Watching Italy v England Six Nations rugby match reminds me that I am proud to have Italian ancestors and I am in fact a quarter Italian. As far as I can make out my Grandad and Grandmother (mum’s mum) was born in Sicily and rumour has it all the family were fine musicians. Grandad Luigi (pictured above) loved the violin, taking it with him everywhere he went. It may also explain my love of pasta, ice cream and grapes.
"Bill Bates writes and sings songs inspired by real life events and trials of modern living. His acute powers of observation and lyrical witticism offer insights into domestic life that would keep sociologists - and possibly psychiatrists - occupied for months. He does write some thoughtful serious stuff too."
Pete Willow on behalf of Warwick Folk Festival 2016