Wild Willy Barrett


Wild Willy Barrett (born Roger Barrett - May 1950) is an experimental musician and multi-insrumentalist from Aylesbury best known for his collaborations with John Otway. His musical style has included folk, blues, psychadelia, pop and punk rock and his live performances are punctuated with his dry humour and onstage wit. He is known for virtuoso fiddle playing, ability with a great number of stringed instruments, and playing slide guitar with a whole raw egg (known as egg-necking). During recent Otway/Barrett performances, he has also introduced the ''wah wah wheelie bin''. He is credited with supporting guitar, fiddle and vocals in a number of other albums, from Rolf Harris'' version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" to playing fiddle, guitar and mandolin for George Hamilton IV. Also played pedal steel guitar on the influential Keith Hudson reggae album entitled ''Rasta Communication'', along with Sly and Robbie. Barrett has been performing vocal and strings for Sleeping Dogz, and closed the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009. He toured autumn 2009 with John Otway and toured with Sleeping Dogz in April/May 2010.
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