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"Twiddly Bits" features 19 tracks and Brian plays all the instruments, with help from Cathryn's acoustic rhythm guitar on six of the tunes, whistle by Danny McGreevy on one, All-Ireland bodhran champion Niall Quinn on another and drummer Dennis Bryon on a further two.
FATEA Magazine... The Driving Test...A Musical Car Ride **** 2022 was the year that instrumentals albums made a comeback and this one could be considered that something a little bit special, a little bit different. This is a get-off-the-beaten-track-and-explore album and there is so much to explore. "Twiddly Bits" takes you on an emotional journey built around the delightful nuances of the guitar and a wonderful moving journey it is, too. Neil King.
R'n'R Magazine **** An excellent set, far from being one-paced. None of the tunes is too short and none outstay their welcome. It's the sort of record I'd curl up in a chair with. Dai Jeffries.
SPILL Magazine, Canada ***** Instrumental albums are always a little tricky. Sometimes it is difficult to keep things interesting. Willoughby has no such problem. This album is full of different styles and different sounds. In other words, he is not afraid to musically wander into different genres, with guitar firmly in hand. What is even more engaging is Willoughby’s ability to make his guitar speak -- the instrument is his voice, along with other greats such as Chet Atkins or Mark Knopfler. This is Willoughby’s audio scrapbook, marking 50 years as a professional musician and he is still making relevant and important music. It is also an extremely well-produced album, with his writing as good as ever and his playing sublime, firmly establishing himself as one of the world’s top musicians. Aaron Badgley.
LONESOME HIGHWAY MAGAZINE Brian is a very lyrical instrumentalist with an elegance and light touch across the frets, coupled with a lovely tone in his playing style. He uses an e-bow to great effect to mirror a guitar sound that reminds me of the harmonics created by Brian May at his best. In other places, the easy fretboard technique calls to mind Mark Knopfler in the delivery and captures Brian’s ability to soar and compliment the rhythm with a less-is-more approach on solo runs. This is a very fine collection of music that highlights a master of his craft over fifty- three magical minutes of impressive performance. Well worth your investment. Paul McGee.