“’And now from Moseley a beautifully crafted piece of topical songwriting from the artist known as Shy Face Troubadour, ‘Two Shots In the Arm’” - Tom Robinson
“And before that ‘Two Shots In the Arm’ by Shy Face Troubadour, who’s been honing his craft as a songwriter for 30 years, and it shows” - Tom Robinson
Reviews of October Man album
“Tony’s music is fab, his lyrical themes and melodies have haunted my soul for many weeks. Roll on Spring Man!” - Jim Jutton
“Thoroughly enjoyable Tony ... Great album! Well done you and producer Michael Clarke.” - Andy Jenkins
“A fab album from a great artist!” - Steve Hardman
Shy Face Troubadour is a fresh project platform for my songs. Previous releases have been under my name Tony Willé (not the Dutch country artist of the same name). I have a love of lyrics and melody coupled with colourful chord choices and progressions. I write anything that comes into my head basically so not necessarily in one particular style. But there is usually an acoustic guitar somewhere in the mix.
I've played in a few bands around the Midlands including The DAY and PARMA VIOLETS and, most notably, the cult indie band, FELT. I am a troubadour, a little shy, but paradoxically, never more at home than playing an intimate venue where I can sneak a peek at your faces.
“Congratulations to Tony Wille on the release of his album "October Man", and the most enjoyable launch gig last night at the Kitchen Garden. Produced by Birmingham local legend, Michael Clarke, who also opened the show with some of his own brilliant compositions, and accompanied Tony on many of the live songs, this is a classy, thought-provoking collection. Early stand outs for me are Kilty Dog, a rousing ode to life's spirit, with a strong Celtic flavour, and the achingly beautiful "The Train". If you buy any album this Christmas, get this one ... excellent! ” - John Meehan
“Scenes from an autumn album launch - the big night arrives for Tony Wille and his much anticipated October Man…A full house ensures even less legroom than on Ryanair. Great to hear these songs in a vibrant setting.” - Steve Doswell