Wed 1
Michael Chapman
plus support
"Michael Chapman was never just a singer-songwriter - his gritty brand of guitar based songs span folk, ragtime, jazz and blues... it's on the tracks which feature Chapman's magnificently bleary vocals that this album really scores. Hell To Pay and Only Pretend are outstanding tracks, that world-weary voice singing words of bitter experience. This man is so laid back that he makes JJ Cale sound like he's on helium."
Thu 2
Magic Teapot presents…
Richie Havens
plus Devon Sproule and Chris Conway
Richie Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, always soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960’s. It’s a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from Woodstock in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993, coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary in 1999.
Fri 3
Honey Boy Hickling
£6 door
A world-class musician Simon ‘Honey Boy’ Hicklin’ is a blues harmonica ace with a hard earned and well-deserved international reputation. His subtle and fabulously expressive playing is grounded firmly in the ‘50s and ‘60s heyday of the Chicago and Gulf Coast styles of playing. With a tremendously experienced band backing him, Simon never fails to deliver anything less than a first-rate evenings entertainment and never lets good taste and soulfulness stifle a rockin’ night out.
Sat 4
The Beautiful Sound
(a tribute to The Beautiful South)
The Beautiful Sound are a Nottingham based six peice tribute to the Beautiful South. The band formed in January 2006 with the intention of becoming not A tribute, but THE tribute to Hull's finest. With their attention to detail and astounding musicianship, many believe they're on the right track. Add to that, fabulous vocal harmonies and top quality instrumentation, they are a band with appeal to anyone who appreciates well world class songwriting.
Sun 5
Mon 6
Tue 7
Christian Bell Young
plus Jon
Wed 8
The Chairmen
plus The Nemisto, plus The Mile
£3door, £4door
Thu 9
Summer Sundae Fringe Night
featuring My Drug Hell, Harper & Ambrose Tompkins
A week of live gigs, comedy stuff, bands, videos, celebrating Leicester's finest. The First Official Summer Sundae Fringe Festival will run across the city from Saturday 5th August to Thursday 9th August. The gigs will be in a variety of venues, with a wide variety of bands, artists, comedians, acts and promoters taking part. All official fringe festival listings will be detailed on the Myspace page and an official logo will mark approved events.
Fri 10
The Brew
plus Sean Webster Band
“This awesome act really turned it on for The Great British R&B Festival at Colne and had the audience eating out of their hands. The awesome sound of Hendrix from these youngsters is to be taken seriously. You will be shaken and stirred by their original material” - Alan Pearce, Blues Matters. “The Brew deliver an electrifying Jimmy Page-style performance. The power of this trio has to be seen to be believed" - BBC Radio 2.

Summer Sundae

The Musician stage line-up here
Sat 11
Little Jenny & The Blue Beans
Sweden's only all woman blues band, Little Jenny & The Blue Beans were formed in 1997. After After some early ine-up changes the current band released their first album "Little Jenny & The Blue Beans LIVE! Nefertiti Blues Show" in 2003. Their second "Hot Spicy Dish" was released last year and has been receiving very positive reviews. The girls are well know across Europe having played festival dates in Belgium, Scandinavia, France, Holland and the UK.

Summer Sundae
The Musician stage line-up here
Sun 12

Summer Sundae

The Musician stage line-up here
Mon 13
Tue 14

City Spirit presents…
Natalie Squance
Charlie Jones, Hayley Gatteratic, Joel Owens.

Date changed originally Wed 22nd.

Wed 15
plus Jinder
“Scott Loomer and company have fused the lonesome guitars of Son Volt with the lilting romanticism of The Jayhawks to blissful effect." - Scene Magazine. “Magnificently executed songs that draw on some of the darker aspects of life and the relationships that inform our day to day lives.” - Americana UK.“ of the highest quality. And we're talking about bands like Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, and Richmond Fontaine.” - “Surely one of Americana's best bands”. - NetRhythms
Thu 16
Sara Spade
plus John Budding (EP Launch) and Kate Skilling
£3 door
Sara Spade epitimises impeccably performed British songwriting at its best. Exhilarating guitar playing and lyrics infused with a gritty domesticity are elevated by Sara's sweet and soulful singing. Syncopated rhythms full of unexpected energy set her apart from the norm. John Budding’s songs are honest and to the point, bringing something true into a world of overplayed manufactured music. His mixture of pop, folk and Americana has already gained a large local fan base.
Fri 17

Lighting Willie & The Poor Boys
£6 door
“Schooled in the Texas style of guitar playing, Willie packs an incredible punch and his band of L.A. musicians can only be described as consummate performers. This is rockin' blues played at it’s absolute best. When these guys take their foot off the gas and slip into cruise mode, they play some of the coolest blues around. If you’re having a party, just slip on one of their albums and dance the night away.” - Blues Connection.

Sat 18
Closed - Private Party
Sun 19
7th Storey
Original soul and funk 7 piece, 7th Storey (formerly
7storeysoul) return to The Musician with a new line up and a new set containing philosophical funk, soul and blues originals written by founder member Mark Poole, plus some 70s soul and funk classics. Fronted by the attitude-packed vocals of Lauren Jade (who has drawn comparisons with Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse) and featuring rich harmonies and a tight rhythm section. 7th Storey are Leicester's premier soul/funk band.
Mon 20
Tue 21
plus Faze 4
Wed 22
Purple & the Rains
Jimi Hendrix tribute night.

Date changed originally Thu 14th.
Thu 23
Colum Regan Band
plus Chloe Vaughan
Colum Regan is a singer-songwriter from Cork, who has performed all over the UK and the USA, with his band New Druids, who have won several awards including best unsigned Welsh Act and received critical acclaim both in the UK and the US. Also a capable solo artist, his live shows have generated a real buzz and standout performances at Shepherds Bush Empire and last years Summer Sundae Festival have helped to raise his profile.
Fri 24
Nicky Moore’s Blues Corporation
Nicky Moore has been playing and singing since the dawn of man. In various incarnations Nicky has had five hits in the singles charts, had hit LP's, appeared in Bob Dylan 'Hearts of Fire' and Nicky Moore and the Blues Corporation have been voted the countries top live blues band by Radio 2 listeners. His bands have included Samson, Mammoth, Uli John Roth & Electric Sun, Mister Big Stuff and the Nicky Moore and the aforementioned Blues Corporation.
Sat 25
Rock-a-billy Rumble
with The Drugstore Cowboys, Boogie Children
and DJ Hillbilly Metallica
It's time to open up another can of retro rock whoop ass at the 3rd Rock-a-billy Rumble. The Drugstore Cowboys play the greasiest roadhouse bop and hillbilly rock, that is equal parts Hank Williams and Eddie Cochran. Direct from Mansfield, The Boogie Children are a classic (doghouse bass, drums, guitar) rockabilly trio and are eager to give the locals a run for their money. Hillbilly Metallica will be getting trashy white on the wheels of steel.
Sun 26
Mon 27
Tue 28
The Retro
plus Daniel Healey and Dumbfound
Wed 29
Robb Johnson and The Irregulars
plus Corazon and others to be confirmed
The Musician and the Leicester Masaya Link Group join forces for our third Roots Night special. Once again we are delighted to have Robb Johnson headlining and this time he will be performing with his band, The Irregulars. Robb is widely recognised as one of the finest songwriters working in the UK today. The gig will raise funds for community projects in Masaya, Leicester’s twin city in Nicaragua.
Thu 30
Tiny Tin Lady
£7adv £8door
plus support
Together since February 2004, Tiny Tin Lady have become one of the fastest rising bands on the UK acoustic scene, winning acclaim everywhere for their unique and bewitching blend of brilliant, original songs, thrilling harmonies and devastating performances. Bandleader, songwriter and guitarist Danni Gibbins is being acclaimed as one of the most promising and original new writers of her generation. “They’re Brilliant. They have talent, charm and loads of chutzpah.” - Dave Pegg, Fairport Convention.
Fri 31
Sam Kelly’s Station House
plus Dumpy
A versatile, creative player, Sam Kelly is regularly seen drumming with Geoff Achison, Papa George Band, Giles Hedley & The Aviators, Empire State and The Foundations. Sam’s main passion though is his own band, Station House who started out as the ‘house band’ at the Station Tavern, London in the mid 90’s. As all the members come from a non-blues background their unique sound fuses influences as diverse as funk, soul, jazz, calypso and reggae.

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