Review: Dani and Will Wilde at The Warrington Blues Club – 27th March 2010

Posted on: Sunday, Apr 4, 2010

This gathering of The Warrington Blues Club was held at its alternative venue, Grappenhall Cricket Club. On this occasion, the music was provided by the richly talented Wilde siblings, Dani and Will.

Will ‘Harmonica’ Wilde fronted the first set, backed by Don Graham on rhythm guitar, Alan Taylor on drums and Jonny Chase on bass guitar. That ensemble was further enhanced by the very impressive Danny Giles, who guested on lead guitar. Following a lively instrumental opening, featuring Will on harp, the band performed a fine version of Buddy Guy’s “Smokin’ Dynamite”, followed by four original numbers, which included the excellent slow blues, “Malaria”, and the funky “Fly Around The World”. The energetic set was completed with Elmore James’s “Can’t Hold Out” and a solo a capella performance of the Eugene Bridges composition, “Never Alone”.

Dani Wilde took centre stage on vocals and guitar for the second set, accompanied by Will on harp, Jonny Chase continuing on bass guitar, and Ben Poole and Mark Earl taking over on lead guitar and drums respectively. Dani’s set started with Junior Wells’s “Little By Little” and included a similar high proportion of original numbers as the first session, notably “Bring Your Loving Home” and the highly emotive “Abandoned Child”. There was also a terrific version of The Meters’ “People Say”, with Dani and Will combining brilliantly on vocals, and a meaty rendition of “Miss You” from the Rolling Stones repertoire. “Too Many Tears” brought the set to a close before a couple of encores completed a very entertaining and enjoyable evening.

Individually, Dani and Will both possess considerable vocal and instrumental ability and a remarkable stage presence at this relatively early stage of their development. In addition, they complement each other’s talents with a welcome display of mutual appreciation and respect. They have also surrounded themselves with a fine array of talented young musicians. The only way is up.

Lionel Ross

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