FRESH from a massive headline jaunt around the continent, that included a stint supporting the mighty Deep Purple, Wille and the Bandits are yet another successful local band returning home for pre-Christmas show in Plymouth – their first city date for six months.
Hailed as one of three top unsigned acts in the UK by the Daily Telegraph, Willie and co play the White Rabbit tonight as part of the UK leg of the tour to promote their new album, Breakfree.
Front man Will Edwards, renowned as one of the finest lap slide players in the UK, says: "We love playing in our home town Plymouth, there is always a great energy in the crowd and people seem to love their music here."
Wille is joined by experimental drummer Andrew Naumann and versatile bassist Matt Brooks, to combine roots, rock, blues and folk, creating a unique sound fans label 'infectious groove'.
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Fans include Status Quo, whom the trio supported on a recent French tour, as well as blues guitar sensation Joe Bonamassa for whom Wille provided warm up duties in Paris last year:
Joe praised Wille's guitar playing and the band's style: "Wille is a superb slide player," he said, "I love what these guys are doing."
The Kaiser Chiefs are also big fans, calling Wille a "Great live act with an unmistakable unique sound".
The tour rounds off a remarkable year which included playing sets at the Olympics and Paralympic celebrations in the Olympic Village.