Coming to The Musician in September
Mon 1
Tue 2

John Budding Band
plus support

John Budding is one of the newest, original artists to brace the stage. His mixture of pop, folk and Americana has already gained quite a large fan base. His songs are nothing but honest and to the point, bringing something true into a world of overplayed manufactured music. "Blinding songs, very powerful and upbeat..." Declan Legge BSS Records
Wed 3
Kirsty McGee & Matt Martin
£6adv £7door
plus Gren Bartley
Thu 4
Michael Messer & Ed Genis
£8adv £10 door
plus support

Slide guitar maestro Michael Messer and Ed Genis first started playing music together in 1983. Since then they have worked on many albums and have toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada. Heavily rooted in Mississippi Delta and Chicago blues this duo explores many different areas of roots and world music. Theirs is a very relaxed "unplugged" kind of performance, that includes songs from all Michael Messer's acclaimed albums. 
Fri 5
Bricklobber presents…
King & Country
plus The Smokestacks, Actionforce and
Maximum Danger Project
Sat 6

It’s time to get horny with Leicester’s top ranking ska band Kingsize who play foot-stompin’, house rocking Kingsized arrangements of the finest original Jamaican ska sounds. Their style draws heavily on the classic Studio One song catalogue and traditional big band sounds of ‘60s ska.
Sun 7
Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival
£5 (15.00 –23.00)
feat. Gypsy Arthur
(15.00), The Toy Hearts (15.30), Southern Tenant Folk Union (16.30), Ragtime Jug Orchestra (17.25), Pete Tomlyn & Paul Tebbutt (18.15), The Hot Club of Cambridge (19.15), Smokie Grass Mountain Boys (20.35), The Leen Valley Band (21.20), Backwards Love (22.10)
This festival is a dynamic celebration of pre-war musical forms - including French gypsy jazz , Appalachian bluegrass, string band and ragtime music from the 1930s and early American folk and blues. With some of the UK’s finest exponents of these musical forms taking the stage expect to witness virtuoso playing and high energy performances throughout the day.
Mon 8
Tue 9
Tiny Tin Lady
plus Scaramoose
Together since February 2004, Tiny Tin Lady have become one of the fastest rising bands on the UK acoustic scene, winning acclaim everywhere for their unique and bewitching blend of brilliant, original songs, thrilling harmonies and devastating performances. Bandleader, songwriter and guitarist Danni Gibbins is being acclaimed as one of the most promising and original new writers of her generation. “They’re Brilliant. They have talent, charm and loads of chutzpah.” - Dave Pegg, Fairport Convention.
Wed 10
American Music Club
plus Peter Bruntnell
Led by songwriter Mark Eitzel, American Music Club were one of the most acclaimed American underground bands of the '80s. Chosen for its deliberately nondescript qualities, the name American Music Club was perfect for this lauded group. Over the course of seven acclaimed albums, the group tied together the disparate strands of the American musical fabric - rock, folk, country, punk, even lounge schmaltz - into a remarkably distinct and riveting whole, creating a brilliant and cohesive body of work.
Thu 11
Pinapster Social Night
feat. Oh Lovely Lie
plus support
Fri 12
John Butler & Rick Willson
plus A.H.A.B
Diesel Park West’s creative star is well and truly on the rise once again, what with an last years excellent album Blood & Grace and sublime live tributes to the Byrds, The Band and CSNY. 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 and the aforementioned Byrds and CSNY.
Sat 13
Mick Pini Band
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 14
Eileen Rose & The Holy Wreck
£7adv £8door
plus T.D Lind
Eileen Rose fuses country, honky-tonk and smoldering pop into something all her own. She has one of those rough, been-through-a-lot kind of voices, but she's careful not to overplay it. At her best, she shows the single-minded spirit and intensity of Ani DiFranco, full of attitude and gritty, evocative portrayals of life on an emotional knife-edge. A strong, natural singer with a striking country-blues tinge to her voice that helps to colour her random vignettes of street scenes and human tangles.
Mon 15
Tue 16
Sam Baker
plus Steve Cartwright
Austin singer-songwriter Sam Baker is taking the Americana music world by storm right now. His two albums have garnered a ton of attention and you can bet your boots this guy’s gonna be the next Guy Clark. Those are mighty big words but that’s exactly what’s happening right now. It’s nice to see because it’s only once in a blue moon that a musician this gifted comes along and he’s also a great person. Get on board you won’t be sorry.
Wed 17
Martin Harley Band
Thu 18
Spiers & Boden
£8adv 10door
plus Jack McNeill & Charlie Hays
As members of Eliza Carthy’s Ratcatchers and founders of Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden are highly influential on the current generation of folk/roots artists. Now in their fifth year, musicianship and inventiveness are a given, with the lads increasingly focusing on delivering a big, thumping night out with showmanship, humor and raw energy. John Spiers is arguably the country's finest exponent of the melodeon, concertina and bandoneon. Jon Boden is one of England's greatest singers and also a hugely talented fiddle player and guitarist.
Fri 19
Danny Byrant’s Redeye
£8adv £10door
Danny Bryant’s Redeye always give a fantastic show and are one of the countries most exciting live stage acts and are fast becoming one of the most popular blues/rock bands on the club and festival circuit. So if you have not already seen the band in action then make it your number one priority, because as Walter Trout says- "Danny Bryant and his band kick f**king ass!"
Sat 20
Americana UK presents…
Electric Dustbowl!
£8adv £10door
Peter Bruntnell
Redland Palomino Company, Thomas Denver Jonsson , The Havenots and Jim Jones  americanaUK fundraiser.
Doors 18.00, first band on stage 19.00
Americana UK is the definitive guide to all things and Americana. Run on a not-for-profit basis this gig is a fundraiser to help support its work. Headlined by Peter Bruntnell and The Redlands Palomino Company this is not to be missed!
Sun 21
Mon 22
Tue 23

Tommy Womack
and Dawson Smith & The Dissenters

£6adv £8door
My name is Tommy Womack, I live in Nashville. I’ve made upwards of a dozen records and written two books, a rock and roll road memoir called “Cheese Chronicles” about my years in the band Government Cheese, and "The Lavender Boys And Elsie" a novel about the only all-gay Confederate regiment in the American Civil War. Todd Snider, Jason & The Scorchers, David Olney, Will Kimbrough, Scott Kempner and Dan Baird have recorded songs of mine. I'm a Scorpio. I like curry, Keith Richards, cigarettes and books about Hitler. I've ravaged women, eaten babies and done ten years in prison for starting an earthquake. I don't brush my teeth because toothaches help me keep my edge. You may have caught me in acoustical mode last year with my buddy Will Kimbrough. This year me and my pals Dawson and The Dissenters with be smiting your heathen asses with a full blown rock ‘n’ roll jihad. Come see the show and nobody'll get hurt. God bless.
Wed 24
Acoustic Strawbs
The Strawbs have enjoyed major success on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early 1970s, as well as the hit albums, their hit singles "Part of the Union" and "Lay Down" topped the charts. From the mid-1970s they spent more time in the States and Canada where their albums charted for five years as they toured, with amongst others, with Santana, The Eagles, Peter Frampton, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Walsh, King Crimson and Frank Zappa. Thirty years on from their huge album chart successes the Strawbs now tour as the acoustic trio, Acoustic Strawbs.
Thu 25
Derrin Nauendorf
plus The Up
Renowned for his intense live shows and raw emotive music, Derrin Nauendorf’s music is hard to categorise,made up from many roots styles, blues, folk and Americana. Untamed acoustic guitar, cutting lyrics, a powerful, evocative voice and honest songs, delivered with passion, but twisted to a unique sound. “First impressions? One Australian guy with an acoustic guitar and his mate with a homemade drum kit. What would you think? Me too. I then listened to this live album and Derrin, guitar, sidekick and drums proceeded to blow me away.” – David Blue, Net Rhythms.
Fri 26
plus support"
Despite the mainstream success of numerous AC/DC soundalikes in recent years, the prog-tinged heritage of hard rock is still shunned by those who prefer their rock safely trendy or ironic. No such reservations affect De Sade, who brandish the macho swagger of their heavy rock with unapologetic pride. For anyone in possession of a patched and faded denim jacket, it's air-guitar heaven." - Metro. "De Sade's unique brand of heavy blues influenced cock rock will drive you wild. Get ready to punch the air guys." - Snake Drive.
Sat 27
EQ Festival
feat. One Night Stand, Shapeshifter, Agonal Trace, Echolocation Kevin Hewick Band, Orchestra Of Wishes, The Smokie Grass Mountain Boys, Steve Cartwright and Paspatou
Sun 28
Brian Houston Band
'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 shear 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… a glimpse of his easy humorous rapport with an audience…ensures that a spin of this well crafted album invariable ends in a smile' - Maverick Magazine ****
Mon 29
Tue 30
Kids In Cars
plus support


A word about our listings
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. Therefore to avoid disappointment we recommend that you check these listing prior to setting out for your show especially if you are traveling any distance.

Not listed?
A guide for Artists and Promoters

The quickest way to get yourself included in our listings is to send an email to musician at once your gig is confirmed.

We also need you to do the following -

Put the name of the artist or band name along with the date of your show in the email subject line.

Attach a reasonable sized photograph. A 72dpi, jpeg, bigger than 200x200 pixels would be fine. Please don't email files over 1mb in size. If in doubt please drop us a line before sending.

Let us have your web address so we can link to your site or Myspace page.

Send us some text. Whilst we are happy to tidy up spelling or grammar, we don't have the time to write or edit copy for you. Ideally we need a nice concise 'blurb' of between 75-100 words. Please don't send a three page biography, or else we are likely to bounce it back to you. If you have a selection of press quotes send what you have as we can usually easily compile something from them. There are plenty of examples of the sort of thing we need here on the site to help you out.

Please note - If you have played at The Musician before and we have text on file, we will continue to use use it for any subsequent listings unless you supply new copy.

If you spot any errors please send an email to musician at


Content © 2006 The Musician
Site design and maintainance Rocking Mohawk