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Coming to The Musician in August



Thu 1
The Slowdown Boys
£6adv £7door

plus support

The Slowdown Boys are an established band who play a mixture of Old Time Americana, Bluegrass and early Country music.


Fri 2

The Splitters + Fall From King + Iyahkayah & The Mid-Dawn + Mad Arawak

The Splitters on Facebook
Fall From King on Facebook

Iyahkayah & The Mid-Dawn on Facebook

For over a decade, Leicester’s Splitters have been dropping dynamite ska scorchers and heavy reggae loaded with realness from the forefront of the UK ska scene. With influences stretching from the Jamaican sound of the 1960s to the sonic styles of the new millennium, the band’s style is hard to pinpoint: you get the rhythms of original Jamaican ska and reggae/dub depicting the grit and grime of modern British life, with contemporary musical touches and heaps of originality. They support the Love Music Hate Racism musical campaign against racism and fascism, and are usually kind to small furry animals.


Sat 3
Simon 'Honeyboy' Hickling

A world-class musician, Simon ‘Honeyboy’ Hickling 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.


Sun 4

Rude Angel + Brad Murphy + Phoebe Louise


Rude Angel play a unique blend of rootsy jazz-blues, sprinkled with soul, latin and reggae rhythms, and the occasional stylophone. Live sets include original material and creatively reworked cover songs, featuring soulful vocals and harmonies, trombone, sax, harmonicas, guitar and percussion. Audience participation in egg-shaking and kazoo-blowing is strongly encouraged!


Mon 5
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 6

Larkin Poe


plus Paul McClure (The Hi & Lo)

It’s sometimes hard to believe that sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, aka Larkin Poe, are still only 21 and 23 respectively. First as the Lovell Sisters with sibling Jessica, then over five EPs as Larkin Poe, they have gathered acclaim from the likes of Elvis Costello, broken the CD sales record at Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival and gone down a storm across Europe and the UK. This is their first time in Leicester and their soulful folk-country is not to be missed.


Late of acclaimed duo The Hi & Lo, Paul McClure will have a new solo album out in September on Clubhouse Records.  His dry wit and self-deprecatory style combined with some great songs have won him audiences the length and breadth of the country.


Wed 7

Nancy Dawkins + Mia & The Moon + Lisa de'Ville


Nancy Dawkins is a singer-songwriter from Leicester. Her debut single 'Smoke' / 'Inadequate' was released in June 2011, receiving regular radio plays, including on BBC Radio 2's Steve Lamacq show. Her second single 'Poison' / 'It Seems I’m Falling' was launched at her appearance at Summer Sundae Weekender on 18 August 2012, together with a live BBC interview.


“Nancy Dawkins, her voice is to die for and her writing craft is phenomenal” - Dean Jackson, BBC Radio



Thu 8

**Please note that Mia & The Moon will now be playing on Wednesday 7th August. If you are unable to make this date then ticket refunds are available from all points of purchase.**


Fri 9

Carol Leeming & Neil Hunter (The Random Acts Of Senseless Beauty) + Mellow Harmony + Mike Sole


Mike Sole Profile
Carol Leeming is a Leicester born singer-songwriter. She also goes by the alias KYO and works with other acts, mostly as a featured vocalist. As lead singer of Staxx Of Joy, she scored two number one tracks on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "Joy" in 1994 and "You" (which she co-wrote) in 1995. Her collaboration with Bedrock with "For What You Dream Of" became a UK hit in 1996 after featuring in the film 'Trainspotting'. She performs with several bands Random Acts of Senseless Beauty (Nu Jazz Soul Funk World) and Carol Leeming & The Vagabonds Band (Eastern European Folk/World) as well as working as a poet and playwright, having had her literary work produced for BBC Radio and appearances at Nottingham Playhouse and the Haymarket Theatre.


Sat 10

£7adv £9door

Porter create a fusion of blues, jazz and ska and received critical acclaim for their album 'Cant Stand Still' which gained BBC Radio Two play for several tracks and has seen the band featured in the 'Blues Matters' magazine on two occasions in the past year. Their new album 'Stone Chucker' promises more of the same with a further tilt towards the blues. Fronted by songwriter Gary Porter, the band look to perform their songs to a wider audience on the 'Stone Chucker' tour.


Sun 11
The Nightporters
£8adv £10door

The Nightporters are credited as being one of the finest bands to have performed on the International roots and blues circuit. Their shows became legendary throughout Europe and for their army of fans, The Nightporters were certainly a "never miss" band whenever they hit town.


2013 will mark 20 years since the band formed and all four original members are looking forward to stunning audiences with their trademark high-energy, rockin' show once more. This will not be a rushed, under-rehearsed approximation of the great band of a decade ago, this will be the real thing; a tight, kick-ass rock'n'roll machine, firing on all cylinders and hungry for a new audience!


"A three syllable word... fan-tas-tic!" - Back To The Roots, Belgium


"The best R&B, Rockabilly and Boogie band in the country" - Darlington Arts Magazine


Mon 12
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 13
It's A Beautiful Day
£8adv £10door

plus John Butler (Diesel Park West)


Legendary San Francisco band It's A Beautiful Day created a unique blend of rock, jazz, folk, classical and world beat styles. They were one of the earliest and most important San Francisco bands to emerge from the "Summer Of Love", with contemporaries such as The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Santana with whom they had connections.


Fast forward to 2010, when founding members David & Linda LaFlamme came to the UK to guest with Barry 'The Fish' Melton, founding lead guitarist for Country Joe & The Fish. The tour was such a success that they have returned once again with It's A Beautiful Day's long time lead guitarist Rob Espinosa.


Wed 14
Grace & The Magic Roots + Steve Parker + The Red Herrings + Andy Griffiths + Ruthie Coles

£3adv £4door

With their magical, captivating energy Grace & the Magic Roots bring a youthful and diverse sound to traditional inspired folk music. Full of dimensional variations, twisting time signatures, and haunting melodies, the songs are rich with layers of intertwining instrumentation, drawing on influence from roots reggae, klezmer, and good old English folk.


Grace's stories on subjects such as Scottish witches and the Devil are underpinned by the dynamic pulse of the musical accompaniment; Jennie on fiddle, Baz on guitar and Lawrence on cello.


Weaving tunes with the warp of folk tales into the weft of Grace's own joy and fear, this Leicester based acoustic string quartet will leave you feeling somewhat bewildered, and mystifyed.



Thu 15
Janet Robin (with special guest Stevie Jones)
£6adv £8door

plus Siobhan Mazzei, Abandon Her and Dr X (feat. Markus Reeves)

Taught by the legendary Randy Rhoads, LA based Janet Robin has toured, recorded, or written songs with Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Melissa Etheridge and Marcy Levy (Shakespear's Sister). Her last European tour also featured opening for the legendary Tommy Emmanuel. Her acclaimed album ‘Everything Has Changed’ was produced at Cash Cabin by John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash. She now promotes a new live album "Live from France". This will be a very special gig by an incredible performer not to be missed.

“Janet Robin is one of the best guitarists in the country: male or female.” - Michelle Shocked


Fri 16

The Drugstore Cowboys

plus Empress Of Fur and Jim Hammond (The Borderlines)

Leicester’s rockabilly pioneers The Drugstore Cowboys were formed in 1997, and have since then taken their brand of smokin’ country roadhouse rockabilly to many a spit and sawdust pub, venue and festival all over the UK and Europe. Nick Whitfield (guitar) Tom Bull (upright bass) and Damon Clarridge (drums) have just released the long awaited third Cowboys album ‘All Tooled Up’ on Smokin Records. Expect the unexpected and a high energy show from the rowdy roots rockers!


Empress Of Fur are a freaky four-piece from Fenland farming country, who in their own words look like the bastard offspring of an unholy four-way bunk-up between Bettie Page, Zorro, Uncle Fester and Mr Macphisto. They sound like the equally unwanted children of the Cramps, Link Wray, Nancy Sinatra and the Rezillos! Gretsch guitars drenched in reverb and echo, strange hallucinatory voodoo beats, heartbeat bass and siren vocals: that's Empress of Fur!


Sat 17
Rockin' Ronnie & Friendz

feat. Malcolm Watson & The Official Deceivers

“An evening of Blues, Rhythm & Blues & Soul in that unique Bendy Rupert style that gives you that extra special nights entertainment”


If you're old enough to remember Ronnie and the Bendy Ruperts from the dim and distant past this is a gig you won't want to miss. Filled with classic numbers such as Van Morrisons “Brown Eyed Girl” belted out in original style by a man who definitely hasn’t mellowed with age.


Sun 18



plus Multimorph, The Pale Faces and Lure

Echolocation is a seven piece rock band based in Leicester, incorporating abrasive spoken word realpolitik social commentary and projected visuals. They are an exciting live experience, utilising lots of different instruments notably electric cello and flugelhorn. It is fair to say that Echolocation ploughs their own furrow and they appeal to audiences who like their music a bit ‘left field’. They have produced three albums to date and are currently promoting a four track EP called Gnomes.


Mon 19
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 20
Beware Of Mr Baker (Film Screening)


Beware Of Mr Baker is the new Grand Jury award winning documentary about the angriest old man in music, Ginger Baker.


Probably most famous for being one third of Cream, he's played alongside some of the greatest names in rock, blues and jazz music. Starring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Carlos Santana and Steve Winwood amongst others.


Support films start at 8:30

Main film starts at 9:00


Wed 21

Buffalo Clover


Formerly one of Nashville’s most eclectic bands, Buffalo Clover now feeds a more fitting hybrid of roots-rock and soul into the Music City bloodstream.


In the simplest terms, Buffalo Clover are vintage rock 'n' rollers, but the South tends to creep in. This brand of Southern soul bears a striking resemblance to their idols, the Rolling Stones and The Band. Taking a cue from Bob Dylan with a lyrical poeticism inspired by the troubled times, and Janis Joplin with her rough-hewn-but-honest, bottom-of-the-heart soulful lilt, Buffalo Clover emulate their musical paragons in a style of their own.


Never playing the same show twice, the band’s genuineness translates to a loyal local fan base. It makes them just as much at home playing in the UK as The 5 Spot in East Nashville.


Thu 22

The Decade Runners


plus The River Chickens, Exile84 and The Arcadians

A rock band with an impressively developed sound, particularly when you consider their age, The Decade Runners came about as a result of three of the members being in the same class at school. The initial reason for forming was to enter a school competition, however, after being crowned winners, they soon realised that they collectively had something that was worth pursuing. This certain ‘something’, they believe, comes from the assortment of different musical backgrounds and influences that each member has and their different individual qualities, which, when combined, creates something completely unique and exciting.


Fri 23


plus DJ Blink Cyclone

It’s time to get horny with Leicester’s top ranking ska band Kingsize who play foot-stompin’, house rocking Kingsized arrangements of the finest original Jamaican ska.


Featuring a 9-piece band with a powerful 5-piece brass section, they aim to bring back to audiences that solid, rhythmic and powerful Ska sound of the old time greats (and more recent ones!) and simply entertain the pants off you. If your feet don't tap and your body don't move - you're probably dead!


Sat 24
Echo Marley & The Musical Warriors


plus Stop That Train

Stop That Train on Facebook

Echo Marley and the Musical Warriors are the infrequent anomaly that does what it says on the tin, they really do echo the late legend “Bob Marley” in musical vibe and lyrical content with a beautifully stirring and profound tone to the lyrics. The rhythm section is driving, inducing a pulse that lets you know you are alive and the soundscapes created by the Musical Warriors come complete with strong elements of blues and funk. They are a truly amazing, new generation reggae band.


Sun 25


Mon 26
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 27

The Carp Family + Mrs Pilgrimm + One Suspicious Monkey


plus more TBC

The Carp Famly on Facebook

One Suspicious Monkey on Facebook

The Carp Family are a predominantly acoustic 6-piece band featuring the songwriting and vocal talents of Stewart Brackley, front man with The Marinucci's and formerly with Black Carrot. The Carp's sound has many influences ranging from skiffle to country to clesma.


**Unfortunately the Grant Hart & The Burn/Burning show has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. Ticket refunds are available from all points of purchase.**


Wed 28

Blind Willies

£6adv £7door

"San Francisco's Blind Willies are the kind of band whose music sharply divides listeners' opinions almost instantly. While some might take that as a knock, I consider it a testament to the intensity and tenacity with which they explore their own boundaries. A heady mix of americana, blues, folk, and rock 'n' roll, their latest album Needle, Feather, and a Rope showcases frontman Alexei Wajchman's incredible range of emotional nuance." - Laurel Kathleen, Best New Bands


Thu 29
Trembling Bells

plus Fangtrouser and Melanie Page & The Old Joy

Trembling Bells are 21st century troubadours who know their history, joyously attempting to synthesise traditional folk forms with the bathetic romanticism of country music, the deceptive complexity of medieval music and the swagger of classic Rock. Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are the guiding lights in a music that embraces British folk-rock, American roots and electric psychedelia. They are on a quest to connect with the core tradition of song and live deep within its mysteries… a rhapsodic celebration of the power of song.

In Spring 2012 the Trembling Bells played, sang and duelled with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, performing a new collection of songs written by the Trembling Bells some of which appear on the collaborative album ‘The Marble Downs’, out on Honest Jon’s..


"There’s folk, there’s rock, there’s psychedelia, there’s beauty, there’s noise, there’s sex, there’s gloom, there’s humour, there’s fun. It’s often over-the-top but sometimes perfectly restrained. It’s totally, gloriously, f***ing nuts" - Sounds XP


Fri 30

Voodoo Room (Hendrix/Cream Tribute)

£8adv £10door

Voodoo Room are a stunning new power trio featuring some of the UK's finest musicians. Their individual credits include the likes of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Duran Duran, Fish, Thunder and Chris Difford.


Paying tribute to both Hendrix & Cream, they perform an incredible, high energy show, delivered in the true spirit of these two legends from the world of classic blues/rock.


"Really excellent show, great touch, tone feel and grooves - Cream & Hendrix refortified!" - Pete Feenstra - The Boom Boom Club, London


Sat 31

Green Date (Green Day Tribute)


plus The Lost Future

The formation of Green Date pre-dates the world shaking arrival of the album “American Idiot” and the never-to-be-forgotten “Bullet In A Bible” tour. Based in Nottinghamshire, Green Date are one of the finest tribute bands, displaying their talents to fans across the four corners of the British Isles and further afield into mainland Europe. Now well established in the nation’s punk circle the members of Green Date are all gifted musicians in their own right. However, the passion and creative edge that comes across in their live shows derives from their collective love of the band they so closely emulate, Green Day.



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