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A guide for Customers

These days artists and bands tend to book their tours months in advance. In order to give you the best notice of up and coming shows we list events once they have been confirmed by the band or their management


The downside of this is that dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes at very short notice. We do our best to ensure that this site is kept as up to date as is possible, with updates happening at least once a week.


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Coming to The Musician in November



Thu 1
Edwina Hayes

£9adv £10door

plus Mark Wynn and Camilla Larsen
"A very talented young lady" - Michael Parkinson

"A wonderful young woman, so gifted and full of song, with a voice as sweet as the angels" - Nanci Griffith

"Like a soft blanket" - Perez Hilton

"Haunting honeyed solo songwriter" - The Guardian

"Haunting vocals" - Time Out

"A true pleasure watching and listening to this talent at work" - Virgin Radio


Fri 2
The Mick Ralphs Blues Band

£12adv £14door

plus Simon Faulks & Tony Alles

What’s left when you’ve already been an integral part of not one but two legendary rock 'n’ roll bands, Mott the Hoople and Bad Company, and broken record sales records and box office statistics all over the globe? In Mick Ralphs’ case, you surround yourself with a band of dyed in the wool blues veterans and set out to play a series of intimate club shows covering the material that made you want to pick up the guitar in the first place. Music first made famous by the likes of BB King, Freddie King, Sonny Boy Williams and Rufus Thomas. Fresh from the recent Mott reunion and Bad Company tours, expect a nod to the latter too!


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Sat 3
Litmus + Cherry Choke

£10adv £12door

Litmus are the UK's (and possibly the world's) most innovative and progressive spacerock band. Heavy and yet musical, they will take you on a journey to inner or outer space. Litmus ARE spacerock for the 21st century. A collection of throbbing bass, pounding drums, searing guitar, swirling keyboards and screeching electronics, they are here to open heads and recalibrate minds. Live shows are an audio-visual extravaganza of projections, images and sounds, all taking the audience on a journey to the far reaches of space.


Cherry Choke play heavy psychedelic rock. Think! Blue Cheer fighting it out with Baby Woodrose as the Jimi Hendrix Experience look on from the bar. Think! Molten guitars hyped up on cheap fuzz with an untutored yet soulful vocal courtesy of frontman Mathew Bethancourt. Think! Heavy Gibson bass grooves from Gregg Hunt and a furious Keith Moon drum attack from Dan Lockton.


For more info visit


Sun 4

The Drugstore Cowboys

plus support
High Octane Roadhouse Rockabilly is probably theeasiest way to start to describe the wall of sound the Drugstore Cowboys have been performing to their audiences since their formation in 1998. In this time the band have performed in excess of 400 shows up and down their home country of England, as well as shows in Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and the USA. The band draw from many musical styles, from traditional 50s rock n roll, country, tex mex and blues influences, through to 60s, garage, and surf.




Mon 5

Gong, much in the manner of Dr Who has gone through one of it's periodic 're-generations' and now takes the form of Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Orlando Allen (drums), Fabio Golfetti (guitar), Dave Sturt (bass) and Ian East (sax 'n' flute).


Accomplished drummer/producer Orlando is of course Gilli and Daevid's younger son. Fabio Golfetti, leading light of the Invisible Opera Company of Tibet (Brazil), is a very polished guitarist in smooth Gilmour-esque prog mode and of course a glissando guitar practitioner of long standing. And many have already experienced the entertaining, expert musicianship of Ian East and Dave Sturt.


Yes indeed things do change but Gong's mission statement remains rampantly and receptively what it always has been - that is, just whatever you perceive it to


For more info visit


Tue 6


£3adv £4door

plus The Daydream Club, White Giant and Mahalia

Doors open 7pm

Kenworthy were formed in January 2011, consisting of Jack Kenworthy on piano, guitar and vocals, Dom Potts on bass and Lee Masters on drums. Jack is the self described "Indie/Electro/Pop/Jazz kind of thing” that is soon to croon his way onto the scene this summer, with dulcet tones fused with ambient and a dash of electro thrown in for good measure, you would be advised to jump on the wagon now.


Wed 7



Thu 8

Vin Garbutt
£10adv £12door

plus Sunjay Brayne
Powerful, hugely moving, warm, humane, inspired, funny and gut wrenchingly honest. These are just some of the superlatives used to describe Vin's performance. This international, award winning, singer songwriter is completing his 42nd year on the road. This year sees the release of the biopic film "Teesside Troubadour" documenting Vin's life and career. He is forever in demand and his shows very often sell out, so get your tickets early!


WINNER of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001


Fri 9

Fred Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin Tribute)
£6adv £8door

2012 marks Fred Zeppelin's nineteenth year together and the four members of the band are true Zeppelin fans, forming 'The Freds' out of their admiration and love of Led Zeppelin's music. As their name suggests, they do not take themselves too seriously. They know the praise belongs to Robert, Jimmy, John Paul and Bonzo, but they aim to do justice to the music and they certainly achieve that.


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Sat 10

Dark Side Of The Wall (Pink Floyd Tribute)
£10adv £12door

Dark Side Of The Wall on Facebook

Making their debut appearance at the Musician are the award winning Coventry-based tribute band ‘Dark Side Of The Wall’ for an evening of classic Pink Floyd music.

With over 16 years of live shows behind them this experienced 8-piece line-up still wow their audiences by combining their obvious on-stage enthusiasm with all the necessary attention to detail. The common perception is that Pink Floyd music can be pretty serious stuff but DSOTW are proof that it be can be great fun too with the special atmosphere they always create during their shows.


DSOTW will be performing Pink Floyd tracks from all their popular albums in well over 2 hours of reverent tribute to their heroes, including all the classics such as Comfortably Numb, Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Another Brick In The Wall to name just a few. If you’ve seen Dark Side Of The Wall in concert before then you’ll know it’s a night not to be missed, as they bring their theatre show into the more intimate setting of the Musician.


Sun 11


plus Fay Brotherhood

Moulettes have been playing together for several years now. After a couple of EPs and singles they released an acclaimed debut album on Balling The Jack/Sotones in 2010, which found its way on to several Best Of The Year lists. They also won an Innovation Award from the prestigious Fatea roots-music website. Their charismatic, idiosyncratic brand of modern folk music – which incorporates elements of prog-rock, indie, classical, jazz and blues - enthralled crowds at many festivals, including Larmer Tree, Glastonbury, Big Session and Latitude, where they played BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction stage.


For more info visit


Mon 12
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 13

Mad Dog McRea + Cosmo Jarvis

plus The Ranters

With a fresh six piece and 3 albums, Mad Dog McRea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and 'shake your ass' music into their ever bubbling cauldron of kaleidoscopic orchestrations. From self penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life to traditional anecdotes referring to gypsies, fairies, legless pirates, black flies and wise old jungle bears the band bring you on an engaging yet sometimes obscure lyrical journey! Mad Dog McRea never fail to capture the complete attention of their audience with their infectious songs.


Cosmo Jarvis is an artist for whom one word will never really be enough. He’s a singer, a songwriter, an actor, a director, a composer, a producer and a multi-instrumentalist. He writes about topics ranging from his alienation from religion to the equal treatment of gay pirates (and he’s completed nearly three hundred songs already). Cosmo is an extraordinarily talented twenty-three year old, and a genuine one off. When Brian Eno is singing your praises, as he did recently on 6Music - “he is a very interesting example to me of a new kind of person; a new kind of artist” - you must be doing something right.


For more info visit


Wed 14

Kent DuChaine

plus Howlin' Mat and Tony Alles
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 15

O'Hooley & Tidow with Jim Causley

A welcome return for the two dapper gentlewomen and purveyors of chamber folk, augmented by Devon folk singer incarnate Jim Causley. With their latest album, The Fragile, picking up raves from Mojo, Uncut, fRoots, R2, Songlines, the Guardian and pretty much everyone who heard it, Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow's time is now. Their irresistible blend of striking arrangements, sublime harmonies and cheeky Northern banter entrances audiences everywhere.


Jim Causley has played with Waterson:Carthy, Dave Rotheray (The Beautiful South) and Mawkin:Causley, was part of Anais Mitchell's acclaimed folk opera "Hadestown" and has a thriivng solo career as well. His wry and cheeky stage presence, combined with his warm rich voice, have made a him a live favourite everywhere.


Fri 16

Lazy Sunday presents...

John Otway
£10adv £12door
Armed with only a modicum of musical ability, a self-deprecating sense of humour and no apparent fear of public humiliation, John Otway has had a career spanning over 20 years. A consummate and highly popular entertainer, these days, he is better known for his comic attempts to scale the heights of superstardom than his actual success.


Sat 17

£8adv £10door

plus Motherlode
Del Bromham's Stray are a power trio that mix scintillating lead guitar with melodic anthems such as "All in Your Mind" which has been covered by Iron Maiden. Back in the ‘70s Stray were one of the hardest gigging and consistently excellent live acts on the circuit. With fiery guitarist Del Bromham still at the top of his game, the new Stray line-up consisting of Del, Stuart Uren and Karl Randall is setting new standards for one of Britain’s most enduring rock bands.


For more info visit


Sun 18

Park Bench Society

£2adv £3door

plus Nancy Dawkins

Afternoon Show (3pm til 5pm)

Formed in March 2011, Park Bench Society describe their sound as an original blend of largely acoustic melodic indie, with an affection for ska, but they say that they certainly don’t fall perfectly into any existing genres. Lol cat. Lyrically, they are currently trying to document the trials and triumphs of youth and romance in suburbia, hopefully channeling the wit and wordplay of the likes of Alex Turner and Jamie T, and also the passion of Win Butler and Justin Vernon, to create what they hope are insightful and relatable lyrics, without ever taking themselves too seriously.


Sun 18

Wake Up presents...



plus Preacher And The Bear, Hiatus and Carlos The Manager

Evening Show (8pm til close)

A night featuring a selection of local bands presented by Wake Up.


Mon 19
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 20



plus Skarlett Trip, The Protoneers and New Pilgrims


Super73: an alternative rock band from central England. Drawing upon the influences of their previous excursions, the band have a fresh, exciting sound that sits comfortably in today's market.


Skarlett Trip: a rock band based in Leicester, described as "Full-out Punk-Rock dripping with aggression and attitude – it’s an undeniably raw and exciting noise" by Surface Unsigned.


The Protoneers: hailing from Lincolnshire and originally formed in 2009, their sound is guitar driven and based around Alternative/Progressive Rock.


New Pilgrims: a 4 piece Indie band from Leicestershire. Started in early 2012, they are fresh on the scene and draw influences from the likes of Arctic Monkeys and The Smiths.


For more info about Horus Music visit


Wed 21
The Heather Findlay Band
£12adv £14door

plus Odin DragonFly

Heather Findlay fronted Mostly Autumn for over 13 years, taking them from fledgling local hopefuls to international Classic Rock giants. Along the way she cemented her reputation as a celebrated songwriter, mesmerising performer and awesome vocalist, possessed of a unique and keen ability to communicate heart, power and emotion in her singing.


Following last year's 'tremendous new beginning' (The Musician Magazine), Heather Findlay is back out on tour with her dynamite band, continuing to build on her much revered debut release 'The Phoenix Suite', with brand her new release, 'Songs from the Old Kitchen'. With the promise of unleashing more new material in the live set this tour will be unmissable!


'As a solo performer in her own right, Findlay's star looks set to burn brightly' - Jerry Ewing, Editor – Classic Rock PROG Magazine


Thu 22

State Of The Union (Boo Hewerdine & Brooks Williams)

plus Wooden Horse

State Of The Union combines the talents of America and England, producing an end result that is sure to delight fans of hook-laden songs, fiery and emotional guitar playing and soulful vocals. Tapping into a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to Blind Lemon Jefferson, the wide open Fenlands and the frenetic buzz of London, State Of The Union is a masterclass in songwriting, showing off the talents of bluesy Americana stalwart Brooks Williams and cult British singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine to full effect.

The powerful vocals and guitar of Jamie Knight and the bottleneck and finger-picking skills of Ben Church make up Wooden Horse, a duo playing a mix of country blues, bluegrass, Americana and originals all filled with classic harmonies and great playing.


Fri 23 and Sat 24

Weekend Ticket £35adv

Friday Evening Ticket £15adv

Saturday Day Ticket £22adv

feat. Galahad, Also Eden, Magenta, Konchordat, The Tirith, Landmarq, Credo and Indigochild plus special guests The Cryptic Clues

Doors 6:30pm on Friday, 12:00pm on Saturday

The second Danfest takes place at The Musician this time over two days. Friday evening headline sees long established band Landmarq performing their blend of melodic prog mixed with the tones from Tracy Hitchings. Also Credo will add a punch to the evening with material from their fine albums. Opening Friday will be the young talented Indigochild.

Saturday early afternoon will feature world famous band Magenta, who play at most other festivals. Konchordat add their spice of melody and powerful guitar chords, while The Tirith will be opening proceedings with their blues tinged prog. Late afternoon/early evening will be opened by Also Eden, whose last album Think Of The Children has made a lasting impact to many prog ears. Following the special guests yet to be announced and closing the festival will be Galahad who this year have been very active, releasing two albums. Get ready for a magical weekend of great music.


Sun 25

Leicester Rocks

Afternoon Show (12pm til 6pm)


Leicester Rocks is a training programme run by local musical troubadours Dan Britton and Simon Gilroy. It is there to help with getting back into the music scene - running a regular mentored rehearsal programme at Quad Studios. This afternoon will showcase a selection of bands with a wide variety of performances, who have been part of Leicester Rocks.


Sun 25

The Fores


plus L.O.S.T and The Dirty Future

Evening Show (8pm til close)


The Fores are Mods and Rockers, Movers and Shakers inspired by The Rollings Stones and The Beatles; the Brit pop revolution and the Stadium Rockers. The band have been performing worldwide, relentlessly recording and taking the music industry by storm.


L.O.S.T are a heavy dose of punk! Inspired by the likes of Green Day, Blink-182, and Avenged Sevenfold among many others, you can expect an energetic performance from the young Staffordshire based band.


The Dirty Future are a local 4-piece band, hailing from Market Harborough. They describe their sound as 'dirty', and are guaranteed to put on a good show. Expect an electric opening performance from this exciting 4-piece!


For more info about Horus Music visit


Mon 26
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!




Tue 27

Mike Tramp (White Lion)


plus New Generation Superstars Unplugged

First rising to stardom over 30 years ago with “Mabel”, White Lion frontman Tramp earlier this year re-emerged as a public figure in Denmark via his appearance on the TV show “All Stars”. “It was a great chance to show and tell an entire country my life story of 32 years in rock ’n’ roll”.


As someone who has gambled his life and given his heart and soul to rock 'n' roll, Tramp is philosophical when pondering what rock 'n' roll has given him in return. “To me it is my lifestyle, a pair of glasses that I view life through, a pair of boots that take me to where I want to go and a religion that allows you freedom to follow your heart and do what you want.”


Mike Tramp – “a life of no limits, rules or compromises”.


For more info visit


Wed 28

Alun Parry

Adults £6adv £7door, Concessions £4adv £5door

plus The Red Leicester Choir

Doors 7:30pm, Show starts 8pm

Alun Parry is a Liverpool folk singer and songwriter with something to say about the world. His tagline “If John Lennon were a folk singer and Tony Benn wrote his lyrics” sums up his style to a tee. Having started his musical career as an award winning busker, he has played support to artists such as Billy Bragg, Leon Rosselson, David Rovics, and Chumbawamba – as well as folk legend Roy Bailey who counts himself as a fan.


Concessionary tickets apply to those under 18, out of work, or over 65.


Thu 29

The Toy Hearts
£7adv £8door

plus Janet Robin & Stevie Jones

This Birmingham based sister fronted outfit have been not-so-quietly carving out their own niche in the Americana and Roots music scene for a while now, so if you haven’t been to one of their shows before you are in for a real treat. And, although it may seem improbable that two young women from the Midlands would have the ability to produce authentic and innovative Country music, you really should leave those pre-conceptions at the door.


They manage to tip their hats to their influences from Bluegrass, Country and Swing, whilst making their own mark, and having their own distinct style, which is quite different to that of those whom inspire them. From the heartbreak in Hannah’s voice, to her sister’s take-no-prisoners guitar playing, to their father Stewart's multi instrumental talents, this unlikely trio demonstrate what it means to really want to play this kind of music and truly love doing so.


Fri 30

Green Date (Green Day Tribute)

plus Little Red Kings

The formation of Green Date pre-dates the world shaking arrival of the album “American Idiot” and the never-to-be-forgotten “Bullet In A Bible” tour. Based in Nottinghamshire, Green Date are one of the finest tribute bands, displaying their talents to fans across the four corners of the British Isles and further afield into mainland Europe. Now well established in the nation’s punk circle the members of Green Date are all gifted musicians in their own right. However, the passion and creative edge that comes across in their live shows derives from their collective love of the band they so closely emulate, Green Day.


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