Coming to The Musician in December
Mon 1
Tue 2
John Smith
plus David Wyatt

John Smith is a guitar man from Devon, quietly becoming recognized as one of British Folk's most exciting voices. He has toured with John Martyn and Davey Graham and supported Tunng, John Renbourn and Jools Holland. John also recently contributed a track to the new James Yorkston album. "The playing style he adopts may cause your jaw to hit the floor...a bit of a live showstopper." - Word Magazine "An object lesson in how taste and imagination always outweigh mere musical virtuosity...unexpected and daring" - The Sunday Times
Wed 3
Old Man Luedecke
plus Catherine Macleen and Ryan LeBlanc

A banjo songster like Old Man Luedecke is a rare type of musician. A songwriting one of such hopeful goodness, rarer still. In the tradition of solo banjo men of days gone by like Dock Boggs, Bascom Lunsford and Roscoe Holcomb, Old Man Luedecke sings his songs accompanied only by his loving five string, foot stomps and the occasional yodel. His songs are melodic gems blending old time sensibilities with an unusual vision and poetic sense. His music belies someone more than slightly ill at ease with modern life.
Thu 4
Keith James and Rick Foot

£8adv £10door

Federico García Lorca, murdered during the Spanish Civil War, is the most beloved and influential of all modern poets. His poems are the jewel of his work and until now only one has been set to music in English, "Take This Waltz" by Leonard Cohen. This concert of Lorca’s poetry set to music is performed by Keith James and Rick Foot, acclaimed for their success with "The Songs of Nick Drake". The poems will be mostly be sung in English with some verses in Spanish. The evening will also include timeless material by Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Tim Buckley and, of course, Nick Drake.
Fri 5
Cosmic Charlies (Grateful Dead tribute)
plus Dead Head film

“Wisely eschewing the tendency to step into character the Cosmic Charlies let the music do the talking: they're a tribute band in the true sense of the word, not a doppelganger outfit. That means you don't get note perfect renditions of songs like Scarlet Begonias, Sugaree or Terrapin Station, but you do get a splendid approximation of a Dead-like musical journey complete with spacy improvisations that, eyes closed, are amazingly convincing.” - Record Collector.
Sat 6
The UpBeatles (Beatles tribute)
Whipped Cream (Cream tribute)
Sun 7

Over Dodgy’s six-year rise to fame they released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, including 3 Top 10s and the Top 5 hit ‘Good Enough’, still a staple of the Radio 2 playlist. In 1996 Dodgy sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival. The English trio began their climb to fame in 1992, releasing three singles on their own Bostin Records label. Later that year they signed to A&M Records, around the same time as they inked a publishing deal after two A&R men battled for their signatures in a pub video football competition. The partnership with A&M generated three albums of life affirming, beautifully crafted pop - The Dodgy Album (1993),Homegrown(1994) and Free Peace Sweet (1996).

Mon 8
Tue 9
Magic Teapot presents...
Jesse Malin

plus support
For a guy who's still relatively under-the-radar, Jesse Malin has some big-name cohorts: Bruce Springsteen, Jakob Dylan and Ryan Adams, all of whom appear on Malin's third solo album. But those celeb cameos don't steal the spotlight from Glitter in the Gutter's brawny attack: ragged guitars meeting dabs of roots rock and big choruses, with Malin (mostly) trading his usual tales of down-and-out lowlifes for defiant, anthemic rockers. Forgettable songs are a problem: Cuts such as "Love Streams" are well hewn but not terribly interesting, and there's a lot of generic hard rock. But Glitter's best stuff is very good: There are memorable, megatuneful adrenaline shots like "Prisoners of Paradise," and two slow ones -- the Springsteen-assisted "Broken Radio" and the rather gorgeous "Aftermath" -- stand tall. Tracks like that are what iPod playlists are made for. - Rolling Stone

visit Magic Teapot for info and tickets

Wed 10
Ugly Pop Stars
plus Dumbfound, Breek
and Echolocation
Thu 11


plus Refuge
Fri 12
Aynsley Lister Band
plus Krissy Mathews Band

In a world full of manufactured over-hyped pop music, Aynsley Lister is proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. His powerful, infectious songs are unashamedly blues influenced and performed with the kind of conviction of someone twice his age. Say the word blues to a commercial record company and see how far they run! But Lister carries on regardless, writing and recording albums that continue to sell and prove that blues rock music can be commercial and have you singing along to yourself days after you hear it, just like half the committee written stuff you hear every day on the radio. Exceptionally mature and exciting. – Mojo. Superb - The Times.
Sat 13
Mick Ridgeway’s Mojo Hand
plus support

“Mojo Hand oozed an ease and confidence with which they rapidly captured their audience. Their playlist had plenty of loved standards as well as original songs. Outstanding for me was the terrific Junior Wells “Come on in this House” a slowdown number beautifully played, perfect ‘open your heart’ blues. I can’t complain when a band gets it this right. A masterly performance indeed. This was my kind of blues evening as the audience was with the band all the way. A special mention for this has to go to Mick himself – he’s the front man par-excellence, stylish, easy going and friendly he entertained us to the end – super vocals, super harp – but never overpowering the bands sound.” – Hilary Drysome, Blues In Britain.
Sun 14
Mon 15
Tue 16
Jackie Leven
plus Chris Conway
A firm Musician favourite, Jackie is a truly unique artist, whose vocal prowess and ability to tackle huge subjects, whilst crafting songs of exquisite, soulful Celtic mysticism, is comparable to only Van Morrison. However unlike Van, Jackie has a wicked sense of humour and his anecdotes are legendary. Not only that, he is an amazing percussive guitar player to boot.
Wed 17
Part harmonica wizard and part  rhythmic explorer, Harper is a fiery artist who blurs the lines between rock, blues, soul and world music. He has been described as "a singer with the deep soul of Motown, a harmonica player who can graft Sonny Boy II and Little Walter with John Popper, a songwriter who tells his own compelling stories in an unhurried, J.J. Cale-like manner, and a musical visionary who is unafraid to mix the didgeridoo, an important part of his Australian indigenous culture, with infectious modern percussive rhythms".
Thu 18
Seasonal Fair
feat. Pete & Shelia, G4U and George Thomas  

Fri 19
Diesel Park West
plus Backward Love
Some bands belong to their own time, others trespass on decades where they don't really belong. Diesel Park West must have seemed to some people back in '89, with the release of the far-reaching Shakespeare Alabama, the most welcome and liberating guitar band anyone had heard for years. A lot of artists who have enjoyed massive acclaim and success since, may well tip hats towards the Diesels for being pioneers in the re-emergence of the guitar as the primary sound of contemporary music. Add to that song writing that both provokes and reassures... sometimes within the same lyric...then maybe its appropriate to start spreading the word.
Sat 20

Private Party

Sun 21
Weekend Warriors Xmas Bash
(13-00 - 18.00)

(Bon Scott tribute)
£8adv £10door
(20.00 onwards)
AB/CD are the only authorized tribute band to late AC/DC singer Bon Scott. The band were formed in 1989 and were chosen on MTV as the best sounding Bon Scott tribute by none other than AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. Since then AB/CD have played all around the world and appeared with many the Stereophonics, The Queens Of The Stone Age, Hawkwind, Reef and Kiss.  Last year they appeared on BBC2’s Arena, in a program about the tribute band phenomenon.
Mon 22
Tue 23
Private Party
Wed 24
Thu 25
Fri 26
Sat 27
El Pussycat and Kingsize
El Pussycat are on longer young boys blasting out 100 mph ska. “You're just too fast, too loud, too loud!!" said the godfather of ska Laurel Aitken. These days they keep their sound, which goes back to the 50’s roots of bluebeat and ska, relaxed and rock steady. Leicester’s other top ranking ska band Kingsize play foot-stompin’, house rocking Kingsized arrangements of the finest original Jamaican ska sounds. Their style draws heavily on the classic Studio One song catalogue and traditional big band sounds of ‘60s ska.
Sun 28
plus Mid-Life Crisis
Despite the mainstream success of numerous AC/DC soundalikes in recent years, the prog-tinged heritage of hard rock is still shunned by those who prefer their rock safely trendy or ironic. No such reservations affect De Sade, who brandish the macho swagger of their heavy rock with unapologetic pride. For anyone in possession of a patched and faded denim jacket, it's air-guitar heaven." - Metro. "De Sade's unique brand of heavy blues influenced cock rock will drive you wild. Get ready to punch the air guys." - Snake Drive.
Mon 29
Tue 30
Ian Siegal Band
"There are good blues singers and then there is Ian Siegal, who’s in a class of his own." - Mike Mager, Blues in Britain. "Ian Siegal is without doubt the most talented musician/songwriter to emerge on the British blues scene in recent years. Ian doesn't just perform the blues, he is totally possessed by them. He doesn't just play the guitar, he talks to it... and it talks back!" - Ian Brown, Blues4ever. "A voice ranging from the soaring passion of James Brown and Otis Redding, to the gravelly depths of of Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf." - Bob Dayfield, Blueprint.
Wed 31
New Years Eve Party
featuring Stonepark and D.J.
One of the best party bands on the UK circuit right now these guys have recently been voted act of the year in Leicestershire. A high energy live act featuring one of the best vocalists around Stonepark are guaranteed to bring the New Year in with a bang! Their set list includes material by The Fratellis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Police, Jack Panate, The Killers, Kooks, Stereophonics, Oasis, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Razorlight, Amy Winehouse, The Specials, Muse, Rev & The Makers, Duran Duran and many more.

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