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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.

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  Coming to The Musician in June
Mon 1
Tue 2
Po' Girl
plus Sarah MacDougall

“Vancouver female quartet Po' Girl are a smart, sassy trip through hillbilly blues, roadhouse gospel and back-porch field hollers” - Morning Call.  “A veritable force of nature with a sound that alludes to country, blues, jazz, gospel and folk without falling squarely in any one of those categories” - Evanston Review. “Folk-festival sensations, thrilling audiences with their homespun musicianship and back-porch harmonies.” - Inside Entertainment. “Po' Girl has the same womanly (not girlish, mind you) croon of the 1920s and '30s blues mamas - yet their music isn't of another era.” - No Depression.

Wed 3

Steve Tilston
plus Andy Whittle

Although he's never been as successful or received the same acclamation as erstwhile ‘70s stablemates on the legendary Transatlantic record label, Bert Jansch and Ralph McTell, Steve Tilston is a master craftsman who has built up a devoted following. Tilston is a composer and storyteller par excellence and a complete guitarist, whose decorative and technically superior fretboard and finger-picking work makes him as impressive solo as with accompaniment. Musically he offers a subtle kaleidoscope of styles and colourings, from traditional folk to cool jazz, from samba to singalong.

Thu 4

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.

Fri 5
Original Band Showcase Heat 6
£4adv £5door 

Sat 6
Forgotten Sun
plus Hit or Miss and TDH

"A band to watch in 2009" - Kerrang Radio. "This band is awesome - the music rocks your soul. I look forward to playing more of their stuff on my radio show when they get signed." - BBC Leicester. "Forgotten Sun have a great sound for radio, commercial enough to sell records but unique enough to bag their own slice of the market! Breathtaking live – Leicester. Sound. "Rocking up there with the best" - Rock World.

Sun 7
King Creosote
plus Pictish Trail and Player Piano

In 1995 Kenny Anderson, then lead singer/songwriter for Scottish bands Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra and Khartoum Heroes, launched his own solo project King Creosote. KC set out to make home recorded music in as stress-free an environment as possible. Having supported James Yorkston and other Domino label acts for much of 2004, KC has just completed his first headline shows in England. KC is also a part-time player with Magnetophone, U.N.P.O.C. and Adem.

Mon 8

Tue 9

Remember the last time a song really reached you? Straight in, deep inside, talking directly to you, about what you feel - just as if this song was written especially for you, about you? Well this is what the music of Ezio is about, deep, honest, emotional songs that hit a raw nerve. Featuring lead guitarists, Ezio Lunedei and Mark "Booga" Fowell, Ezio serve up breathtaking live performances, which you will have you addicted after the very first song.

Wed 10
The Heartland Roots Band

Take a lively trip through local culture and folklore with Leicester's own Heartland Roots Band. Their own distinctive brand of contemporary folk fuses roots influences from both sides of the Atlantic. Expect fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dobro, whistle as well as guitar bass, drums and soaring harmonies.

Thu 11
tbc - check back soon for details
Fri 12
Xander Promotions presents...
Dumpys Rusty Nuts


Dumpy's Rusty Nuts first appeared on the London Rock scene in 1981.  After a short time they released their first single ‘Just for Kicks’ which was soon followed by their second, the now legendary bikers anthem ‘Boxhill or Bust’.They toured around the UK playing rock clubs including the now defunct London Marquee Club, which saw them hold the all time record for appearances at this legendary venue. Since 1981 DRN have played the Reading Rock Festival (twice), appeared on national television and radio and supported and toured with many major rock bands such as Motorhead, Hawkwind and Status Quo.

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Sat 13
Peacock and Pirates Burlesque Ball
Starring Chrys Columbine, Emerald Ace and Harlequin

Our star is Chrys Columbine, she has modeled for Dita Von Teese! Chrys does a mesmerizing fan dance. We also have the lovely Emerald Ace with her sea monster and hilarious rubber duck routine. On the bill too is the delicate Harlequin with her classic strip tease. Music is provided by The Gadjos (gypsy jazz) and The Boners (rockabilly). Dress code: rockabilly! pirate costumes! monsters from the deep! glamour puss! After the huge success of our last extravaganza we have will be having more seats but less tickets so be sure to book early for what is likely to be a sold out event.

Sun 14
plus support
Mon 15
Tue 16
Rachel Harrington
plus Mr Plow

"It's a thrill to discover a new performer who really does have a new slant." - Whisperin and Hollerin. "Attractive... ballsy... pure unadorned beauty and gritty confidence." - NetRhythms. "Hypnotic... spellbinding... utterly persuasive." - Rambles. "The singer-songwriter who is captivating the hearts of Britain and Europe ... an ancient resonance combined with a modern feel." - Country Music People. "Beguiling!" – Mojo. "Enthralling stories... adorned in old-timey acoustic arrangements." - Maverick.

Wed 17
Kristyna Myles
plus support

“I was 'discovered' busking on Manchester's Market Street by the MEN newspaper, entered BBC 5 Live 'Busk Idol' competition and won with my guitarist Ben Williams. Since then I've had some awesome opportunities - singing my song entitled My Lord on BBC1's Songs of Praise show, recording at Abbey Road Studios, performing across Europe with Chris de Burgh and supporting Mick Hucknall on his tour. Currently I'm recording my latest songs to put on my debut to be released in the near future.” 

Thu 18
Steve Gibbons (solo)
plus Tony Alles

If you appreciate really hard, loud rock and roll Steve Gibbons is still your man. A guy who's kept his faith through thick and thin. Having reached his commercial peak in '78 when Tulane reached the Top 10, Steve is still rockin' as hard today. It's hard to define his approach, it's not country, nor blues, nor soul. He builds things consistently throughout his set, reaching high points that are all the more effective and satisfying for that. Virtually every other band on the planet could learn a lesson from his approach. His group specialises in slow burn rather flash fire and can put a pitbull sized bite onto a groove like say, Little Feat, The Meters or going back even further, The Coasters.

Fri 19
The Modfathers (Paul Weller tribute)

If you love Paul Weller you will love The Modfathers. From the excitement of The Jam to the soul of The Style Council to the mature sounds of Paul’s solo career, it's all here. Having performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe The Modfathers make you feel that you’re at the ultimate Paul Weller concert, where the hits just keep coming one after the other.

Sat 20
Original Band Showcase: Semi-Final 1
£4adv £5door

Sun 21
Mon 22
Tue 23
Wed 24
Lucy Wainright Roche
£7adv £8door
plus David Wyatt

Roche is the daughter of Suzzy Roche and Loudon Wainwright. Her maternal aunts are Maggie and Terre Roche, with whom Suzzy Roche formed the group The Roches. Her paternal half-siblings are the singer-songwriters, Martha Wainwright and Rufus Wainwright. Lucy was a teacher in NYC for several years but went into music full-time in 2007, touring with her father Loudon Wainwright III, her half-brother Rufus Wainwright and many other musical acts. Also in 2007, Roche released an EP titled 8 Songs. In 2008 she released a follow-up EP called 8 More which featured a duet with actress Martha Plimpton.

Thu 25
plus support

Fri 26

Cheeseweasel presents...
Tracie Hunter Band
and De Sade

Tracie Hunter

Comparisons don't come easy when describing Tracie Hunter as she and the band produce such gutsy rock music with a sound that has great style and groove. The daughter of Mott the Hoople legend Ian, Tracie's vocals are unmistakable with character and passion dripping from every note, bringing to life the emotional lyrical content at the heart of every song."If you've ever turned off the radio wishing for something with more character and backbone, then you'll definitely want to discover the Tracie Hunter Band" - TMFH Magazine.

De Sade
Despite the mainstream success of numerous AC/DC sound-alike's 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." - The 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.

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Sat 27
Original Band Showcase: Semi-Final 2
£4adv £5door


Sun 28

Private Party

Mon 29


Tue 30

Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff)
£8adv £10door

Long before "Britpop", British indie music had a golden era that saw the likes of Pop Will Eat Itself, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, EMF, Jesus Jones and of course, perhaps the biggest band of the era - The Wonder Stuff. With a sound that mixed post-punk guitars, pshycedelia, pop-rock and folk they were the perfect alternative band in a time of Stock Aitken and Waterman. Armed with killer, catchy tunes and sneering lyrics The Stuffies were to go from indie darlings to headlining the Reading festival and enjoying hit success with "Welcome To The Cheap Seats", "Size Of A Cow" and their number one collaboration with Vic Reeves, "Dizzy".



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