Blind Willie Wagtail are a trio of seasoned musicians who play a progressive mix of blues and rock-a-billy, originals and covers. Influences range from Blind Willie McTell & Blind Willie Johnson, to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.
Blind Willie are Pete Hurcombe on vocals and various slide- and finger-guitar tunings. Pete has been playing authentic blues and roots music for more than 25 years. Born in Sydney, his original lyrics draw from a diverse life including 10 years working throughout central Australia.
Drummer Matt Elliott plays guitar, banjo and vocals in soul band The Hoochers and jug band Blue Skillet Rovers, which have been dubbed highly entertaining and something really different at many festivals.
Sharing the bass duties is Dirk Dubois from Australia’s most influential blues/rock band Chain, and Tony Baron, known as Baron Von Blues, who was once beaten by a Rolf Harris impersonator on the Red Faces segment of Hey Hey It’s Saturday.
Their original and borrowed material covers many aspects of life from their own varied life experiences, coated with a tinge of irony and humour, giving the music a relevance to all that come to be entertained.
Blind Willie Wagtail have a freewheeling loose style bouncing off one another so that the music may seem to have little structure with breathtaking, free-playing solos from all the band, which may lead in any direction before the song eventually lands. Conjuring up a good mix of experienced playing with the onstage banter makes this outfit a pleasure to see performing.
See Blind Willie Wagtail and a great lineup of bands including Lil’ Fi & the Rogues, The Bloke From Bullamakanka, The Kellie Gang and Laura & the Renegade Gentlemen at the Condong Bowls Club, Saturday.