6th May | Crofters Rights

I’ve been a follower of Waldo’s Gift since they first crash-landed on the scene, hosting a weekly event every Wednesday at The Gallimaufry – a night that isn’t shy of immense improvisation and camaraderie. If you’ve ever been around Gloucester Road during this time of the week, chances are you’ve stumbled across Waldo’s Gift. Or alternatively, a barefoot Alun Elliot-Williams crouching over his pedal board, praying to the loop gods, Harry Stoneham rustling up some throbbing bass lines and James Vine using every inch of percussion to the absolute max.

The foundations of their music lie on improvisation; it all sounds live a pretty laid-back affair, but this is no GCSE Music lesson where everyone noodles about for forty minutes and relentlessly presses the DJ button on the keyboard. They are often experimenting with a wide range of genres, which lie somewhere between math, hip-hop and galvanised jazz. Along with their weekly improvised sets, Waldo’s Gift have amassed a large following thanks to their Rework sessions. Their Massive Attack Reworks was outstanding, with whispers that Massive Attack were actually there that night having food. And let’s not forget their reworks of TV Themes. I never thought the TV theme to Casualty could ooze so much energy.

Waldo’s Gift will be hosting an album launch to celebrate the release of their debut album, Improvisations. Their performances are one of a kind and are a spectacle to witness. You don’t want to miss out on this!

See Waldo’s Gift play a live improvisation for Sofar Sounds in Bristol here: