Sun 1   Closed
Mon 2   Closed
Tue 3   Closed
Wed 4   Closed
Thu 5   Seven Story Soul
Seven piece acoustic band performing classic soul.
Fri 6 Who’s Renown
plus Road Kill
Covering a range of material from 1969 to the early ’80s, Who’s Renown’s set features all time classic hits such as - I Can’t Explain, My Generation, I Can See For Miles, Who Are You, Won’t Get Fooled Again, You Better You Bet and songs from both Tommy and Quadrophenia in an explosive two hour show celebrating one of this countries finest ever rock bands. Having been established for several years now Who’s Renown capture the essence of The Who perfectly, performing the songs of Townsend, Daltry, Entwhistle and Moon with passion, energy and lots of volume. Maximum R’n’B indeed.
Sat 7 De Sade
Hot Tub Trio plus Purple Patch and White Star Magic
£3adv £4door

A thrilling night of nu-rock, when four of Leicester's hottest new bands hit the stage and our P.A. hits critical mass! Headliners De Sade formed back in depths of 2003 and have subsequently released two excellent singles 'Libertine' and 'All About The Love'. 2005 saw them cement their reputation as an impressive live act that mixes classic rock riffs, funked-up vocals and high energy beats to devastating effect. 2006 sees the release of their debut album 'Pornocopia'. Equally impressive support comes from highly rated up and comers Hot Tub Trio, Purple Patch and White Star Magic.
Sun 8   Closed
Mon 9   The City Acoustic Club

Open mic every Monday, all welcome.
Tue 10   Closed
Wed 11 Misterlee
plus Jezz Hall and Steel State Circus

A virtual definition of the term ‘independent’ as it apply’s to the modern music industry, Mr Lee has two albums, 'Chiselgibbon' and ‘Night Of The Killer Longface’ under his belt on his own Rubber Czech Records label, both of which enjoyed extensive national airplay and critical appraisal across Europe and in the U.S. Live shows the past few years have included a mini-tour of NYC's cooler underground venues, as well as U.K. dates including the Summer Sundae festival, Manchester's 'In The City' and Coventry's ‘Godiva’ festivals. Live, the band has also played alongside such similarly free-minded artists as Sebadoh, Hamell on Trial, Johnny Dowd, Simple Kid and Jeffrey Lewis.
Thu 12   The Blues Devils (album launch)

Mick Ridgeway, Bob Dayfield and Tony Alles's acoustic blues trio.
Fri 13 Danny Bryant’s Redeye
plus Grant Longstone

Danny Bryant’s Redeye are a bunch of totally committed musicians, who always give a fantastic show and who are bouncing up the musical ladder and won’t stop until they reach the very top. They are already one of the countries most exciting live stage acts and are fast becoming one of the most popular blues/rock bands on the club and festival circuit. So if you have not already seen the band in action then make it your number one priority, because as Walter Trout says- "Danny Bryant and his band kick f**king ass!" 
Sat 14 Magic Teapot presents
plus The Zincs

Totally disregarding musical trends, Janet Bean & Catherine Irwin have made some fine country records, yet they're virtually invisible to the country audience. Problem is, Freakwater are faithful to the spirit, but not the letter, of country music law. "People with a punk background may think we're purists, but country fans think we're freaks”. Their 1989 debut predated Uncle Tupelo's by a year and saw them cited as the most traditionally-grounded band of the genre. Recently reformed they continue to move into uncharted territory, using traditional structures to create songs which are unique to the point of being, um, freakish.
Sun 15   Closed 
Mon 16   The City Acoustic Club

Open mic every Monday, all welcome.
Tue 17 Chuck Prophet
plus Corb Lund
£9adv £10door

On the back of Green On Red's forthcoming London reunion show, Chuck Prophet hits the gravel for a few solo dates. Widely regarded to be in the same league as Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams, Prophet is another roots musician with a rock'n'roller lurking barely below the surface - one with an eclectic record collection too, judging by how he mixes Philly soul, Dylanesque blues, pop, rock, electronica and even rap, sometimes all in the same song. Needless to say we're rather fond of Chuck here at The Musician and this show promises to be one of the highlights of the coming year.
Wed 18   Cathie Ryan Band
plus David Llewellyn
£7adv £8door

Irish American Cathie Ryan, with her crystalline vocals and insightful songwriting, is an original and distinctive voice in contemporary Celtic music. Since her acclaimed seven year tenure as lead singer of Cherish The Ladies, the Detroit born Ryan has established herself as one of Celtic music's most popular and enduring singer-songwriters and her stunning band includes some of the finest musicians currently playing on the American Celtic music scene. “Cathie Ryan, our female vocalist of decade, is quite simply the best and her talented, versatile band give the definitive live Irish music performance’’ — Boston Globe.
Thu 19 Willie Logan’s
House Of The Rising Sun

Edinburgh born guitarist Willie Logan has played in bands since his teens. In 1997 he made the final of Guitarist Magazine’s ‘Guitarist of the Year’ competition at Wembley and at that time had several guitar instrumental tribute albums out on the Hallmark label, which have sold in excess of 70,000 units. He also recorded a version of ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’ which topped the Besonic.com Blues charts for three years. Willie has played with some outstanding musicians and his current band includes Ashley Macmillan (drums) and Lawrie Macmillan (bass) both of whom are members of the Ray Wilson Band (ex-Genesis and Stiltskin frontman).
Fri 20 Homespun
plus Curtis Eller’s American Circus
£9adv £11door

Homespun was begun by Beautiful South songwriter David Rotheray, as an outlet for a bunch of simple country/folk songs he was longing to record. The quality of the songs and the high standard of contributions from various friends, including Sam Brown (Jools Holland), Tony Robinson (Super Furry Animals), Gary Hammond (Nina Simone), Clare Mactaggart (Portishead) and Melvin Duffy (Robbie Williams) was such that the CD ‘Homespun’ was released in 2003. Everyone acquired such an affection for the material and each another that they also toured and released a second album Effortless Cool in Jan 2005.
Sat 21 The Smokey Grass Mountain Boys

The Smokey’s are back again with their eclectic mix of bluegrass, Americana and good-time country flavoured music. With songs drawn from their love of The Grateful Dead, Steve Earle, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, topped up with Gillian Welch, Oh Susanna and Alison Krauss. The band thrive on great harmony singing, backed by guitars, mandolin, banjo and a melodic slide, plus the occasional swooping accordion. Recent additions of songs from The Hackensaw Boys plus original material reflecting all their favourite influences guarantee a set with something for everybody with roots music in their heart.
Sun 22   Prost 8: Jazz All Dayer feat.
The Fosse Rhythm Kings & Don M'Orton + The Welland Valley Stompers + Stu Battle & Loitering With Intent + J for Jazz
£8 (Fundraiser)
1pm to 9pm
Mon 23   The City Acoustic Club

Open mic every Monday, all welcome.
Tue 24 Jess Klein
plus Megan

"Jess Klein's new album, Strawberry Lover, sees the singer-songwriter experimenting with genre and stretching her lovely voice to its fullest capacity" — Time Out. Post-punk, country, soul? This many-sided singer does it all, beautifully, with a clutch of songs that hit hard and always catch the ear. The gorgeously sad early double of jukebox ballad Shonalee and Strawberry Lover's last waltz of the night, are topped only by the beer-and-tears-soaked album closer, Willing To Change. Klein has a voice worth reckoning with and lyrics worth hearing. There's nothing splashy about either of those weapons; just simplicity done well. "She has one of those voices: innocent but steely tough, like a compadre of Lucinda Williams and Lucy Kaplansky or a young Tift Merritt." — Mojo.
Wed 25 Kim Richey
plus Haley Hutchinson
£7adv £8door
With the sensuality of Lucinda Williams and the brainy craft of Aimee Mann, Kim Richey is the whole package. One of Music City's most sought after songwriters, her first three albums were tagged as contemporary country but actually owe more to John Hiatt's brand of music making. Comparisons to Shawn Colvin also abound, due to Richey's cleverly twisting lyrical phrases. You might call her most recent album, (2002's Rise) a country record, but only if you accept that it's her country, and her terms. Producer Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynne) furnishes touches that lift the songs off the ground, but it's Richey's voice, equal parts rough and smooth, half "let's do it" and half "I told you so" that ties it all together.
Thu 26 The Musician presents
The Best Of Acoustic 2005
feat. Carol Palmer, Gren Bartley and Tony Jones

Three very different singer-songwriters but with one thing in common – that they are all excellent. During the course of the last year all three have made great progress and the quality of their performances has been very impressive. Carol Palmer released her debut album in 2005 and draws on classic singer-songwriter influences such as Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon. Gren Bartley is being hailed as the new Richard Thompson and his performances at Summer Sundae Festival and supporting Eliza Carthy have confirmed him as the best new act of 2005. Last but not least Tony Jones has injected a real confidence and sublime quality into his playing and renditions of very fine old-time acoustic blues songs.
Fri 27 Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers

"Your sound is the real deal. I love this stuff" — Geno Washington. Rollo Markee and The Tailshakers sound is an authentic blend of vintage Chicago blues and West Coast swing. Their first album A Blues Record was recorded at Toe Rag a studio renowned for its uncomplicated and tasteful vintage recording techniques and a favourite of The White Stripes' Jack White (their Elephant album was recorded there). Engineer and owner Liam Watson certainly knows how to do justice to The Tailshakers live sound, using vintage microphones sparingly to create an authentic sound comparable to that of Chess Studio's in it's ’50s and ’60s heyday. "You guys have got it, so you better use it" — Hubert Sumlin.
Sat 28 Howard Smith & The Razors

It’s always a pleasure to have red-hot, local guitar ace Howard Smith and his hard drivin’ Razors down at The Musician. Combing the no-frill’s, blue collar r’n’b of killer British combo’s such as The Inmates and Doctor Feelgood with the greasy slide work of Ry Cooder, Sonny Landreth and Lowell George, Howard and the boys are one of the rockin’-ist little blues bands in the country. Tight as hell, yet as loose as the proverbial goose The Razors are always an exciting proposition live and shouldn’t be missed.
Sun 29 The Wailin’ Jennys
plus Table Nine
£7adv £9door

From The Andrews Sisters to The Supremes to The Roches to The Dixie Chicks, every generation seems to have a trio of sweet-voiced women to stir things up. Although Canadian-based singer-songwriters Ruth Moody, Cara Luft and Nicky Mehta each have solo careers, they create truly gorgeous music when they band together. The trio's album 40 Days is filled with sweet harmonies, smart songs and great vibes. The Jennys blend so well both with their vocals and their original songs that it's hard to distinguish one's style from that of another. They sound like a sister act without being one. Count The Wailin' Jennys as the most melodious trio in Americana music, more upbeat than fellow Canadian female trio the Be Good Tanyas and when these Jennys wail, it's well worth your time to listen.
Mon 30   The City Acoustic Club

Open mic every Monday, all welcome.
Tue 31   The Chilldiggers

High quality pop rock.


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