Delph is bandit country for Willie and the boys

Willie and the Bandits have been held up! Their gig at Delph’s Millgate Theatre featuring the blues, roots rock, three-piece has been cancelled.

But the May 7 show has been re-scheduled for October 16 at the White Hart Hotel, Lydgate.

Tickets bought for the original gig remain valid but for any more information contact promoter Neil Williams at


YOU HAVE got to give Willie and the Bandits time of day even if it’s just for their name.

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Willie and the Bandits

It gives no real clue as to their musical identity though it immediately suggests edginess, devilment and non conformity.

At their core is blues, befitting the relentless drive of local promoters Neil Williams and Jim Gradwell to promote the musical genre throughout Saddleworth.

Delph’s Millgate Theatre will be Bandit country on Saturday, May 7 as Willie Edwards, Andrew Naumann and Matthew Brooks tick off another venue on a relentless tour of the UK and Europe.

Belgium and Holland were on last month’s itinerary, gigs in Poland are coming up while a trip to Germany is on the cards after their one-off Saddleworth date.

They played Glastonbury in 2014 – where BBC Radio One listed them in the top 10 must see bands – while Kendal Calling and the Isle of Wight Festival are also on their CV.

Much of the appeal comes from the guttural voice of Australian born, Cornwall based front man Willie Edwards. Think Tom Waits or Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame and you get the picture.

“It must have been a lot of partying I did in my youth destroyed my vocal chords,” says Willie, widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest steel guitar players.

Simply put, the Bandits are a classic blues, roots rock three-piece, in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience though they do have a softer side.

“We started off as an acoustic band but are now more of a rock band,” Willie explains. “However, we like to use as many different instruments, as many flavours and textures as possible.

“Some shows even now will be acoustic, some will be heavier and some will be a mix of the two. It depends how we are feeling.” Hear for yourself at Millgate Theatre.

Before then on Saturday, April 16 American guitarist Albert Cummings and Band take the stage at Friezland Church Hall, Greenfield, Tickets £12.50.

And on Wednesday, June 22, Billy Walton, guitarist with the legendary Southside Johnny, brings a six-piece band from New Jersey to the White Hart.

For all shows, doors open at 7.30pm for 8.30pm show. Tickets from Uppermill Post Office or


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