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Coming to The Musician in October



Fri 1
Forty Tenth promotions presents...
Thea Gilmore
£13adv £15door
plus Louis Eliot & the Embers

"Gilmore is blazing her own path towards classic status as a songwriter." - The Guardian; "The most prolific and intelligent wordsmith of her generation." - The Independent; "Deceptively populist and deceitfully dark." - MOJO; "Britain has spawned very few world class female singer-songwriters, but Gilmore is already in a league of her own." - Q magazine; "Vituperative, intelligent and sharp as a tack." - Observer.

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Sat 2
plus Boothby Graffoe
As part of ist's 10th anniversary celebrations - and to celebrate the release of their forthcoming compilation "The Only Of" and special edition digital rereleases of their three acclaimed albums, ist come back to the venue where it all started for a very special gig, featuring the brass of the Swinging Laurels.


Sun 3
Edwina Hayes
plus The Troubadours
'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.



Tue 5
Magic Teapot presents…
The Miserable Rich
plus One Cure For Man and Richard Warren
"The Miserable Rich’s striking, fully fledged debut immediately sets them apart. Five in number, they play what can perhaps be best described as acoustic chamber pop, everything coming decorously draped with the rather mournful accompaniment of cello and violin. Beyond that, though, it’s James De Malplaquet’s warm, hazy voice coupled with the songs’ ruminative aspect that impress most, from tales of drunks and bonnie barmaids to such beautifully tender moments as Boat Song and The Knife Thrower’s Hand." - Q

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Wed 6



Thu 7
Hannah James & Sam Sweeney
plus support
Hannah and Sam have been playing together for almost 8 years. They met in 2002 and have been playing together in English folk group Kerfuffle since then. More recently known for their work with Bellowhead and the Demon Barber Roadshow, they are now embarking on a new project as a duo. The debut album Catches & Glees is out now.


Fri 8
The Chris Armson Band
plus The Screamimg Hawks


Sat 9
Ian McNabb
plus Dan Brittan and Stevie Jones
Ian McNabb is known both for his work as leader and songwriter-in-chief of the Icicle Works in the 1980s, and his critically-acclaimed solo career throughout from the early 1990s to date. He has also played with musicians as diverse as Ringo Starr, Crazy Horse, Mike Scott (of The Waterboys), and Danny Thompson of folk legends Pentangle.


Sun 10
The Deadstring Brothers
£7adv £8door
plus The Epstein, Society

and The Outwoods County Riders
It may be surprising to hear Americana coming from Detroit, a city known for Iggy Pop, Motown and The MC5. But frustration and regret have always been present in great country music and from its bombed-out inner city to its sterile suburbs, Detroit has its share too. Not unlike Exile-era Stones, the band delivers a sound that draws on the melancholy of country and the abandon of rock and blues. Their songs are rooted in the storytelling traditions of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, whilst their melodies reveal the influence of The Band and Gram Parsons.


Mon 11
Kevin Welch 
£7adv £9door
plus Alana Levandoski and The Notorious Dawson Brothers
Kevin Welch's poetic songs paint pictures of real people - people you know, people you've seen - so clearly that you realize quickly he's a keen observer of the human experience. His songs have an almost film-like quality in their vision and beauty.


Tue 12
Willie Nile
plus Micky Kemp
Willie Nile is a songwriters’ songwriter. No less a personage than Lucinda Williams has said of him, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.” And he’s never been more eloquent than he is here. Lou Reed hails Streets of New York as “a great album,” while Graham Parker calls it “a real gem—stirring melodies, passionate vocals, intriguing lyrics…every track a winner.” Says Ian Hunter, “Willie’s from the big-hearted downtown alleyways of NYC (New York commitment). Well done!” Little Steven adds, “Willie Nile is so good I can’t believe he’s not from New Jersey!”


Wed 13
Magic Teapot & Andy Wright presents…
Lisbee Stainton
plus support
'A serious young talent.' - TOM ROBINSON; "Bound for exquisite slice of traditional songwriting" - THE TIMES; "Impressive" - THE DAILY EXPRESS; "She's currently the darling of Radio 2 and BBC 6music, and it's easy to hear why" - THE SUNDAY EXPRESS; "Lisbee's appeal is clear: slowly revolving rhythms, wistful English melancholy with a soul undertow, and a sweet folk-pop voice." – MOJO"; "Cultured folk pop" - THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY; ''Lisbee Stainton's sun-kissed guitar pop made a rainy night in Soho feel like a sunny Glasto afternoon.' - THE LONDONPAPER; 'If you thought folk music was all bearded men with long fingernails wailing about another bad harvest, think again. Angel-voiced Lisbee, 20, proves that folk has undergone a young, fresh makeover.' - NEW MAGAZINE


Thu 14
"Allowed A Voice' album release

plus Andy Griffiths
Due for release in October 2010, this new offering from one of Leicester's established local bands is eagerly anticipated. Entitled "Allowed a Voice," the new album promises to deliver more of Refuge's relaxed melodies and intricate lyrical plays. Enriched by their partnership contributions, this new album will showcase lyrics written by mental health service users alongside original material from members of Refuge, as the songs on the album cover topics from positive outlooks on support and recovery, though to coping mechanisms for challenges such as anxiety and depression.


Fri 15
Lazy Sunday presents…
Sounds of Simon
£7adv £9door
The UK's leading tribute to Simon and Garfunkel make an overdue return to the Musician. This is a full band show celebrating the music of this wonderful duo. From the early harmonies of "Wednesday Morning 3am" and "The Sounds of Silence" to later tracks like "Mrs Robinson2 and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" this show covers it all. The band also draw extensively from Paul Simon's solo career, which means there is something here for everyone. This is live entertainment at its very best, and not to be missed. "A musical feast..." Chris Lloyd, Talon . "World class...." The Hinckley Times




Sat 16

Private Party


Sun 17
Dee Anderson
“She does a fine job on her debut!” - Daily Express; “The most talked about Jazz Sensation of 2007″ - Real People; “The Queen of Jazz” - Totally; “Dee’s latest single is a GO” - The Sun; “The music industry may be dominated by teenage popstrels, but Dee Anderson knows there is no substitute for experiance… Her album… SO GOOD!” - The Independent




Tue 19
Kontra Roots presents…
Paul Liddell
£4adv £5 door
plus Irene Rae, Kevin Buxton and East West
“A very good album from a highly talented singer/songwriter/musician” – Maverick Magazine; “Glittering nuggets of irresistible folk-pop gold” – The Crack Magazine; “Hard to compare to other musicians... Liddell does it so well that you overlook the rest” – East Magazine


Wed 20
Bob Fox
plus support

"Fox always was one of the scene's superior singers and his voice is as confident and ebullient as it ever was." - Folk Roots; "Bob is a greatly under-rated singer and musician, if he were pushier he'd be up there with the Carthys and Gaughans and he could certainly teach the upcoming generation a thing or three!" - Stirrings; "One of the great voices of the whole of the Folk Revival, several definitive performances of some great songs." -Living Tradition


Thu 21
Oxjam presents...

Charlotte Carpenter, Refuge, Davonprot


Fri 22
Howard Smith & The Razors
featuring Martin Birch
£6 door
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 23
Mitch Benn & The Distractions
“Is it a gig or a comedy show? So musically adept are Mitch Benn and the Distractions, and so droll their parodies, you get the best of both worlds. From U2 to Guns N' Roses to Lloyd Webber, each transformation is funnier to than the last. The set divides between original comic songs and direct send-ups and when the spoof tunes begin, the audience are in his thrall. There's something liberating about seeing icons toppled, about seeing their styles so blithely replicated. And the exactitude of the imitations is sublime. Best of all is Eminem's Macbeth, in which Malcolm "comes back to attack the Mac with a pack of Sassenachs". Benn is neither slim nor shady, but as this showstopper proves, he's the real deal.” - The Guardian.


Sun 24
Gurf Morlix
Producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Gurf Morlix is best-known for his 11-year creative partnership with Lucinda Williams as her guitarist, band leader and producer of two of her classic, albums: her 1988 breakthrough Lucinda Williams and 1992's Sweet Old World. His work with Williams led him to produce multiple recordings for Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Robert Earl Keen and Mary Gauthier, as well as discs by Tom Russell, Ian McLagan, Butch Hancock, Hot Club of Cowtown. Gurf has also performed and recorded with Eliza Gilkyson, Warren Zevon, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Michelle Shocked, Robert Plant, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mojo Nixon, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Case, Steve Earle, Harry Dean Stanton, Billy Swan, Charlie Sexton, Victoria Williams, James McMurtry, Sonny Landreth, Doyle Bramhall, Flaco Jimenez, Steve Forbert, Bill Kirchen, Lazy Lester, Rosanne Cash, David Byrne, Kevin Welch, C.C. Adcock, John Prine, Dave Alvin, to name some but hardly all. He's also a damn fine singer, writer and performer in his own right.


Tue 26
Little Toby Walker
plus Chris Armson
"It's obvious that Toby Walker is one of the most enjoyable artists in the world." - Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin. "Walker's guitar work is inspired. His finger picking is as intricate as any linen finery... A pinch of Piedmont, a dash of Delta, a solid Chicago undercurrent. A brilliant, remarkable guitarist." - Blues Revue. "A real killer with fantastic technique. He just knocks me out." - John Hammond.


Wed 27
Crooked Still
£10adv £12door
plus support
“Crooked Still continue to redefine the parameters of bluegrass and progressive folk with their unique take on the old-time music they love. The tunes on Some Strange Country are mostly traditional, but the band infuses them with a subtle bluegrass virtuosity, chamber music attitude, and solos that often sound like they were borrowed from classical music… Aoife O’Donovan’s voice is the focal point of the album, delivering the songs with the understated virtuosity typical of the best folksingers.” - All Music Guide


Thu 28
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
plus support
Winners of two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Best Duo 2003, Horizon Award 2000 Nominated again for Best Duo 2007. Groundbreaking English fiddle player and singer Nancy Kerr and her Aussie partner James Fagan (bouzouki, voice) play a scintillating mix of traditional and contemporary acoustic music drawn mostly from the English and Australian traditions.


Fri 29
Xander Promotions presents…
Hotter than Hell

£8adv £10door
Hotter Than Hell is Europe's Ultimate Kiss Tribute Band. With members coming from all corners of Europe to join forces in 2003. Voted as one of the hottest Kiss Tribute Shows in Europe, they deliver the ultimate night out in tribute to the Hottest Band in the World!  The show mimics the world-renowned classic 1970s Style KISS Stage Show in every way with Mind-blowing Pyrotechnics, Fire breathing, Blood Spitting, Smoking Guitars, Greasepaint Make-Up, Theatrical Costumes and 7-inch Platform Boots. Replicating songs from the KISS Multi-Platinum Hits from the 70s to play: Detroit Rock City, Crazy Crazy Nights, Rock N Roll All Night and God Gave Rock and Roll to You. Early Halloween Party – fancy dress optional.

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Sat 30
Lay-Z Boi Music presents...

Natalie Squance

plus support

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Sun 31

Private party



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