Winter & Williams Band

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Winter and Williams Band are an alternative acoustic band from Cardiff, Wales formed in 2006. The band's current lineup includes singer/songwriter Peter Winter (guitar/vocals), bassist Deej Williams and drummer Tom Rabaiotti. Former members included co-songwriter Gareth Williams (guitar/vocals), bassist Mark Watson, drummer Ben Harris, saxophonist Tom Jackson (Whistling Biscuits, Sweet Baboo, Truckers of Husk, Spencer McGarry Season) and percussionist Samuel Bigot (Prisoners of the Sun).

The band have played at a variety of venues in the city including The Point, Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff University Students' Union, Cafe Jazz and Wales Millennium Centre. The band is popular in South Wales and the Cardiff music scene and have received airplay on Cardiff University's Xpress Radio and Radio Cardiff. Anecdotally, the band has received high plaudits from those associated with the Cardiff music scene:

"Working hard and providing an awesome sound in Cardiff, they are Winter & Williams band and their fusion of acoustic beauty with hints of soul and funk will blow you away"
(Owen Bowley - Booking Manager for The Moon Club, Cardiff; June 2013)
"Funky Jazzy 4 piece. Acoustic Soul and tight riffery give this band a groove that will make your head nod like a jibba jabba..... slick outfit"
(James Hassan, Cassette Quality, Feb 2009)
“Through creative lyrics and rhythms played on a range of instruments, the Winter & Williams band created a sound that was not only unique to themselves but also provided something that everyone could relate to.”
(Luke Todd, Oxjam event Organiser, October 2007)
"Winter & Williams Band and their smooth, soulful grooves are just what we want coming out of our studio. I wouldn't dream of listening to anything else, they're just too smooth!"
(Pete Cottell - General Manager of Clearline studios, 2006)

Past and Present[edit]

EP 1 and EP 2 (Past)

Between 2006-2009 W&W Band released two 4-track studio EPs and a live EP recorded in Cafe Jazz, Cardiff. Both studio EPs were recorded by drummer Ben Harris and mixed by the band. EP 2,[1] in particular, was mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering. Less than two months after the release of EP 2, Mark Watson and Ben Harris announced their departure from the band. Winter and Williams (as a duo) decided to promote EP 2 and continued to write and play with the idea of reforming the band. During this time the band were invited to play a night compèred by Bethan Elfyn in Buffalo Bar, Cardiff. However, the band had officially disbanded by then with Peter and Gareth obligated to fulfil the booking. This happened to be the last time the two songwriters played on stage together as Gareth Williams soon parted ways. Consequently, Peter continued to play solo[2] supporting a variety of singer/songwriters, such as Christopher Rees.


In 2011 founding member Peter Winter decided to reform the band with fellow Cardiff musicians Deej Williams (Bass) and Tom Rabaiotti (Drums).


EP 3 (Present)

W&W Band released their third studio EP (recorded and mixed by Llion Robertson: Future of the Left, Zervas & Pepper) on 5/6/14 supported by the single ‘Blueberry Song’. A promo video of the single with footage from the EP launch was filmed by Cardiff filmmaker Simon Bartlett [3]


EP 3 Reviews

"The bands third EP (EP 3) is a collection of four tracks, each invariably different to the last. The songs strike an excellent balance between rhythmic melancholy and powerful catchy beats." (Matthew Robson, Secret Sounds UK)[4]


"The band’s genre is hard to pin down which is probably a good thing. Touches of jazz, folk and even mild funk combine to produce a fine landscape." (Francis, NewSound Wales) [5]


EP 3 was supported by the single 'Blueberry Song' which was also met with positive feedback:

"This track is fairly progressive in nature, beginning with a funky guitar pattern and zealous vocals overlapping a relaxed, steady groove before rather abruptly hightailing to even calmer and more euphonious musical pastures." (Charlie Piercey, South Wales Music Journalist)[6]

Discography[edit]

Between 2006-2009 the band's discography consists of two studio EP's and two live EP's. Before Ben Harris and Mark Watson joined Winter & Williams performed and recorded as a duo, and had a number of demo's and home recordings.

Trivia[edit]

Peter is the great nephew of visionary Welsh painter Ernest Zobole.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. https://soundcloud.com/winterandwilliamsband
  2. https://winterandwilliamsband.bandcamp.com
  3. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winter-Williams-Band/13586777770
  4. https://www.youtube.com/user/WinterandWilliamsBd
  5. https://www.myspace.com/winterandwilliamsband