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Coming to The Musician in February



Sat 1
Bootleg Blondie (Blondie Tribute)


Bootleg Blondie are Europe’s official Deborah Harry & Blondie tribute band and are the only Blondie tribute to play at the legendary CBGBs in New York City, the Holy Grail of American Punk and New Wave, where the real Blondie first kicked off their career.


Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original Blondie Bombshell and like her heroine is typically outrageous on stage. She has been known to wear dustbin liners, thigh length boots and t-shirts with more holes than actual t-shirt!


Sun 2

Private Party


Mon 3
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 4

Kristyna Myles: 'Just Three Little Words' Single Launch

£7adv £8door

plus Elizabeth Cornish

Manchester based songstress Kristyna Myles released her debut single “I’m Not Going Nack” in 2012 on Decca Records receiving critical acclaim in Music Week with featured articles in The Daily Mail and The Sun. Kristyna awaits the release of her debut album produced by Grammy Award winning producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paolo Nutini, Gomez).  Songs on the album span a 10 year period from one of her earliest written songs “Betrayal” at age 16 to “Make it right” some 10 years later. ‘Pinch Me Quick’. Originally from Leicestershire, Kristyna came into prominence after winning Busk Idol, a 2005 nationwide singing competition organised by BBC Radio 5 Live.


“Kristyna (Myles) isn’t interested in being seen as the next ‘cool’ thing, instead, she’s intent on producing soulful, thoughtful and powerful music that simply satisfies” - Chris Long, BBC


Wed 5

Rachel Sermanni

£8adv £10door

plus Mo Kenney and Samuel Idwal

She’s a straight-up storyteller with a voice to blow all others clean out of the water… 20-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni packs an almighty punch with her earthy folk melodies and dextrous fingerpicking. Rachel’s razor-sharp wit and natural affinity with any audience somehow belie her young age and have led to support slots with the likes of Elvis Costello, Ron Sexsmith and Michael Kiwanuka.


Thu 6
Kevin Montgomery & The Endangered Livers

Rising star of contemporary American songwriting Kevin Montgomery returns to the The Musician with his band the Endangered Livers. His mom sang with Elvis. His dad wrote songs with Buddy Holly. He’s written songs for Martina McBride and sung with Lee Ann Womack. Expect a great night of songs reminiscent of Jackson Browne, Don Henley and others of their ilk.


Fri 7

VJT Promotions presents...

obsUnplugged: Finale 1


feat. Polly, The Native, Bellawave, Stop That Train, The Simpletones, George Simpson, Claire Schofield, Matt Henshaw, Sean Grant, En Route and Oval Iris

Doors 7:15pm, starts 7:30pm


The first finale of the obsUnplugged featuring a selection of some of the finest local acoustic and electro-acoustic acts.


Sat 8

VJT Promotions presents...

obsUnplugged: Finale 2


feat. Samuel Idwal, Idle Empire, Steady Hands, Dan Wright, Andessa Martin, Lucy Davies-Kumadiro, Elizabeth Cornish, Sold Separately, Strangler Figs, The Fallows and Guy Jones

Doors 7:15pm, starts 7:30pm


The second finale of the obsUnplugged featuring a selection of some of the finest local acoustic and electro-acoustic acts.


Sun 9

Rock And Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway The Movie


plus Q & A session with John Otway

In order to celebrate his 60th birthday in 2012, Otway booked the Odeon Leicester Square to show the documentary of his life. Titled Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie, the sell out screening saw cinematic history made with the final scenes of the movie being filmed from the red carpet on the morning of the film. The film was funded by fans becoming producers who, as with the Hit campaign, were all individually credited in the movie credits. Following the success of the producers' premiere, 2013 has seen Otway take the completed movie to the Cannes Film Festival and it has been screened in cinemas throughout the country. Unlike his albums, the film has been critically acclaimed - receiving a four star review from The Guardian newspaper - and has been put forward for several BAFTAs including "British Outstanding Debut".


Mon 10
Hardy & Wilson (Bella Hardy/Blue Rose Code)

£8adv £10door

"From both sides of the Tweed and back again, the new and exciting pairing of Bella Hardy (Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young) and Ross Wilson (Blue Rose Code) have each travelled musical roads from very different origins. Used to playing in a throng of keen Folk musicians, H&W will be stripping back their sound for the tour and performing together.

With each taking turn leading a song, expect material from both the Hardy and the Blue Rose Code cannon as well as songs from The Tradition and their shared influences of Welch & Rawlings, Dick Gaughan, Patti Griffin and more.

This collaboration is something really special. Two fantastic musicians coming from very different musical backgrounds is always a recipe for an exciting gig. This is no exception. Bella has performed for us many times in various guises and Ross will be visiting us for the second time.


Tue 11
Andrew O'Neill: Heavy Metal - A History

£7adv £8door

For people who don’t necessarily like heavy metal, but if you do you’ll really like it, we promise! A hilariously kick-arse tour through the history of heavy metal by the UK’s foremost metalhead stand-up comedian. Want to learn how to headbang? Always wondered what happens in a moshpit? Keen to learn the difference between blackened thrash and grindcore?


WARNING: This show will contain references to the musical genre known as heavy metal, not a loosely scientific defined subset of elements that exhibit metallic properties.


Wed 12
Ewan Dobson

£12.50adv £15door

plus support

Every once in a while you come across something on the internet that makes you go "wow." It may be a video, picture, song, band, or anything of the sort. In this case, it's the amazing virtuosity of Canadian fingerstyle guitarist Ewan Dobson. Ewan Dobson performs finger picking at it's finest. So much so that his Time 2 YouTube video has so far received 12.5 million hits and counting. Released as a download single it has become a global hit.
Dobson creates classic music, modern music and everything in between with only his guitar and finger picking. No bass, no drums, no vocals; nothing. It's just a one man show, and quite honestly, that's all you need. Audiences can expect masterful command of the acoustic guitar performed like no other can or has yet.


Thu 13
Talon - The Acoustic Collection
£13adv £15door

Come and experience Talon as you’ve never seen them before. Four members of the world’s greatest Eagles tribute band perform a selection of their favourite contemporary acoustic classics by James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Crosby Stills & Nash, John Denver, Michael Jackson, and many more…


Fri 14

Talulah Blue presents...

Blue Circus: Burlesque & Freak Show

£10adv £12door

feat. Bendy Bendini, Talulah Blue, Doc Leroc plus live music from The Sarah Bird Band

Getting in the mood for Valentines? No us neither, so come along to this show instead!

In line with comedy week in Leicester, we have burlesque, boylesque, comedy and freakshow acts.

Bendy Bendini is a twisty legged question mark. An anatomical wonder and extraordinary gentleman performing what others can't and daren't do.

Next up will be your host for the night, international showgirl and fire-eating circus baby Talulah Blue.


Last but not least, Doc Leroc is the Mantastic Marvel of Yorkshire. Travelling the world; tantalising, titilating and traumatising audiences with his masculine boylesque.

Also featuring
a live band as well as a burlesque stall!



Sat 15


**Please note that the Elvis Fontenot & The Sugar Bees gig has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. Ticket refunds are available from all points of purchase.**


Sun 16

Big Difference Company present...
Rude, Crude & Lewd (A Night Of Filthy Comedy Song)

£5adult £4con (over 60/student)

feat. house band The Wry Dogs and performance poet/comedian Rob Gee

Join us, our house band The Wry Dogs, and a host of musicians and comedians as we plumb the depths of bawdy song & music, with the aim of bringing humour and happiness to festival goers through all that is rude, crude and really rather lewd!

This will not be for the fainthearted – so PLEASE don’t come along if you are easily offended. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Contact us if you want to perform. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.


Mon 17

The Cookie presents...
Royal Blood - SHOW SOLD OUT

plus Tigercub

Doors 7:30pm

Earlier this year, Brighton duo Royal Blood made their first public musical statement - a 3 minute slice of thrilling, primal rock & roll called 'Figure It Out' that appeared unannounced on the band's Soundcloud page but was soon picking up serious plaudits.

Now Royal Blood are pleased to announce details of their debut single. Available on 7" and download, the self-produced 'Out Of The Black' will be released on 11th November on Black Mammoth Records. It’s a single that wrings the maximum amount of noise, aggression and pure youthful exuberance out of the most minimal of ingredients, featuring nothing more than Mike Kerr's vocals and bass and Ben Thatcher's drums.


Tue 18

Chris Conway + Mia & The Moon
"Songs Of Wonder

£4adv £5door

A magical double header as two great acts present a night of songs of wonder and dreams.


Multi-instrumental wizard Chris Conway's cosmic and dreamlike songs are delivered with a dry wit, and a warm heart. This year he celebrates 25 years as a pro musician, and has released over 100 albums in many genres.


Mia and the Moon are sisters Laura & Mary-Anne Ratcliffe with the most astounding voices and stage presence and they cast a spell with their harmonies and timeless musical style. They tour the country, and have been featured on national television.


Wed 19

King King

£10adv £12door

plus Devlin Blue

The meteoric rise to prominence of British bluesbreakers King King has seen them racking up a host of accolades culminating in last year’s Best Band and Best Album at the British Blues Awards. Driving force behind King King’s unstoppable charge is Alan Nimmo, a virtuoso frontman possessed of an almost impolite level of charisma and the talent to back it up. An award winning bluesman in his own right and widely known across the UK and Europe, Nimmo’s full-blooded style, technical brilliance and impassioned vocals are infectious and instantly recognisable.


Thu 20
King Size Slim (Band Show)
£5adv £6door

plus The Outwoods County Riders

King Size Slim is Toby Barelli - an explosive roots and blues musician moulding traditional standards and soring own compositions with explosive musicianship and a unique vocal attack.

Following the release of his third album, King Size Slim is now touring with a new trio which he brings to the Musician tonight to deliver their brand of Fat Roots Boogie.

For the uninitiated, this is a fat boogie style and sound delivered live and direct. This music, percussive and dynamic in its nature, melodic and soulful in its heart, shouts loud and kisses sweet. A potent combination of guitars, percussion and vocal performed with passion and belief.


Fri 21
Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix Tribute)

£8adv £9door

Formed in 1996 by John Campbell, the onstage resemblance is there for all to see. With showmanship that harks back to Jimi’s late 60’s performances, even the most ardent fan would raise a wry smile. John has appeared on “The Trisha Show”, Talk Radio with Lorraine Kelly, Sky One’s “Death By Excess” and "The One Show" and the band were featured on BBC 2’s Arena special on tribute bands…”Into The Limelight” to critical acclaim.


In November 2009 Are you Experienced? were invited to play “The Barbados Virgin Atlantic Music Festival”, and in 2010 were proud to open “The Isle Of Wight Festival” to mark 40 years since Jimi Hendrix made his last major appearance there.  The band also played at The Troubadour, London to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Hendrix on 18th September 2010.


“Wow! I mean Wow!” - Darren Redick, Planet Rock


Sat 22
King Punch

£6adv £8door

plus March To The Grave

King Punch formed in the Autumn of 2010 after seven young men (bravely) answered a Gumtree advert looking to form a new ska-punk outfit that would change the world.

While they are still waiting on the 'world' part, ever since their first meeting these upbeat, cheeky and noisy Punchers have been spreading their patented brand of musical ear love throughout London, parts of the UK and now, Canada where they played to over 5000 punk-hungry people at the Envol et Macadam festival, sharing the stage with The Flatliners, Randy, Face to Face and NOFX! Now they are primed and ready to spread their patented brand of noisy, cheeky and danceable live energy across the UK.



Sun 23


Mon 24
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 25

Kent DuChaine
£7adv £8door

plus David Bristow
Kent Duchaine's musical nomadic life started over thirty years ago in Minnesota where he played with Kim Wilson before Wilson moved to Texas to form the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Kent honed his guitar skills playing with Lazy Bill Lucas, Boogie Woogie Red, Luther Tucker, Big Walter Horton, Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Burns and Margie Evans. In the early 1990's he spent three years traveling and playing with the legendary bluesman Johnny Shines. Duchaine's guitar playing is rooted in the styles of Robert Johnson, Lightning Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Bukka White and Elmore James. He has a ferociously wild slide technique that exudes a frenzied power and he can switch gears in the wink of an eye to play some beautiful acoustic melodies.


Wed 26

Wake Up Promotions presents...


feat. The Exhausted, Donkey Punch, Stefano Bellavia, Laura Hughes and Stef Baker


Wake Up Promotions presents a night of quality live music featuring a selection of Leicester's finest talent.

For up to date gig info on twitter, please follow @wakeuppromotion


Thu 27
Gerry McAvoy's Band Of Friends
£15adv £16door

Band of Friends consists of musicians who played with Rory Gallagher throughout his career. Gerry McAvoy (bass) played with Rory for 20 years; from 1971 to 1991 and because of this has a great insight into the man and his music. Gerry played on every album Rory ever made. Ted McKenna (drums) played with Rory from 1977 to 1981. Marcel Scherpenzeel (guitar) grew up with Rory's music and Gerry is quoted as saying "This is the closest guitarist to Rory you will ever hear". Rory's music reached a massive audience from Norway to Spain, from Japan to the USA. The Band Of Friends is not a tribute to Rory, more of a celebration of his life and music.


Fri 28

Original Bands Showcase: Heat 1


Doors 7:45pm

feat. The Blazing Owls, Six Broken Sticks, The Silent Sons, Strangler Figs and Wet Lettuce & The Magic Beans



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