Willie Nile Band, Tingewick – Review

Well I warned you that Empty Room Promotions evening with the Willie Nile Band at Tingewick was going to be good and how wrong I was . . . . it was bleeding fantastic! How can there be so much energy from one little man. Totally defying his age, Willie set the place alight, not literally of course, though the heat in the hall soon rose with the 130 + bodies who came along and enjoyed it.

On his arrival at the unassuming Tingewick Scout hut Willie echoed the comments of Chuck Prophet who noted that “This is the kinda venue that Buddy Holly would have played.” Once the bands have settled in and sound checked and hear the acoustics they soon realise why this hall has become so popular.

Drawing on his current album Innocent Ones and his back catalogue Street of New York, House of a Thousand Guitars, Beautiful Wreck of the World etc the set lasted about 100 minutes, though most of us wouldn’t have minded if it went on longer. There was even a chance for our youngest audience member at the tender age of eight, along with her father to join the band on stage for a rousing version of a firm favourite One Guitar and I’m sure the video her Mum recorded with be played a fair few times in the house.

It’s also great to deal with a true Gentleman of music and he’s welcome back any time, thank you Mr Willie Nile.

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