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Coming to The Musician in September



Mon 1

Tiny Ruins

£7adv £9door

plus Courtney Askey and Sarah and The Ex

Tiny Ruins released their second album, Brightly Painted One, in May 2014 and have since embarked on an international tour of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the USA and Europe, seeing them through until Iceland in November.

Formed as a solo project in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, the band now includes bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer.

While continuing to be based in New Zealand, Tiny Ruins has spent much of the past three years touring throughout Australia, the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA, touring with and opening for bands such as Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Sonny & the Sunsets, The Handsome Family, Calexico and Neil Finn.


Previous releases include 2010’s collaborative EP Little Notes, 2011’s celebrated debut Some Were Meant for Sea, and a collection of older songs & B-sides titled Haunts, recorded by the band on 8-track and released in 2013.


Tue 2


£10adv £12door

plus The Roz Bruce Infusion and The Amber Herd

Born of neglect in 2009, rocket fuelled by Dionysian arkana then atomsmashed onto the shores of Lysergia.
Cursed into documenting God and the Devil shaking hands forever. Sexy trangsression, carnal mandala, a sacrament of truth ablaze in the shit-tunnel of existence. Knifeworld are the last, only and everything you truly dig.


Wed 3

Cate Le Bon

£9.50adv £12door

plus H.Hawkline

Cate Le Bon is an artist hailing from Carmarthenshire, rural West Wales and is currently a resident of Highland Park, Los Angeles, having relocated across the pacific to record her latest album 'Mug Museum'.  Sweet Baboo and Lawrence Arabia members feature in her band.

Her first album 'Me Oh My' was released on Gruff Rhys's Irony Bored label in 2009 and was followed by 'CYRK' (OVNI/Turnstile) which was released to widespread acclaim in 2012 and saw her play live across the world. A frequent collaborator, Cate sang the duet 'I Lust You' with Gruff Rhys on Neon Neon's Mercury nominated debut album 'Stainless Style' and also features on '4 Lonely Roads', from the forthcoming Manic Street Preachers album 'Rewind The Film'. Perfume Genius features on the Mug Museum song 'I Think I Knew'.


Thu 4

The Toy Hearts

£7adv £8door

plus The Outwoods County Riders

After having made music together for over a decade, the core family trio of The Toy Hearts, sisters Hannah (vocals & mandolin), and Sophia (guitar & vocals) together with their father Stewart (Banjo, Dobro, Steel) decamped from their native Birmingham UK, to spend the whole of summer 2013 in the USA, working in and around the bars and honky tonks of the live music capital of the world Austin, Texas.


With four studio albums already under their belts already the band spent their time in the lone star state developing the western swing elements of their live show and keeping their musical chops up by sitting in with some of Austin’s finest talents, Toni Price, The Jitterbug Vipers, Whit Smith & Dave Biller.


"Some of the most skillfully and joyously played American roots music on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, you will see why The Toy Hearts are so special." - Austin Music Journal, Texas, USA


Fri 5

In aid of LOROS...


plus The Dedbeats and special guest Chris Ilett


In support of LOROS, The Musician are proud to present a special one-off reunion show by Leicester's very own ist, commemorating the life and work original bass player Detroit Robbins, who passed away 10 years ago.


The band, which split in 2010, return, for one night only, to the venue where it was originally formed, to present a set of songs old and, inconceivably, new, alongside some very special guests including original member, Jack Bomb.


All proceeds from the gig will be donated to LOROS. 


Sat 6

Dark Side Of The Wall

£10adv £12door

Making a welcome return to the Musician are the award winning Coventry-based tribute band ‘Dark Side Of The Wall’ for an evening of classic Pink Floyd music.

With over 16 years of live shows behind them this experienced 8-piece line-up still wow their audiences by combining their obvious on-stage enthusiasm with all the necessary attention to detail. The common perception is that Pink Floyd music can be pretty serious stuff but DSOTW are proof that it be can be great fun too with the special atmosphere they always create during their shows.


DSOTW will be performing Pink Floyd tracks from all their popular albums in well over 2 hours of reverent tribute to their heroes, including all the classics such as Comfortably Numb, Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Another Brick In The Wall to name just a few. If you’ve seen Dark Side Of The Wall in concert before then you’ll know it’s a night not to be missed, as they bring their theatre show into the more intimate setting of the Musician


Sun 7

The Sam Kelly Trio

£6adv £7door

A twenty-one year old singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the depths of Norfolk, Sam Kelly’s only link to folk music as a young child lay in the gaelic folk songs that his Irish grandfather would teach him to sing. Although many individual songs and tunes have been lost in the blur of childhood memory, Sam has never lost the love and child-like awe for the beautiful sounds of traditional music, and this passion pours out of him in every note he sings.


Sam’s debut EP – entitled ‘Your Way Home’ was released in March 2013 and created a buzz of interest in the folk world, being described by Bright Young Folk as a ‘captivating introduction to a name we’ll be sure not to forget.’ and gaining him support slots with the likes of Cara Dillon, Jim Moray and Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman.


Mon 8
Martin Barre Band
£16adv £18door

Martin Barre, legendary Rock guitarist, who toured the world with Jethro Tull for 43 years, is on tour with his band this year across the UK and Europe; starting in Germany on 2nd August and finishing in the UK on 21st December.

With an extensive list of 47 gigs secured in Germany, UK, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Russia and Switzerland, Martin will be travelling with his band, including vocalist and acoustic guitar player Dan Crisp and drummer George Lindsay.

After selling a staggering 60 million albums worldwide and working with international music superstars from Paul McCartney and Phil Collins to Hendrix and Led Zeppelin; Martin continues his remarkable career playing with an array of celebrated musicians representing an important part of rock history.


Tue 9

Bob Malone Band

£10adv £12door

Los Angeles based Bob Malone plays keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty, and continues a long running and successful solo career. His sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of blues, rock, and New Orleans R&B, delivered with high-energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own. He plays over 100 shows a year across the globe, and has played with or opened for Bruce Springsteen, Rickie Lee Jones, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Dr. John and many others.


Bob himself headlines 100+ shows a year in the USA, Europe, UK, and Australia and has played with or opened for Bruce Springsteen, Rickie Lee Jones, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Dr. John, Leon Russell and many others.


Bob is touring the UK to support his brand new “exclusive“ UK CD release called 'Mojo'. This limited edition CD release was made specifically for Bob’s first extended UK tour. The CD release contains (5) originals plus a cover of Ray Charles’ classic “Hard Times“. The new CD release also features Bob’s John Fogerty’s bandmate drummer Kenny Aronoff, Stan Behrens (War), Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Mike Baird (Journey, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker), and other special guests .


"John Fogerty's five-man backup band was slouch-free — with the show-stealer trophy going to a shaggy-haired Bob Malone." - Edmonton Journal



Wed 10



**The Miss 600/Kristyna Myles show originally scheduled for this date has been rearranged for Monday 13th October**


Thu 11
Grace Petrie

£8 £6con

plus Jasmine Kennedy

Grace Petrie comes from Leicester in the East Midlands. She writes indie folk rock songs (a couple with an acoustic punk twist), plays the guitar and sings with a voice that has been likened by listeners to Laura Marling and Kate Nash.


In 2010 Grace’s music began to take a new, political direction. The heartbreaking results of the UK general election inspired in her such rage and despair that she picked up a guitar and wrote what has become one of the most celebrated anti-establishment anthems of recent times, Farewell to Welfare. When folk legend (and Grace’s personal hero) Billy Bragg heard her music and invited her to play at Glastonbury on the Leftfield stage, she went down a storm and, in Bragg’s own words, “stole the f@!#ing show, sister!”


**All tickets remain valid from July's postponed gig**


Fri 12


£7adv £9door

plus support

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.


Originally starting off as a 7 piece instrumental band, they later introduced 2 more new members - Ming Nagel on bass (replacing Jon read who longed for his trumpet) and Russ Coleman thus creating a powerful 5 piece brass frontline.

Kingsize aim to bring back to audiences that solid, rhythmic and powerful ska sound of the old time greats (and more recent ones) and simply entertain the pants off you. If your feet don't tap and your body don't move - you're probably dead!


Sat 13

The Sounds Of Simon

A Tribute To Simon & Garfunkel: All The Hits 1957-87

£9adv £10door

As seen on BBC The One Show!


The Sounds of Simon is a tribute to the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel. All The Hits 1957-1987 is the brand new show that does exactly was it says on the tin.


From Hey Schoolgirl, released in 1957 when they were known as Tom & Jerry, all the way through to the hits from the Gracelands album, they are all here: The Sounds of Silence, Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair and into Paul Simon’s amazing solo career with songs like Late in the Evening, Fifty Ways to Leave your Lover.


Lose yourself to nostalgia as the full band play all the hits that have established Paul Simon as one of the most successful songwriters of all time. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians.


Sun 14

Joel RL Phelps & TheDOWNERTRIO


plus Lazarus Clamp and Echolocation

Joel RL Phelps & the Downer Trio are on their debut UK/European Tour this September. This is a super group with members from such celebrated acts as Silkworm, EARTH, SunnO))), Dama/Libra, Zebra Hunt and Treasure State formed in 1994 after Joel left Silkworm. The band released 4 albums and 2 EPs, toured with Damon & Naomi and Mark Eitzel then Joel dropped out of the music world for 9 years due to alcoholism and related issues, only to resurface with the critically acclaimed GALA album, a work that IS recovery rather than just ABOUT recovery. Joel also just completed the debut Dama/Libra album and tour in the US and Bill just toured with EARTH who have a new album out and Robert has been playing out with Zebra Hunt who have a new record too.


“a very welcome return” - Gideon Coe BBC 6Music


“This is a magnificent return from Joel Phelps… It’s adult music for the modern ‘indie’ listener.” - Muddy Anti-Pitchfork


Mon 15

David Thomas Broughton & Juice Vocal Ensemble

£8adv £10door

plus You Are Wolf

Juice and David Thomas Broughton present the live version of their new collaborative album, Sliding The Same Way (Song By Toad Records), exploring improvised vocals and looping alongside David's uniquely theatrical style.


Spanning the hymnal to human beatbox, discord to angelic harmony, with lyrical themes encompassing rural imagery and sombre love songs, the decline of northern industry and pub brawls.


David occupies a contentious position, divides opinion, unsettles, is self-consciously clumsy, hilarious, beautiful but above all memorable.


Juice are an experimental vocal trio who explore new a cappella music that defies genre.


"Straddling the line between music hall turn and avant-garde performance artist, Broughton's live show is not to be missed" - MOJO

"Irrepressible... an all-female trio of astonishing variety, spark and brilliance" - The Observer



Tue 16



Wed 17

Spock's Beard

£20adv £24otd

plus The SixxiS

Spocks Beard play a brand of progressive rock which draws on multiple influences ranging from classical, pop, rock, jazz and jazz fusion, and R & B. Their complex music contains the influences of many groups, including Genesis, Yes and the Beatles, yet their sound is original and fresh. They are also well known for their intricate multi-part vocal harmonies and use of counterpoint much in the vein of Gentle Giant. Tonight's gig at the Musician is one of only two UK dates on their 2014 European tour, so early booking is a must!


Thu 18

Magic Teapot and Promotions Promotions presents...

Vic Godard & The Subway Sect

£8adv £10door

plus Brassick Bears and Kevin Hewick

Formed at the suggestion of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Vic Godard and his Subway Sect have been long-term staples on the post-punk scene since 1976. They still regularly perform, albeit with an ever-changing line-up of band members. A resurgence of interest in his work has seen him find fans with, amongst others, Marc Riley on BBC 6Music, who has booked Vic and the boys for several live radio sessions. Meanwhile 2014 saw the release of an impressive double album career retrospective '30 Odd Years', covering an eclectic range of material, from punk to ska to cabaret/musichall and jazz.


Fri 19

Motorheadache + Saxonized

£10adv £12door

Motorheadache was the first UK based tribute to Lemmy and Motorhead. Set up in August 2003, Motorheadache played over 700 gigs across the UK and abroad until June 2010. 'Fast' Eddie Clarke played with Motorheadache as a guest in 2005 and they supported Girlschool in 2006.


Performing all the great classics and newer material too, Saxonized put on a show to be reckoned with! Expect to hear all the greats: Denim and Leather, The Bands Played On, Wheels of Steel, Crusader, Heavy Metal Thunder, Princess of the Night, The Power and the Glory, Lionheart, Sacrifice plus many, many more!


Their live show is second to none and you will witness a performance of outstanding musicianship and flair, so ''raise your glasses high and stand up and be counted'' and prepare yourselves for one of the best tribute bands on the circuit.


Sat 20

Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan


Doors 1:30pm, Show starts 2:00pm

New York-based roots rocker Joe D'Urso and his band Stone Caravan began rollicking in the early '90s and their raw raucous style is keenly similar to the likes of fellow American rockers John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. D'Urso, who was an agency contractor in the music industry prior to his personal rock 'n' roll gig, has been critically acclaimed for being a passionate songwriter and an earnest performer with a deep love for making music.


Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan play straight-up Americana rock and roll, singer-songwriter offerings, Jersey Shore influences and New York State/Catskill Mountain country-tinged instrumentation.


**Please note that the Formal Warning show scheduled for this evening has been cancelled and we will now be closed following this afternoon show**


Sun 21

Kevin Morby (The Babies/Woods)

£7adv £9door

plus Richard Warren

Harlem River marks the solo debut of songwriter Kevin Morby. Known for his work as the singer and guitarist for the Brooklyn band The Babies and bassist for Woods, the Kansas City native and new Los Angeles resident calls the record ‘an homage to New York City’, his adopted home for the past five years.


Harlem River features eight interweaving tales of tragedy and misfortune; a series of desperate characters playing out their dramas with the city as backdrop. A departure from some of the signature sounds of his better known projects, Morby's songs glisten with a haunting intimacy and while he maintains that the songs are stories about other people, it’s hard not to feel a piece of him in each one; a half-imagined, half-painfully personal world of lost love, addiction, violence and prayers for the departed.


Mon 22
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


Featuring featured artist Natalie Squance


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



Tue 23

Private Event


Wed 24

Christian Bland & The Revelators (The Black Angels)

£8adv £10door

plus Pusher, Al Lover and GoldWater

Christian Bland & The Revelators

A band who come with an impressive provenance, Christian Bland & The Revelators are led by the axeman for hugely revered cult US drone rockers The Black Angels. Creating slow, rolling mesmeric guitar soundscapes, the group’s hypnotic grooves take on another dimension live.


With two studio sets under their belts – ‘The Lost Album’ (2010) and ‘Pig Boat Blues’ (2012) – both LPs were issued through Austin Psych Fest’s own Reverb Appreciation Society label. The group’s most recent record, split 10” 'Losing Touch With My Mind' / 'Life Is Killing My Rock N Roll' saw the band join forces with Psych Fest alumni Singapore Sling for a release through the storied Fuzz Club Records.


Thu 25

Rachel Newton

£4adv £5door

plus Les Hayden

Singer, Harpist and Fiddler Rachel Newton is one of Scotland’s busiest folk musicians, having performed and toured with many of the best known bands and singers around. A founder member of The Shee, the BBC2 Folk Award winning Emily Portman Trio and The Furrow Collective, Rachel also composes and performs her own solo material, releasing debut album ‘The Shadow Side’ in 2012. The album was nominated in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2012 and received much critical acclaim. Her new album ‘Changeling’ is to be released in September 2014 on Rachel’s own label ‘Shadowside Records’. Rachel also works in theatre and film, winning an award with the Rowantree Theatre Company for Best Use of Music at the CATS 2009 and singing on Raindance Award winning film 'The Inheritance'.


Fri 26

Fred Zeppelin

£6adv £8door

The four members of Fred Zeppelin are real fans of the originals, and formed ‘The Fredz’ out of their admiration and love of Led Zeppelin’s music. As their name suggests, the band do not take themselves too seriously - they know the praise belongs to Robert, Jimmy, John Paul Jones, and Bonzo, but they aim to do justice to the music and they certainly achieve that.


Sat 27

Roxy Magic

£10adv £12otd

Roxy Magic are the UK's definitive and longest-running tribute to Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry.


They recreate, entirely live, material which spans four decades; from futurist/nostalgic art rock, through classic standards to sophisticated adult-oriented rock. Their aim is to give the audience a fabulously entertaining evening. Very high quality musicianship and a wonderful Bryan Ferry look and sound-alike, in the person of singer Kevin Hackett, combine to do just that.


"It took a long time for there to be a Roxy tribute band; there is one now and it's very good." - Roxy Music's Andy Mackay


Sun 28

Alun Parry


plus The Red Leicester Choir

Liverpool folk singer and campaigner Alun Parry returns to the Musician to bring us his musical take on life and politics. With songs about Leicester's Dirty Thirty miners, imprisoned Shrewsbury 2 member Des Warren and a special sing-along David Cameron song, Alun always gets the audience singing. He will be joined by the Red Leicester Choir and supported by London based band Public Sector whose songs tell stories, covering issues like the shooting of South African miners.


Suitable for 16+
Sponsored by National Union of Teachers


Mon 29

More Warbling From The Bum and Beyond


feat. Steve Cartwright, Nic & Debbie Morse, Tonia Sorrell, Simon Myhill and Geraint Griffiths

More Warbling is a collection of poetry and song from the pen of one of Leicester’s most original poets and songwriters... Steve Cartwright. Themes covered include loss, war, spirituality, love, consumerism, politics and are presented by a small group of reader/actors. These poems are then interspersed with original songs that complement the poetry. These will be performed by Steve on guitar/vocals and Tonia Sorrell on percussion and harmonies. The songs and poetry are both stimulating and provocative as well as very very funny but have no particular target audience in mind as they relate to humanity in general.


They are not really suitable for children as some of the poetry is extreme in terms of language and content.


Suitable for 18+


Tue 30

Burning Books: Jess Green & The Mischief Thieves


plus music from KGB Jazz

Local poet Jess Green brings her Edinburgh Festival words and music show 'Burning Books' back home. Jess had a viral hit on YouTube with her 'Dear Mr Gove' rap poem which has been seen by over 300,000 people. It now features as a segment in this extended take on the state of education, all set to a musical soundtrack from the Mischief Thieves. Then settle back and listen to some classic jazz tracks like 'Cry Me a River' and 'Summertime' plus band compositions from the wonderful KGB Jazz.


Suitable for 16+
Sponsored by National Union of Teachers



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