Gig: Roland Chadwick +Terraplane Blues – Worthenbury – 15 Apr 2011

Posted on: Thursday, Apr 7, 2011


Goin’ Up The Country Blues & Roots Club, Worthenbury Friday April 15th

Roland Chadwick with support from Terraplane Blues

Roland Chadwick, the amazing Australian guitarist makes a welcome return to Worthenbury 3 years after he mesmerised the audience with some of the most accomplished musicianship ever heard by those who attended that night.

Classically trained he has perormed with the Sydney and Boston Symphony Orchestras and also the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with Lesley Garrett.

Conversely he has also played with electric wizard Steve Vai, Jethro Tull, John Renbourn and Level 42 but it is his passion for Robert Johnson and the blues that makes him so popular on the blues circuit in the London area where he now lives.

However, he is also a great entertainer and keeps his audience amused with his stories and jokes – possibly something to due with the more than passing resemblance to a certain Billy Connolly!

Supporting Roland will be local acoustic trio Terraplane Blues who specialise in pre and post war acoustic blues and comprise Paul Barnard Dobro/vocals, Ian Edwards guitar, blues harp, vocals and Ian Johnston double bass.They were one of the highlights at Worthenbury’s festival last year.

Doors are 7.15 for a 8pm start and tickets are £10 and can be reserved by ringing Paul Taylor on 01978 312755 or Ian Williams on 01978 780807

Terraplane Blues pic



April 16th, 2011 at 10:13
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A thoroughly enjoyable night last night. A full house were entertained throughout. The Terraplane Blues were a good opening acoustic band, obviously very knowledgable in th music they played for their set, they were superb and local boys too! See them next week at Bangor Blues and Booze. Roland Chadwick has presence both on and off stage, he strode in looking like Jeff Bridges in a remake of Tombstone and took the place by storm. Being Australian Roland’s banter with the audience was terrific. Poor Pete was the subject of many a quip, I hope Roland never has cause to visit Pete in his day job with a dental issue, could be the sequel Marathon Man 11. “Is it safe Roland?” Roland plays his music with the consumate ease of a true professional. I understand he is classically trained and it showed. He opened with an exhibition of acoustic guitar that had us all enthralled. He then moved onto his Spanish guitar which I suspect is his true passion, the two tunes he played he had penned himself, they were awesome. During this particular sssion the paparazzi (or in our case The Pepperoni) were ushered away from the stage so he could concentrate fully on his music. Roland finished the evening with a rendition of the Led Zep classic Bron-y-Aur Stomp to thunderous applause and a crowd wanting more. All this and real ale too C’mon!!!!!


Pete Evans

April 17th, 2011 at 18:56
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Thanks Wolfman for the kind remarks. It truly was an amazing night as you said.

Terraplane Blues are excellent musicians and not only are they playing at Bangor on Dee but also at Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday afternoon before their appearnce at Bangor in the evening.

But as for Roland – he doesn’t gig much up in the north but I hope he does make more trips in the future as his playing is probably the best I’ve ever seen.

And as for his humour… yes it didn’t help that it was my birthday!!!
However as I said, we wanted an Aussie that night so we did try to get Harper but he was in Michigan.. then we tried Rory Ellis but he was in a bar fight somewhere. Then we tried Derrin Nauendorf but he was back in Oz so we had to get Roland !!! ( Couldn’t get hold of Stringybark McDowell !!)

All I can say though is you ever have a chance to see Roland – grab it.