Gig preview: Ginger Wildheart’s Ghost spooks Swindon
Sheer Music are kicking off 2018 with a bang. You must have heard about that sold out Frank Turner show, but the next big event is already on the horizon. Circle March 8th on your calendars: Ginger Wildheart, frontman of The Wildhearts, is making a special solo appearance at The Victoria, promoting recent PledgeMusic release Ghost in the Tanglewood.
Ginger, born David Leslie Walls, has had more side projects than you can count. If you don’t know The Wildhearts, you’ll recognise at least one of his many other musical endeavours: The Cups, The Quireboys, Silver Ginger 5, Hey! Hello! and Michael Monroe Band are just some of the names on an extensive list.
I’d be surprised if you weren’t aware of The Wildhearts, though. Formed in 1989, the band have released eight full-length studio albums, with Ginger acting as vocalist and guitarist on all of them.
You’d be wrong to assume that Ginger has been too busy to release solo material before, though. Ghost in the Tanglewood is his seventh solo album, and the third to be crowdfunded by fans (following 2012’s 555% and 2013’s Albion).
Listen to ‘The Daylight Hotel’, the newest release from Ghost in the Tanglewood, now:
Ginger’s fans are dedicated – most being members of G.A.S.S. (Ginger Associated Secret Society), where they can access exclusive material – so this show is sure to sell out before long. It’s even more likely when you realise that tickets are only £15 (and are available to purchase now, from this link). If you missed out on getting a ticket to Frank Turner, don’t sleep on this special appearance.
Support comes from Oxygen Thief, a regular find on Sheer Music line-ups and a huge fan of The Wildhearts. Signed to Xtra Mile Recordings, you can check out ‘Too Many Tees (Trees)’ – dubbed “the greatest fan assisted music video ever” – here. With the opening act still to be announced, it’ll be worth getting down early when March 8th comes around.