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Coming to The Musician in June



Mon 1
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


Feature artist: Grace & The Magic Roots


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


Tue 2

Uli Jon Roth

£15adv £17otd

plus The Ali Clinton Band
Lead-guitarist and one of the main songwriters for German No. 1 rock band Scorpions, Uli Jon Roth is a true multi-instrumentalist who writes his own musical scores and arrangements. He is also a music director, paints realistic oil paintings, writes his own poetry as well as philosophical treaties.

Uli invented his own unique instrument - the by now legendary six-octave Sky guitar which is without peer. He produces his own albums and directs his own videos. Artistically he has been an inspiration to many of his fellow artists as well as his audience and continues to be so. He has been cited by countless guitarists from all over the world as one of their main influences.


Widely recognized as perhaps the single most important protagonist of neo-classical guitar playing, Uli is seen by many as a trend-setter who has often been considerably ahead of his time.


Wed 3

Kim Richey


plus Steve Folk

An overdue return to Leicester for one of the finest singer-songwriters out there. As well as having songs covered by performers like Trisha Yearwood and Patty Loveless Kim Richey has released eight "uniformly excellent" (Boston Globe) albums of "beautiful melodies and lyrical accuracy" (Allmusic). An evening with Kim Richey is one that cuts to the heart of the matter. It may not change your life, but it will certainly make it better.

Support Steve Folk lives on a narrowboat and spends much of his time travelling up and down the canals gigging on the way. He's supported everyone from Seth Lakeman to The Magic Numbers and his beautiful songs have captivated audiences across the UK and Europe.


Thu 4

Aynsley Lister (solo/duo show)

£8adv £10otd

plus David Bristow

Regarded as one of the UK’s finest proponents of rocking blues, this is a rare chance to see Aynsley Lister up close and personal in a stripped down, intimate setting. Don’t be fooled into thinking solo means ‘limited and plodding’; his solo performances are the perfect platform to witness his amazing ability to sync rhythmical chords, bass lines and stinging lead guitar whilst singing and accompanying it all with his custom-built stomp box!

After live sessions for BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris and Paul Jones and performances alongside the likes of Buddy Guy, John Mayall and Robert Cray, Aynsley became the only British artist to be featured in Classic Rock’s Top 10 Contemporary Blues Rock Artists.

Expect an evening of finely crafted songs performed with a passion and conviction that will have you hooked from the very first chord.

"Superb" - The Times

"His guitar playing is a fire hazard" – MOJO


Fri 5

The Drugstore Cowboys

£6adv £8otd

plus John Lewis

Leicester’s rockabilly pioneers The Drugstore cowboys were formed in 1997 and the years since have seen the
band taking their brand of smokin' country roadhouse rockabilly to many a spit and sawdust pub, venue and festival all over the UK and Europe.


Nick Whitfield (guitar), Tom Bull (upright bass) and Damon Clarridge (drums) have just released the long awaited third Cowboys album 'All Tooled Up' on Smokin' Records. Expect the unexpected and a high energy show from these rowdy roots rockers!


Support John Lewis is a renowned and respected artist in the world of rockin' roots music. John will be performing songs from his new solo album release ‘The Other Side’ as well as songs from his other successful band projects such as the Rimshots and Johnny Bach. A charismatic, authentic experience.


"(John Lewis is) an electrifying performer combining dazzling guitar with a glorious life-soaked voice which brings heart and depth to both classics and his own impressive songs" - Meltdown


Sat 6


£6adv £8otd
In 1999 the group began as a covers band playing a varied repertoire of current and classic anthems. The set included several Stereophonics tracks and it soon became apparent that Shane had the same vocal range and a similar voice to Kelly Jones. So in the summer of 2000 they decided to venture into the world of tribute bands and Replicaphonics were born!

They mastered the large catalogue of Stereophonics songs and began to perform live on a regular basis, even playing a fantastic gig at the Working Man's Club in Cwmaman, Wales; where the Stereophonics played their first ever live show, due to it being Kelly, Richard and Stuart's home town! They had the great pleasure of being joined onstage by Stuart Cable Stereophonics former drummer - which was a personal highlight for the band. They received many compliments that evening regarding the performance, even being told that Shane sounds like Kelly by Mrs Jones herself!  They continued to perform over the years and became renowned for providing great entertainment that could not be rivalled unless you had an audience with the band themselves.


Sun 7

Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss + Bob Derwood Andrews (Generation X)

£10adv £12otd

Tonight sees a special double headlining bill with Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss + UK legend Derwood Andrews. Despite their impeccable punk rock credentials - (Xander played with Joe Strummer, The Circle Jerks & The Weirdos, Sean with Throw Rag and Derwood with Generation X) the vibe is roots music baked in the Californian desert where they all live-They're part of same desert scene that spawned Josh Homme, QoTSA, Mark Langegan, Desert Session, Eagles of Death Metal etc.


These shows will be the first time that Derwood has played in the UK & Ireland for 20 years and the welcome return for Sean & Zander following their European tour with their pal Mark Lanegan earlier in the year. Sean & Zander play as a duo and Derwood will play solo.


Sean & Zander play a hybrid of folk, country, pop, ragtime, bluegrass and gospel that includes all the frenzied energy and spirit of the duo’s aforementioned bands, but is executed with a soulful dash of Americana charm not often heard west of the Mississippi.


Derwood Andrews is the original teenage hotshot guitarist who played in Generation X (1977-79) and on their first two classic albums. Derwood has since turned his back on the mainstream music industry and moved out to the Californian Desert to play acoustic-electro country blues inspired by the desert environment.



Mon 8



Tue 9



Wed 10

My Baby


plus OCR

This incredible band are a danceable live act brimming with voodoo blues, trance and funk. Since their discovery in 2012 by funk legend Larry Graham of "Sly and the family Stone" fame and they have toured in over 16 countries worldwide, bringing their delta trance show to great approval of their fast growing fan base. Based in The Netherlands, the band comprises of New Zealander Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnston and Dutch siblings Joost van Dyck and Cato van Dyck on guitar, drums and vocals.


Thu 11

Neon Hearts

£5adv £7otd (includes free EP)
Neon Hearts first got together in 1977 at the height of punk. A bunch of snarling teenagers from Wolverhampton, they were inspired by the raw energy and excitement of the time.

There were record deals, an album, 3 singles, tours, a John Peel session, TV appearances, iffy attempts to commercialise them, and the usual band antics. The original line-up called it a day 35 years ago, only bass player Paul Raven made a career in the industry, going on to Killing Joke and Ministry among others before tragically passing away in 2007.

The reformed Neon Hearts are back with a CD of new songs and a great live show.  The reunion came about from the opportunity to tour Japan in April 2014. Neon Hearts are original members Tone Dial (Vocals), Keith Allen (Drums) and Martin Ratcliffe (Guitar) with Ed Bol (Bass) bringing a style reminiscent of Raven but with his own edge.


The live set comprises a healthy mix of the old songs and some cracking new tunes. Check them out, it’s like Deja Vu.


Fri 12


£5adv £7otd

plus Fossa and Lacura


Sat 13
Slade UK

£8adv £10otd

Since arriving on the tribute scene as "Slyde Alive", Slade UK have left fans open mouthed with the accuracy of their show. Once thought impossible, Slade UK recreate the experience of a real Slade show with all the power of the original band. Once seen, never forgotten. Relive a time when Noddy and the lads were the best live rock & roll band in the world.


Highlights so far - being chosen to open for the legendary Roy Wood of Wizzard on his 2013 Christmas tour, appearing on the main stage of Tribfest 2014, meeting Don Powell and finding out Mr Noddy Holder himself approves.


Sun 14


feat. Letitia George of The Voice UK, 2015

£5adv £6otd

Afternoon Show (1pm - 4:30pm)

Established original Leicester band 7Storeysoul are now fronted by top singer Letitia George, as seen on The Voice UK 2015. After receiving three turns from the judges in the blind audition with her soulful rendition of Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me', Letitia made it through to the knockout stages. Come and see Letitia perform with one of the Midland's most innovative funk/soul bands. Expect an imaginative mix of classic funk/soul along with a healthy dose of funky original tunes penned by 7Storeysoul founder member Mark Poole.



Mon 15



Tue 16



Please note that tonight's My Grey Horse show has been postponed and will now be rescheduled for later in the year.


Wed 17

Michael Chapman & Bridget St John

£10adv £12otd

No support

A fabulous double bill of folk from two of the most acclaimed acts to emerge from the golden age of UK acoustic music. Bridget St John recorded three delightfully husky-voiced albums for John Peel’s Dandelion label between 1969-1972 before signing for cult label Chrysalis. She then - like her much less famous contemporary Vashti Bunyan - temporarily retired from the public stage before re-emerging for a 1999 tribute-concert to Nick Drake (a friend, as were John Martyn and Kevin Ayers) in her adopted home city of New York. Michael Chapman, another John Peel favourite who recorded four albums for the legendary prog-folk label Harvest, is widely recognised as one of the most distinctive guitarists we have. Michael plays first, followed by Bridget, and they will share the stage for the final half hour or so.


Thu 18

Kelly Oliver + Tobias ben Jacob & Lukas Drinkwater (3 Daft Monkeys)

£8adv £10otd

Kelly has enjoyed a whirlwind since May 2013 when she decided to put her all into becoming a self penned singer songwriter. Having originally been inspired by the folk tradition, she returned from travelling determined to give her own material a chance to be heard and put all her energy into realising her dream of becoming a professional musician. Her first single from her album which features the vocals of Luke Jackson was played on BBC Radio Two’s Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris Sunday show


Kelly has been invited to session for Whispering Bob Harris for his ‘Under The Apple Tree’ show twice and to record at Jon Earl’s famed Songs from the Shed.


“Delightful fresh new talent with a future take on traditional folk” - Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music


Being chosen for Folk Radio UK’s ‘Song of the Day’ just ahead of release on March 22nd confirmed the universal appeal of this new dynamic duo. And being played on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music Show was another boost, having been selected as one of the nine tracks out of almost 300 from the music critics on Fresh on the Net new music platform in February. Toting guitar and double bass with, according to R2 magazine 'Inventive and thrilling' song writing and sparring delivery, and gorgeous harmonies, Tobias ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater are a force to be reckoned with.


Fri 19

In support of the Maria Hanson Foundation (Me & Dee)

Hell's Addiction


plus THEIA and Hammer Of The Gods (Led Zeppelin tribute)

Hell's Addiction deliver classic no-bullshit rock 'n' roll in a style that draws comparison with the likes of AC/DC, Guns N' Roses and Mötley Crüe.


Expect powerful live perfomances, gritty vocals, screaming Marshall stacks, thundering bass and powerhouse drumming.


Crowd-pleasers like 'Let The Good Times Roll', 'Feels like Rock 'n Roll' and the debut single 'Alcohol' will leave you under no illusion as to where the band's passions lie.


"Hell's Addiction have packed a rock n roll punch so forceful that it will leave you wondering which decade you’re in." - Home Grown Rock


Sat 20

Casino Empire


plus Cold Ocean Lies and Ibisco

One of Leicester’s newest and upcoming bands, Casino Empire have hit the local music scene hard. Local promoters have quickly recognised the bands potential, placing them into some great support slots for the likes of Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Struts, The Sherlocks, Ocean Colour Scene's Steve Cradock, The Turning and Trampolene amonst many others.

Described by Leicester’s ArtsIn Magazine as 'Arctic Monkeys meets Oasis meets Kasabian', Casino Empire incorporate musical influences from a vast range of bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Stone Roses.

Also likened to current artists such as Miles Kane and the Arctic Monkeys, the likes of Casino Empire and in particular, frontman Tommy Cobley’s stage delivery and presence, have not been seen gigging on the Leicester scene since the height of the post punk era.


Sun 21

Electric Cake Salad


plus Multimorph

Electric Cake Salad are an alternative/electro/rock band from the Midlands. The trio is comprised of Steve Gianolio-Jones (guitar, vocals, programming), Rob Leaver (bass) and Mick Morrell (guitar, backing vocals). The band are signed to Flicknife Records.


Electric Cake Salad burst onto the Midlands scene back in 2005 with a distorted mix of crunching guitars, pulsing drum loops and midi samples. They effortlessly traverse a multitude of different genres, fusing together 80s and 90s rock and old-school rave and electro. Even styles as diverse as dance, drum and bass, electronica, dubstep and hip-hop are not beyond their fingertips; they have meddled with them all, taking them apart and stitching them back together in their own unique way.


“A truly unique direction, that mix elements of rock with electronica for a refreshingly original and exciting sound.” - Surface Unsigned


Mon 22
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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



Tue 23



Please note that the Desperate Journalist gig originally scheduled for this date is no longer taking place. Refunds are available from all points of purchase.


Wed 24

The Chickenhead Lounge


feat. OCR, Magic Car and The Hardy Band

Opening our Summer show are local act The Hardy Band, new to the scene but already making a name on the Americana circuit with their country, folk and bluegrass inspired songs. It's a first time in the lounge for this 5 piece outfit but we have a feeling it won’t be the last.

Next up we have Magic Car, now playing as a 3-piece and serving up plates full of original Americana. Based just up the M1 in Nottingham, these guys are signed to ‘Tiny Dog Records’. Both the band's albums have been well received with Radio 2's Bob Harris giving them high praise and air play.

Rounding off the night are your hosts OCR. It's a set full of the sounds and grooves from those north hills of Mississippi. It's blues that never went to Chicago...


Thu 25
Emily Portman Trio

£8adv £10otd

plus The Native

Emily is the 2013 holder of the BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Original Song; an accolade which reflects her power to conjure darkly surreal netherworlds where folklore and myth collide with urban landscapes.


With her debut fairytale-inspired album ‘The Glamoury’ also gaining her critical acclaim and two BBC Folk Award nominations, Emily is fast becoming a luminary of the UK folk scene, sharing stages with folk legends including Martin Simpson and Waterson:Carthy. Not only has Emily’s music propelled her onto the front cover of FRoots, she has received widespread international radio-play, reached mojo’s top ten album lists and tours extensively.


"One of the new British folk scene's most beguiling presences" - Uncut


Fri 26

The Modfathers

£8adv £10otd

Introducing the Modfathers, the UK's favourite and most authentic Paul Weller Tribute...


Relive the Jam years, the mellow tones of the Style Council and the classic hits of Weller's solo career. The Modfathers make you feel you are at the ultimate Paul Weller concert, where the classic hits just keep coming one after the other.


The Modfathers have performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe, leaving audiences amazed at the uncanny resemblance in vocals, appearance, and movement that Tony Brown has to the Modfather himself. If you love Paul Weller, don't miss the Modfathers - from the aggression of the Jam to the soul of the Style Council with the mature sounds of Paul Weller's solo material - it's all here!


Sat 27


£8adv £10otd

plus Guano

Brilleaux are a high-energy, hard driving, British-style rhythm and blues band from New Zealand in the style of bands such as Dr Feelgood, Wilko Johnson, and Nine Below Zero, and in a similar vein to earlier exponents of the genre such as The Yardbirds, Early Rolling Stones, and Johnny Kid and the Pirates.

A typical set by Brilleaux consists of a mixture of British R&B Classics and exciting original material that these masters of Rhythm and Blues have been performing at festivals around the country since 1999.

It is unique, refreshing and extremely lively. If you are looking for slow, cruisey, renditions of old blues classics then you have got the wrong band! These guys go from 0-100 mph in the first set!

Ladies and gentlemen, stack the chairs, and clear the dancefloor - welcome to the Brilleaux show - maximum R&B.



Sun 28



Please note that tonight's Plumhall gig has been cancelled. Ticket refunds are available from all points of purchase.



Mon 29



Tue 30

Elder + Mos Generator

£8adv £10ptd

plus Colossloth

Elder is the definition of a work in progress, as the group continues to meld the familiar sounds of Sleep‘s colossal riffage with their ever-evolving vision of soaring melodies and sonic soundscapes. Listeners will find themselves locked into the trio’s lengthy epics, which toe the line between the chasms of classic stoner metal and mind blowing psychedelic.

"If there's such a thing as fusing some soul into a doom palette, Mos Generator have achieved that. Seldom will you hear an unambiguous merge between the two outside of Black Sabbath's 'Sabotage'" - Blabbermouth



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