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Coming to The Musician in May



Sat 1
Echolocation Album Launch
Afternoon event: 13:30 - 16:00
Echolocation launch their new album Revenge of the Yes Men. The band remain as angry and morally and ethically ambiguous as ever but there is plenty of wry humour here too. Anyone who has worked in a large organisation will recognise some of the the absurdist social commentary of Peter Ingram's beat poetry. The album starts with a bewildered, slightly unhuman cry of despair, “It’s the End of Rome…And Nobody cares”: it pokes fun at the in-house magazine, seeking revenge on the petty jobsworths, pseudo-morons and careerists who make life a little less fun and a little less worth living. It ends with a dig at the X-Factor’s homogenisation of pop music with the extraordinary Leap of Faith.


Sat 1
Original Bands Showcase
£5adv £6door
Second semi-final.


Sun 2
Hipshake presents…
Dust & Whiskey
feat. Viper Central, The Malingerers, The 44s, Cindy Archer, Dan Razza. Mr Plow
This ecelectic bill offers the best mix of old timey, string band, bluegrass and traditional country sounds that we could find. So come on down and enjoy an afternoon of pickin’, pluckin’, stompin’ and hollerin’ from 6pm till 11pm. Approximate running times as follows -

22:00 - Viper Central
21:20 - The Malingerers
20:30 - The 44s
19:45 - Cindy Archer
19:00 - Dan Razza
18:15 - Mr Plow


Mon 3
Cheeseweasel Promotions presents…
Jason & The Scorchers
£14adv £15door
plus The Whybirds
"One of the most vital kick-ass groups to ever walk the planet: Jason & The Scorchers are back." - Classic Rock. "Though Gram Parsons and Uncle Tupelo have elicited more reverence as country rock avatars, Jasons & The Scorchers remain more vital than either." - No Depression. "Someday, Jason & The Scorchers may play a mediocre set. But it won't be in this lifetime." - Billboard. "They’re contenders for best band on the planet." - Austin Chronicle. "The Scorchers are the real deal, the spontaneous combustion of country roots and rock & roll fervor."- Rolling Stone. “Vocalist Jason Ringenberg rides the wild decibels like Slim Pickens straddling his H-bomb in Dr. Strangelove, while guitar-dynamo Warner E. Hodges is enduringly on fire.” - Uncut

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Tue 4
Larry Garner & The Norman Beaker Band

As the recipient of the 1988 BB King Lucille Award in Memphis, the 1995 MO Better Blues award in Atlanta, a 2002 Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame inductee, The BBC Jazz Fm Bluesman Of the Year award, three time recipient of Blues Songwriter of the Year award in Paris, five time nominee for WC Handy award in Memphis, 2004 Slim Harpo Ambassador for the Blues award in Baton Rouge, 2005 Recipient of the coveted Muddy's Club Bluebird award, Wienhiem Germany and two time recipient of The Bluesman of the Year award for Real Blues Magazine, Canada there's no wonder its been said over and over that Larry is one of contemporary blues finest.


Wed 5 
Greenbird Promotions presents…
Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes
plus Ruarri Joseph

2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards double winners Show of Hands – England’s finest roots duo – make a stand in Leicester on their Standing Room Only II tour of the UK. Singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi instrumentalist Phil Beer won both the Best Duo title and Best Original Song at the Awards -the latter for the topical title track of their acclaimed new studio album Arrogance Ignorance and Greed, about bankers and bonuses! The triple Albert Hall sell-out band who have headlined at festivals from WOMAD to Glastonbury are ready to perform from their rich repertoire of original songs. They will be accompanied by striking double bass player and vocalist Miranda Sykes while special guest will be rising indy folk star Ruarri Joseph who has been described as a British Jack Johnson.

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Thu 6
Closed - Internal Conflict cancelled


Fri 7
Xander Promotions presents…
Fred Zeppelin
£6adv £8door
plus support
2010 marks FRED ZEPPELIN’s seventeenth year together. During this time they have had the honour of Led Zeppelin’s frontman Robert Plant attending 3 of their gigs and John Bonham’s son Jason even jammed with them on stage. According to a reader poll in Kerrang, FRED ZEPPELIN are among the top ten best live bands to see. Quite an achievement, as they were the only tribute band listed in any category. Fred Zeppelin were invited by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to attend a charity event of which Jimmy is a patron. Kev (bass) and Blackie (drums) attended and were thrilled to meet and chat with the legendary guitarist.

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Sat 8
It’s time to get horny with Leicester’s top ranking ska band Kingsize who play foot-stompin’, house rocking Kingsized arrangements of the finest original Jamaican ska sounds. Their style draws heavily on the classic Studio One song catalogue and traditional big band sounds of ‘60s ska.


Sun 9, 13:00 - 17:00
Hipshake presents…
Leicester Acoustic Blues All Stars
plus support


Sun 9, 20:00
Lou Brown
£5adv £6door
plus Cole Stacey

Lou Brown’s debut album was described by one reviewer as “an album for romantics; totally unpretentious, beautifully honest”, and it is this honesty and simplicity that has seen her become a firm favourite for many, including DJ Johnnie Walker, who recorded Lou live at Glastonbury Festival for broadcast on BBC Radio 2's 'Wake Up to Wogan' show. ‘Calm the Rising Waters’ is the new album from Lou Brown. With a bigger, brighter sound, and featuring the instrumental and production skills of Clive Gregson, the album is bound to gain her even more fans and admirers. “An artist to watch out for.” – Acoustic Magazine.


Tue 11
Magic Teapot presents…
Shonen Knife
£8adv £10
plus support

The Japanese trio Shonen Knife has made major fans out of alt-rock's elite (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross, among others) and built a solid, worldwide cult following with their Ramones meets the Beatles brand of sticky sweet punk-pop. Comprised of members Michie Nakatani (vocals, bass), Naoko Yamano (vocals, guitar), and Atsuko Yamano (drums), Shonen Knife originally formed during December of 1981 in their hometown of Osaka, Japan.

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Wed 12
Hipshake presents…
Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart
plus Alan West

The sister of legend Steve Earle, Stacey Earle has recorded five studio albums to date, three with her husband, Mark Stuart. As a songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mark has toured extensively all over the USA, Canada and Europe. Few aspects of Americana are left out of their performances which touch upon blues, rock, folk, country and more. Amongst others Stacey and Mark have opened for Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley, Richard Thompson, Gregg Brown and Iris Dement.



Leicester College Acoustic Night


AMP presents...
Fri 14
Hot Club of Cowtown
“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.


Sat 15
Xander Promotions presents…
The Mustangs
plus support
The Mustangs blistering live sets and albums have been wowing fans all over the country since the four-piece band formed in Hampshire in 2002. They have headlined stages at renowned UK festivals such as Colne, Skegness and Swanage and in 2009 were invited to play 2 nights at Paris' legendary Zinc Blues Festival. Their third album, Split Decision, reached number 5 on the iTunes blues chart, and their last, Nothing Stays The Same, was one of Blues in Britain magazine's 20 recommended albums of the year.

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Sun 16
Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan
plus Banjaxed
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


Tue 18
Boo Hewerdine
£8adv £9door
plus Jo Hamilton
Folk-pop singer/songwriter Boo Hewerdine first surfaced in 1983 in the Cambridge based group The Great Divide; two years later, he founded cult favorites The Bible, releasing a pair of acclaimed albums (Walking The Ghost Back Home and Eureka) and scoring a minor hit single with Honey Be Good before disbanding the group in 1988. God Bless the Pretty Things, the latest of his acclaimed solo albums, was released late in 2009.


Wed 19
Hipshake presents…
Kent Duchaine
plus Lil' Ian Goodsman
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 20
Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

plus Jess Morgan

“A fresh and promising young duo... right up on the crest of the new acoustic wave. Check these guys!” - Seth Lakeman. “An exceptional young duo...Katriona and Jamie are at times energetic, at times atmospheric, and always inventive. This is music which I would happily recommend to anyone.” - Ric Sanders, Fairport Convention. “Absolutely stunning... leaving audiences open-mouthed” - Net Rhythms. “Genius...simply too good to miss.” - “Jamie is a dazzling guitarist and first class songwriter, complemented beautifully by Katriona’s sensitive fiddle and harmonies... an act to check out in their own right.” - The Talk Magazine.


Fri 21
Hipshake presents…
DADDY: Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack
£7adv £9door
plus Dawson Smith

Drawing on juke-joint blues, swampy-groove country and a lot of rock and roll, with stops in gospel and beat-poet territory along the way, DADDY (Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack) has been hailed by critics and fans alike for their incendiary live performances and recordings that embrace a wide scope of what's great about American music. Together, Kimbrough and Womack just click. Kimbrough’s wide-ranging abilities, sweet and reckless by turns, dovetails with Womack’s slash-and-burn style to produce a sound that is both exciting and heartfelt.


Sat 22
Ann Duggan Band
plus Sisters in Grease
The Ann Duggan band is renowned both locally and nationally as one of the country's most endearing and hard working performers. 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.


Sun 23

Stevie Jones in association with
Freehold Street Music presents…
The Snakeman 3, Sunflower, Bethia Mitchell, Martin Nelson
£4adv £5 door 

Freehold Street Music is an exciting new up label and studio based in Northampton, currently recruiting new acts. Tonight features one of their main groups, Snakeman 3, alongside a top supporting line up of local talent with acoustic and full band sets.If you wish to know more about the label why not pop down on the night and find out more?


Tue 25
Junko Junko
plus The Sharp Knees and Talons


Wed 26
Hipshake presents…
Martin Harley
£7adv £8door
plus Jan Klose and Robert Carl Blank
Martin Harley’s live following have long been aware of his spellbinding ability with a weissenborn, a wah pedal and a trick bag of licks that would give Ry Cooder a run for his money. Fusing inspired blues, jazz and rock into their sound, this hard-touring trio are revealing themselves as shining talents in the British acoustic scene. Harley himself brings formidable guitar skills to the table - especially some expressive slide - and his smoky but soulful voice provides the perfect expression for these laid back and highly contagious songs.


Thu 27
Ray Wylie Hubbard
plus Will Kevans
"It wasn't that long ago that Ray Wylie Hubbard allowed to an acquaintance that he wouldn't mind being a hybrid of Guy Clark and John Lee Hooker. Now, I'm no seer or mystic, but my instincts suggest that wish came true. And then some. Anyone who's followed Ray Wylie Hubbard over the long and winding path he has traveled already knows he possesses the kind of exceptional gift for observation that any songwriter yearns for. With a keen eye and a wise man's knowledge, Ray Wylie Hubbard composes and performs songs that couldn't spring from anywhere else but out of his fertile rock and roll bluesy poet-in-the-blistering-heat southern noggin."  - Joe Nick Patoski


Fri 28
Magic Teapot presents…
Johnny Dowd
£10adv £12door
plus Songdog

Johnny Dowd is like some self-mutating virus of American music, restlessly bringing fresh twists to old forms, absorbing influences. The likes of Beefheart and The Residents have informed his warped for years, as have elements of The Doors, Miles's serrated Seventies avant-jazz, Los Lobos, doowop and Deep Purple. Dowd's blend of high tragedy and low comedy, is embodied in the cynical charm of lines like 'Poetry is the path to hell, accompanied by the sound of wedding bells.' But then, who else but maybe Frank Zappa would do a song about 'the sacred bond between audience and performer' and call it 'Union of Idiots'?

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Sat 29 
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.



Sun 30
Xander Promotions presents…
£12adv £13door
Pendragon celebrate their Classic Rock Society Awards [Best gig 2009, Best Guitarist, Best Drummer, Best Keyboard Player] with a string of shows in the UK, Europe and the US. The band are also set to perform at the new High Voltage Festival in July and continue to promote their highly acclaimed album Pure.

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