So what's it all about?
Hipshake is the brand new festival from The Musician, the people who brought you the successful Leicester City Blues Festival. Although we’ve had a blast bringing you the Blues Festival these past few years there has always been a nagging feeling that we were leaving a lot out. What about all that other great music that we love and bring you night after night?

That’s what Hipshake is all about. It harks back to a time before record companies felt the need to parcel up our listening enjoyment into neat little vacuum packed boxes. It goes back even further, taking it's lead from the great festivals of the ‘60s and ‘70s when the blues would rub shoulders with country, soul, rock and folk and nobody would think twice about it.

So welcome to Hipshake ’09, born of a singular booking policy  - no borders, no boundaries, just the best music we can possibly find, representing ALL the styles of music that we love. It’s simply a genre shredding throwdown of some of the freshest rhythm and roots music around. Some of the acts you’ll know, others you won’t, but regardless of whether you like blues, folk, rock, old-timey, world, rockabilly, Americana, bands or singer-songwriters we guarantee there’s something here that you’ll enjoy. So come on down, join the rumpus and you never know you might even find yourself shaking your hips a little.
Hipshake at The Y

Fri 15 May
Big Boy Bloater
£10 adv £12 door
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Thu 21 May
£7 adv £9 door
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Sat 23 May
Aynsley Lister
£10adv £12 door
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Hipshake at The Shed
Thu 21 May
Chickenhead Lounge

feat. The Boll Weevills and The fortyfours
£3 (inc free membership)

Mon 25 May
Bank Holiday Blues
feat. Geoff Overon & The A Squad

3pm till 12 midnight


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  Coming to The Musician in May
Fri 1
Original Band Showcase Heat 1
£4flyer £5door
Battle of the bands featuring - Dead Slow, Wayward Trippers, The Working Projects, Damp Mattress and Wife Divorces Man
Sat 2

Marcus Malone Band

pus WIll Tang Band
Funky, hard-driving blues and soul are put through a musical blender by this Detroit bluesman and his superb band to produce a hybrid that is at once both rocking and essential. Marcus is currently working on his new album which features a wide array of material varying from gospel to heavy rock vibes. His live shows are always nothing short of electrifying and should not be missed!
Sun 3

The Guthlaxtones
Admission by advance ticket only.
Tickets available form Guthlaxton College

Mon 4
Tue 5

Kim Richey
plus Nate Campany
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.
Wed 6
  Access To Music
Thu 7

Gurf Morlix
Otis Gibbs

plus Dana Wylie

Gurf Morlix
Producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Gurf Morlix is best-known for his 11-year creative partnership with Lucinda Williams as her guitarist, band leader and producer of two of her classic, albums: her 1988 breakthrough Lucinda Williams and 1992's Sweet Old World. His work with Williams led him to produce multiple recordings for Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier, as well as discs by Tom Russell, Ian McLagan, Butch Hancock, Hot Club of Cowtown. Gurf has also performed and recorded with Eliza Gilkyson, Warren Zevon, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Michelle Shocked, Robert Plant, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mojo Nixon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Case, Steve Earle, Harry Dean Stanton, Billy Swan, Charlie Sexton, Victoria Williams, James McMurtry, Sonny Landreth, Doyle Bramhall, Flaco Jimenez, Steve Forbert, Bill Kirchen, Lazy Lester, Rosanne Cash, David Byrne, Kevin Welch, C.C. Adcock, John Prine, Dave Alvin, to name some but hardly all. He;s also a damn fine singer, writer and performer in his own right.

Otis Gibbs
Otis Gibbs is a man in search of an honest experience. Some people refer to him as a folk artist, but that is a simplistic way to describe a man who has planted over 7,000 trees, slept in hobo jungles, walked with nomadic shepherds in the Carpathian Mountains, been strip-searched by dirty cops in Detroit, and has an FBI file. Otis has played everywhere from labor rallies in Wisconsin, to anti-war protests in Texas, Austria and the Czech Republic, Feed & Seed Stores in the Midwestern U.S. and in countless, theaters, festivals, bars and living rooms. Much of his work concentrates on the world that is ignored by pop culture. Sometimes forgotten, obsolete or simply marginalized, it is a world that doesn’t fit into a twenty-second sound bite or a White House talking point. Otis has spent the last fifteen years traveling across America and abroad documenting this world, and has a story to share about each stop along the way.
Fri 8

Cheeseweasel presents…
plus Internal Conflict
After cementing their place as the UK's No. 1 multi-tribute act to rock and metal, Bloodstock veterans Beholder are finally in the process of recording and releasing their debut album - "The Awakening." Hailed as a metal bombardment but with its roots firmly based in Classic Rock, this will undoubtedly turn heads as well as raise fists. In 2009, Beholder look forward to tearing down the walls and kicking some royal ass!
Sat 9

Drugstore Cowboys
plus The Frank Gannon Trio
After barnstorming the Leicester City Blues and Riverside festivals last year the Drugstore Cowboys are back on home turf to deliver another dose of powerhouse roots rockabilly. Performing songs from their new cd Chop Poker the Cowboys are sure to unleash an explosive set guaranted to flip ya wig! Featuring members of jump blues combo ‘The Blue Flames’ The Frank Gannon trio bring their hybrid sound of ‘60s garage, surf and rockabilly back to Leicester for the second time.
Sun 10

The Paperboys
The Paperboys are an astonishingly eclectic folk-rock quintet from Canada. “The Paperboys know how to grab melody hooks in pop friendly songs...while fast and flashy banjo and whistles pace the jigs and reels.” - Dirty Linen. “If you don't believe a jig can shred, listen to The Paperboys.” - Seattle Rocket. “The most exuberant band I've heard in ages...breathtaking.” - Folk Roots.
Mon 11
Tue 12

Dan Reed
£5adv £7door
plus Kevin Hewick
Between 1988 and 1992, multicultural funk rockers Dan Reed Network sold over two million albums and toured with Run DMC, UB40, David Bowie, Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones. A trip to Dharamsala to interview the Dalai Lama for ‘Spin’ magazine in 1993 made Dan realise there was more to life than rock music. Since then Dan Reed has been on a long physical, mental and spiritual journey which has taken him around the world and exposed him to the ideals and philosophies of a wide variety of cultures. Older and wiser, Dan Reed is now back creating music that will entertain, inform and inspire.
Wed 13

Hans Theesink
£8adv £9door
plus Graham Robinson
"Hans Theessink is the most creative musician working in the blues idiom in Europe - certainly the most original and convincing that I’ve heard." - Blues & Rhythm. "His greatest assets lie in a deep resonant voice and the ability to convey a powerful but restrained approach to his guitar craft, particularly in his emotive bottleneck playing. Indeed Theessink displayed the tightest control of dynamics of any acoustic/electric musician I have seen." - Blue Print.
Thu 14

Two Gentleman Band
plus The Gadjos

“They’ve got charisma, energy, and kazoos, and they definitely have fun up there, with compositions that are little bit dorky and a little bit dirty.” - AM New York. “Think of them as a mix between Squirrel Nut Zippers and They Might be Giants. I played their new CD while cleaning the house last weekend, and it was spotless in record time.” - USA Today. “Smart and amiable, the music makes for a fun listen.” - Denver Post. “Creating a buzz… the vaudevillian, comic, banjo, and kazoo playing duo [is] not as innocent as it might seem.” - The Boston Globe. “The Two Man Gentlemen Band is one of the best new groups coming out of the East Coast old timey scene. Heavy Petting is romping, outstanding fun. It plays like a party.” - “One of the funniest albums I’ve listened to in a long time. Andy Bean writes lyrics so off the beaten path, they are virtually cliche free. The Two Man Gentlemen Band should go down as the duo who made kazoo hip again.” - Bluegrass Journal

Fri 15

Rory McLeod
plus Jez Hall
Rory Mcleod - ex-circus clown and fire-eater. A one-man soul band, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique, upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments. Rory has travelled the globe for different reasons at different times, from Asia to the Middle East from Gambia to Cuba, Central America, Australia, North America, Canada, Europe and other nooks and crannies of the earth. "You don't listen to McLeod you travel with him" - City Hub, Sydney
Sat 16

The Two Timers
Take two multi-instrumentalists with attitude, the mesmerizing Sarah James and the taciturn Gordon Russell; throw in an electrified suitcase, a strap-on snare, some raw harmonica and feisty vocals; steamroller the lot with some rock-solid rhythm guitar and what have you got - one helluva show for a start. And then there's the songs: soak up thirty years worth of Leadbelly, Alex Harvey, Tom Waits, T. Rex, Steve Earle, Led Zeppelin (I could go on), mix it with a strong dose of your own psyche and you have something which owes them all a lot but sounds nothing like any of them. It's an original and highly visual performance full of energy, verve, charisma and great music.
Sun 17
Magic Teapot presents...
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
plus Manhattan Love Suicides

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are fast becoming the most name-dropped band in underground circles on both sides of the Atlantic. While they make no bones about where their hearts and inspirations lie, it would be churlish to call them mere revivalists. Their new single is even called ‘Kurt Cobain’s Cardigan’ yet it sounds like Lazy-era My Bloody Valentine exchanging sweat glands with a pre-major label Soup Dragons in a sixth form common room. What’s more, it’s utterly ace.

visit Magic Teapot for info and tickets

Mon 18
Tue 19

Fruteland Jackson
plus support
Fruteland Jackson specializes in performing acoustic blues, from contemporary to traditional, from the blues of early field-holler songs and work songs to Delta and Piedmont Blues, as well as his own original works. Fruteland is one of a select group of Americans dedicated to gathering, preserving and performing Acoustic Blues, in all their various forms and he has taken his art to hundreds of venues in America and Europe. Fruteland was awarded the 1996 Illinois Arts Council Folk/Ethnic Heritage Award and is the recipient of the 1997 W. C. Handy Award for "Keeping The Blues Alive" for Blues in Education.
Wed 20

Kent DuChaine
plus Rory Ellis
Kent Duchaine's musical nomadic life started over thirty years ago in Minnesota where he played with Kim Wilson before Wilson moved to Texas to form the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Kent honed his guitar skills playing with Lazy Bill Lucas, Boogie Woogie Red, Luther Tucker, Big Walter Horton, Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Burns and Margie Evans. In the early 1990's he spent three years traveling and playing with the legendary bluesman Johnny Shines. Duchaine's guitar playing is rooted in the styles of Robert Johnson, Lightning Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Bukka White and Elmore James. He has a ferociously wild slide technique that exudes a frenzied power and he can switch gears in the wink of an eye to play some beautiful acoustic melodies.
Thu 21
Outsider Promotions presents...
Nine Black Alps
plus support
Nine Black Alps are a rock band based in Manchester. The line up of the group is Sam Forrest (vocals, guitar), David Jones (guitar, bass), Martin Cohen (bass, guitar) and James Galley (drums, vocals). Since their inception in 2003 they have developed a reputation for their loud and aggressive yet melodic music that echoes the sounds of American alternative rock bands such as Nirvana, Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.
Fri 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.
Sat 23

Hot Club of Cowtown
£12adv £14door

“The groups name draws influence from guitarist Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club of France and the classic Western swing style of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. But Hot Club of Cowtown–guitarist Whit Smith, fiddler Elana James, and bassist Jake Erwin–is alive and swinging in the 21st century.” - All Things Considered. “Django Reinhardt fans love them; so do Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Over the past decade Elana James and her colleagues have built up an unlikely constituency of admirers radiating far beyond their home base in  Austin, Texas.” - The Times.
Sun 24

Leicester Blues Revue
12 til 4pm

Hipshake ‘09
Joe Durso and Stone Caravan
plus Micky Kemp + The Dirty Robbers
8pm til 12midnight
Joe D'Urso's love for music began with his older sister's record collection; Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Meatloaf, Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, The Doors, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jackson Browne and countless one-hit wonders from the 1950s to the 1970s and those classic's have had a lasting effect on his own music making. In 1996, Joe left his job at the legendary Premier Talent Agency in New York City to pursue his career as a singer-songwriter. Since then, Joe's music has earned glowing praise for his powerful brand of “original music based in good, old-fashioned rock and roll.” His roots and connections with the New Jersey music scene are evident in his Springsteen influenced performances
Mon 25

Jeff Lang
plus Martin Harley and Marcus Bonfanti
With his eloquent guitar, sweet voice and plainspoken yet sensitive approach to the original and traditional source material, Jeff Lang is expanding the boundaries of traditional folk, country and blues to create a new brand of non-traditional music which is undeniably and deeply steeped in tradition, yet with its imagination set on future horizons. His powerful and hypnotic style draws deeply on folk sources – the old, unsettling gothic tales that have passed from musician to musician from century to century – and the simple but compelling sound of acoustic guitar with minimal accompaniment to express the deeper resonances beneath the stories.
Tue 26

Howard Eliott Payne
plus Charlene Soria, The Carnabys and Furlined
Wed 27


£6adv £7door
plus Daryl Kirkland
Add Teitur (pronounced TIE-tor) to the growing list of Nordic artists who are finding their way into the brains, hearts and iPods of Western listeners. A native of the rugged Faroe Islands, which has its own language and a tradition of fierce individualism, Teitur emerged on the pop scene five years ago with his superb debut, "Poetry & Aeroplanes." His latest, "The Singer," features 11 deceptively simple songs with ever-surprising arrangements and Teitur's singular voice, which always seems on the edge of crying. The title song finds him admitting, "I always had a voice, but now I am a singer," against an arrangement that sounds as if it were created by Philip Glass. The rhyme schemes on songs like "We Still Drink the Same Water" are simple, yet loaded with sly wit. Teitur plays May 27 at the Great American Music Hall.
Thu 28

Cheeseweasel presents…

Amy Speace

plus Eric Brace
Possessing a commanding voice, a distinctive melodic sensibility and an uncanny knack for nailing complex emotions in song, Amy Speace makes music that’s both illuminating and effortlessly accessible. Her forthcoming release, The Killer In Me, follows her 2006 breakthrough Songs for Bright Street. While Songs won her a loyal international fan base, The Killer In Me finds the NY-based artist forging into deeper, darker lyrical and musical terrain, delivering an album of startling intimacy and resonance. "Speace's arresting voice combines the best parts of Lucinda Williams with Roseanne Cash ... [and] brings an unflagging sense of 21st century hipness to all." - Vintage Guitar Magazine. "Ms. Speace knows how to rip your heart out and shred it to pieces." -
Fri 29 

Mick Pini
As well as touring Europe with B.B. King and supporting such blues greats as Buddy Guy, Freddie King and Jimmy Rogers, Mick Pini has earned himself a strong following in Europe and the UK. Eric Clapton described him in 1996 as “the legitimate successor to Peter Green’”. However, Mick is living legend in his own right ... the genuine article. His authentic voice and outstanding guitar work personifies the blues in an inimitable way. Mick has toured the world for thirty years and he lives, breathes, plays and sings the blues with genuine passion. Even his 1954 Fender Stratocaster smokes!
Sat 30 
Original Band Showcase Heat 5
£4flyer £5door
Battle of the bands featuring - Raptor Captor, The Pepper Box, The Lowreys and The Chris Warner Band
Sun 31 

Ian Siegal (band)
plus DJ’s Blues Bar
"There are good blues singers and then there is Ian Siegal, who’s in a class of his own." - Mike Mager, Blues in Britain. "Ian Siegal is without doubt the most talented musician/songwriter to emerge on the British blues scene in recent years. Ian doesn't just perform the blues, he is totally possessed by them. He doesn't just play the guitar, he talks to it... and it talks back!" - Ian Brown, Blues4ever. "A voice ranging from the soaring passion of James Brown and Otis Redding, to the gravelly depths of of Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf." - Bob Dayfield, Blueprint.


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