Coming to The Musician in May
Thu 1
Steve Tilston
£7adv £8door

plus support
Celebrated singer-songwriter Steve Tilston is winning as much praise for his superb guitar playing as his songwriting and vocal style. Born in Liverpool, Steve has been ploughing his own artistic furrow since the early ‘70s. As a guitarist he has toured with Ballet Rambert, Ship of Fools, John Renbourn and more recently WAZ! As a songwriter his best known songs include The Slip, Jigs & Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here's To Tom Paine and have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane, The House Band and Bob Fox. "...that very rare combination of singer, songwriter and guitarist who actually excels in all departments..." - Folk Roots.
Fri 2
The Groove Doctors
Sat 3

Rock Star

plus Sunday Club

Initially formed in 2004 as a songwriting partnership by Tony Nicholl, Daz Yates , both members of prolific '80s rock band 'Shape Of Rage', Rockstar are an awesome, five piece, tribute to ten years of the best stadium rock. A firm favourite on the UK Classic Rock circuit Rockstar's set list includes classics by W.A.S.P, Kiss, Bon Jovi, Tyketto , Ratt, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns 'n' Roses, Motley Crüe, Thunder, Iron Maiden and Metallica. Lets Rock!

Sun 4

Cultures of Resistance presents...
£4adv £5door
plus Ictus and DJ set
Fresh from the International Ska Festival and various European tours, The Splitters sound draws on the rhythms of original Jamaican ska and reggae with a contemporary British feel. "...Brilliant ska with a modern feel." - Full Frontal Webzine. With a loyal fanbase and European tour with Specials singer Neville Staples under their belt, Ictus have taken their high-energy punk rock to hundreds of venues and festivals, including supporting Bad Manners. "An electrifying, powerful and dynamic live performance." - Give Back Project, NIA. Cultures of Resistance events are fundraisers for the SWP that celebrate cultural movements that have challenged prejudice and discrimination in all its forms.

Mon 5
Tue 6
Eric Andersen

plus Ken Wilson
Tom Paxton discovered Eric Andersen in 1963, performing in North Beach and invited him to New York City. In 1964, Eric was introduced to the Greenwich Village songwriting circle of Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan. Since then he has recorded twenty one albums and frequently toured North America, Europe and Japan. His songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, Peter Paul and Mary, Rick Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, and Francoise Hardy.
Wed 7
Chatham County Line

plus Heartland Roots Band
Based in Raleigh, N.C., Chatham County Line have toured America solidly since 2003, bringing home tales of wild, serendipitous adventures, such as their "guerilla bluegrass" escapades in Times Square and Grand Central Station. During a cross-country trip in July 2004, the band joined Arlo Guthrie at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Oklahoma, and then picked up the best new bluegrass band award at the RockyGrass bluegrass competition in Lyons, Colorado.
Thu 8
Gypsy Reel
£6adv £8door

plus Kevin Buxton
Gypsy Reel play high energy music rooted in the Celtic tradition, but garnered from the whole world. Their sound is an exciting synthesis of world rhythms and influences from three continents. Their tours of the States, Canada and the UK have gained them rave reviews - "Ended the set in a frenzy", "Gypsy Reel rocks stage", "Fine sparky playing, bags of originality". The line-up includes hot banjoist Claudine Langille, fiddle player extraordinaire Graham Parker, Jon Scaife, described as a genius on guitar and Camille Parker who has captivated the globe with her singing in both Spanish and English.
Fri 9
Magic Teapot presents...
Johnny Dowd

plus Lost Harbour and Hayward Williams
There’s intense and there’s Johnny Dowd. An anomaly right from the start, the then 49-year old moving company owner, released his first album in 1997. He’s Nick Cave with a hangover. Hank’s lonesome whistle spat through Waits’s grinder, with Beefheart on the side, coming on like a flu-ridden Texan undertaker singing broken folk laments for a dead dog he never cared much for anyway. His twisted tales of murder, obsessive dedication and other sinful behavior can be truly disturbing.
Sat 10
The Brew & Roadhouse
“The Brew really turned it on for The Great British R&B Festival at Colne and had the audience eating out of their hands. The awesome sound of Hendrix from these youngsters is to be taken seriously. You will be shaken and stirred by their original material” - Alan Pearce, Blues Matters. “The Brew deliver an electrifying Jimmy Page-style performance. The power of this trio has to be seen to be believed" - BBC Radio 2.
Sun 11
Mon 12
Tue 13

Magic Teapot presents...
Jason Ringenberg
Hi &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 14
Morning Session

plus support
Thu 15
Access To Music
Fri 16
Ann Duggan Band

plus Greg Gent

The Ann Duggan band is renowned both locally and Nationally as one of the country's most endearing and hard working performers. They are coming to the end of their tour promoting their 3rd album ONE FOR THE ROAD, that has had great reviews in some of the most prestigious music industry mags and radio stations across the country. Ann and her band have worked with some great musicians and continue to do so. They will thrill you with their own style of Country, Folk and Rock, played with a powerful combination of energy, melody and lyricism.
Sat 17
Howard Smith & The Razors

plus Henry & Colin Staples
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.
Sun 18

Kim Richey
£8adv £10door

plus support
Songwriter Kim Richey has pushed her own envelope enough times so that she can’t be put into any kind of box. Her songs have been recorded by some of the biggest names in Country. Yet despite overwhelming critical success, the general public hasn’t completely gone over. It’s difficult to understand why, since she understands the nuance of pop songwriting to a ‘T’. She has a fine, large voice that is deeply expressive and adds depth and dimension to virtually everything she sings.
Mon 19
Tue 20
Tannahill Weavers

plus support
Wed 21

Nice Peter

plus The Codes, Nimissno and Robert Brown

Thu 22

Pete Morton

plus Andy Griffiths

Folk singer Pete Morton is a songwriter and performer with a wealth of great songs and a fantastic stage presence. His show is dynamic and intense as well as approachable and fun loving. Starting out as a busker on the streets of Europe he has entertained all over the globe with his unique and involving style of songwriting and traditional singing.

Fri 23
Nine Below Zero
£13adv £14door
Having formed in the postpunk years, Nine Below Zero have spent three decades playing a sturdy, robust, very British strain of blues from an era when R&B meant Alexis Korner and Dr Feelgood rather than Beyoncé or Rihanna. Frontman Dennis Greaves, with his rasping vocals and stinging guitar work, is joined by fellow-founder Mark Feltham on harmonica and a driving rhythm section of Gerry McAvoy (bass) and Brendan O’Neill (drums). Their gigs are energetic affairs: non-stop,no-frills, thrill-a-minute parties
Sat 24
Sack Sabbath

plus Morph

Rob Tognoni Band

From Tasmania, Australia, Rob Tognoni was introduced to European audiences by blues master Dave Hole in 1994. His explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him on the European circuit. With over 30 years of playing behind him, Rob never delivers less than a powerfully charged experience with every performance. There is simply no compromise with Rob, which is strongly evident in his music.

Mon 26
Tue 27

Magic Teapot presents...
Daevid Allen & The University of Errors

£8adv £10 door
plus support
Daevid Allen is well known as the founder of Soft Machine and Gong. This is his first US based band since New York Gong in the late 70’s. The University of Errors grew out of and around San Francisco neo-Krautrocky space improvisers Mushroom. Angled guitarists Josh Pollock and Erik Pearson, Jay Radford, synthesist with an endless supply of sounds to sprinkle in the mix, and a rhythm section devoted to simple grooves: bassist Michael Clare and drummer Pat Thomas.

Wed 28
Kinky Friedman
Kinky Friedman is a Texan singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly and cigar smoker of note. The one time Texas Jewboy lives in a little green trailer somewhere in the hills of Texas. He has five dogs, one armadillo and one Smith-Corona typewriter. He was one of two independent candidates in the 2006 election for the office of Governor of Texas. Receiving 12.6% of the vote, Friedman placed fourth in the five-party race.

Thu 29
Kit Holmes
plus Daryl Kirkland
The Observer described her music ‘as Macy Gray meets Nick Drake,’ and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured Kit on their BBC shows. Her trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge. Kit’s second album, Catch The Echo, which features the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson, has just been released. Maverick ***** "One of the few female virtuoso acoustic guitarists around today…highly recommended." Rock’n’Ree l**** "A dazzling collection of songs." All Music Guide **** "She's a world-class player".

Fri 30
My Generation (Who tribute)
plus Beat Club and Jim Burgess
Sat 31
The Dan Collective
The Dan Collective presents the words and music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan). Featuring the hub of the rhythm section of Birmingham’s The Danny Steel Orchestra – purveyors of all thing Steely since 1996 - : Chris Watts on Fender Rhodes and Vocals and Neil Thompson on Electric Bass. Chris and Neil are joined by ace jazz/rock drummer Ian Beestin and saxophonist and jazz luminary Ian Hill. On electric guitar is Leicester based jazz guitarist Andy Hagiioannu, whose debut album “Far and Wide” is currently enjoying ecstatic reviews both here in the UK and in the USA.


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