Post by madmission on Jul 16, 2015 12:32:23 GMT
Now, I've been told I'm ok doing a little light spamming on here as long as it's loosely Tull related... so here goes
I'm sure there will be many on here who saw Tull in the early noughties who remember Willy Porter supporting them.
I saw him/them in Derby and again in Wolverhampton and was blown away by Willy's guitar skills and moving songs, so much so that me and 'she who must be obeyed' bought all of his available CDs and became a firm fan.
Sadly, we never got to see Willy again and have followed his fortunes from afar, only getting the occasional Willy fix when I managed to aquire bootlegs from friends in The States.
One of these contacts, who runs a public access TV show over there, emailed me early last year to tell me Willy was touring with Martin Joseph but sadly it was too late to organise a trip to one of the show.
Possibly because of the response Willy got on that short tour, he returned in September to do a solo tour and this time I was forewarned
The annoying feature of this tour was that he played in a number of venues in the south of England but his only dates north of Watford Gap were Kendall, Lancaster and Abington in Scotland!!... Nowhere in the Midlands where I live.
As I love my live music, I decided that distance should not be an obstacle and the wife and I decided to have a few days away in Scotland and take in the Abington show en route... I was so glad I did.... the show was fantastic and I got to meet the man himself. Willy seemed genuinely moved that there were others plus ourselves who had travelled large distances just to see him and promised he would try to come back the following year (2015)
When I got notification of a tour this year, I contacted his UK agent to hook him up with some local venues but sadly the people I knew had all got a full schedule for the year and couldn't fit Willy in. Now maybe it was desperation or maybe a moment of madness but I've somehow agreed to put on a show myself
So I'm posting to share my website for anyone who may be interested and hope this also serves as a memory jogger for those' like me' who saw and appreciated WP all those years back and would like to maybe see him again either with us or at any of his other gigs
I've put a few videos on my site so that people can see what he's all about
We've called our venture A500 music to give the illusion that we are an established, professional organisation but hey who knows.. we might make a success of this and do it all again
Please feel free to add your own personal recollections of Willy supporting Tull and of course, message me if you want tickets (avoiding using online ticketing)