Wild Willy roars back

Wild Willy Barrett is at the Limelight

An Aylesbury legend is back with a new band – Wild Willy Barrett’s Roaring Touring is coming to the Limelight Theatre.

With their unique musical style and irrepressible sense of fun, changing gear with almost every number, it is easy to see how audiences are captivated by this talented quartet. A master of live entertainment, multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett’s dry, off-the-wall humour ‘has audiences laughing out loud between numbers’, say the promoters.

Willy, best known for his partnership with John Otway, has had a long and varied career. He has toured with artists as diverse as Madness and Steeleye Span, and his wonderful acoustic guitar playing is featured on ‘The Contemporary Folk Guitar’ album alongside Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap & Ralph McTell.

Willy is joined by cellist Mary Holland, singer Ejay Williams, who has just recently finished recording with Van Morrison for his latest album, and wonderful singer/songwriter Martyn Barker. It is billed as ‘a great night out unlike anything else on offer in the UK at the moment’.

The group was born during a chance encounter, when Willy approached a cellist he saw performing with a belly-dancing troupe.

Mary said: ‘Willy was living on the Grand Union canal near Tring. He saw and heard me playing and dancing in the garden of a pub close to where his boat was moored and came rushing over with the immortal words ‘would you like to join my band?’

‘I knew who he was, but I must confess to being a bit suspicious as to whether it was the cello playing or me he was interested in, so it took several phone calls and lots of persuading for me to audition for the band. Turns out, he was interested in both – we are now married.’

Something of a musical prodigy, having learnt to play the ukulele at the age of four, Willy describes himself as an experimental multi-instrumentalist.

Wild Willy Barrett’s Roaring Touring
Saturday March 16, 8pm
Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury
Tickets: £12.50 (no concessions)
Box Office: 01296 424332 /

Limelight Theatre
Queens Park Arts Centre
HP21 7RT
01296 424332 / /

The Limelight Bar opens one hour before show start time, theatre doors open 10-15 minutes before curtain up.
Free parking available on site.


February 11, 2019