NOT since the heady days of Donny and Marie Osmond and Richard and Karen Carpenter has such a hoo-haa been made about a brother and sister musical combo.

Well, maybe Jack and Meg White but that’s, well, different…

Dani and Will Wilde are leading lights of the British Blues scene, with Dani touring the planet from Europe to America and Africa via the Royal Albert Hall and the slums of Kenya and picking up countless awards en route as if she was just browsing the duty free lounge, and younger sibling Will is regarded as one the very best blues harmonica blasters out there.

Individually, there are hugely impressive performers, but put them together and you have something akin to blues dynamite.

And it’ll all be going off KA-BOOM tomorrow night, Saturday, February 24 at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester with Dani on guitar and Will on harmonica featuring songs from both their latest releases and diving into their respective back catalogues.

Tickets for tomorrow night’s unique show are £14 from the box office on 01305 266926.

Moving on, and there’s a night of sludgecore and Southern metal approaching Finns in Weymouth next Saturday, March 3. Lock up your pets and run for the hills NOW!

Headlining are Reading three-piece Morass of Molasses who, as you can see from the picture on this page, seem like a nice bunch of chaps.

Bones the Beard, Phil the Mountain and Raj the Guru, for that is they, have ‘enough bowel-quaking low-end to fill a Sabbath album’ according to Kerrang! Magazine.

Also playing next Saturday are Bournemouth four-piece doom merchants Thuuum and local metallists Kutna Hora.

And it’s also a huge welcome back to Weymouth monsters Tate who called it a day a couple of years back over musical differences and whose turn it was to put the kettle on.

But the awesome foursome of Tom Hill, David James, Dave Gigg and Joe Isaacs all missed it so much, they decided, in the style of the Blues Brothers, to put the band back together.

As Tate tell me: “Tom was in Summer Dive Home and when they disbanded and the rest of us weren’t up to much, we all really missed it.

“We all thought our original material was too good to forget and it’s such good fun to play.”

As well as tomorrow’s gig, they’ll be back at Finns for the Teddy Rocks warm-up show on April 20 ahead of the main event at Blandford over the weekend of the early May bank holiday.

And finally, there’s a safety-pinned congratulations card on its way from Her Majesty to Dorchester’s punk revivalists The Skones who play their 100th gig next Saturday, March 3 at the Market House Tavern in Weymouth.

It’s a remarkable achievement for the three-piece and just goes to prove that punk’s not dead, it’s just a bit whiffy round the edges.

Till next time…



Average Wyke Band (Finns, Weymouth)

Lewis Craven Band (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Charlie Hodds (Park, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Mojo (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Strings and Reeds (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Stevie P (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Shooter (Lugger, Chickerell, Weymouth)

Gut and Steel (Anvil, Pimperne)

Elvis Pete (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Stealing Whisky (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Tripod (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Hamish (Royal Oak, Weymouth)


The Wildes (Dorchester Corn Exchange)

Jess Upton and the Guilty Pleasures (Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis)

Vinyl Monkeys (Finns, Weymouth)

The Shakespearos (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Darren H (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

TBC (Park, Weymouth)

Hustle (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Silhouettes (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Shooter (Gloucester, Weymouth)

State of Undress (Tom Brown’s, Dorchester)

The Leggomen (Market House, Weymouth)

Tequila Mockingbird (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Speedway Snails (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

The Diamonds (Centenary Club, Weymouth)

Total Madness (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Revolution (Punchbowl, Portland)

C Sharp Blues (Kimberlin Club, Portland)

Martin Freed (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Sheryl Lee and Stars in their Eyes (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Crippled Rook (Ropemakers, Bridport)

The Ferals (Wyke Regis Social Club, Weymouth)

The Rock Apes (Royal Exchange, Portland)


Stone Faced Wellers (Bull’s Head, Fordington, Dorchester) 4pm.

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3.30 and 8.30pm.

Ricky Solo (Sailor’s Return, Weymouth) From 3pm.

Sheryl Lee (Black Dog, Weymouth) 4-7pm.

The Rat Pack (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Scots Dan’s Open Mic (Duke of Albany, Weymouth) 6pm.


Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Acoustic Session (Belvedere, Weymouth)


Phil Dewhurst (Boot, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)


Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Open Mic Night (Royal Exchange, Portland)

Open Mic Night (Rock, Weymouth)


Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, Portland)

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Roger’s Singalong (Gloucester, Weymouth)


Toxic Fish (Finns, Weymouth)

Stompin’ Dave (Square and Compasses, Worth Matravers)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Paul Williams (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Open Mic (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh, Weymouth)