Live review: Willie & The Bandits – The New Continental, Preston: 24th October

Posted on: Sunday, Nov 1, 2015


Live gig review for WILLE & THE BANDITS @ The New Continental, Preston, Lancashire – 24/10/15 By Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive

This was the third visit to the superb venue, The New Continental in Preston, for Wille & The Bandits and yet again they upped their game. Hailing from Cornwall, they produce music in range of genres from roots fusion and rock to blues and world music. Fronting the band, was Will Edwards on strong and raw lead vocals, excellent lap slide and guitar with a pedal board to die for. He was supported by the incredibly gifted bass player, Matt Brooks on sculptural upright bass and six string electric bass, with the power house and rhythmic genius of percussionist Andrew Naumann on drums, tom tom and glockenspiel.

Opening the evening in support, were local four piece Indie band Aviso who gave a good solid performance.

Wille & The Bandits kicked off their set with a new number to me ‘Hot Rocks’, followed by a mix of numbers from their albums Grow, Breakfree and New Breed, including the brilliant ‘Gypsy Woman’, the haunting ‘Mammon’ , ‘Chill Out’ with amazing percussion, the superb ‘Jack the Lad and the poignant ‘Angel’. The highlight for me this evening was ‘Forgiveness’, which was also released as a single. This track opens with the most amazing upright bass playing and was performed with such feeling and great musicianship by the whole band.

They also gave us a taster, with some of the new material that will appear on their next album, all with the Wille & The Bandits stamp so a treat to look forward to.

Finishing off the set with a well deserved encore, they played a 1970’s rock compilation, to a rapturous crowd. I for one will be looking forward to seeing them again on the festival circuit next year and hopefully back at the New Continental too. An excellent end to a brilliant set.

Many thanks go to the organiser at the New Continental for persevering in ‘Keeping Live Music Alive’ and giving quality bands a great platform on which to perform. Good venues are becoming hard to find!

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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