Wille and the Bandits

1 Feb 2018 Music 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)
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Tickets: £12 | £11 concessions
Members: £11 | £10 concessions
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Wille & the Bandits are taking roots music to a new level” – Rootstime Magazine
Wille is a superb slide player, I love what these guys are doing” – Joe Bonamas

Wille & the Bandits’ music covers a wide range of genres from rock to world music to blues and roots. With the versatility of Wille’s lap steel and guitar playing, the rhythmic diversity of percussionist Andrew Naumann and the sonic range of Matt Brooks’ upright bass and six string electric bass, they always keep audiences guessing.

The Story of Wille & the Bandits began upon Wille’s decision to leave for Australia (his birth place) after he finished school in the UK, knowing his way around a guitar and being able to sing a little he embarked on a mission to pay his way by busking. Skip forwards five years and Wille is now considered one of Europe’s finest slide guitar players. Wille & the Bandits are on a journey, which has so far been miraculous. All achieved through hard work and a true passion for making music.

Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.

They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.

The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.

Read more about Matt Brooks, Wille and the Bandits' Six String Electric Bass Player extraordinaire here on our blog.

Booking Details

Tickets: £12 | £11 concessions
Members: £11 | £10 concessions
A £1 transaction fee applies

Performance time
7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)

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