Sun 1   Echolocation
plus The Deadlight Spiral
Mon 2

Tue 3

Joel Owen
plus Grace Petrie and Charlie Jones

Wed 4   Ester
plus The Junipers and Sittin' Here In Silence
Thu 5 Dan Britton (Album Launch)
plus Colum Regan

Much anticipated launch of Dan's 3rd solo album, Turn The Stars Upside Down released on Musician Records. Dan's career is going from strength to strength and this album is hoped to be the one to move him up to the next level. Intense solo acoustic to full rocking band - expect Neil Young style dynamics!
Fri 6 Rachael Warwick & New Jack Union
plus support
£6adv, £7door
Rachael and her six piece band will be performing tracks from her award winning album, plus a few covers played in their own unique style. Warwick is the only English artist to chart in the Texas Music Chart and Nashville's Music Row Chart. She is also the first English artist to be interviewed by Nick Barraclough in five years for his BBC Radio 2 show.
Sat 7

Mick Ridgeway's Mojo Hand
Sun 8 Johnny Mastro & The Mamas Boys
plus Whipped Cream
£6adv, £7door
One of the hottest bands in Southern California, harp player Johnny Mastro and his band The Mamas Boys, play honest, original, raw, get-down music void of the cliché’s and posing common to many modern blues acts. Think Hound Dog Taylor and H.B. Hutto crossed with Butterfield Blues Band. Hard blues you can only get with keeping one foot firmly planted in the past, whilst moving the other into the future.
Mon 9
Tue 10 Magic Teapot presents…
Tina Dico
plus Kevin Hewick
£8adv, £10door
Known for her collaboration with Zero 7 on their album When It Falls, Tina has won the Best Composer prize at the Danish Music Critics Awards and a Danish Grammy in the best songwriter category. Dico treads confidently into beautiful folk-pop territory or, as Dico herself describes it, ‘ambient folk,’ on her latest album ‘In The Red’, using intimate, heartfelt lyrics and tranquil acoustic arrangements to relate personal stories of love and relationships.
Wed 11   Private Party - closed
Thu 12

Sounds of Simon
plus Table Nine
Leicester duo table nine return with their acclaimed show, The Sounds of Simon. This is a full band show that takes in the full range of Paul Simon's career, from the early stuff with Art Garfunkel, to the later solo numbers from Gracelands and beyond. table nine will also be playing tracks from their new album, Everything I Thought I Knew. This was a great night when they played last year, so don't miss out!

Fri 13 Danny Bryant’s Redeye Band
Danny Bryant’s Redeye always give a fantastic show and are one of the countries most exciting live stage acts and are fast becoming one of the most popular blues/rock bands on the club and festival circuit. So if you have not already seen the band in action then make it your number one priority, because as Walter Trout says- "Danny Bryant and his band kick f**king ass!"
Sat 14 Dawson Smith & The Dissenters
(live album recording)
Rockin' blues and roots from this eclectic and electrifying band. Featuring consummate frontman Dawson Smith and the guitar wizardry of Simon Faulks both of whom deliver superb original songs and powerhouse vocals. Expect material from Dawson's two excellent solo albums, Valley Boy and the newly released, blues based album The River Road plus a selection of well chosen blues and roots classics from the likes of Lucinda Williams, C.C. Adcock and John Hiatt.
Sun 15 Claire Hamill
plus The Blackhearts
A professional singer since 1971 Claire Hamill has released nine albums. She has written music for and appeared on both Radio and T.V. Her album Voices was number one in the new age charts and her song You Take My Breath Away appeared on Eva Cassidy’s number one album American Tune. In 1979 she became a member of Wishbone Ash and has appeared on albums by Steve Howe and Jon & Vangelis.
Mon 16
Tue 17 James Keelaghan
plus Andy Stirton
£7adv, £9door
Although James Keelaghan is one of Canada's greatest songwriters, with a growing international following, he can sing too. Like, really sing. In a resonant baritone voice that has been called everything from sweet and smooth, to coffee-rich, to glorious. "Keelaghan's voice is so easy to listen to that the thorns in his lyrics can catch the listeners unawares," - Dirty Linen.
Wed 18 Magic Teapot presents…
Jason Ringenberg
£8adv, £10door
“He still has that unbelievable energy level…high kicking around the stage like the 20 something country punk he once was, well still is really… as a protest singer there are few better and none more entertaining.” - Americana UK. “One of the most overlooked country rock pioneers still in the business… Ringenberg has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic live performers of his generation.” -The Times.
Thu 19

Lazy Sunday presents…
Iain Matthews
plus Steve Cartwright
£10adv, £12door
A member of Pyramid, Fairport Convention, Plainsong, Hamilton Pool and his own Matthews Southern Comfort, Iain Matthews is a musical pioneer, songwriter and guitarist, who has been working in the field of popular music for nearly 40 years now. In his unforgettable solo work, he’s a restless innovator and a tireless perfectionist, in possession of a superbly emotive voice.

Fri 20 Kenny Brown Band (ex-R.L. Burnside)
plus The Forty Fours and Crow Foot

An apprentice of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Mississippi native Kenny Brown was R.L. Burnside's right hand, for twenty-five years. With his own band Brown has applied the powerful cry-and-moan singing style of the hills and those relentless, droning guitars to his own distinctive sound, earning him Musician magazine's praise as "simply the best white slide player you might ever hear."
Sat 21   De Sade (album launch)
plus Exit 21
Sun 22 Ponty Bone & The Squeeze Tones
plus The Heartland Roots Band
The original accordionist with the Joe Ely Band from 1976 until 1983, Ponty’s hard rock/country/punk accordion was first introduced to UK audiences when the Ely band opened for the The Clash. Since then Ponty has become a West Texas institution with the Squeeze Tones, mashing up cajun, zydeco, tejano, country, folk, rock and blues with raucous abandon and a healthy disregard for musical boundaries. This is red-hot, rockin’ party music of the highest order.
Mon 23
Tue 24 The City Blues & Acoustic Festival presents…
Robert Belfour
A childhood neighbour, and years later, label mate to the great Junior Kimbrough, Robert Belfour is no less a talent than his more famous friend, and is as an authentic exponent of raw North Mississippi blues as you could ever wish to hear. At sixty, Robert’s guitar playing is mature and highly accomplished; his voice, clear and powerful, and his sound is pure country blues.
Wed 25   Steve Cartwright (album launch)
The Acoustic Collective Presents…
Thu 26 Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company)
with Larry Oakes (Foreigner)

plus Findley Webster
£12adv, £15door
The only mystery about Simon Kirke, is how the co-founder and drummer of Free and Bad Company has managed to hide his talents as a singer, guitarist and keyboard player for so long. With Larry Oakes on guitar and keyboards, Kirke takes his audiences on an acoustic voyage of his own melodic songs and the legacy of his old groups, performing surprisingly engaging versions of Be My Friend, Shooting Star and All Right Now.
Fri 27 T Model Ford
T-Model was born in Scott County, Mississippi. He thinks he's eighty-five but isn't sure. He was sentenced to ten years on a chain-gang for murder, but was released after serving two. He says, grinning, "I could really stomp some ass back then. I was a-sure-enough-dangerous man." On a typical night it’s not unusual for T-Model and his drummer Spam to play eight hours straight, once their primal, post-war, Peavey-powered hill stomp gets rolling.
Sat 28 Lazy Sunday & The Musician presents…
The Muffin Men
plus Misterlee

The Muffin Men play Frank Zappa Music, performing their own arrangements of Zappa originals with precision, wit and conviction. Original Mothers Of Invention drummer and vocalist Jimmy Carl Black has been performing with The Muffin Men on and off since 1993. Since forming in 1990 The Muffin Men have played more than four hundred shows in ten countries, have recorded ten CDs and had four original members of the Mothers of Invention/Zappa bands in their line-up.
Sun 29   Mick Thomas
£7adv £8door
Mon 30


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