Bill Hickman is an intense, lyrical singer/songwriter from Wellington whose style is difficult to pinpoint but leans towards alt country with a bit of rock and folk.
A long serving stalwart of New Zealand stages, Bill has played in bands (The Shot Band, Billy Bones, Parcel of Rogues and King Lazy) and as a soloist all over the country and further abroad. A self described ‘folkie with a chip on his shoulder’ Bill’s songs run the gamut from murder and outlaws to absent friends, love and gratitude. With a strong, gravel dragged voice and country inflected acoustic guitar; fans of Warren Zevon, Johnny Cash and Townes van Zandt will find touchstones in his songwriting and selected covers. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a set of gentle melancholy, however, Bill's primary approach is ‘gutsy’. He has done his time howling above the clamour and is always capable of stepping it up a notch when the occasion or story requires.
For this concert Bill performs with multi-instrumentalist Cameron 'Dusty' Burnell, a great mandolin and lap steel musician. A member of the Frank Burkitt Band and Wellington's T-Bone Trio, Dusty has performed overseas and brings his mandolin, lap steel guitars and lonesome harmony to Bill's tunes for an amazingly powerful performance.
The concert begins at 7:30 pm. The earlier start will allow the audience to enjoy the concert in spaced out seating, finishing at approx 8:30 pm. Extra efforts will go into sanitation of the chairs, sound gear and the facilities. Supper will be byo this month for reasons of hygiene but hopefully when Level 1 is announced, the Club can provide our usual fine supper. Doors open at 7pm so be early.
Please be aware the Club is doing everything possible to minimise any spread of infection but please don't attend if you are feeling unwell or experiencing Covid 19 symptoms.