Coming to The Musician in October
Wed 1
Hey Negrita
£7adv £9door
plus The Travelling Band and We Dream America

Thu 2
Tom Russell
£13adv £14door

“If American Music needs an heir to Johnny Cash, Tom Russell might just be the man. He's the real deal.” - Uncut. “Tom Russell is a noir cowboy with a voice that whispers like the dust blowing down a deserted circus midway . . . his albums wander through border-town barrooms, ghost town landscapes, deserted highways, closed down factories, old time carnivals and one ring circuses.” - San Francisco Chronicle. “The greatest living country songwriter is a man named Tom Russell; he’s written songs that capture the essence of America, a trait that can only be matched by the country’s greatest novelists . . .” - Rolling Stone.
Fri 3
Well ‘Ard Willie
plus Friday Street
Sat 4
Steve Gibbons
If you appreciate really hard, loud rock and roll Steve Gibbons is still your man. A guy who's kept his faith through thick and thin. Having reached his commercial peak in '78 when Tulane reached the Top 10, Steve is still rockin' as hard today. It's hard to define his approach, it's not country, nor blues, nor soul. He builds things consistently throughout his set, reaching high points that are all the more effective and satisfying for that. Virtually every other band on the planet could learn a lesson from his approach. His group specialises in slow burn rather flash fire and can put a pitbull sized bite onto a groove like say, Little Feat, The Meters or going back even further, The Coasters.
Sun 5
The Nimmo Brothers
“Pile driving R&B... A pleasure to listen to... Stevie and Alan Nimmo’s live performances leave you in no doubt as to their talents. It’s hard to describe this band without reaching for the superlatives. They are simply the gold standard of British blues - heck, forget that, these boys are world class.” - Blueprint. “The strength of the Nimmo Brothers is not only their accomplished performances, but also the quality of their own material… you don't have to be a blues fan to enjoy the Nimmo Brothers, but if you are it's heaven.” - Get Rhythm.
Mon 6
Tue 7

Chris Helme
Jane Taylor
Chris Helme

Chris Helme first appeared fronting John Squire’s post Stone Roses project, The Seahorses. After the Seahorses folded in 1999, Chris took time out to ‘sleep, write and start a family’, before returning in 2002 with The Yards, whose second album is due for release this year. Looking forward to playing in front of an audience again after a year in the studio, this is a great chance to see Chris at his best… live and in person.

Jane Taylor

Since the success of her debut album 'Montpelier' Jane has opened for Jools Holland, Bill Wyman and Paulo Nutini and returns to Leicester promoting her new album 'Compass', which she made in Sheffield with producer Colin Eliot (famous for his work on Richard hawley's 'Coles Corner'). It features the Hawley band, a gospel choir, the Grimethorpe Colliery band and the Porter and Davies strings. 'There is something very real and honest about what Jane creates that it connects with everyone. That is why we got such an overwhelming response and why I am a fan' - Johnnie Walker BBC Radio 2
Wed 8
Rod Picott with Amanda Shires
With a confident whiskey-smoked voice, strong narrative lyrics and a musical style that betrays influences as varied as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and The Beatles, Rod Picott has built a reputation as one of Music City's best singer/songwriters. His smart, honest songs and sincere passionate performances have earned him a loyal following. His first album, "Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues" won him rave critical reviews and comparisons with Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle amongst others. He was awarded the song of the year award with Slaid Cleaves at The Austin Music Festival, for co-writing Cleaves' breakthrough hit, "Broke Down". "The smartest, most honest writer I know…one of the few writers I look up to" - Slaid Cleaves.
Thu 9

The Groanbox Boys
plus Nathan Hamilton
The Groanbox Boys
The Groanbox sound is a unique blend of roots music performed on accordion, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica and myriad pieces of percussion. Their foot-stompin' sound features unconventional arrangements weaved together with tight vocal harmonies sung with a raw intensity. The Groanbox Boys have toured extensively throughout the UK and the east coast of the USA and made their local debut earlier this year with a storming set at the Leicester City Blues Festival.

Nathan Hamilton
"With the eye of a short-story writer, Texas bornNathan Hamilton pens songs sharp with detail and rich in imagery to create rugged slices of timeless and articulate Americana. Vocally he brings to mind a slightly more ragged Lyle Lovett, which fits well with his muscular songs. His eye for detail and vivid images is similar to the late Townes Van Zandt. Hamilton has established himself as one of Texas' best singer/songwriters. And in a state filled with great singer/songwriters, that is quite an accomplishment."
Fri 10
King Earl Boogie Band
£8adv £10door
A band with a long and proud heritage. King Earl & The Boogie Band was started by Paul King and Colin Earl founder members of Mungo Jerry. Bringing together some of the best musical talent in the country including original Status Quo drummer John Coughlan, the current line-up have also played with Alexis Korners's Blues Incorporated, Foghat, Thin Lizzy, and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, and feature a lead guitarist who has three times been voted Acoustic Blues Guitarist Of The Year.
Sat 11

Travelling Riverside Blues Band
plus Dr Bob Dayfield and Big Geoff Bates
Sun 12
Elliot Brood
please note - Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons of Littlefield cancelled
Mon 13
Tue 14
Edwina Hayes
plus The Wayfairing Stranglers
Wed 15
The Dacha Band
plus James Lewis, Dave Voss, Mathew & The Echo's
Thu 16
Kent DuChaine
plus JJ
Fri 17
Nicky Moores Blues Corporation
Nicky Moore has been playing and singing since the dawn of man. In various incarnations Nicky has had five hits in the singles charts, had hit LP's, appeared in Bob Dylan 'Hearts of Fire' and Nicky Moore and the Blues Corporation have been voted the countries top live blues band by Radio 2 listeners. His bands have included Samson, Mammoth, Uli John Roth & Electric Sun, Mister Big Stuff and the Nicky Moore and the aforementioned Blues Corporation.
Sat 18
plus The Last Pedestrians
Man first started off at the end of the Sixties, called it a day towards the end of the Seventies, then in the early Eighties realized they could do nothing better than get together again. They defy categorisation... guitar driven hard rock? Well, yes, but they still have heavy influences from their early psychedelic era... bluesy... at times soulful... They have been influenced by the West Coast sound, especially Quicksilver Messenger Service, have worked with Dave Edmunds, they used to tour with Hawkwind... Impossible to sum up. Except that they are very, very good.
Sun 19
Mon 20
Tue 21
Bob Brozman
plus Chris Armston
Bob Brozman is a guitarist like no other: an established and prolific recording artist, performer, producer, and author, Bob is a non-stop world traveler and tireless researcher in ethnomusicology. His work with musicians from around the world in the past several years has marked him as not only a virtuoso musician and slide guitarist, but also as a pioneer in finding a common thread among global musical cultures.
Wed 22
Peter Rowan
£8adv £10door
plus The Toy Hearts
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.
Thu 23
Dean Friedman
plus Chris Conway
Dean Friedman first delighted UK audiences with his chart-topping hit, Lucky Stars. The now classic single, paved the way for a slew of hits off of Friedman's critically acclaimed album, "Well, Well" Said the Rocking Chair. Friedman has since earned a loyal, international following and his music continues to influence a new generation of contemporary artists, inspiring covers and re-workings of his songs by groups such as Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five and The Blenders.
Fri 24
Howard Smith & The Razors
plus Dirty Robbers
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.
Sat 25
The Pirates
plus Friends Of Leonard
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 26

please note: The Baby Lemonade tour has been cancelled

Mon 27
Tue 28

Andy White
plus Findley Webster and Daryl Kirkland
Andy White is a poet and powerbook-toting troubadour, who grew up in Belfast, surrounded by Irish beauty and terrorist violence. His father is a political writer and his grandmother was a piano player. Music and lyricism run in the family. "I grew up hearing folk music dividing people into one side or the other. I wanted to write a new folk music. Uniting our traditions with the rock music we loved and the new political future we hoped for. I started off writing poems and then picked up an acoustic guitar when I heard John Lennon sing 'Give Peace A Chance'. Put them both together, that's all."

Wed 29
Bob Fox & Stu Luckley
£8adv £10door
plus GU4 and Phil Hulfe
Thu 30
Musician Records presents…
feat. Dan Brittan, David Wyatt, Andy Griffiths, Gren Bartley, Joel Owen and Jon Budding
Fri 31

The Sadies
plus support
Toronto based foursome The Sadies are no ordinary band. Their sound is a breathless rush of punk, surf, bluegrass, spaghetti Western instrumentals and cosmic country rock. At home on any stage they're on, the band's mind-blowing technical dexterity, coupled with their almost careless stage presence and reckless aesthetic add up to make their live shows very special events.


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