|Friday 11 October 2019 @ 09:00pm : -
Will Killeen is a highly acclaimed Irish acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has a totally unique style; celtic roots mixed with American blues. You can expect songs from early blues standards through to Dylan classics delivered with inimitable percussive guitar and whirling vocals. He's also considered to be one of the foremost slide guitar players in Europe today.
Will was born in Mayo, Ireland. He taught himself guitar from the age of 10 then, influenced by Howlin' Wolf, Doc Watson, The Pretty Things, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones to name a few. Soon he was performing around London and once replaced Rory Gallagher when Taste was formed. Will's unique-Blues guitar style shows influences from a mixture of Country, Celtic, Eastern and Rock music.
He plays regularly at countless venues and festivals around London and the rest of England, in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy, Germany and the United States, and wherever he plays, he amazes audiences with his own compositions and new arrangements of traditional songs
A dazzling player with a huge repertoire of songs, Will is a walking blues history manual, taking you on a journey from Robert Johnson and Elmore James through to an unlikely but brilliant version of "Duelling Banjos" - all on one acoustic guitar!
It may all have been said before about Will, and his fans will know what to expect, but for the uninitiated, you will be dazzled by a brilliant mix of Elmore James/Robert Johnson and Bob Dylan and more, by a simply stunning guitarist.
Will is also a successful fine artist who specialises in painting portraits and horses in oils.
"Ireland's finest acoustic blues export since Rory Gallagher, he is considered to be one of the foremost slide guitar players in Europe" ~ Castlebar Blues Festival
"...Irishman Killeen has established himself over the last few years as one of Europe's top country blues players, mixing original guitar style with self-penned material. A number of radio appearances have led to recorded outings and two hugely successful tours of Italy" ~ Pete Feenstra
"Arriva...The king of the slide guitar - al secolo l'irlandese Will Killeen!" ~ Belluno Festival
"...an exciting blend of gutsy, foot-stomping blues...he's travelled extensively in Europe and the USA delighting audiences with his seemingly incongruous mixture of gentle personality and fiery musicianship"
..."A unique acoustic style and wild harp make Will's original reworkings of blues classics unmistakable...he's not to be missed" ~ Brentwood Blues Festival
"...Will Killeen is one of the most underrated blues slide guitarists around, backed only by a harmonica and a gravelly voice. Will plays a mixture of original and traditional acoustic blues and his ability to perform numbers in the manner they would have been composed has won him a cult following." ~ Windsor Arts Centre