Following a second triumphant tour of Australia, Winter Wilson return to UK touring this month with an appearance at Worcester’s Acoustic Music Convention, this May.

Winter Wilson could be said to be living the dream, but it could all have been so different. Both with successful full-time careers, the duo had for many years managed to fit part-time touring into holidays and weekends but then, in 2012, the aftermath of the financial crash left both Kip Winter and partner Dave Wilson facing redundancy, and they decided to take a chance.

Kip said: “We gave ourselves a year to see how things would turn out, and almost seven years later we’re still getting away with it!

“It’s not easy, but playing music professionally sure beats working for a living!”

Dave added: “We never did the gap year thing as students and we knew we had enough money from our redundancy pay-outs to buy a van and get by for a while, so I’m glad we said ‘sod the daily grind’ and put ourselves out there.”

Since then Tallullah (their trusty VW camper) has covered a lot of miles, and critical acclaim has followed their every move; they even made one of the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Top Ten Folk Albums’ of Summer 2014 with the redundancy-inspired ‘Cutting Free’. Kip and Dave have repeatedly toured the length and breadth of the UK, plus Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. A successful tour of the antipodes in early 2017 led to a repeat visit this year, from which the duo have just returned.

Kip said: “It was great. Hot, but great. We played several venues we’d been to before and lots of new ones. We love the friendliness, and how open the audiences are to new music.”

Then the couple was invited to join folk-rock legends Fairport Convention on their 2018 UK Winter tour, playing twenty-nine gigs across the country in just thirty-two days. “The whole tour was a complete blast,”says Dave.

How the duo will appear on May 23 at The Acoustic Music Convention, in the Old Rectifying House, North Parade, Worcester.

Tickets: 07771 825331