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Will McNicol & Luke Selby
A Bryanston audience were treated to a superb recital by Will McNicol (guitar) and Luke Selby (drums) on Wednesday 23 September at 8.15pm in The Elder Concert Hall.
Since their formation as a duo in mid 2013, multi award-winning acoustic guitarist Will McNicol and drummer Luke Selby have been gaining rave reviews for their live performances up and down the country. Both highly respected and in-demand instrumentalists in their respective fields, the combination of Will’s intricate melodic fingerstyle playing on both steel and nylon string guitars and Luke’s explosive rhythms on kit and percussion has been making a unique impression. Often using a loop pedal, Will built up intricate textures using both traditional playing techniques as well as highly inventive percussive techniques.
The duo took us all on a journey and drew on influences from Brazilian sambas through to driving West-African rhythms, Celtic folk melodies to North American foot-stamping blues numbers. Combining this worldwide diversity with Will and Luke's virtuosic instrumental ability and sensitive musicality created an exhilarating live show, full of surprises. Their passion for musical traditions from around the world has culminated in a collection of diverse original compositions, as well as-reworkings of seminal works in a variety of genres, which have been released as their debut album Hitchhiker.
The enthusiasm of the applause at the end of the concert returned both performers to the stage for a fantastic and fun encore item. Thanks to both Will and Luke for such a great evening of entertainment and excellent music; it was hugely enjoyed by the whole audience.