Sat 1
  Closed - Private Party
Sun 2
Paul Howe's 60th Birthday Bash
Full line-up to be announced.
Everyone welcome.
Mon 3
Tue 4

Dan Aid
Support Musician bar manager
Dan Fowler's 1000 mile drum walk from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise money for Prostate Cancer research. Perfomers include - Stevie Jones, Joel Owen, Natile Squance, Codex & Arnson, Andy Griffiths, Sam Letts, Chris Lay, Oli Dickinson, Christine, Crooked Line.

Wed 5
Clarkesville Mountain Boys
plus The Lizards
Formed early in 2005, the Clarksville's wealth of musical experience and their love of country, bluegrass, and hillbilly music gave birth to their idiosyncratic Clarksville 'good timey' sound. Having established a loyal local following the band has since put their show on the road and made overseas appearances at the prestigious Waterford Spraoi Festival and the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Ireland. Whilst still covering many traditional classics it is their tunes, by such renowned honk-tonkers as Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and Bob Marley that really grab your attention.
Thu 6
Ian Siegal Band
"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 of Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf." - Bob Dayfield, Blueprint.
Fri 7
John Butler & Rick Willson
plus Robert Brown
Diesel Park West’s creative star is well and truly on the rise again, what with an excellent new album Blood & Grace due in April as well as recent live tributes to both the Byrds and The Band under their belts. Frontmen John Butler & Rick Willson are no less impressive when performing unplugged, playing a mixture of Diesel Park West favourites and songs from many of their ‘60s West Coast heroes such as Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane, CSNY and the aforementioned Byrds.
Sat 8
Memo Gonzalez & The Bluescasters
Fronted by the 300 pounds of Tex-Mex dynamite that is Memo Gonzalez, The Bluescasters are classic high-octane mix of harp driven blues, Gulf Coast swing and ’50s rock 'n' roll. Dallas native Gonzalez is a phenomenal performer, a big man with an even bigger voice, who with every drop of sweat and every bounce of his slick black quiff, proves that the blues is about more than suffering and pain, because wisdom, wit and a whole lotta fun are always integral to a Bluescasters show. From guitar heavy Texan roadhouse blues, to spicy Louisiana R&B, Memo Gonzalez & The Bluescasters rock the joint wherever they play. "This band swings like a suspension bridge in a hurricane." - Blueprint Magazine.
Sun 9
The Dan Collective
The music of Becker and Fagen (Steely Dan) featuring the hub of the Danny Steel Orchestra rhythm section: Chris Watts on Fender Rhodes and Vocals and Neil Thompson on Electric Bass, together with ace drummer Ian Beestin, saxophonist and jazz luminary Ian Hill and Andy Hagiioannu, the jazz guitarist whose debut album “Far and Wide” is currently enjoying ecstatic reviews both here in the UK and in the USA.
Mon 10
Tue 11
Stevie Jones with Mark Gill
"Live At The Musician' DVD launch
plus C Bob + Calder + Liz Scattergood
The last eighteen months have been busy for this Northants-based songwriter. Pushing the debut CD 'New Life' - the ten track album has recieved good reviews and radio coverage and with successful slots at The Big Session in 2006 and 2007 the duo have continued to gig as much as possible to build up a reputation as a formidable live act. This special headline show marks the release of a new limited edition DVD 'Live at the Musician'. Recorded by Andy Eathorne (who has also worked with Snow Patrol) the DVD truly captures the raw live edge of their set last summer. Following in the footsteps of acts like Ezio, early David Gray and John Butler Trio this is a gig not to be missed with a great line up of special guests also taking the stage and the first 20 through the door get a free copy of the DVD.
Wed 12
Rod Picott
plus Adrian Nation
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 13
Brian Houston
plus Chris Conway
£7adv £9door
"An Irish treasure waiting to happen…..Houston’s brand of lively and passionate folk rock demonstrates his finely  tuned melodic sense and clever, astutely commercial writer’s ear…his sheer exuberance as a performer…Houston is a natural communicator….an extremely unpretentious artist…..far from being a cheerful but vacuous crowd-pleaser…Houston ensures that there is heartfelt lyrical substance behind every song." - Maverick Magazine. "Sugar Queen is bristling with hope joy love and fabulous songs." - Mojo. "A writer of considerable warmth and wit." - Uncut.
Fri 14

The Nimmo Brothers
plus Split Whiskers
“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.

Sat 15
Tony McPhee's Groundhogs
plus The Forty Fours
£10adv £12door
The Groundhogs remain one of most fondly regarded bands British blues rock groups. In their formative years, they toured extensively with John Lee Hooker and Champion Jack Dupree. Their ‘70s releases such as Thank Christ For The Bomb, Who Will Save the World? and The Mighty Groundhogs are powerful rock albums, with blistering lead guitar from their long term frontman, McPhee. This latest incarnation of the band features McPhee along with Dave Anderson on bass and Marco Anderson on drums.
Sun 16
The Wildcards
"The bands incorporation of rock-a-billy, swing and the blues brings to mind Reverend Horton Heat, but this British act are far more imaginative - putting together a marvellously diverse collection of songs that show a creative edge all too many blues acts seem to lack. " - Blues Matters. "They are already streets ahead of the competition and have the makings of a truly great band, combining astonishing assurance with the restless quest for new musical possibilities." - Blues In Britain.
Mon 17

Tue 18
Freddy ‘Steady’ Krc
& The Wes McGhee Band

plus Grant Langstone Band
From Austin to Prague, from San Francisco to London, Freddie "Steady" Krc has plied his musical trade across the globe for more than twenty years. Decended from Czechoslovakian musicians, Freddie's druming has provided the "Steady" beat for Jerry Jeff Walker & The Gonzo Compadres for many years. As well as recording with Carole King, Roky Erickson and Jerry Jeff, Freddie has fronted several cult Austin roots-rock bands including The Explosives and his current group The Shakin' Apostles.
Wed 19

Santa Cruz River Band
plus support
£6adv £8door
Michael J. Ronstadt (brother of Linda Ronstadt) Theodoro Ramirez (Tucson's Official Troubadour) Gilbert Brown (Ajo's Multi Instrumentalist) comprise the Santa Cruz River Band, professional touring concert group from Tucson, Arizona. The trio performs in English, Spanish and American Indian languages. They present a beautiful, intriguing and powerful musical program filled with the history and lore of the Great American Southwest. Their music is authentic and original, rooted in the traditional music styles of the US and Mexico. Outstanding musical harmonies and powerful accoustic instrumental sounds will bowl you over. They capture and elevate their audiences wherever they appear.

Thu 20
Edgar Broughton Band
The Last Pedestrians
Songs such as 'Out Demons Out' and appearances at free concerts made The Edgar Broughton Band popular on the radical fringe during the '60s and they were often thought of as "punk before it was punk". They were anti-establishment and their stated aim was "subverting what's above". They played outside the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 as a protest against the overpricing of the gig. Following a lengthy hiatus the band reformed in 2006.
Fri 21
Steve Gibbons Band
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.
Sat 22  
Afternoon Event
EQ Festival

Alternative Arts & Performance Festival
12 - 7pm Free
Andy Stirton
Jeff Lowson
Roger Pugh
Kevin Hewick
Emily McGuire
Big Drum Ensemble
Light Projections & Art Installations
Sat 22
John Otway
£8adv £10door
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. Actually his genius as an entertainer is what keeps his career going strong after so long in the business. Though his shows are always hilarious and consistently brilliant, he also has a rare talent for songwriting, from punk-rock through to classic ballads and this is what his true fans come back for time and time again.
Sun 23
Warner Hodges
(Jason & The Scorchers)

plus Sunday Cub and Paul Fairall
£8adv £9door
Jason & The Scorchers shotgun marriage of traditional country music values and song craft with the amphetamine rush and volume of punk was unprecedented in early ‘80s Nashville. An unbelievably exciting live act, much of their excitement comes from the nitro and nicotine fuelled antics of guitarist Warner Hodges. The ‘sturm und drang’ of Warner’s over amped Fender is instantly recognisable and he’s every bit as thrilling and fearless a performer as The Scorchers legendary frontman Jason Ringenberg.
Mon 24

Jeffery Lewis Band
plus Fabulous Foxes


Tue 25
Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack
plus Christopher Rees
Tommy and Will first hooked up when their respective bands Government Cheese and Will & The Bushmen were tearing up the Southern college circuit back in the '80s. In the '90s as roots/power-pop combo The Bisquits they recorded a gem of an album for John Prine's Oh Boy label. Tommy went on to write the acclaimed, cult rock memoir The Cheese Chronicles, recorded a bunch of cool albums and sometimes plays bass for Todd Snider. Will in the meantime as producer, session musician, solo artist and guitar player for Rodney Crowell is officially the busiest man in Americana. They are they still best buds, and play together whenever they can in a band called Daddy. Best of all they write hugely literate songs, that not only angrily protest the betrayal and frustration felt by ordinary folk at the powers that be, but do so in a way that is often both heart-breakingly poignant and gut-bustingly funny, often within the space of the same song.
Wed 26
Kirsty McGee & Mat Martin
plus support
"Absolutely superb, memorable... I love her songs." - Bob Harris. "Perfect understatement ; not an extraneous word or note." - Karine Polwart. "Her sound verges on folk but her voice would fit nicely on a classic pop song." - Paul Heaton, The Beautiful South, Q Magazine. "A quiet triumph."- Folk Roots. "An astounding melodic gift."- The Spectator. "A wonderful voice." - Mike Harding. "Highly addictive... edgy and intimate." - The Living Tradition.
Thu 27
Albert Lee & Hogans Heroes
plus support
Having been on the road for the past 40 years or so with the likes of Chris Farlowe, The Crickets, Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman and the Everly Brothers, Albert Lee's one talented cat. Not only is he the world's top country-rock guitarist, he's also a red-hot piano player and an impressive singer to boot. While his music relates back to the ‘50s and ‘60s, he has the knack of giving it a fresh and exciting edge with his singing and playing. Equally red-hot are his regular UK touring band Hogan's Heroes. So if you like your chicken skin music hot and greasy, Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes are most definitely your men.
Fri 28

Dawson & The Dissenters
plus Hans Theessink

Dawson Smith & The Dissenters
Rockin' blues and roots from this eclectic and electrifying band. Featuring consummate frontman Dawson Smith and the guitar wizardry of Simon Faulks both of whom deliver superb original songs and powerhouse vocals. Expect material from Dawson's two excellent solo albums, Valley Boy and the newly released, blues based album The River Road plus a selection of well chosen blues and roots classics from the likes of Lucinda Williams, C.C. Adcock and John Hiatt.

Hans Theessink
"Hans Theessink is the most creative musician working in the blues idiom in Europe - certainly the most original and convincing that I’ve heard." - Blues & Rhythm. "His greatest assets lie in a deep resonant voice and the ability to convey a powerful but restrained approach to his guitar craft, particularly in his emotive bottleneck playing. Indeed Theessink displayed the tightest control of dynamics of any acoustic/electric musician I have seen." - Blue Print.

Sat 29
Mick Pini
As well as touring Europe with B.B. King and supporting such blues greats as Buddy Guy, Freddie King and Jimmy Rogers, Mick Pini has earned himself a strong following in Europe and the UK. Eric Clapton described him in 1996 as “the legitimate successor to Peter Green’”. However, Mick is living legend in his own right ... the genuine article. His authentic voice and outstanding guitar work personifies the blues in an inimitable way. Mick has toured the world for thirty years and he lives, breathes, plays and sings the blues with genuine passion. Even his 1954 Fender Stratocaster smokes.
Sun 30
Jeffery Foucault
plus David Goodrich
Mojo: "Moments of songwriting brilliance." Uncut: "Fans of John Prine will find much to admire." The Sun: "The sheer quality of the writing and playing transcends all preconceptions. He is simply a talent cut from the same cloth as Nick Drake or Townes Van Zandt... recommended to lovers of every kind of music." Country Music Roundup: "His wonderful country blues were a class (or two) above most… fantastic playing and smoky vocals of a man beyond his years... one barn burner after another... superb."

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