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A word about our listings

A guide for Customers

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. We do our best to ensure that this site is kept as up to date as is possible, with updates happening at least once a week.


Therefore to avoid disappointment we recommend that you check these listing prior to setting out for your show especially if you are traveling any distance.



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A guide for Artists and Promoters
The quickest way to get yourself included in our listings is to send an email to rideout at once your gig is confirmed.


We also need you to do the following -


Put the name of the artist or band name along with the date of your show in the email subject line.


Attach a reasonable sized photograph. A 72dpi, jpeg, bigger than 200x200 pixels would be fine. Please don't email files over 1mb in size. If in doubt please drop us a line before sending. Let us have your web address so we can link to your site or Myspace page.


Send us some text. Whilst we are happy to tidy up spelling or grammar, we don't have the time to write or edit copy for you. Ideally we need a nice concise 'blurb' of between 75-100 words. Please don't send a three page biography, or else we are likely to bounce it back to you. If you have a selection of press quotes send what you have as we can usually easily compile something from them. There are plenty of examples of the sort of thing we need here on the site to help you out.


Please note - If you have played at The Musician before and we have text on file, we will continue to use use it for any subsequent listings unless you supply new copy.


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Coming to The Musician in July



Sun 1


Mon 2
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 3
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat (George Thorogood & The Destroyers)


Blasting out Texas blues/rock for over twenty years! Along with Suhler on guitar and lead vocals, the band includes bassist Carlton Powell, keyboardist Shawn Phares and drummer Beau Chadwell. Together, they've been terrorizing clubs, theaters and festivals alike with their flamethrower brand of blues/rock, with a major side order of the Texas border mythology added to keep it spicy!

The same take-no-prisoners attitude has prevailed in Jim Suhler's playing as a guitarist with George Thorogood and the Destroyers, with whom he's recorded, toured and written songs for over ten years. Suhler has often been included in many of the "Top Ten Guitarists" lists featured in several music publications.


Wed 4



Thu 5

Singers Of Distinction

£5 (£4 concessions)

feat. The Skunk Boy Project, Michael Vickers, Kieran Fowkes, Elizabeth Cornish and Nuala Bennett-Wilford

Doors 7:30pm

The Skunk Boy Project (Facebook)

Michael Vickers (Facebook)

Kieran Fowkes (Facebook)

Elizabeth Cornish (Facebook)

Nuala Bennett-Wilford (Facebook)

The cream of Leicester's singers are brought to the stage by ArtsIn Productions. Singer/songwriters whose work really stands out are being invited to perform at our Singers of Distinction shows. We are delighted to be bringing some really top artists to The Musician tonight. We have carefully selected this line-up of superb acoustic and solo talent and it promises to be a night of exceptional music.


For more info visit


Fri 6

Dawson Smith & The Dissenters


plus No Way Back

Welsh-born frontman Dawson Smith formed the Dissenters in 2005 with the aim of forming his dream ‘road band’ able to deliver the type of driving swamp blues and rootsy Americana bar room rock 'n' roll that has always been the backdrop to his distinctive song-writing. The depth of the band is such that it is not easy to describe how they sound. Comparisons with Los Lobos, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steve Earle, John Hiatt, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, (and more) are usual and much welcomed.


"Dawson & The Dissenters take you on a whirlwind trip through the best in rockin’ blues and roots and bring you back breathless!" – Americana UK


"Two successful tours with Nashville rocker Tommy Womack (backing and supporting) and gigs with Dan Baird & Homemade Sin (Georgia Satellites), now the yanks are taking Dawson Smith & The Dissenters seriously!" – Bob Paterson BPM Radio.


Sat 7

Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys


plus Amy Speace

No Depression’s Artist Of The Decade for the 1990s, Alejandro Escovedo can boast admirers of the calibre of Lucinda Williams, John Cale, Ian Hunter, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen. All are drawn to his thoughtful and intelligent songs, his tough rocking music and and his legendary full-on live shows. The subject of much critical acclaim, he is described by Rolling Stone as “in a genre of his own” and the Washington Post as “a maker of ageless rock’n’roll.”


For more info visit or


Sun 8

Nolan Porter with Stone Foundation


plus djook DJ

Northern Soul legend Nolan Porter broke onto the recording scene in the early 70’s after appearing on the top US music TV show ‘Soul Train’. Even though the release of his solo recordings only spanned a period of 2 years, the quality of his work has had a lasting influence down the years. “Keep On Keeping On” as well as being covered by a UK indie group and has since influenced/been sampled by further British outfits. More recently Paul Weller cut a new version of “If I Could Only Be Sure”. Both of these recordings have remained firm favourites with UK soul fans and so it is only fitting that Nolan will finally get the chance to perform both songs live on a visit to these shores.


Mon 9
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 10

Blushing Melons & Greenman Rising

£8adv £10door

Blushing Melons play folk rock with songwriters' attitudes – the band find themselves in an endless search for human landscapes, and as endless deserts and dusty plains are not exactly abundant in their homeland Austria: gardens and cities remain the only alternative, expressed by rumbling scarecrow songs, melody-drunken allegories and a contagious folky carnival. The Blushing Melons already played as support act to bands such as the Oysterband and Hugo Race (Dirt Music, Nick Cave). Wonderful musicians; creative people; verve-full in all respects.



Greenman Rising are an exciting Midlands-based nine piece folk rock band that will defintely get your feet tapping and the rest of the body is guaranteed to follow.


For more info visit


Wed 11

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 his live album and Derrin, guitar, sidekick and drums proceeded to blow me away.” – David Blue, Net Rhythms


Thu 12

I See Hawks In L.A.


“Southern California is a land of strange, dangerous and beautiful contrasts. A mountain lion prowls outside the tract home bedroom of a teenage girl while she talks, oblivious to its existence, on her cell phone. A rattlesnake slithers across an empty shopping mall parking lot on a hot summer night while the employees count up the days profit and turn out the lights. While paparazzi chase the latest talent free celebrity, a talented, literate bunch of soulful musicians create honest and wise roots music for the ages. I See Hawks are indeed one of California’s unique treasures.”
- Dave Alvin


Fri 13

Dire Streets (Dire Straits Tribute)


Dire Streets perfectly capture the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time.

Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon and his band of accomplished musicians, they play with an attention to detail and musicianship that marks them as the stand-out Dire Straits tribute in the UK.


Dire Streets cover tracks from early classics like Sultans of Swing and Wild West End, through to the mega-hits of the 80s and Brothers in Arms, taking in all the classic album and live versions from the legendary Alchemy, Live Aid and Mandela concerts.


Dire Streets make no attempt to look like the original so no headbands or pink suits, just brilliant songs skilfully played with the enthusiasm and respect they deserve.


Sat 14

Circus Insane


plus live music from Mage and Temple Of Lies

The most extreme circus... in the World! Banned from countless countries, TV shows and venues! With the most insane acts, both old and new, from Doc Insane. Circus Insane features a new approach to Circus theatre with a fusion of different genres to create the only, and very explosive Rock Metal Punk Circus performance guaranteed to entertain and amaze even the toughest audiences!


"A certified loon!" - Loaded Magazine


"Mental!" - Metal Hammer Magazine


"There are no illusions! No Fake Blood! Everything you see is very real!" - Little Britain's David Walliams


Sun 15
Abandon Her


Daytime Show (3pm til 7pm)

Abandon Her (Youtube)

All female covers group Abandon Her are back to play the Musician following on from their successful set at last month's Sunday Afternoon Showcase. This is a daytime show (doors open 3pm) and entry is free!




Mon 16
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 17

The Autumn Effect + Spacement Apes + X.O.V.A + Bowen & The Tide

Horus Music presents a night of live indie music at the Musician in Leicester. Making up the line-up are four of the Midlands' most exciting young bands, The Autumn Effect, Spacement Apes, X.O.V.A and Bowen & The Tide.


For more info about Horus Music please visit


Wed 18

Jazz Night

£5adv £6door

feat. Neil C Young Trio, Accidental and Chris Conway

UK jazz guitarist Neil C Young is a gifted guitarist who is establishing his unique talent internationally and in 2011 received a Grammy Award nomination in the improvised jazz solo category. Incorporating aspects of bands led by John Scofield, Keith Jarrett, George Benson and Pat Metheny, his music is 'full of soul and energy' and 'the arrangements are beautiful', writes Eric Elias from the US magazine "Just Jazz Guitar Magazine".


Accidental is a jazz quartet made up of an eclectic mix of Leicester-based musical characters: Dr Joel on keys, Sir Coningsby on bass, Dylan 'Davis' on saxophone and Freda Sharp on vocals. Be whisked away on a journey of jazz from South America to outer space taking in some well known jazz standards with a modern twist. Expect jazz oozing integrity.

For more info about Horus Music please visit


Thu 19
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

£8adv £10door

plus The Ruby Doos

The roots of Cahalen Morrison and Eli West are strong, their branches are shady, and the guitars, banjos, mandolins and harmonies will carry you far off the beaten path to a place under open Western skies.

Cahalen Morrison is a genuine old-time musician, who blends his love of American roots music with the dusty land of his childhood in rural New Mexico. Eli West is a distinctive multi-instrumentalist with bluegrass roots and has found common ground with Cahalen from which many beautiful ideas have grown.

"This is quite extraordinary" - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2


Fri 20

Mick Ridgway's Mojo Hand


Mick Ridgway's Mojo Hand are a Leicester based blues band who have been treading the boards for over a decade. Ridgway himself is the frontman par-excellence - superb vocals and harp playing complimenting a band who are at the peak of their game.

"Mojo Hand ooze an ease and confidence with which they rapidly capture their audience." - Blues In Britain


Sat 21

Bare Bones Boogie Band

£7adv £9door

plus Tony Alles

The Bare Bones Boogie Band is a stripped-down, no nonsense blues band. Their vision is simple - to strip the music back to the bare essentials and build from there.


The bands' roots stem from the heavy, electric blues of the late 60s and early 70s, when bands like Free, Fleetwood Mac and the Stones were inspired by BB King and Robert Johnson, and Janis Joplin was re-inventing Etta James.


Live, they do not hold back nor apologies for their rawness nor their tenderness. They deliver heavy, soulful blues!


"A Janis Joplin fronted Free!" - Lichfield Live


Sun 22 (1pm til 3pm)

Rock Solid Academy Showcase

Rock Solid Academy (RSA) is Leicester’s brand new and best music academy for young people! The RSA pride themselves on offering first class workshops and instrumental lessons from highly trained and experienced industry professionals for the ages of 11–18.


Sun 22 (8pm til close)

Thea Ford


plus April33 and Becky Edwards

April33 (Facebook)

"A stunning singing voice is the first thing to be ticked in the credit column of Thea Ford. The second and third ticks duly arrive by the fact that her songs are catchy and her lyrics are good. A recipe for a great pop album, then. Thea lists Alanis Morissette and Shakira as some of her influences and this shines through as there is an air of both singers about this release. Her debut album is very story driven, filled with passion and genuine sounding emotion, and there’s a real mix of lively pop and beautiful ballads. Thea is one to watch." - Cal Sherlock, The Crack Magazine


Mon 23
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 24

Musician Film Night


Full screening of Monterey Pop followed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Monterey


Come and see a full screening of Monterey Pop followed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Monterey on a big screen, at the first Musician film night. Hosted by Pete Groschl, come take a trip to the cinema Musician style!


Wed 25

Acoustic Sessions


feat. Jinnwoo, James Herring, Theo Miller and Weikie

Horus Music presents a night of live music at the Musician in Leicester. Performing on the night will be four of Leicester's most up and coming singer-songwriters, Jinnwoo, James Herring, Theo Miller and Weikie.


For more info about Horus Music please visit


Thu 26

Richie Milton & Bill Farrow

£8adv £10door

Rhythm'n'blues bandleader Richie Milton and Canning Town bluesman Bill Farrow join forces on this acoustic set of self-penned blues and skiffle numbers, resulting in a highly enjoyable and original album.


On the new record, the two vocalist/guitarists are masterfully accompanied by harmonica virtuoso Alan Glen, inventive stand-up bassist Greg Harewood and well respected percussionist Graham Hollingworth. Humour, pathos, good times and bad times are all covered in this varied set of originals.


Fri 27

Edgar Broughton

£9adv £11door

plus Luke Broughton

Edgar Broughton, singer-songwriter and guitarist was a founder member of the Edgar Broughton Band in the 60's, a formidable live draw propelled by a heavy psychedelic blues sound and Edgar's phenomenal, if untutored, singing.

Edgar is well known as one of the most strident protest singers, but at times one of the most accessible. His involvement with political activism has continued down the years and many of his songs reflect this.


Once described as a proto-punk, his music is firmly rooted in the blues and tinged with echoes of European folk music. His solo performance is an emotive, entertaining tour de force containing both old favourites and new songs from the heart.

"What's wonderful about him performing acoustically is that with the guitar stepping back slightly, it gives one of rock music's most individual and striking voices the room it truly deserves." - Paul Broom - Midlandsrocks


Sat 28

The Mad Bones


plus support


Two sets of the best of the 50's British and US rock 'n' roll plus rockabilly covers and originals from this great new band!




Sun 29

Jazz Morley

£6adv £7door

plus Chris Warner and Julian Morton

Dorset girl Jazz Morley possesses a voice with such natural soulfulness beyond her 23 years of age that it possibly comes as no surprise to learn that her first public performance was the first year infants nativity play!


Fast forward to the present day and we find a rich, warm, emotive voice capable of the tiniest whisper of love to the full vent of a woman scorned.

"With references to Dusty via Duffy, this budding singer is well worth keeping an ear on" - Phil Jackson, BBC Introducing


Mon 30
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 31

Luzon Bleeding Heart


plus Robert Fulton-Hamilton

Luzon Bleeding Heart (Facebook)

Luzon Bleeding Heart are a five piece Indie/Rock/Electronic band from Leicester. Their original music is a unique blend of various genres and influences range from bands such as Beck and Kasabian to electronic bands such as The Klaxons and Daft Punk as well as many others. Support comes from Robert Fulton-Hamilton, lead guitarist of FourPointOh.



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