Willie and The Bandits

Bridport Arts Centre
6 February 2016
BR Rating *****
By Jonah Corren

Once again, Wille and The Bandits displayed why they have become such a highly regarded band. Their unique mix of bluesy, mellower beats and up-tempo rock music has sent them all across the continent, and it remains a privilege that time after time they light up the Bridport music scene.

As always, the sound the Bandits produced was fantastically powerful. Songs such as Chillout, Forgiveness and Virgin Eyes threw the crowd into the inescapable ambience, whilst inspiring some often frenzied dancing. One particularly notable tune was Angel, a long, varied instrumental that allowed each of the three band members to showcase their talents. These numbers were well balanced out with slower, more delicate songs such as I Want To Watch You Grow; an excellently written tribute to Wille’s daughter that sported some catchy and melodic percussion.

It was clear how much fun the band were having, breathing in the atmosphere and throwing it back out into their music. Front man Wille Edwards used his voice as an effective instrument, particularly on emotive songs such as Angel and Forgiveness. In Mammon, an exceptional number about the dangers of materialism, all three band members came to the front of the stage, and their passion and conviction shone through in their interaction with each other and their instruments.

After the show I caught up with Willie beside the band’s selection of merchandise, and asked about how he’d enjoyed the evening. ‘There’s been a great atmosphere and great energy,’ he said. ‘It’s always a pleasure to play in Bridport.’

Despite adverse weather, a sizable crowd turned up to witness the spectacle that Wille and the Bandits always deliver. Here is a band that only gets stronger every show they play and build up a bigger fan base everywhere they go. If they come around again they are truly a must see, and Bridport will be lucky to remain one of their favourite venues.

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Willie and the Bandits

Bridport Arts Centre
Saturday 6 February 8pm
Tickets: £12

Willie plays slide guitar and leads the vocals, Andy’s on drums and Matt on six-string bass and double bass, but they all switch and mix as they bash out their celebrated live sets of blues rock. ‘Love the soul in their music,’ said Bob Harris.

  • Read Jonah Corren’s review on 7 February
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