The Return of Willie and the Bandits
Wille and the Bandits are confirmed to return to the Brighton shores all the way from Plymouth.
Jen Paddle LOVED these guys so much last year she begged them to come back
Don’t miss them, Sunday 8th July 2012
The Story of Wille and the bandits began when Wille decided to leave for his birthplace of Australia after he had finished school in the UK. Being young and naive it wasn’t long before he ran out of money and lying around the hostel he was in was an old battered guitar. Knowing his way around a few chords and being able to sing a little he embarked on a mission to see if he could make enough money busking on the street to cover his rent for that day. This saw the birth of a dream, an ambition and a journey that would take him and his band around the world playing music for a living.
The day was a success and he ended up busking his way from Sydney to Cairns, meeting many inspirational people along the way. One encounter that arguably made the biggest impression on the young Wille was witnessing a busker playing a lap steel guitar. Wille was so enamoured with the instrument that he ended up living in the buskers pocket and learning from him everyday and trying to master this great sounding instrument. Wille is how considered one of Europe’s finest Slide guitar players:
“Wille is a great Slide player, I love what these guys are doing”
With Wille’s new found slide guitar skills and natural gift of song writing he returned to the UK. Through a mutual friend he was then introduced to percussionist and drummer Andrew Naumann. They started to busk and were greeted by huge crowds trying to get a glimpse of this earthy original sound and off the back of this they were given their own gigs and decided to call the project Wille and the bandits.
Five years later the band recruited bass player virtuoso, Matt Brooks (hyper link to matts website) and a huge selection of Drums, guitars and effects pedals. They have played in some of Europe’s most famous Arena’s including the Olympia in Paris, completed two tours with Status Quo, opened for Joe Bonamassa and the John Butler Trio and received critical acclaim and a loyal fan base where ever they have performed.
Isle of Wight Festival
Wille and the Bandits cover a wide range of genres from Folk and World music to Blues and Rock. With the versatility of Wille’s lap steel and guitar playing, the rhythmic diversity of percussionist Andrew Naumann and the sonic range of Matt’s Upright bass and six string electric bass, they always keep audiences guessing. Often likened to the greats of the 70’s such as Led Zeppelin, Santana and Pink Floyd, this comparison, although bold, only scrapes the surface of the Bands influences and sound.
“Wille and the Bandits are taking roots music to a new level”
The band can often be seen busking in the day with Andy playing a vast selection of percussion, Matt on Double Bass and Wille playing just acoustic guitar creating a fusion of World music, Jazz and Blues, and in the evening be playing in an arena playing full on.
Psychedelic Blues Rock in support of a Major Rock Act. This versatility shines through on their albums and makes it very difficult to judge the band after a listen to just a single track. There’s a song for everyone on their albums and their approach to writing is second to none and includes a cross section of cultures and styles to keep all music tastes satisfied and wanting more.
“This incredibly talented band excels in playing not just one or two musical styles but in fact focus on performing several genres to an extremely high quality. The main difference with this band though, is that when they showcase their extraordinary craft by performing several styles, they do it with such ease.”
Wille and the Bandits are on a journey which has so far been miraculous. All achieved through hard work and a true passion for making music. Playing over 200 shows a year these guys are really tight. So please do not miss the opportunity to see one of the most impressive live acts of this generation.
“This band could be one of the most influential bands of the decade”