Thu 1
Catfish Keith
More than the sum of his widely varied influences (from Lonnie Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson to Buddy Bolden), Catfish Keith merges the traditional with the contemporary and loses nothing in the process. It's a tricky line to walk. Keith, with 20 years as a solo pro and half-dozen albums behind him, uses a largely original playing style - he picks, slaps, strums (sometimes all in the same passage) and plays a stone-solid bottleneck slide that compliments his clean, ebullient picking. His attention to detail tends to keep blues purists and guitar groupies alike happy, and his own originals stay fully within the tradition, unlike some others who tend to wander into earnest singer/songwriter territory as soon as they get a pen in hand.
Fri 2

Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett (Little Feat)
plus The Leen Valley Band
£12adv £15
As American as apple pie Little Feat’s music has transcended boundaries - a freewheeling fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie - since 1969. Still one of the hardest working bands in show biz, today’s Little Feat is a seven-member powerhouse that ably carries on the group’s tradition. Past collaborators have included Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Beck, Brian Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant and John Lee Hooker. Tonight long time Feat members Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett bring some acoustical Little Feat magic to The Musician.

Sat 3
Pat Travers Band
£12adv £15
Canadian guitarist/vocalist Pat Travers served an apprenticeship on the Ontario/Quebec bar circuit with the legendary rock-a-billy star Ronnie Hawkins, whose band would later become "The Band." After moving to the UK in 1975 Pat signed a multi-album deal with Polydor. After releasing three UK, Pat was signed to Polydor USA, and in 1979, the live Go For What You Know album yielded up the huge radio classic "Boom Boom Out Go The Lights." The follow-up, 1980’s Crash And Burn album yielded Pat’s signature song "Snortin’ Whiskey”. After taking a break from recording in the mid-late 80’s Pat returned to the studio in 1992 and released Blues Tracks. Pat’s undiminished popularity guarantees that he will always be recording or performing live somewhere in the world.
Sun 4
Alvin Youngblood Hart
plus Will Tang
£12adv £15
The Cosmic American Love Child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! Known as a “musician’s musician”, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Ben Harper to Eric Clapton. Since his 1996 debut recording, the all acoustic Big Mama’s Door, Alvin has carried his musical message the world over. A devout follower of the “no barriers” approach laid down by veteran performers like Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Doug Sahm, Alvin continues to defy the so- called purists.
Mon 5
Tue 6


Weekend Warriors
Wed 7

Tom Pacheco
plus Lisa Richards

Tom Pacheco
A frequent visitior to these shores and troubadour in the truest sense, Tom Patcheco's frequently brilliant songs, have been covered by countless folk and country artists. He has also recorded scores of albums in a career spanning over thirty years. Arguably his finest is 1997's, Woodstock Winter, produced by Band guitarist Jim Weider. The album was tracked at Levon Helm's studio and featured guest shots by several members of The Band, including Helm and Rick Danko. Although critically acclaimed, Woodstock Winter failed to find the large audience it deserved and although Tom has remained successful in Europe, he is virtually unknown in America, which is highly ironic, because Pacheco's voice and vision are as timelessly American (and at times as political) as Woody Guthrie.

Lisa Richards
Lisa Richards was born in Australia then moved to New York City and then to Austin, TX. Richards has been compared to Bjork, Billy Holliday, and Lucinda Williams. Lisa has toured in many parts of the
United States and Australia receiving critical kudos from the likes of Billboard and Relix along the way.
She has just released her 4th CD titled "Mad Mad Love", which Americana UK calls "a superb collection of songs". Other Reviewers of her work have called her music "Spunky, brash, wise, and her voice "stunning' and "incomparable".
This will be her first appearance at The Musician.
Thu 8

Kris Drever
plus Jon Redfern
BBC Folk Awards winner, Kris Drever has been involved in a myriad of different projects and has worked as a session musician for artists including The Battlefield Band, John McCusker, Kathie Ryan, Harem Scarem, Clare Mclaughlin and with his father, folk singer and guitarist Ivan Drever. Kris has also toured with Fine Friday, Daniel Lapp, Kate Rusby and Eamonn Coyne, plays in the John McCusker Band, Session A9 and joined forces in 2005 with Aidan O’Rourke and Martin Green to form the trio LAU.

Fri 9
Ducks Deluxe
plus support
£8adv £10
Original pub rock ravers Ducks Deluxe are reforming, for a limited number of shows to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their original formation, with a line-up featuring Martin Belmont, Sean Tyla, Mickey Groome and Billy Rankin. A cult band throughout their career, their first and best LP, Ducks Deluxe, achived success. After the band broke up in 1975 the members went on to greater fame in Graham Parker & The Rumour, The Tyla Gang and The Motors.
Sat 10
The Pirates
plus The Verified
£10adv £12door
The truth is that until you've heard the Pirates you haven't heard British Rock 'n' Roll. Ask Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck, Lemmy, The Sex Pistols, The Feelgoods and countless others. The band behind Johnny Kidd on the seminal English rock ‘n’ roll hit ‘Shaking All Over’, The Pirates released four storming albums in the late ‘70s and are still an incredible live act, tearing the place apart forty odd years after their start.
Sun 11
Rory Block
plus support
"Today she is widely regarded as the top interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide." - The Blues Foundation. “One of the music’s few living legends.” - All Music Guide. "The finest contemporary purveyor of the Mississippi Delta Country Blues tradition..." - Berkeley Express. "One of the world's most important preservers of the roots of American music... An uncompromising mature blues artist." - Guitar Extra. "Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends." - The New York Times.
Mon 12
Tue 13

Chris While & Julie Matthews
plus support
Chris While and Julie Mathews came to prominence during the early ‘90s as members of The Albion Band. Chris and Julie departed The Albion Band in 1997 as a result of the increasing success of their duo performances on the international stage. Chris and Julie's songwriting partnership is now well established with a string of covers under their belts; Barbara Dickson, Christine Collister, Frances Black, and they have been nominated no less than seven times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Wed 14

Gregg Wright Band
One of America's most sought after guitarists and session men, Greg Wright has recorded and toured with the likes of Mick Fleetwood, Michael Jackson, The Gap Band, Spencer Davis and many more. This virtuoso musician is a master of the Fender Stratocaster, who strings his guitar in normal right-handed fashion, but plays left-handed, upside down, awesomely! His band plays with style and precision, whilst Gregg whips up a six-string tour de force.

Thu 15
Southern Tenant Folk Union
plus Smokey Grass Mountain Boys
Formed by The Coal Porters banjo player Pat McGarvey, The Southern Tenant Folk Union are an explosive London based bluegrass outfit. Writing and performing their own unique brand of old-time, bluegrass, gospel and celtic folk. Southern Tenant Folk Union appropriate the themes, ideas and metaphors from traditional folk songs and 20th century Americana to document and reflect modern life through styles popularised by musicians such as The Carter Family, The Stanley Brothers and The Country Gentlemen.
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

Sat 17
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 18
Private Party
Mon 19
Slaid Cleaves
plus support
£8adv £10
"Cleaves, never known to be prolific or to knock out product, approaches his seventh album in 16 years with a purposefulness that transcends a mere shout-out to wordsmith friends. His choices are obscure, but meaningful, varied, sometimes stunning. He's drawn to traditional allusions and melodies, minimalist character studies, and to Austin, Texas, where many of the songwriters covered make their homes. If the arrangements are straight-up Americana, Cleaves' temperate, sly grin of a voice finds comic insight between all the wistfully down-and-out lines. Like Nanci Griffith on Other Voices, Other Rooms, Cleaves takes the measure of influences which are more contemporary than historic, and as a result, captures the spirit of a lively if largely underground folk scene." - Shanta Thake
Tue 20
Peter Rowan
plus Anna Levandoski and Toy Hearts
£8adv £10door
With his distinctive voice, fine rhythm guitar work and deft songwriting, Peter Rowan has helped fuel the acoustic music revival for nearly 40 years. He was rhythm guitarist and lead singer for Bill Monroe, and subsequently played in groups such as Seatrain, Muleskinner, The Rowan Brothers, Mexican Airforce (featuring Flaco Jimenez) and Old & In The Way, with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements and John Kahn. Peter has made more than twenty albums, including the Grammy-nominated "Yonder," recorded with slide master Jerry Douglas.
Wed 21

The Cream Of Canada featuring..
Matt Andersen
, Dave Gunning
and Jessica Raye

£6adv £8door
The Cream Of Canada is the first of a series of tours spotlighting the great wealth of undiscovered musical talent to be found within the borders of America’s northern neighbor. Dave Gunning is a wonderful story teller and has been compared favorably to Gordon Lightfoot and Ian Tyson. Jessica Rhaye is a stunning singer and has written some incredibly accessible songs in a style that is not too dissimilar to KT Tunstall. Matt Anderson has immense soul and is one of the finest guitar players in Canada. He has an amazing voice to compliment his guitar playing. The evening will take the format of a “Music In The Round” style performance where each musician takes the spotlight with the other two backing them.
Thu 22
Butterfly Polite
plus support
Sarah Marshall blends her beautiful voice with slightly skewed lyrics and delicately arranged melodies that hang in the air like perfume, whilst the band juggle glockenspiel, strings, flute, percussion and acousic trickery to create classy, intelligent, frail and melancholy pieces. See them and be charmed.
Fri 23
Eddie & The Hot Rods
plus The Red Sharks
£10door £12adv
The original British proto-punks Eddie and The Hotrods energetic rock and roll and r'n'b was a big hit on the London pub rock scene in the early ‘70s. They had three UK top 40 hits and a top 10 smash with 'Do Anything You Wanna Do'. Their other hits included "Teenage Depression" and "Quit This Town", whilst live they did credit to a number of classic covers such as Van Morrisons' "Gloria", Bob Segars' "Get Out Of Denver" and Sam The Shams’ "Woolly Bully".
Sat 24
7th Storey
Mark Poole’s soul and funk 7 piece, 7th Storey performupbeat philosophical funk originals plus some
soul/funk classics that will get you dancing!Featuring rich harmonies and a tight rhythm section 7th Storey are Leicester's most innovative soul/funk band.
Sun 25
Pete Tomlyn's 65th Birthday Bash
2 - 9pm
Mon 26
Tue 27
Martin Stephenson
plus Al Hughes and Andy Griffiths
£7adv £8door
When not singing in Tee-Pees with highland tree people or playing the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall with Janis Ian, you might see Martin Stephenson standing on a street corner in Inverness playing ragtime. Or maybe travelling through Spain with his swing band The Toe-Rags. Or playing bang on Merle Travis and Scott Joplin in Dublin. Or writing poetry in an Alness Café. But you'll not see him drinking with the fat cats. Time's too short. There's too much Doc Watson to learn out there!
Wed 28
Honkytonk Homeslice
£5 plus support
Honkytonk Homeslice was formed by String Cheese Incident’s Billy Nershi and his wife, Jilian, as an outlet in which both artists could thrive naturally. With the addition of long-time friend Scott Law to the mix, the band has coalesced into a musical force to reckoned with. The dazzling musical interactions between acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, dobro, lap steel and bass, will instantly pull you into the musical fold, while Jilian’s vocals fill the heart of each song with warmth, colour, and character.
Thu 29
plus Nigel Beck
£8adv £10
Remember the last time a song really reached you? Straight in, deep inside, talking directly to you, about what you feel - just as if this song was written especially for you, about you? Well this is what the music of Ezio is about, deep, honest, emotional songs that hit a raw nerve. Featuring lead guitarists, Ezio Lunedei and Mark "Booga" Fowell, Ezio serve up breathtaking live performances, which you will have you addicted after the very first song.
Fri 30
Aynsley Lister Band
plus Oli Brown Band
In a world full of manufactured over-hyped pop music, Aynsley Lister is proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. His powerful, infectious songs are unashamedly blues influenced and performed with the kind of conviction of someone twice his age. Say the word blues to a commercial record company and see how far they run! But Lister carries on regardless, writing and recording albums that continue to sell and prove that blues rock music can be commercial and have you singing along to yourself days after you hear it, just like half the committee written stuff you hear every day on the radio. Exceptionally mature and exciting. – Mojo. Superb - The Times.

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