Easter Saturday, 4th April 2015
The Borough Blues Club always has a good attendance but tonight they were boosted by many who had traveled to see Will Wilde and his band, whilst some hadn’t even heard him live before but had heard enough to come and hear for themselves. There was no argument that their was a seven year-old who was the most excited and was delighted that Will Wilde took time before the show to demonstrate harmonica techniques to this young aspiring harp player and he really enjoyed the show as well before being taken home. By the end of the evening Will had many fans and will be invited back, with a regular saying the band’s performance was in the top three gigs since the club started ten years ago!
Will got the crowd going with some Raw Blues, sensational Harp playing, with a band that added tonal depths and textures to let the inspired harp playing shine through.
There was a mutual understanding between Danny Giles on Guitar and the rhythm section comprising Victoria Smith on bass and drummer Richard Newman. Angel Came Down, is a track that combines both Will’s vocals and harp playing , he has a wonderful voice that sings the blues adding that emotional soul that makes the lyrics become more than words. His vocals are powerful with a silky undertone that makes Thirty-Eight have passion and grit connecting with the audience and the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. Will Wilde’s harp playing sets him out from the crowd and his playing gets better – their appears to be no limits to the sounds, tonal qualities and musical shapes that he can cajole from his harpsichord. Paranoia as ever a very emotionally charged performance of this fantastic self-penned number, augmented by an intoxicating simple driving sound from the rhythm section.
We heard Buddy Guy’s A Man OF The Blues, from Buddy’s second album and tonight was a rousing rendition which we were told will feature on an anticipated live CD due for release later in 2015; one for the collection of anyone who loves blues with modernity and stellar harp playing. It was time for everyone to have a breather, refresh there glasses and revel in what they had heard and experienced in the first set, the buzz of delighted blues lovers was around the club, everyone was happy.
The Second set opened with audience participation and the crowd loved it and then we saw Will put down the harp and swap to a guitar on The Girl I love, showing that this is a multi-instrumentalist as he played some great licks augmented Danny’s guitar creating a completely different tone and style from the rest of the evening. There is no doubt that Will is the complete artist when it comes to modern blues, it is always a pleasure to be at one of his gigs and tonight was the best I have seen him perform. Will and the band definitely deserve a greater recognition of his extensive talents, easy-going manner and the pleasure his music brings.
There was some great harmonizing and interplay between Will and Danny on lead guitar as they dueted on Jealous Women they certainly made those instruments dance to their delightful tune. Danny Giles came forward to take the lead for Johnny Guitar Watson’s number, Three Hours Past Midnight which really allowed Danny to display is guitar playing skills we have heard some fabulous riffs, licks and solos from him it wasn’t just about the harp tonight. I Got a Real Good Feeling, picked up the pace and got the Borough Blues Club Dancing their night away. All too soon the notes were faded but with much stamping of feet and cheering the band returned with an encore we all wanted to hear, they played a trio of delights Creedance Clearwater Revival’s, what a great take on this popular number, Suzie Q; followed by Blind Al Wilson’s number a fitting choice as one of the great influences on Will’s harp playing and closing with I’m On The Road Again, this Canned Heat number got even more people on the floor and the rest joined in the chorus line as the night reached the final crescendo of musical satisfaction.