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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

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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 June



Wed 1

The Wilders
plus The Toy Hearts
"The Wilders careen through string band music, early country and honky tonk. While their sound pre-dates rock'n'roll, The Wilders approach this classic era of American Music with the same fire as some of the best early rockers." - Old Town School of Folk Music. “Their live performances are events that leave people talking until the next time they come to town." - The Billings Outpost. “They're out to bring the house down with their irresistible brand of string band rowdiness.” - The Athens Insider. "Hard-rocking bluegrass that'll have you stumbling home by the time they're through with you...The Wilders live up to their name" -


Thu 2

Tom McConville Trio
plus David Gibb & The Pony Club

“He was my biggest influence. He showed me all the tricks – bowing, decoration, playing drones. Things you have to see and can’t just learn from books.” - Seth Lakeman. "Tom is a great player, and a terrific singer, he also happens to be a number one bloke too. Tom plays as Tom is,  with honesty and passion, and an obvious love for the fiddle and traditional music." - Dave Swarbrick. "I so admire Tom McConville's music. He has given 30 years of dedication and passion to the folk scene and everybody loves him!"  - Vin Garbutt. "When my schoolmates had boy bands on their Walkmans, I was listening to Tom McConville" - Kate Rusby.


Fri 3

plus Black Market and Panda Youth
Move are a four peice collective playing gusty rock and roll from the soul. Comprising of four Leicester lads from different musicial backgrounds, each individual member has contributed influences from different genres including blues, psychedelic and garage rock. Move are a force of genuine musicial strength. Think Slade jamming with The Black Keys while The Coral get the beers in. John Kenna, Leefy Boodle, Lewis Bradford and Guy Jolley are Move


Sat 4
Cheeseweasel Promotions presents…

Forever Living Dead
plus support

Forever Living Dead are a Leicester based 4-piece alternative rock band with big choruses, catchy harmonies and raw edged riffs – ably combining the sounds and image of today's music scene with their own unique brand of heavy rock. Tonight sees the band play their final show and they aim to go out with a bang, don’t miss this last chance to see them!

for tickets and more info visit


Sun 5
Jackie Leven
£7adv £8door
plus Dan Britton

A firm Musician favourite, Jackie is a truly unique artist, whose vocal prowess and ability to tackle huge subjects, whilst crafting songs of exquisite, soulful Celtic mysticism, is comparable to only Van Morrison. However unlike Van, Jackie has a wicked sense of humour and his anecdotes are legendary. Not only that, he is an amazing percussive guitar player to boot.


Mon 6
The City Acoustic Club
Monthly acoustic night.


Tue 7
Stevie Jones presents...
Jay Leighton
plus Markus Reeves, Jezz Hall, The Willows
Jay Leighton began his music career in 2008 with a major label deal for his band Buffalo 77. The trio, fronted by Jay, quickly gained momentum and signed to Island Records, only to part ways with the label and split as a band before their debut album could be released. Disillusioned with the music industry and all it had to offer, Jay considered quitting music altogether, but soon found himself back in the studio recording solo mini-album ‘Polaroids & Stills’. Following festivals and live shows all over the world, including a European tour with Lou Rhodes, Jay is set to release his full-length debut in spring 2011.


Wed 8
Martyn Joseph (full band)
Few singer songwriters have the hammer blow “once seen, never forgotten” effect of this colossally talented and charismatic Welshman – one of acoustic music’s brightest stars. Shades of Springsteen, Knopfler and Dave Matthews there may be - but Joseph is a performer like no other. A mean guitar player with a powerful voice, his songs range from rock to blues, jazz and even, according to one critic, “funk folk”!


Thu 9
Debbie Jones has a rich, soulful and very expressive voice, well suited to the material. The authentic soloing of Justin Randall shows a mastery of the various New Orleans piano styles.” - Bob Weir, Jazz Journal. “The striking voice of Debbie Jones dominates, but special mention must be made of Justin Randall’s boogie tour de force on the fast rocking Breaking Up The House.” - Chris Yates, Jazz Rag.


Fri 10

David Wyatt

plus Natalie Squance



Sat 11
The Paradimes 

plus By The Rivers
The Paradimes formed in 2011 by members of ska band El pussycat, The Specials and former members of Reggae band Stiff Naked Fools. The band play all original songs, with skanking one drop rhythms, Gospel vocal harmonies and killer brass lines Studio One style from their new album due out in 2011. Heavily influenced by old skool legends, Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley and Prince Buster.


Sun 12

Cheeseweasel Promotions presents...
Morre (acoustic)

£4adv / £5door

plus support

“Young Canadian 3-piece Morre are a sly and sleazy rock and roll band. There’s a maturity to their impressively varied song arrangements which gives plenty of depth to their considered guitar-rock. Professing their “world sound” to be a combination of “Paint It Black” and “Kashmir”, there are indeed elements of rock history as they begin to forge their own sound. They already have a lot going from them: excellent harmonies above striking rhythms, nifty riffs over acoustic and electric textures, and a confident and clear sound.” – Classic Rock Society.

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Mon 13

Gateway College presents...


Tue 14
Katy Moffatt
plus support
“It is not just the voice, it is also the quality of the songwriting. When you add all this to a masterful microphone technique and accomplished guitar playing, it seems almost unbelievable that Katy Moffatt's talents have never been recognized by a major record label.” -Country Music Round-Up. “If ever there was the perfect singer/songwriter, it is Katy Moffatt.” - Daily Express.


Wed  15
Ben Prestage
£8adv £10
plus support

Born the grandson of a Mississippi sharecropper, Ben Prestage has been soaked in Blues tradition. Growing up in the swamps of south central Florida, Prestage began to mix Mississippi Country Blues with his own brand of Florida Swamp Blues. He is a recipient of the Most Unique Performer award at The Songwriters Showcase of America. If you think this is going to be an evening of subdued acoustic blues, think again! Ben Prestage is a revelation, playing bass, guitar and drums simultaneously.


Thu  16
Jon Allen
plus Josh Bray

Fri 17
Lay-z Boi Music presents…
The Kinells
plus support



Sat 18
Cheeseweasel Promotions & Forty Tenth Promotions presents…
Nik Turner's Space Ritual
plus Roz Bruce

Founder members of Hawkwind Mick Slattery and Nik Turner relive the dawn of psychedelia! Nik Turner has brought together a band of former Hawkwind members playing classic '70s Hawkwind music, as well as their own highly appropriate material. Featuring a full light show, their music can best be described as modern space rock with a healthy dose of science-fiction, fantasy, spirituality and jazz, using multimedia sound, light and visual imagery to create extremely wild, whacky and mind blowing experiences! Each performance is truly a happening!

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Sun 19

Venue available contact Darren on 07970 529 760 to book



Mon 20

Mr Plow
with Rhett Barrow, Nancy Dawkins & Markus Reeves.
A free gig to celebrate this summer's releases by Leicester's own boutique record label PinkBox Records. Headling things up will be Americana's black sheep, the Mr Plow band, knocking seven bells out of tunes from their spanking new album 'Joyful In Song Are We'.We also have on the bill acoustic troubadours , Mr. Rhett Barrow Ms. Nancy Dawkins and Mr. Markus Reeves. All three have their own releases ready to roll on limited edition 7" PinkBox vinyl. It's a party - there'll be balloons, cake and giveaways - all courtesy of PinkBox Records.


Tue 21
Leicester Rocks


Wed 22

Pokey LaFarge & The South City 3
£10adv £12door
plus Rory Ellis

Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three are now firmly established as one of the most hugely-entertaining acts on the circuit and the great quotes keep flowing in from reviewers who get it. Writing in Maverick magazine, Jeremy Searle said: "There are a lot of bands heading down the lively old-timey musical route right now but LaFarge and his men raise themselves to the first rank by virtue of their winning combination of joie de vivre, chops, humour, irresistible danceability and sheer fun". Americana UK urged readers: “Book your seats now” and Acoustic magazine said they played “no-holds-barred, honest-to-goodness sheet-kicking music of the highest order.”


Thu 23
Scott Matthews


plus Martha Bean
Scott Matthews released his debut album “Passing Stranger” on the San Remo label, through Island Records to widespread acclaim in Oct 2006. His three singles to date “Elusive”, ”Dream Song” and “Passing Stranger” have been playlisted on Radio 1, Radio 2 and XFM. His celebrated performance on Later With Jools Holland, had Damon Albarn and Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol among countless others, singing his praises. In 2007 Scott won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, with his debut single “Elusive”and in 2008 he supported Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on their “Raising Sand” European tour.


Fri 24

Larry Miller Band
plus The Cliff Brown Band
Having played alongside the likes of Thunder, Ian Gillan, Climax Blues Band, Peter Green and Walter Trout Larry Miller is fast becoming the UK's top Blues Guitarist. “Fantastic, world class guitarist” - Bluesrockers, USA. “Highly impressive - A total victory” - Kerrang. “His guitar playing is simply mesmerising” - Bluesmatters UK. “The best 'in-yer-face' rock band around` The Guardian.“A natural successor to Rory Gallagher and Alvin Lee” - International Encyclopaedia Of Rock. “A blues rock power house.” - The Guardian. “Entertainment with a capital E.” - Blues In Britain.


Sat 25

Simon ‘Honeyboy’ Hickling
A world-class musician, Simon ‘Honeyboy’ Hickling is a blues harmonica ace with a hard earned and well-deserved international reputation. His subtle and fabulously expressive playing is grounded firmly in the ‘50s and ‘60s heyday of the Chicago and Gulf Coast styles of playing. With a tremendously experienced band backing him, Simon never fails to deliver anything less than a first-rate evenings entertainment and never lets good taste and soulfulness stifle a rockin’ night out.


Sun 26
Dead Rock West
£6 door
plus support
With a name like Dead Rock West, you'd be correct in assuming there are occasional country and folk influences, but really that's just touching on the bands capabilities. Dashes of garage, power pop jangle, and rock n' roll populate the set list, played with passion to match the songcraft. The secret weapon here? It's the vocal harmonies. Don't misunderstand. This is one tight band, all around. But Wasserman and Drennen's voices are a seamless blend that add melody to already impressive hooks. Icing on an already pretty tasty cake.


Mon 27
Open mic for bands. Amps and instruments provided.


Tue 28
Matt Andersen
£7 plus DJ's Blues Bar and Mat Woosey
An enigmatic personality and larger than life showman, Canadian Matt Andersen has been earning fervent reaction from audiences across the globe these last few years. Matt's sprawling blues, roots, rock hybrid with his soulful voice and dynamic guitar style has sparked a phenomenal buzz back home in Canada. Matt has also toured the U.S. and Europe with America, Randy Bachman, Bo Diddley, Little Feat and a host of others.


Wed 29

Kacey Cubero
£6adv £7door
plus support

Kacey Cubero plays a unique brand of Americana, incorporating elements of roots, rock, and country, all with a soulful edginess. That edginess and the originality she brings to her music were evident early on. An only child, her guitar was her best friend and music her refuge. Growing up in a home where music was omnipresent, the Washington, DC-native’s musical baptism was as eclectic and authentic as the music she writes.

Thu 30

Outsider Promotions presents…
Turin Brakes
plus Falling Leaves

“At our core we are a music making / song writing duo more than a little obsessed with guitars, however we like to play with other people and our band: Rob, Ed and L’il Phil have been in the frame for a long time. We have a crazy lovely fan base who keep us in business and we feel like our best is just ahead of us. They will have to kill us to stop us.”



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