News: Willie & The Bandits – new album and tour

Posted on: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013


Having toured their unique brand of rock music with the likes of Deep PurpleJoe BonamassaJohn Butler Trio and Status QuoWille and the Bandits release their first nationally distributed album, ‘Grow’ on October 14th 2013.

The album will be supported by a 20 date UK tour, kicking off on Nov 1 in Penzance.

WATB are renowned for creating an astonishingly huge sound, incorporating eclectic grooves from world music to heavy rock. Using unusual combinations of instrumentation such as tongue drum, djembe, lap steel guitar and double bass, they push the boundaries of what is expected of a modern three piece.

Although difficult to pigeonhole, Wille and the Bandits are taking ‘rock’ music to new places, with a unique take on songwriting that is fresh, but at the same time laced with nostalgia. Their success has been built on successfully engaging three generations of fans, each captivated by the exquisite musicianship and soulful song writing which flows effortlessly throughout their performances.

Even the most experienced music lovers will have their head turned by the spellbinding concoction of Wille Edwards’ mastery of the slide guitar, Matthew Brooks’ wizardry on the 6-string bass and Andrew Naumann’s ability to conjure an irresistible groove from his vast array of percussion.

Based in Cornwall, but playing over 250 shows a year worldwide, their songs are a social commentary on what their road worn eyes have seen, never shying away from even the most poignant subjects.

The band has developed a loyal underground fan base right across Europe, mainly from their explosive live shows. Their success in building a core fan base is a result of their versatility; whether busking or in a sold out arena, the band have the songs and musicianship to command an audience and connect with people who will return for more

After playing many major festivals including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and the Olympic games, the band were chosen by The Kaiser Chiefs as one of the top unsigned acts in the UK, declaring them, “destined for big things”

With the release of ‘Grow’, the anticipation is that the UK’s best kept secret is about to be let out.

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Wille And The Bandits ‘Grow’ – Track listing

1.    Got To Do Better

2.    Gypsy Woman

3.    Try To Be Yourself

4.    Under The Grove

5.    Butterfly For A Day

6.    Still Go Marching In

7.    Why’d You Do It

8.    Son Of The Gun

9.    Keep Moving On

10. Forgiveness


Tour Dates:


01 The Acorn, Penzance

02 Louisiana, Bristol

03 Cavern, Exeter

05 The Winchester, Bournemouth

06 The Bullingdon Arms, Oxford

07 The Islington, London

08 Farnham Maltings, Farnham

09 Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport

10 The Cellars, Eastney

12 The Greystones, Sheffield

13 Brudenell 2, Leeds

14 The Bodega, Nottingham

15 The Met, Bury

16 The Cluny 2, Newcastle

17 The Continental, Preston

20 The Bicycle Shop, Norwich

21 The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

22 Westcoast Bar, Margate

23 The Brass Monkey, Hastings

24 The Latest Bar, Brighton


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