The Loft Live Sessions Presents Wille & The Bandits, Albert Jones (Band) & Joanna Cooke
20th October, The Corn Barn, Cullompton
Presented by Adam In The Hat

About Wille and the Bandits

Praised by critics and rock legends for being one of the most dynamic bands around the globe Wille & The Bandits conjure up similarities with Led Zeppelin as they move from riff-tastic rock and roll to more acoustic sensibilities that only few bands manage. The use of string arrangements, oscillating delays and soaring lap steel guitar solos give the band an emotive Pink Floyd edge mixed with the groove and vocal phrasing of John Butler Trio, which leaves audiences in pieces.

From humble roots in Cornwall the band wanted to stay based where they feel inspired by the rolling hills and blues seas rather than chase the industry to the City. Their approach has paid off with the industry now chasing them. They have extended their touring reach right across Europe and as far afield as Australia and the USA to provide the sense of escapism and anti-establishment, rebellious spirit that Cornwall has been known for centuries.

With their fresh approach to blues rock music, Wille & The Bandits have been assertively carving a place for themselves in Europe’s music scene, developing a reputation as one of the best live acts around and capturing the imagination and interest of music lovers right across the globe.

The band were listed in the Top Ten Must See Bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and were personally invited to perform on the German TV show Rockpalast, a musical institution of global import.

The band combines four talented and committed musicians who come from very different musical backgrounds. The great musicianship with infectious songs has inspired praise from Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi.

Throughout a performance the band can be seen playing a range of instruments, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes switching between various guitars, bass guitars and percussion within the same song, giving the audience a complete performance, which has seen the popularity of Wille & The Bandits grow at an exceptional rate.

Tour dates – Wille and the Bandits

About Albert Jones

Albert Jones writes songs with hooks, but also, depth. He harks back to classic songwriting by the likes of Stevie Nicks, John Martyn and Peter Green. His guitar style is timeless, focusing on dynamics and feel. Contemporary artists that are comparable… Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Joey Landreth and Zero 7.

Albert’s singles have been played on BBC Radio 2 by Dermot O’Leary, BBC Radio 1 by Gemma Bradley, BBC 6 Music by Tom Robinson, and the BBC Introducing network. His music has been streamed more than 150,000 times Worldwide.

Most recently he was picked to be part of the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend and last year his song See You When You Get There was featured as part of BBC Introducing at Glastonbury.

In 2019 (pre pandemic. remember that?) Albert completed a hugely successful tour of Brazil, where he played the biggest blues festival in Latin America, The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival. Named the muse of the festival, he headlined the folk stage to a packed arena of eager fans.

This Autumn Albert is touring the UK and Europe to promote his latest material. 

After a great year of new releases, including airplay on BBC Radio 2 (Dermot O’Leary show), BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing Mixtape) and great reviews on Fresh On The Net. The debut album from Albert Jones will be released this Autumn.

About Joanna Cooke

Motown legend Martha Reeves put it perfectly, describing Joanna Cooke as “the baby girl singing the
blues”. Joanna’s voice has the soul and power of someone way beyond her years, and her self-penned
songs so raw and honest they leave a lasting impression on her audiences.

The West country born singer/songwriter grew up in a strict but passionately artistic family, where her
father’s collection of blues records by greats like Howling Wolf and Robert Johnson was the soundtrack to
her upbringing. A restless desire for music has spurred Joanna throughout her music journey. Money was
tight so Joanna taught herself the piano from a keyboard she found in a skip and wrote songs that brought
her school teachers to tears. Fast forward and it’s this self-sufficiency, drive and talent that now see
Joanna supporting and collaborating with big name artists and performing her own solo shows.

These successes range from festival main stage appearances, supporting major artists such as Paloma
Faith and Rag’n’Bone Man, to intimate solo gigs. She has also worked with quality artists such as Jo
Harman, Beth Rowley, Ben Ottewell (Gomez) and Wildwood Kin. The release of 3 EPs and a single to
date have drawn positive review, and widespread radio play whilst Joanna’s vocal and songwriting
collaborations with international dance music producers include No1 Club Chart hits in Australia & South
Africa. All the while Joanna has built a loyal audience who really engage not just with the stories in her
songs, but her as a person.

The turn of the year sees Joanna writing material and planning her next record release in 2021, whilst
collaborating with producers both at home and abroad.