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 the 1920’s players Blind Willie McTell & Blind Willie Johnson, to Muddy Waters & Howlin Wolf’s 1950’s electric material.
Rock-a-billy influences include Carl Perkins, Elvis and Chuck Berry.
Original material covers current aspects of life with irony and humour.
January 2011 Blind Willie toured with Oz legends Dutch Tilders, George Washingmachine & Geoff Achison.
Blind Willie are Pete Hurcombe on vocals and various slide & finger guitar tunings. Winner 2008 ‘Dolphin’ award for Best Blues Song of the Year. Playing authentic blues and roots music for more than 25 years, starting in Sydney in the mid 1970’s. His original lyrics draw from a diverse life including 10 years working throughout central Australia.
He has performed at Maleney/Woodford Folk, East Coast Blues & Roots, Wintersun and more, including the early years at Blues on Broadbeach.
Drummer, Matt Elliott plays guitar, banjo and vocals in soul band “The Hoochers” and jug band “Blue Skillet Rovers”, which have been billed at Woodford, Byron & Gympie, and have been dubbed highly entertaining and “something really different”.
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 Red Faces segment of Hey Hey It’s Saturday.
Acclaimed musician and song writer Dave Tice has lived the life of rock, punk and blues across Australia, UK and Europe since launching early metal band Buffalo in 1970.
Having worked Buffalo to cult status, Dave was invited to London where he fronted seminal UK R&B Punk band, The Count Bishops. They cracked the UK Top 40 with “I Want Candy” and toured extensively.
Partner in crime Mark Evans is former AC/DC bassist and now best selling author of his recently released memoir ‘Dirty Deeds’.
Mark traded his electric bass for Gibson acoustic guitars and drives his Rock’n'Roll roots through the rhythm of this hard-edged duo. Dave delivers smooth yet powerful vocals that are laced in deep undertones, drives guitars of the electric, acoustic and slide kinds, the songs are peppered with harmonica.
Dave Tice and Mark Evans separate careers have twined together to create music that cuts across genre and has evolved to it’s own through the years of performing in and around Sydney’s eclectic inner city districts.