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These days artists and bands tend to book their tours months in advance. In order to give you the best notice of up and coming shows we list events once they have been confirmed by the band or their management. The downside of this is that dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes at very short notice.

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  Coming to The Musician in July
Wed 1
Giles Likes Tea
plus Jo Hamilton and Femmepop

Thu 2
Christine Collister
plus Jinski
Buy Cheap Software Intelinet Internet Security Suite 3.1 IntelliCAD Fine SANI 9 NG 6.4 “So much soul you think she’d been signed by Motown.” – Q. “Christine Collister can sing the birds down off the trees and send them back with a tiny flick of her vocal chords.” – Mojo. “Boundary breaking is routine for Collister and makes her one of the finest grown-up vocalists on the planet.” – Q. “ A voice personally delivered by God.” – The Times “Christine Collister has a killer voice. As full as Dusty Springfield or as blue as Alison Moyet.” – Froots. 

Fri 3
Xander Promotions presents...
Piston Broke
plus support

Leicester’s Piston Broke have played at major music festivals and motorcycle rallies for over thirty years and their heavy blues/rock style and virtuoso musicianship is always guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

visit for info and tickets
Sat 4

NRG Vibes
plus Out of Karma, Bread Fruit and The Truth

Sun 5
Big Dog 3 feat. Al Perkins, Chris Donohue and Brady Blade
plus special guest Brigitte DeMeyer

Having played with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, The Eagles, Dolly Parton, Gram Parsons and The Rolling Stones to name but a few, maestro of the pedal/lap steel, dobro and guitar Al Perkins is steppin' out with his own band Big Dog 3. Band members are Brady Blade, the power on drums (Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews) and Chris Donohue, the rhythm on bass guitar (Allison Moorer, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller).  All three are of course present and former Emmylou Harris band members.

Mon 6
Tue 7


Wed 8

Fallen Angels

please note - Dirty Strangers cancelled

Thu 9
Lay-z Boi presents...
Natalie Squance

plus Joel Owen and Grace Petrie

"Natalie is an effortlessly charming performer who is fast making a name for herself with regular gigs in both her hometown of Leicester as well as London plus appearances at Leicester's Summer Sundae festival. Blessed with a beautifully fragile voice and a natural grasp of melody Natalie's songs exude a maturity that belies her years .Support comes from Grace Petrie and Musician Records' Joel Owen.


Fri 10
Magic Teapot presents…
The BellRays
plus support

For those of you who don't know, this is the real deal. Sexy and intelligent, passionate and powerful all at once, listening to the BellRays is like getting kicked in the balls by James Brown. The BellRays call their music "Maximum Rock & Soul," which is as much a description of the heart that goes into their music as it is the music itself. Taking a nod from the MC5, Parliament, James Brown, Miles Davis, The Stooges and The Who. Imagine a bus full of Motown artists being steamrollered by Black Flag, and you have a pretty good idea of what the BellRays sound like. 

visit Magic Teapot for info and tickets
Sat 11
Lightning Willie and The Poor Boys
£6adv £7door
plus Backline

Emerging from the clubs and bars of the U.S Blues scene, Lightnin' Willie is an accomplished and hard-working guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Now based in Los Angeles, Willie is a seasoned musician who has paid his dues. With four albums under his belt, this eloquent storyteller has his own story of time on the road, personal loss, fresh beginnings and an over-riding love of playing the "Devil's Music."
Sun 12
Cancelled due to illness
James Maddock
(only UK date)
£6adv £7.50door
plus support

Mon 13
Tue 14
Eve Sellis
plus Paul Handyside

Eve Selis isn’t just a 'singer' — she’s an emotion transducer who converts country, R&B, blues, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll signals into a megawatt zap that galvanizes everyone in its path. And as with fellow femme-furnace front women Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, Maria McKee and Melissa Etheridge, the cauterizing power of Selis’s voice can arc-weld material from almost any genre into a personal manifesto.
Wed 15

Derrin Nauendorf and Refuge

Derrin Nauendorf
Renowned for his intense live shows and raw emotive music, Derrin Nauendorf’s music is hard to categorise,made up from many roots styles, blues, folk and Americana. Untamed acoustic guitar, cutting lyrics, a powerful, evocative voice and honest songs, delivered with passion, but twisted to a unique sound. “First impressions? One Australian guy with an acoustic guitar and his mate with a homemade drum kit. What would you think? Me too. I then listened to this live album and Derrin, guitar, sidekick and drums proceeded to blow me away.” – David Blue, Net Rhythms.


Founded in early 2006, Refuge launched their demo EP 'White Breeze' later that same year, introducing Leicester to their subtly poetic acoustic based sound. With their musical roots firmly based in a bittersweet alchemy of rich warm guitars, and honest, heartfelt vocals, the band draw on many world influences, producing a sound which is both accessible and varied. This is perhaps best exemplified by their fusion inclusion of harp and tabla on many of their more recent tracks. Refuge headline the Musician tonight the venue in which they released their debut album 'Etched in Blue' earlier this year

Thu 16
Anny Celsi & Nelson Bragg
with Richard Snow & Friends
"A beatnik-cool performer who veers from poppy, bouncy beats to jazzy piano bar riffs and sexy come-ons…a fellow traveler to Aimee Mann and Sheryl Crow. The “pop-noir” soundtrack of her solo debut, “Little Black Dress,” wears a veneer of L.A. Confidential style." - Houston Press. “Affecting, pop-smart tunes” – Chris Morris, Billboard "The music is all in Celsi's writing, which is direct, killing...needing no ornamentation..." -  Greil Marcus.
Fri 17
Get Ya Band on presents…
Soulsmith, The Radio Collective,
The Pennyhangers, Fazed
and Steve Faulkner
£4adv £5door

Sat 18
Tony Alles Bluesville feat. Simon Faulks
plus Backline Blues Band
With his deep, rich voice and skilful electric and acoustic guitar talent, local blues man Tony Alles shows his deep love and appreciation for the blues, bringing a fresh and innovative sound to the genre As well as original material, he reworks classic blues standards into funky, high octane shuffles. Tonights show will feature the stinging lead guitar work of Dawson Smith & The Dissenters guitarist Simon Faulks.

Sun 19
Mon 20
Tue 21
Magic Teapot presents…
Jason Ringenberg
plus Hi and Lo
“He still has that unbelievable energy level…high kicking around the stage like the 20 something country punk he once was, well still is really… as a protest singer there are few better and none more entertaining.” - Americana UK. “One of the most overlooked country rock pioneers still in the business… Ringenberg has gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic live performers of his generation.” - The Times.

Wed 22
Cheeseweasel presents…
Dan Baird and Homemade Sin

Here it is, the missing fifth side of Exile on Main St. Putting Dan Baird and Warner E. Hodges in the same band is like packing hydrogen and plutonium into the same bomb: it's not an intriguing combination, it's a got-damn weapon of mass destruction. In Homemade Sin, you get three-fourths of the original Georgia Satellites line-up - Baird, bassist Keith Christopher and drummer Mauro Magellan - augmented by Scorchers gunslinger Hodges. The guitars tangle like rival strands of kudzu underneath Baird's paint-stripping howl. This is how rock sounded in the days of red meat, no-filter Marlboros and plaster casting; the hip-shake-boogie beat of "Hellzapoppin" alone would cause McFly’s testicles to drop.

Please note - No support, early start, extra long set!

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Thu 23
Dean Friedman
£16adv £18door
plus Chris Conway

Dean Friedman first delighted UK audiences with his chart-topping hit, Lucky Stars. The now classic single, paved the way for a slew of hits off of Friedman's critically acclaimed album, "Well, Well" Said the Rocking Chair. Friedman has since earned a loyal, international following and his music continues to influence a new generation of contemporary artists, inspiring covers and re-workings of his songs by groups such as Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and The Blenders.
Fri 24
Noasis (Oasis Tribute)
Sat 25
Stevie Jones and Mark Gill
£4adv £5door
plus John Budding, One Town Over, Cherry & The Orchestra and Daniel Wardrop
This hard-working duo have steadily built up a reputation across the East Midlands as a solid live act.  Stevie's lyrics and powerful vocals cut straight from the heart, whilst Mark's' guitar skills are second to none, touching influences spanning from John Butler Trio and Ryan Adams to Van Morrison and Dylan. This gig will be a special night recording new songs for a live album and filming a DVD with very special guests as support. Don't miss the party!
Sun 26
Mon 27


Tue 28

Jose Vanders
plus Your Calling


Wed 29

Electrical Language (formally The Up)
plus Free Control and Citizen Smith

Thu 30

Here Come The Girls
Acoustic Showcase feat. Meri Everitt, Grace Petrie, Lisa Deville, Sally Hossack, Matti Wilson, Gemma Larkin


Fri 31

Amy Can Fly
£3 door
plus Bike Shed Effect and Wait For Tomorrow


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