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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 September



Sat 1

Diesel Park West


plus The Ian Derbyshire Band
Some bands belong to their own time, others trespass on decades where they don't really belong. Diesel Park West must have seemed to some people back in '89, with the release of the far-reaching Shakespeare Alabama, the most welcome and liberating guitar band anyone had heard for years. A lot of artists who have enjoyed massive acclaim and success since, may well tip hats towards the Diesels for being pioneers in the re-emergence of the guitar as the primary sound of contemporary music. Add to that song writing that both provokes and reassures... sometimes within the same lyric...then maybe its appropriate to start spreading the word.


Sun 2 (5pm til 11pm)

Arts In Leicester Benefit Gig


feat. The Beeliacs, Flip Like Wilson, Drongo, Michael Vickers, Carlos Stein, Creatin' Havoc, Jonezy, Luzon Bleeding Heart and Adam Zareba

Bands and singers will gather at The Musician for this show in aid of Arts in Leicester magazine. Check the magazine's website and the Facebook event page for further information. All the ticket sale proceeds from this show will go to help Arts In Leicester Magazine.


Mon 3
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 4

Alvin Youngblood Hart


plus BabaJack

The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! Known as a "musician's musician," Alvin Youngblood Hart's praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.


Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA'S DOOR, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world. A devout follower of the "no barriers" approach carved out by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late/great Doug Sahm, Hart aims to delight the masses and points to challenge the so-called blues purists.


Wed 5

Black River Bluesman & Bad Mood Hudson


plus Rockit Fuel

Jukka 'Black River Bluesman' Juhola & Andy 'Bad Mood' Hudson play their blues in the deep woods and frozen swamps of the muddy Black River Delta, way up North in cold Finland. Their unrefined, electric blues have been compared to the rough sounds of the Mississippi Hill Country artists as well as to anything between Deltahead and Black Keys, or psychoblues and garage. They are at their best when playing live on stage with their sound of a whole band. As one reviewer put it - "The best two-man trio I ever heard!"


"If Black Sabbath were blues artists, this is probably what they would sound like, especially if you throw a little Jim Morrison and Tom Waits into the mixture and stir occasionally with a little bit of Punk." - John Vermilyea, Canadian Blues Underground Network


Thu 6


£5adv £6door

plus Jinnwoo and The Ranters

Lach helped launch the careers of such acts as Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis, Hamell on Trial, Rick Shapiro and Michelle Shocked, just to name a few of the hundreds of artists that
cite Lach's inspiration.

"Lach is the mastermind of Antifolk like a Lower East Side rendezvous of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Like black snow, stalled subway cars and random violence, Lach is a Manhattan institution."
- NY Times


Fri 7

The Kast Off Kinks


The iconic British rock band, The Kinks, are often cited as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time. The Kast Off Kinks formed in 1994 to keep the music playing on, and it is what the name implies - the original line-up consisting of the band that played Lola (apart from Ray and Dave) - Avory, Dalton and Gosling - together with singer/guitarist Dave Clarke.


The current line-up is the band that played Come Dancing - Avory, Gibbons and Rodford (respectively the Kinks’ longest-serving drummer, keyboard player and bassist) - still with Dave Clarke covering for the Davies brothers.


Almost every other ex-Kink has guested with The Kast Off Kinks, including Ray Davies.


Sat 8

Dani Wilde


plus The Aaron Keylock Band

Ruf Records blues and soul star Dani Wilde is back with a new studio album and a sound described as Albert Collins meets Joss Stone!


"My first experience on stage was when I was ten years old and I sang in a talent contest. I just loved being on stage and I knew then and there that I wanted to do this" she says. "Guitar and songwriting came later, but since I was as young as I can remember, singing was something that brought me so much happiness."


Brought up in Wiltshire on everything from Stax and Motown, to Folk, Rock 'N' Roll and Chicago Blues, Dani's soulful songs of joy, pain and sometimes anger at the world, bring blues and soul to a new generation.


"Seething vocals... Raw Talent" - Classic Rock Magazine


Sun 9

Talon: The Acoustic Collection

£10adv £12door

plus Chris Conway

Jonny Miller, Keith Buck, Chris Lloyd and Peter Anderson, four members of the worlds most authentic Eagles tribute band Talon, perform a selection of contemporary acoustic classics by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Eric Clapton, Crosby Stills & Nash, Michael Jackson, The Eagles and many more.


Mon 10
Emma Pollock & RM Hubbert

plus The Sunbathers

Emma Pollock - founding member of The Delgados, The Burns Unit and legendary independent label Chemikal Underground - has toured the world and released a string of critically acclaimed albums including the classic (and Mercury Prize nominated) The Great Eastern. A wonderful singer-songwriter, her dreamy lyrics and sublime voice have rightfully earned her an impressive global reputation as one of Scotland's finest artists.

RM Hubbert (or Hubby as we prefer to call him), is a longtime friend of the Chemikal Underground label and a guitarist of quite prodigious talent. Hubby’s technical prowess, combined with the intimacy of his shows has secured his reputation as an unmissable live performer – a fact not lost on the likes of Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor who have invited Hubby to support them on tour (he also supported Bill Wells & Aidan on their UK and European exploits last year).


For more info visit


Tue 11

Acoustic Blues Heroes


feat. Howlin' Mat, Howard Smith, Dawson Smith, Al Sansome, Vikki Clayton & Martin Burch and Dean Sharman all backed by Mick Ridgway's Mojo Hand

A selection of our finest blues guitarists and musicians showcasing their talents, backed by one of Leicester's best blues bands, Mojo Hand.


Wed 12

An Evening with Dave Bainbridge & Martin Nolan (Iona)


Join Celtic band Iona's Dave Bainbridge and Martin Nolan as they present to you an evening of Rock, Reels and Soundscapes.


Dave co-founded Iona with the band's former woodwind player, David Fitzgerald, in the summer of 1989 with Joanne Hogg joining soon after Dave and David's first 'duo' gig as Iona. As well as playing guitars and keys with Iona, behind the scenes Dave has produced all the bands albums to date and also mixed the latest album 'Another Realm' in his own Open Sky studio.


The newest member of Iona joining in 2009, Martin's uilleann piping has taken him throughout Europe and the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, from the Lincoln Center for the Arts in New York to the national theatres of Ireland and England and concert halls across the Indian subcontinent.


Thu 13

Chris Wood


plus Jess Morgan

Album of the Year, Folk Singer of the Year (twice), Best Original Song, Song of the Year, Chris Wood has won everything going at the BBC Folk Awards. Add to that four and five star reviews from pretty much every publication out there and what you have is a man at the top of his game and the top of the folk field. An uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people, he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.


"The finest and most original singer-songwriter to have emerged from the folk scene since Richard Thompson" - The Guardian.


Fri 14

Total Jam (The Jam Tribute)

£10adv £12door

Total Jam are the ultimate tribute to one of the best bands Britain has ever produced... The Jam!

From their Debut in 1977 to their break up in 1982, The Jam noasted 18 consecutive top 40 hits and 4 number ones along with a plethora of albums.


Total Jam cover a wide range of material including all the top hits such as Going Underground, Town Called Malice, In The City, as well as album tracks such as The Circus, Happy Together and much more besides.


Sat 15 (Doors 7:30pm)

NMW presents...

Vince Ray & The Boneshakers

£8adv £10door

plus Empress Of Fur

Ever wondered what Vince Ray's artwork sounds like? He's been playing rock and roll music longer than he's been creating artwork, stompin' out voodoo rhythms
since he was a greasey teenage punk back in the 1970's. The themes of his artwork get taken on an aural trip with the Boneshakers where you'll find foxey femme fatales rubbing shoulders with hot rodding greaseballs. The band is influenced by ANYTHING rock and roll from the last fifty years, there's no limit to any scene or style restrictions here ...anythings goes as long as it rocks!



Sun 16

B.B. King Birthday Celebration


with Geoff Overon and Chris Armson

Afternoon Show (1pm til 4pm)


Leicester blues favourites Geoff Overon and Chris Armson team up to celebrate the life and music of famed Mississippi blues guitarist B.B. King on the occasion of his 87th birthday. Come and raise a glass with us to one of the legends of modern music.


Sun 16

Simone Felice


Evening Show (8pm til close)

plus Boss Caine

Simone Felice is a celebrated songwriter, author, and poet from New York. Between his work with The Felice Brothers and the launch of his solo career, Felice briefly formed The Duke & The King, a folk-soul vocal group he fronted whose understated debut 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' was lauded as one of 2009's albums of the year by critics and audiences alike.


"Simone Felice has the poetic gifts and fearless aesthetic to rank among the all-time greats, from Cohen to Cave" - The Telegraph


Mon 17
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 18

Water Tower Bucket Boys


plus The Outwoods County Riders

Oregon-based Bluegrass band Water Tower have been brewing up a storm in the folk music world. The boys have collaborated live with members of bands like Frank Turner, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, the Red Stick Ramblers, and the Foghorn Stringband and shared the stage with acts like Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford and Sons, Wilco, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, and Woody Pines. They have toured extensively in both the USA and abroad, and performed live on the BBC, NPR, and RTE. Their all original sound is infectious and has spread far and wide to audiences of all ages and walks of life.


"They invest things with an old-time spirit that's both celebratory and faintly disturbing, and there's punk and soul here too." - UNCUT Magazine


“If you like your Bluegrass of the high octane variety, and I do, then you will find the Water Tower Bucket Boys sound irresistibly infectious.” -


Wed 19

Butch Hancock


plus support

World traveling troubadour Butch Hancock hails from the Lubbock, Texas, music scene that also gave the world Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, his equally eclectic colleagues in the Flatlanders. He's one of contemporary music's most entertaining raconteurs and his tunes evoke mystical visions of wind-swept dry-plains and his lyrics are profoundly imaginative, often displaying for his listeners the miracles that occur in the ordinary through creative irony and metaphors.


Thu 20
Horus Music presents...


feat. Abandon Her, Raptusound, Joseph Lofthouse and Pippa Lloyd

A night of great live music from four unique acts, featuring a range of genres including acoustic, folk, electro-rock and indie.


For more info about Horus Music please visit


Fri 21

Doktor Dyper Promotions presents...

Headspace + Haken

£10adv £12door

In 2007, UK progressive rock band Headspace (featuring Adam Wakeman and award winning vocalist Damian Wilson) released the EP 'I Am'. They played a few (2 to be precise) shows and then decided that they could play Wembley as support for Ozzy Osbourne. In the five years after these shows they wrote and recorded the album that will be out on May 21st 2012 'I Am Anonymous'.


The title of the album has the finger pointed directly at the listener. It is about you and your relationship with humanity, ultimately the battles fought within the mind from child to man. Through Kubler Ross’ model of impending death, with reference to war, the turmoil leads us to peace and acceptance... only then to swing straight back round to chaos.


Sat 22 (2:30pm til 11:00pm)

EQ Festival


feat. Multimorph & The Fish, Roger Pugh and guests, Different Fish, Tom Rose (The Agonal Trace), George Sandersun, The Jazz Cats, Tony Jones & Jacqui Sexton, Sleeping Through Rapture, Tuesday Night Band and Arnie

Multimorph is the current vehicle for Maureen Anderson's poetry and general creativity. They rose from the ashes of Shapeshifter when the latter's long-standing guitarist Dave Johnson passed away from cancer in March 2009. The band's line-up stabilised in mid-2010 with Maureen complimented by dual guitarists Kevin Hewick and Rizz James, dual bassists Dave Dhonau and Darren Baxter and cajon drummer Jim Tetlow. Darren's partner Helena McLeod has now joined as an additional vocalist after guesting on the Meditation Chamber album. Live performances are further augmented by the live painting and costumes of local artist Nick Nixon and the liquid light show of Lumiere Ogbanje to create a bizarre but infectiously memorable live experience.


Sun 23
Woody Guthrie Night (100th Anniversary)


feat. Kenny Wilson

Tonight is a celebration of the music of legendary American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie, who would have been 100 this year. Hosted by staunch fan and local stalwart Kenny Wilson, there will be live music including floor spots for anyone who would like to participate, plus the screening of a Woody Guthrie film.


Mon 24
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


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


Tue 25

plus American Werewolf Academy and Echolocation
Wussy is a five-piece rock and roll band comprised of ex-Ass Ponys frontman Chuck Cleaver (guitar, vocals), Lisa Walker (guitar, vocals), Mark Messerly (bass, keyboards), Joe Klug (drums) and John Erhardt (pedal steel). They formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in the early 2000’s with original drummer Dawn Burman.


The band is known for its use of “an army of alternately droning and jangling guitars” (Uncut 6/09) to offset the traditional three-minute pop format. Lyrics are typically split evenly between Cleaver and Walker.

Their work has met with critical praise from Rolling Stone and SPIN, both of which gave the band’s second and third albums four stars each, in addition to favourable reviews from Village Voice, NPR, Washington Post, Uncut, and many other press outlets.


“Mega-tuneful songs that can get under your skin something fierce" - Rolling Stone (****)


For more info visit


Wed 26

The Coal Porters


The Coal Porters are an exciting and dynamic bluegrass combo centred around ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin, composer of the Long Ryers 1985 hit single "Looking For Lewis And Clark". Their dynamite live act features Carly Frey (fine fiddle and vocals), John Breese (banjo and vocals), Tali Trow (bass) and Neil Robert Herd (guitar, sporran and vocals) and Griffin himself (vocals, mandolin, harmonica and autoharp).


Firmly established on the UK and European touring circuits and possessors of their own sound the Coal Porters are an acoustic act with attitude. Their live show is polished yet passionate and second to none. Check them out and get ready for the ride of your life!




Thu 27
Paul Metsers


plus Roger Wilson

Paul Metsers is a Dutch-born New Zealander who has made his name and home as a musician and singer-songwriter in the UK since 1980. He moved from New Zealand, where he had for several years become a significant artist in the local folk music scene, to England to coincide with the recording by Nic Jones of one of Paul’s songs, "Farewell to the Gold” on Nic’s classic “Penguin Eggs" album. Paul performs his songs with guitar, dulcimer and mando-cello. He loves the friendly, intimate and interactive atmosphere of the folk club and of the folk music scene in general.


Roger Wilson is a folk singer, musician, songwriter,
producer and actor who works both solo and in
collaboration with an evergrowing list of the finest folk musicians and theatre practitioners in the U.K. Most
recently, following a two year spell at the National
Theatre in WarHorse, he has worked on a number of
theatre and music projects including a national tour of Larkrise to Candleford for Bill Kenwright Ltd.


Paul and Roger are playing this gig in celebration of Nic Jones' contribution to folk music and we hope to have a special CD shop on the night to promote Nic's work.


Fri 28
The Heartlands Roots Band

plus support


The Heartland Roots Band is an English electric/acoustic folk rock band formed in Leicester, England. Their musical styles encompass English and Irish folk music, and Americana. The band’s USP is their use of the folklore and culture of Leicester and Leicestershire as the subject matter for many of their original songs.


Sat 29

Verden Allen & Soft Ground


plus Dawson Smith & The Dissenters

Verden Allen is well known for his unique Hammond organ sound that made Mott The Hoople famous. After leaving MTH, Verden toured and recorded with many other projects, including The Cheeks, a band with Martin Chambers and Jimmy Scott before they left to form The Pretenders.

Soft Ground began in 2012 by recording a live session with BBC Radio 2's legendary Whispering Bob Harris, and are set to feature at the Cambridge Rock Festival this August.

Verden has recorded five solo albums, and is now playing as hard and heavy on that Hammond as he ever did, playing many old Mott classics along with his own material. The band, featuring Jamie Thyer on guitar and ex-Tigertailz drummer Matthew Blakout, won't fail to leave you feeling like you have been entertained... in the newly formed Soft Ground.


For more info visit


Sun 30
Grace & The Magic Roots


plus Fay Brotherhood & Lee Burns and Green Children Of Wolfpit

With their magical, captivating energy Grace & the Magic Roots bring a youthful and diverse sound to traditional inspired folk music. Full of dimensional variations, twisting time signatures, and haunting melodies, the songs are rich with layers of intertwining instrumentation, drawing on influence from roots reggae, klezmer, and good old English folk.


Grace's stories on subjects such as Scottish witches and the Devil are underpinned by the dynamic pulse of the musical accompaniment; Jennie on fiddle, Baz on guitar and Lawrence on cello.


Weaving tunes with the warp of folk tales into the weft of Grace's own joy and fear, this Leicester based acoustic string quartet will leave you feeling somewhat bewildered, and mystifyed.


For more info visit



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