The Cornwall-based singer-songwriter and musician Wille Edwards of WILLE AND THE BANDITS fame — is endeavoring to heighten awareness of the crisis of homelessness in the U.K. and to support thw charities that are doing good work in this field, leading up to Christmas. Wille hopes to be able to gain insight into the lives of some of the UK’s 320,000 homeless, and to raise funds through the release of a special single, and through a benefit tour he has announced tour.
“Over the years of touring with Wille and the Bandits I have noticed the increase in homeless people on our streets…” explains Wille. “On this tour I want to get beyond the media portrayal and statistics and find out why these people have ended up in this desperate situation and if there is a way to help them.”
“I felt that I should be doing something about this and I was thinking about volunteering in a soup kitchen or something, but my wife reminded me that I could probably do more by sticking to what I do best […] connecting [people] through music.”
Wille will perform solo at seven venues across Britain in November. As he travels between gigs, he’ll visit local charities that offer support for those who find themselves homeless or at risk, to meet people for whom homelessness is a reality. He’ll also be performing in night shelters and on the streets. Some of the charities involved are DENS in Hemel Hempstead, Winchester Churches’ Night shelter, and ARC in Taunton.
Tickets can be purchased from WilleandtheBandits.com
Nov 25: Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury
Nov 26: Railway, Winchester
Nov 27: Norden Farm, Maidenhead
Nov 28: Blues Bar, Tring
Nov 29: Barrel House, Totnes
Nov 30: Hunton Village Hall, Maidstone
Dec 01: Green Note, Camden, London