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    Coming to The Musician in November
Sun 1
Afternoon Tea Party (1pm till 6pm)
feat. Moriaty, Richard Walters, The Hi and Lo, Giles Likes Tea, The Gadjos, Matthew & the Echos
Moriarty are not your average indie-rock band or streamlined electro-pop unit.  With members of French, American, Swiss and Vietnamese parentage, based in several cities around the globe, they're a ramshackle olde worlde acoustic outfit with a theatrical bent and a tendency to dress like 1930s Prohibition outlaws and a sound that takes in folk, country, blues, jazz and cabaret.
Zombie Horror Halloween (8pm till 12pm)
feat. Last Edition and The Flamonics
£3adv £4door
Fancy dress ball
Mon 2
Tue 3
Hank Williams Songbook Night
Contributors welcome

Wed 4

Johnny Dickinson & Paul Lamb
£8adv/ £10door
plus Paul Cowley

Johnny Dickinson has been called the most potent slide player in the UK. A founder member of Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes, Johnny was nominated Best Musician in the 2006 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. "I'd go a long way to listen to Johnny Dickinson. You hear a lot of good influences in his music but the result is something special. For me his playing really hits the spot" - John Renbourn.

Hailed by aficionados and music press around the world as Europe’s foremost blues harmonica exponent, Paul Lamb has forged himself a place in the history books as one of the greatest players of our time. He has won countless awards, sold record-breaking quantities of albums, and performed the world over with his long-standing musical compatriots, The Kingsnakes. Recently inducted into the British BluesAwards Hall Of Fame he still continues to bring his infectious brand of soulful blues to fans around the globe.

Thu 5
Ian Siegal
£8adv £10door
plus Matt Woosey

"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 Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf." - Bob Dayfield, Blueprint.
Fri 6
Larry Miller Band
£8 door
plus  support
Having played alongside the likes of Thunder, Ian Gillan, Climax Blues Band, Peter Green and Walter Trout Larry Miller is fast becoming the UK's top Blues Guitarist. “Fantastic, world class guitarist” - Bluesrockers, USA. “Highly impressive - A total victory” - Kerrang. “His guitar playing is simply mesmerising” - Bluesmatters UK. “The best 'in-yer-face' rock band around` The Guardian.“A natural successor to Rory Gallagher and Alvin Lee” - International Encyclopaedia Of Rock. “A blues rock power house.” - The Guardian. “Entertainment with a capital E.” - Blues In Britain.
Sat 7
Ann Duggan Band
plus Tony Alles

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 8
Boo Hewerdine
plus Andy Griffiths
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. From there Hewerdine teamed with Texas performer Darden Smith for 1989's well-regarded Evidence, followed in 1992 by his true solo debut, Ignorance. After briefly reforming the Bible, he returned in 1996 with Baptist Hospital; Thanksgiving followed three years later.
Mon 9
Magic Teapot presents…
Beth Jeans Houghton
plus support
According to her laudably bonkers biography, 19 year old Beth Jeans Houghton was born in Transylvania to a pack of albino werewolves who raised her on a diet of chewing tobacco and stuffed clams. Luckily, this feral existence doesn’t seem to have done her any visible harm. She clearly has the personality to win over the mainstream in a way that many of her fellow antifolk musicians might find more difficult. However, it’s her music that really deserves the attention. Spiking the safe waters of the new folk scene with something a little more edgy and less predictable, Houghton has the potential to cross genre lines and make a much bigger splash.

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Tue 10
Greenbird Promotions presents…
Bella Hardy
£10 (£8 NUS)
plus Jack McNeill & Charlie Heys

Bella Hardy is one of the rising stars of English folk.  Her debut album, Night Visiting, received four stars from Mojo magazine, she has been nominated twice for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon award and her voice has rightly been described as “mesmerising” and “faultless.”  Anyone who has heard her sing will have been completely entranced by the spells she weaves.  Accompanied by accomplished concertina player Chris Sherburn, whose wry humour is as dry as the Sahara, this will be a night to remember and an opportunity to catch a rising star at the start of their ascent to the very top of English folk.

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Matt Andersen
£6 adv £7 door
plus DJ's Blues Bar

An enigmatic personality and larger than life showman, Canadian Matt Andersen has been earning fervent reaction from audiences across the globe these last few years. Matt's sprawling blues, roots, rock hybrid with his soulful voice and dynamic guitar style has sparked a phenomenal buzz back home in Canada. Matt has also toured the U.S. and Europe with America, Randy Bachman, Bo Diddley, Little Feat and a host of others.
Thu 12
plus Jess Morgan

"Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna-Palmer, better known as Megson, have steadily established their reputation as two of the freshest, most original performers in the latest folk revival, and this album places them in the major league...a subtle and intriguing set" - The Guardian.  “This is first rate - if you don’t like this music you have a problem! Megson are a couple of potential stars, peaches and cream harmonies, melodic roots consciousness and a huge sense of individuality. ” -  fRoots.
Fri 13
Keep it Cash
One of the most faithful tribute bands you could hope to hear, KeepitCASH perform over forty songs from the canon of Cash work. The show is a musical journey through the heart of America. Johnny Cash was an American icon, the last great rebel kicking against the pricks until the final curtain fell. KeepitCASH are keeping the legend alive in a stunningly authentic way.
Sat 14
Howard Smith & The Razors
£6 door
plus Backline Blues
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 15
Bap Kennedy
£7adv £9door
plus Dawson Smith

Bap Kennedy has an impressive history, from his early career with Energy Orchard to his work with Van Morrison and Steve Earle, a fine country songwriter with a laid back style and melodies that sound simple but become difficult to shake off. The Ulster singer-songwriter readdresses his troubled love affair with the USA on his latest solo album, which with its easy country-soul ambience and purring pedal-steel sounds like it was recorded in Nashville rather than Belfast.
Mon 16
Tue 17
Woody Mann
£8 adv 10door
plus David Bristow
"This is one of those names that should be uttered only in hushed tones. Not only was he taught by the peerless guitar picker the Rev Gary Davis, but Mann has played with Son House, Bukka White and John Fahey and has studied jazz under the great Lennie Tristano. In between he has also managed to cut some dazzling music...don't miss a chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything - or anyone – better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master." - The Times
Wed 18
James Lewis Band
plus support
Thu 19
Jez Lowe
plus Shelia Mosley & Pete Burnham
Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies have been playing their songs and music of Northern England for a decade and a half around the folk festivals, clubs and concert stages of the world. "Acoustic simplicity coupled with electric vitality" was how they were described in their early days, and with half a dozen albums to their credit, along with solo albums by Jez and by other members of the group, their following has continued to increase.  Strong vocals, backed by outstanding instrumental back-up on guitar, cittern, fiddle, fretless bass, keyboards and Northumbrian Pipes, have made them one of Britain's top attractions on the folk/acoustic/celtic circuit.
Fri 20
Xander Promotions presents…
The Mustangs
£6 door
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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Sat 21
Beverley Craven
£17.50 adv £20door
plus Krystina Myles
Does anyone remember Beverley Craven? The dark haired songstress won a Brit award back in 1992, had a classic hit 'Promise Me' and her first album sold 2 million copies. Further chart success followed, with ‘Memories’, ‘Holding On’, ‘Woman to Woman’ and ‘Love Scenes’.  After years of enjoying maternal domesticity, the singer, songwriter and piano player is back in action touring again, to promote ‘Close to Home’, her first CD in ten years.
Sun 22
Acts Against Abuse Fundraiser
All proceeds to Leicester Domestic Abuse Support Service

feat: Smokey Grass Mountain Boys, Carol Leeming, Chris Conway, Goldilocks & The Three Bears, Kate Easton Trio, Meantime, Sheila Mosley and Pete Burnham

Mon 23
Tue 24
Ann Scott
£4adv £5door
plus Robert Post and Stevie Jones & Mark Gill
Dublin songwriter Ann Scott has an instantly identifiable voice with a musical armoury consisting of arrange of left-field guitars, newfangled synths, detuned mandolas and some quirky ideas on how to go about playing them .Her debut album 'Poor Horse' was voted into the Hotpress musicians' poll of Ireland 's top 100 albums ever. She has guested on records for Kila, David Kitt and Mark Geary and received praise in the UK on XFM, BBC1 and BBC 6. This will be an intimate acoustic show not to be missed from one of Ireland's most spellbinding and original new talents.
Wed 25

Kate Campbell
£7adv £8door
plus Mr Plow
"If you are looking for a distinctive singer-songwriter, there is no one better than Kate Campbell." - Country Music International. "Possessed of the lyrical grasp of Lucinda Williams and the eloquent vocal timbre of Emmylou Harris, she is a major talent.." - Time Out. "A major talent...simplicity, sincerity, and sophistication run rampant here." - Boston Globe. "An important voice that brings literary focus, to music that bridges the gap between country and folk." - CD Review.
Thu 26
Clive Gregson
£7adv £9door
plus Harry Manx
A founder member of Any Trouble, his songwriting career has spanned over four decades and is still going strong. A member of Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra, he has written many songs for her and has done so for other artists including Kim Carnes, Fairport Convention, Claire Martin, Norma Waterson and Smokie. As a songwriter he is delicate, intimate and down to earth. Live he is incredibly talented and a joy to watch perform.
Fri 27
The Modfathers (Jam/ Paul Weller tribute)
plus Stone Foundation
Sat 28
Live Wire (rock covers)

Rainbow Rising cancelled due to ill health, due to be rescheduled for next year.

Sun 29
Xander Promotions presents…
Dr Feelgood
£12adv £15door
From 1971 to lead vocalist Lee Brilleaux's untimely death in 1994, Dr. Feelgood never left the road, playing hundreds of gigs every year. Throughout their career, Dr. Feelgood never left simple, hard-driving Stonesy rock & roll behind. Their devotion to the blues and R&B earned them a devoted fan base and their sweaty live shows are legendary. Whilst the group's stripped-down, energetic sound paved the way for English punk rock in the late '70s, their back-to-basics style was ultimately overshadowed by the dominance of punk and new wave in the '80s. Since Brilleaux's death the remaining members of the last Feelgood's line-up have continued to tour regularly and maintain the legacy of their legendary former front man.

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Mon 30


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