Review: Dani Wilde – True Blues – 26 Feb 2011
Posted on: Monday, Mar 7, 2011
Dani Wilde Band
Saturday 26th February
Here’s the review from Graham Woodhouse
Crossfire opened the evenings entertainment with a blistering 1 hour set of their “Chicago Blues” and included, as usual, a couple of new self penned numbers!
It never ceases to amaze us that month on month they manage to sound so fresh and by the time they had left the stage the packed “True Blues Club” audience were well and truly warmed up!
Then after a short interval………….
Steve & I have seen the rather diminutive Dani Wilde and her brother Will “live” twice before and it fell on me to make the introduction to the stage (with strict instructions from Steve to keep it down to 45 minutes)!
Tiny she may be but singer songwriter & guitarist Dani Wilde is more like a pocket battleship with a voice range from deep raucous roar to a heart melting falsetto and she immediately set to with a couple of tracks from her latest CD “Shine” (produced by the legendary Mike Vernon – John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac – with 9 of the 11 tracks penned by Dani herself) followed by numbers from her first CD “Heal my Blues”.
Then it was brother Will’s turn as he put forward a number of tracks from his new CD “Unleashed” and his first CD “Nothing but Trouble” with Dani taking her turn on backing vocals!
Drummer Mark Earl and Bass Guitarist Jon Chase left the stage to allow Dani to show she is just as accomplished on her Acoustic Guitar as she played a few numbers with brother Will and his harmonica!
During the second set Dani gave us a number of tracks from her CD “Girls with Guitars” which she recorded with USA artistes Cassie Taylor and Samantha Fish (promotional tour of USA in September with the “Blues Caravan” following extensive tour of continental Europe commencing in March).
The evening was coming to an end all too quickly but there was one further surprise in store!
While Dani and the band were playing a slow 12 bar number Will, still playing, proceeded to take a stroll through the audience. As he reached the back he suddenly offered his harmonica to Alan Tickle (vocalist and harp player for local band Blynde Chylde). After an initial look of shock/horror Alan carried on where Will left off! Dani, suitably impressed, invited Alan onto the stage where Will picked up another harmonica and we were treated to a wonderful duet (we still haven’t managed to prise Alan from the ceiling)!
After a rapturous encore it was all over leaving visitors to the “True Blues Club” from Blackpool, Preston, Manchester, Liverpool and Rawtenstall with long drives home.
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