Review: Will McNicol, The Cellars, Eastney

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Spellbinding – that’s the word to describe the playing of acoustic guitarist Will McNicol.

We were lucky enough to catch his Put Your Feet Up tour at The Cellars in Eastney. During his unaccompanied first set, this seriously gifted musician treated us to gems like the Music Box Waltz and the hauntingly melancholy Casting Shadows.

Beautiful gentle harmonics gave this set an ethereal quality.

In complete contrast, his second set, accompanied by percussionist Luke Selby, had music from Spain, Latin America and some glorious Mississippi Blues, all with the McNicol twist.

A cover of the classic Ain’t No Sunshine and a ska run through Sid the Squid followed.

Will’s playing is extraordinary. He manages to give guitar music another dimension, making it percussive and deeply melodic in equal measure.

He’s definitely a rising star. Will is at the tail end of this tour, but if you get the chance to see him, do so.

His music is magical.