitar; but think of it as WATG "concentrate": while we didn't get the epic Angel, we got a crunching 1970 and other faves like Bad News and Four Million Days. And while there were a few of us fans in among Samantha's followers, from the in the lobby, I would be hanging on too long for Cluny tickets next Spring.

When life gives you lemons; don't make lemonade.
Give back the lemons.  Why were the lemons free?  What's wrong with the lemons?
Do Not trust the lemons...

Re: Wille And The Bandits

Newcastle; Cluny 2   04-03-23

Wow!!! Just back in from another mind-blowing Wille & the Bandits gig down at Newcastle Cluny - the perfect fit for a Saturday night in 'Toon.

Excellent opening set from singer/songwriter Ren Lawton, another one of Irish roots but now Newcastle-based, to look out for.

As for Wille & the Bandits, was it really back in October, their last visit while supporting Samantha Fish at Wylam Brewery? It's clear that Newcastle loves these guys and these guys love Newcastle (wonder if they've discovered the surfing at Tynemouth?). Judging by the full house, the Samantha Fish tour was a good move; several new faces.

If you still haven't experienced one of their shows, (where have you been?); think of it as 90 minutes of white-water kayaking - without the kayak. You start out easy, heading into the current and before you know it, you're hurtling, bouncing down the cataracts before being spun out into a quiet eddy to catch you breath before being snatched again by the full force of the torrent before being flung over the cascading falls and into the plunge pool where you are spun and turned every which way until you breath is about to give out and you surface for a refreshing lungful, before being rocketed down to the end of the raging waters. You emerge, ears ringing, exhausted and exhilarated. And that's just the instrumental Angel.... never mind other highlights like: - Caught in the Middle; Refuge; Keep It on the Down-Low; Still Go Marching In; Four Million Days; Good Stuff; 1970; Bad News...

Certainly more a "rock" gig than their earlier shows I've caught (as the trio), but they still have a unique sound and not shed the surfer/prog just yet.

When life gives you lemons; don't make lemonade.
Give back the lemons.  Why were the lemons free?  What's wrong with the lemons?
Do Not trust the lemons...