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A guide for Customers

These days artists and bands tend to book their tours months in advance. In order to give you the best notice of up and coming shows we list events once they have been confirmed by the band or their management


The downside of this is that dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes at very short notice. We do our best to ensure that this site is kept as up to date as is possible, with updates happening at least once a week.


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Coming to The Musician in April



Mon 1
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 2
Scott H. Biram

£8adv £10door

plus Preacher & The Bear

Rock 'n' Roll ain't pretty and neither is Scott H. Biram. This Texan self proclaimed 'Dirty Old One Man Band' successfully, and sometimes violently, lashes together blues, hillbilly and country precariously to raucous punk and godless metal. Biram ain't no shoe gazing singer-songwriter. His singing, yodeling, growling, leering and brash preachin' and hollerin' is accompanied by sloppy riffs and licks from his 1959 Gibson guitar and a pounding backbeat brought forth by his amplified left foot.


Wed 3

Jazz Morley

£7adv £8door

plus support

Dorset girl Jazz Morley possesses a voice with such natural soulfulness beyond her 23 years of age that it possibly comes as no surprise to learn that her first public performance was the first year infants nativity play!


Fast forward to the present day and we find a rich, warm, emotive voice capable of the tiniest whisper of love to the full vent of a woman scorned.


"With references to Dusty via Duffy, this budding singer is well worth keeping an ear on" - Phil Jackson, BBC Introducing


"Haunting and soulful singer songwriter” - Time Out


Thu 4

Wake Up Promotions presents...
Subtitles + Wild Strawberries



Fri 5

VJT Promotions presents...

Something For The Weekend

£5 w/flyer or guestlist

feat. The Native, En Route, The Ferrons, Little Dead Town, Jamie Pelos and Dan Wright


Acoustic show introducing some of the brightest new local acts.


Doors 8pm, Show starts at 8:15pm prompt


**Please note that Gerry McAvoy's Band of Friends have cancelled tonight's previously scheduled show and ticket refunds will be available from all points of purchase**


Sat 6
The Food Fighterz + This Is Nirvana
(Foo Fighters/Nirvana Tributes)

£6adv £8door
The Food Fighterz pride themselves on being authentic to the sound/image and stage presence of the real Foo Fighters. Starting in August 2011 they have already made a big impact on the tribute scene headlining festivals and playing across the UK. This is the closest thing you're gonna get to seeing the Foo Fighters live in your own back yard.


‘This Is Nirvana’ are one of the finest Nirvana tribute bands out there, with a strong Facebook fanbase, that started in April 2011 out of respect to Nirvana to keep their music alive, in a live format, and give fans, many of whom never got the chance to see Nirvana live, the opportunity to be part of a Nirvana show.


Sun 7

John Smith - POSTPONED



plus Steve Parker and Dan Wright



Mon 8
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 9

White Hills


plus Nylon 9 and The Bear (Preacher & The Bear)

White Hills is an ever changing entity always striving to push the envelope. Their music weaves in and out of anthemic chants, deep space bleeps and other worldly madness for a mix that proves to be intoxicating. Since the release of their debut album, the press and listeners have been praising their originality and unique brand of heavy space rock.


Wed 10
The Fores + The Jav'lins + The Fazed
+ Floral


Horus music presents a night of great local rock, indie and alternative music, featuring:


The Fores: Mods & Rockers; Movers & Shakers inspired by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles; the Brit Pop revolution and the Stadium Rockers.


The Jav'lins: Inspired by many great bands such as The Black Keys, The Kings of Leon, The Dead Weather, and Kasabian to name a few. Catchy meaningful lyrics, intricate harmonies and solid guitar playing make up the backbone to The Jav'lins music.


The Fazed: A four piece Indie/Rock outfit from Leicester. Their songs are powerful, catchy, upbeat and crammed full of soulful melodies.


Floral: An indie/psychedelic/surf sound from the Midlands, England. They were recently described as "Ones to watch for the future" by Arts In Leicester.


Music starts at 8:30pm.


Thu 11
Martyn Joseph
£15adv £17door

plus Luke Jackson
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. Touring in support of a brand new studio album “Songs for the Coming Home”, shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.


There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.


“Britain's best kept secret……a challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer” - **** MoJo

Support comes from BBC Radio 2 Folk Award double nominee Luke Jackson, an emerging young roots singer songwriter from Canterbury.


Fri 12
Original Bands Showcase: Callback
£6 w/flyer or guestlist

feat. Creatin' Havoc, Sleeping Through Rapture, Mondigreen, Moccasin Mile, The Harrowbrooks, Over Olympia and The Incidents


Sat 13

The Bluefields (feat. Warner E. Hodges, Dan Baird, Joe Blanton & Brad Pemberton) + The Mick Ralphs Blues Band
£14adv £15door

An American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. Their rock and roll story might be as pure and simple as the prior statement if it weren’t for the fact that the combined band members’ resumes boast platinum record success, a Grammy nomination, an Americana Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award and song authorships that have become iconic, rock and roll standards, making this band far from simple. Comprised of rock veterans, Warner E. Hodges on lead guitar and vocals (Jason and the Scorchers), Dan Baird on bass, guitars and vocals (Georgia Satellites), Brad Pemberton on drums (Ryan Adams and The Cardinals) and Joe Blanton on lead vocals and guitar (Royal Court of China), these southern bred rockers remind you why you love rock and roll in the first damn place!


What’s left when you’ve already been an integral part of not one but two legendary rock 'n’ roll bands, Mott the Hoople and Bad Company, and broken record sales records and box office statistics all over the globe? In Mick Ralphs’ case, you surround yourself with a band of dyed in the wool blues veterans and set out to play a series of intimate club shows covering the material that made you want to pick up the guitar in the first place. Music first made famous by the likes of BB King, Freddie King, Sonny Boy Williams and Rufus Thomas. Fresh from the recent Mott reunion and Bad Company tour, expect a nod to the latter too!


Sun 14


£4adv £5door

plus Joel Wildgoose

BROTH3R are a three piece band featuring virtuoso guitarist Ali Clinton with his unique feel on guitar and vocal.  Alongside Ali are Aidan and Owen Blythe delivering a powerful and original sound on bass and drums.  They will throw in some interesting Hendrix, Zeppelin and Rory Gallagher covers but it is their original material that is making heads turn.  Having toured the UK in 2012 with ex Scorpion Guitarist Uli Jon Roth they are now bringing their act back to Leicester, so don’t miss this exceptional band.  They will be supported by Joel Wildgoose, a huge talent in his own right, making this a great night of entertainment.


Mon 15

Fossil Collective

plus Joe Banfi

Fossil Collective, a two-piece from Leeds, consists of multi instrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker. Their first recordings saw them taking inspiration from classic albums by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel and suggested comparisons with more contemporary artists such as Fleet Foxes, Midlake and Bon Iver. But in truth their exquisitely structured songs and glorious, rich harmonies owe as much, if not more, to a solid English song tradition, and their material holds that distinct English quality that many North American artists hanker after.


Tue 16

The Toy Hearts
£7adv £8door

plus The Ruby Doos


This Birmingham based sister fronted outfit have been not-so-quietly carving out their own niche in the Americana and Roots music scene for a while now, so if you haven’t been to one of their shows before you are in for a real treat. And, although it may seem improbable that two young women from the Midlands would have the ability to produce authentic and innovative Country music, you really should leave those pre-conceptions at the door.


They manage to tip their hats to their influences from Bluegrass, Country and Swing, whilst making their own mark, and having their own distinct style, which is quite different to that of those whom inspire them. From the heartbreak in Hannah’s voice, to her sister’s take-no-prisoners guitar playing, to their father Stewart's multi instrumental talents, this unlikely trio demonstrate what it means to really want to play this kind of music and truly love doing so.


Wed 17

Wooden Horse + Dan Walsh

Jamie Knight and Ben Church, aka Wooden Horse, were last in Leicester playing a rousing support set for Otis Gibbs. The powerful acoustic Americana and country blues led to their debut album being described as a “potential Americana classic” by Fatea”. Catch them now before they move on to bigger things.


Dan Walsh is the UK's finest clawhammer banjo player. Three years with harmonica ace Will Pound saw him winning fans all over the country with his no holds barred high energy style. He's recently been guesting with both Seth Lakeman and The Levellers and released his first solo album, "The Same But Different" in 2012.


Thu 18
Maartin Allcock & Huw Williams

plus Sunjay Brayne

Songwriter Huw and multi-instrumentalist Maartin first met on a Fairport Convention tour bus in 1995. Huw went on to conquer the British folk scene with singing partner Tony Williams until calling it a day in 2002, since when he's been a regular BBC Radio 4 contributor. Over a 30 year career, Maart has toured and recorded with many of the greats on the folk scene. He’s had eleven years with Fairport Convention and four with Jethro Tull as well as stints with Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mike Harding, Robert Plant and many more. Huw and Maart deliver an evening of warmth and humour, beautiful songs, foot-tapping tunes, and anecdotes and stories that will captivate and enthral.


Fri 19

The Sounds Of Simon + Marrakesh Express

Simon & Garfunkel + Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute Double Header

£8adv £10door

A tribute to the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel. Enjoy a full band show that takes in the complete range of Simon and Garfunkel's career together as well as drawing extensively from Paul Simon's solo career.

Hear songs such as Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover and Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes as well as older tunes like Homeward Bound and Cecilia and newer tracks like Father and Daughter from Simon's latest album. There are some surprise solo Garfunkel numbers too. Live entertainment at its finest.


Marrakesh Express are Diesel Park West's John Butler and Rick Willson with Adam Ellis.


Sat 20
Hell's Addiction: Album Launch

plus The Black What? Nothing and Black Room Fiasco

Hell's Addiction deliver classic no-bullshit rock 'n' roll in a style that draws comparison with the likes of AC/DC, Guns N' Roses and Mötley Crüe.


Expect powerful live perfomances, gritty vocals, screaming Marshall stacks, thundering bass and powerhouse drumming.


Crowd-pleasers like 'Let The Good Times Roll', 'Feels like Rock 'n Roll' and the debut single 'Alcohol' will leave you under no illusion as to where the band's passions lie. Look out for the release of the album 'Raise your Glass' early in the new year - it's an absolute stormer.


"Hell's Addiction have packed a rock n roll punch so forceful that it will leave you wondering which decade you’re in." - Home Grown Rock


Sun 21

Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection

£7adv £9door

Buckinghamshire’s very own eccentric musician Wild Willy Barrett, best known for his collaboration with John Otway, introduces his own band - Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection.


Their original blend of material covers a wide range of genres (including folk, acoustic blues, Latin, traditional French, Irish and bluegrass), played on instruments as diverse as guitar, cello, banjo, fiddle, Irish pipes, balalaika, whistles and drums.


But there’s more: Willy has been working in France for the last year with French singer Mary-Laure, where the talented multi-instrumentalist has been putting together a new set with jazz-jive and country rock influences. Inspired by Parisian Mary-Laure’s stunning vocals, which add a touch of ‘chic’ and real warmth to the ensemble, Willy says he is undergoing a musical metamorphosis and this is reflected in his playing.


If you are looking for a group within a set genre performing covers, forget it. However, if you are looking for a truly original performance full of fun, dry humour and the unexpected, with toe-tapping fiddle and banjo interspersed with haunting vocals, cello and guitar – see you there!


Mon 22
The Bex Marshall All Star Band
£8adv £10door

Devonshire-born Bex Marshall’s unique style of guitar playing is a combined technique of slide, blues rock, ragtime and roots pickin’.


Her voice is a powerful melting pot of old black woman’s heartache and rock diva soul. Bex is a writer of distinction and notability, she pushes the boundaries of blues, her songs have been called timeless, touches of genius, and now with her 7 piece band, she is literally a musical tornado.


On Bex’s latest recordings you will find swamp blues, splashes of gospel and colourful bluegrass all with an exciting lyrically British twist.


Tue 23

Pete Morton: George Slew The Dragon, Cause Dragons Don't Really Exist

plus Sheila Mosley & Pete Burnham

Folk singer Pete Morton is a songwriter and performer with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His shows are dynamic and intense, while remaining approachable and fun loving.


Starting out as a busker on the streets of Europe, he has entertained all over the globe with his unique and involving style of song-writing and singing. Pete sings from the heart, delivering songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition from a very unique perspective. With a passionate, strong voice and strident guitar style, traditional songs often rub shoulders with Pete's current writing with remarkable ease. His songs are an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment, wrapping their way around the folk tradition.


"Not only impressive but a revelation......totally original." - The Guardian"


Wed 24

Nels Andrews

plus Jess Morgan

A rare UK gig from a man whose three albums have received rave reviews from the likes of Uncut, Maverick, R2 aka Rock’n’Reel, Americana-UK and the Daily Telegraph. Nels Andrews has been described as one of America’s finest writers and his intense, intimate, beautifully crafted songs live long in the memory. Live he draws the audience into his richly imagined world with powerful playing and singing.


Support comes from rising star Jess Morgan, whose “gorgeous country folk” (The Guardian) and “vivid original imagery” (fRoots) is seeing her make a serious name for herself.


Thu 25
Robb Johnson (Solo Show)

plus Grace Petrie

Robb Johnson is now widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. His songs feature in the repertoires of a wide variety of musicians, from folk legend Roy Bailey to acclaimed cabaret diva Barb Jungr, and he enjoys a similarly diverse spectrum of critical acclaim – “a modern-day Dostoyevsky” said the US’s Dirty Linen, Mojo made the double CD Gentle Men 'Folk Album Of The Month' while The Daily Telegraph made it their 'Folk Album Of 1998,' and Tony Benn says Johnson’s “Winter Turns To Spring” is his favourite song.


Fri 26

Tony Hazzard

plus The Junipers

Tony Hazzard wrote hits for Manfred Mann, The Hollies, Lulu, Herman's Hermits, The Tremeloes, Gene Pitney, and Andy Williams. His songs have also been covered by Hall and Oates, Cliff Richard, Nana Mouskouri, and The Yardbirds, among others.

As as session singer he sang on albums by Long John Baldry, Elton John, and James Last. His award-winning song, Fox On The Run, has been recorded by Tom T. Hall, Bill Monroe, The Country Gentlemen, George Jones, Ricky Scaggs, Bare Naked Ladies, The Zac Brown Band, and many more, and has been viewed 1.4 million times on Youtube.


He has recorded five albums of his own, the latest being ‘Songs From The Lynher’ on which he plays all the instruments. Produced by himself, it was mixed by four-times Grammy award-winning engineer, Jerry Boys (The Buena Vista Social Club).

Tonight’s performance will feature him solo, with just guitar, playing his songs, and recounting stories from his 47 years in the music business. He rarely leaves his home in Cornwall so grab this opportunity!


Sat 27

Original Bands Showcase: Semi-Final 1

£6 w/flyer or guestlist

feat. Violet Cities, Moccasin Mile, The Simpletones, Stop That Train, Mondigreen and The Incidents


Doors 8pm, Show starts 8:15pm


Sun 28

Ryan Adams Tribute (All Dayer)


feat. The Havenots, Stevie Jones, Dan Hughes Trio, Markus Reeves, Nic Bennett, Jack London, Lee Butlin, Benn Bugby, Riley and more TBC

Doors 3pm

Wildfire Sessions presents an all day tribute event for the legendary Ryan Adams who played at the Musician just over 12 years ago. The Havenots headline - featuring Liam Dullaghan who supported him at that very gig on 14/11/00 - and will be chatting about the experience. We will also be airing a bootleg of the set which includes the rare song 'Dear Thief'. The rest of the day will feature a host of acts playing their pick from the extensive Ryan Adams back catalogue.


Mon 29
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 30

Willie Nile
£12adv £14door

plus The David Sinclair Trio

Willie Nile is a songwriters’ songwriter. No less a personage than Lucinda Williams has said of him, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” And he’s never been more eloquent than he is here. Lou Reed hails Streets of New York as “a great album,” while Graham Parker calls it “a real gem—stirring melodies, passionate vocals, intriguing lyrics…every track a winner.” Says Ian Hunter, “Willie’s from the big-hearted downtown alleyways of NYC (New York commitment). Well done!” Little Steven adds, “Willie Nile is so good I can’t believe he’s not from New Jersey!”



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