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Coming to The Musician in January 2020

Wed 1st Jan 2020
Thu 2nd Jan 2020
Fri 3rd Jan 2020
Wake Up Promotions
Sat 4th Jan 2020
feat: Infinity, The Veez and Paul J Roberts
Doors 7:30pm



Plus more T.B.A
Sun 5th Jan 2020
Mon 6th Jan 2020
Tue 7th Jan 2020
Wed 8th Jan 2020
Thu 9th Jan 2020
Fri 10th Jan 2020
Wailing Badger + Deadwires+ The Vees + Micheal Vickers
Sloping from the depths of rural Leicestershire, the Wailing Badger cometh. Bringing their ragtag mix of naughty power-funk with a retro blues edge and sugary dollops of genuine soul, be prepared for some kick ass rock with a difference...
Xander Promotions
Sat 11th Jan 2020
Duran UK
£10.00adv £12.00door
For over a decade DURAN have maintained their reputation as one of the world’s most respected Duran Duran tribute bands, extensively touring across the UK, playing for clients including Butlins, Pontins, Warner Leisure Breaks, Chicago Rock Cafe, Grosvenor Casinos, Glastonbudget and Tribfest, and featuring on ITV and BBC Radio.
Performing close to 2 hours of hits and fan favourites, DURAN pride themselves on the faithful reproduction of the variety of musical styles and sounds Duran Duran have brought to the world of music throughout their 40 year career. The repertoire encompasses the band’s early hits in the 80’s - Planet Earth, Hungry Like The Wolf, Rio and The Wild Boys – together with their Ivor Novello award-winning 90’s comeback single, Ordinary World, and tracks from their critically acclaimed 2015 album, Paper Gods, where Duran Duran were reunited with former producer and friend, Nile Rodgers, and with Mark Ronson.

DURAN guarantees audiences a night to remember, pleasing not only the most fanatical of Durannies, but anyone who just loves music!
Sun 12th Jan 2020
Forty Tenth promotions
Mon 13th Jan 2020
Cup O'Joe
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 8:00pm
Cup O�Joe is a close family trio who have been playing together from their early teens. They were raised in the traditions of bluegrass and folk and it is these traditions that their music is rooted in. They blend the intricate tones of bluegrass, folk and jazz to tones to create their own progressive acoustic sound. Their mix of original and re-imagined traditional songs sets the ingredients for an energetic and enthusiastic performance, and this is giving them a growing presence on the surrounding acoustic music scene in Ireland, the UK and Mainland Europe. Strong sibling harmonies can be heard throughout their music, harmonies that blend together like only sibling harmonies can.

The former Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalists have toured extensively through Ireland, England and Central Europe over the years. In 2017 they were selected to take part in the Bluegrass Ramble at the International Bluegrass Associations weeklong conference and festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, being along some of the first International bands to do so.

They are set to release their new album in January 2020, which contains nine new original songs and one traditional, whilst embodying a fresh original sound. For several tracks they are joined on mandolin by David Benedict (Mile Twelve), and on fiddle by Niall Murphy (Breaking Trad, Cara Dillon, Nathan Carter) as well as many more special guests.

"They make a truly gorgeous sound and play with such intuition as only a family can do.�

Cara Dillon

�Imagine what these young artists will accomplish before they�re done�

Bluegrass Today
Tue 14th Jan 2020
Wed 15th Jan 2020
Xander Promotions
Thu 16th Jan 2020
James Oliver Band
£5.00adv £5.00door
James Oliver has already rubbed shoulders with many of the greats of the guitar firmament Albert Lee..Bill Kirchen..Greg Koch to name a few. Now, having recorded three vital, very contemporary albums with his band his old band, he is preparing to write a new chapter of not only his career but also Welsh music history.
His progress since forming Glas in early 2012 has been steady rather than spectacular with nearly 2000 gigs, playing every gig in the Valleys before expanding horizons beyond. See him on stage, though, and spectacular is very much the word. Little wonder the late, great Deke Leonard of Man/Iceberg fame was moved to say that ‘Speaking as a guitarist, James Oliver scares the hell out of me.’
Bill Kirchen says 'James Oliver is the real deal, a passionate roots rocker loaded with guitar firepower'.
As music business veterans will tell you, success is 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration. As he enters the next stage of his career, James Oliver has a track record that shows he will not allow an ounce of his talents to be wasted. And with new musicians to interact with, chances are the music in store will exhibit hitherto unheard dimensions to delight his growing army of fans. With his new album of original material set for release in 2020. James plays blues, rock a billy, rock and country…it’s all here in one explosive pickin’ package.
Fri 17th Jan 2020
Stevie Jones & The Wildfires
£5.00adv £6.00door
plus Stephen Tanner & The Runaways and Matt Keneson
Following in the footsteps of Steve Earle and The Dukes or Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Stevie Jones and The Wildfires deliver their own unique blend of modern alternative rock centred around powerful acoustic-based songwriting. With a number of line up changes over the last decade they have released two studio albums. The 2015 debut ‘Stratigraphic Heart’ was recorded at Parlour Studios in Kettering with acclaimed producers Russ Russell and Neil Haynes and featured Marshall Gill from Blackballed/New Model Army. The follow up 'Angels and Sirens‘ released in 2018 was produced by Adam Ellis at Deadline Studios, Leicester is split between hard-edged guitar based material and more delicate acoustic arrangements - touching tales on everything from sex, love, politics to life in the music industry.
Lockdown coincided with a change in line up with David Carter switching to guitar replacing Vassilis D and Dave Forster coming back in on drums after recovering from an arm injury. During lockdown Stevie also released a solo acoustic album 'Come In From The Rain' and as they return for a string of live shows in 2021-22 some of the songs from this album will be premiered as full band versions alongside new material.

DEVIANT AMPS are a 3 piece psychedelic rock band. The current line up of Paul Woodwright (guitars and vox), Keith Chenery (drums) and bassist Justin Prescott came together in January 2020. They are occasionally joined on synths by ex Ozric Tentacle Seaweed. Deviant Amps have recently played Kozfest festival, headlined Wingies festival and just played Sheffield O2 arena and London's Shepherds Bush Empire as part of this years Prog Weekend

STEVEN FAULKNER Steven Faulkner is an independent artist from Hinckley. Singing songs with positive messages, his 90s influences are there to see from Blur to Soundgarden
Sat 18th Jan 2020
Strange Doors
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 8:00pm - 11:30pm
We are a Doors tribute band that takes you back in time by recreating the sights and sounds of the legends you know and love. This band doesn’t just replicate the studio versions of Doors classics; we actually recreate the live Doors experience. Here you will find ad-libbed poetry, a singer that jumps into the air and writhes on the floor (whilst conjuring the Lizard King with his rich baritone voice), jazzy organ solos, bluesy slide guitar and powerful, yet subtle drumming that punctuates the music and vocals. Like a gig by the real Doors, a Strange Doors gig has an air of unpredictability... audiences are kept guessing what to expect next. The atmosphere is charged with the darkness and feeling of menace that only Doors music can provide. The Strange Doors will take you on a journey into the severed garden... fires will be lit and lizards will be celebrated!
Sun 19th Jan 2020
ProstAid Jazz Bash
£15.00adv £17.00door
Doors 12:00noon - 10:00pm
The 16th annual fundraiser in support of ProstAid
The Welland Valley Stompers
J For Jazz
The Lazy Alligators
The Nutter Family
Plumb Loco
The Red Belly Skifflers
The Titanic Jazzband
The Jazz Crew


A full day of Jazz raising funds for local Prostate Cancer charity Prostaid and Loros
Mon 20th Jan 2020
Tue 21st Jan 2020
Wed 22nd Jan 2020
Follow Deep
plus Hallucinator and Hardlines
Doors 7:30pm
Follow Deep are a young, emerging indie/alternative rock band from Hull. The band has a heavy yet unique sound - mainly due to having a saxophonist in the mix - that brings an energetic quality to every stage they step foot on.
Thu 23rd Jan 2020
The Nick Weldon Sextet
£12.00 £5 NUS
Doors 7:30pm
Leicester Jazzhouse Presents:
A rare opportunity to experience a truly spectacular band bringing the best of jazz to Leicester. As a renowned pianist, jazz educator and more recently also as a double bassist, Nick has assembled a group of diverse and highly individual musicians for an evening of exquisite musical stimulation!

Art Themen Saxophone
Laura Jurd Trumpet
Andra Sparks Vocals
Trevor Tomkins Drums
Nikki Iles Piano
Nick Weldon Piano/ Bass
Xander Promotions
Fri 24th Jan 2020
Ultimate Coldplay
£10.00adv £12.00door
Ultimate Coldplay are the UK's finest live tribute to Coldplay featuring an amazing Chris Martin look and sound a like performing all the Coldplay hits and more.
Wake Up Promotions
Sat 25th Jan 2020
Roxy Magic
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 26th Jan 2020
Mon 27th Jan 2020
The City Acoustic Club
Montly Open Mic
For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!
Xander Promotions
Tue 28th Jan 2020
Ariel Posen
£15.00adv £15.00door
plus Cathal Murphy
Singer/songwriter. Internationally-renowned guitarist. Producer. Solo artist. A lifelong musician, there are few roles Ariel Posen hasn't played.

Although born in Winnipeg, Posen spent much of his childhood on the road, traveling from show to show with his musician parents. He began playing guitar at 9 years old, kicking off a career that eventually found him traveling the globe for his own gigs, including shows as a member of the Juno Award winning, roots-rock band The Bros. Landreth. Several years later, Posen began working on an album of his own, tracking his new songs in the same studio in which his parents once recorded their albums.

How Long marks Posen's long-awaited solo debut, showcasing not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy blues to R&B to melodic rock & roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks, nodding to his influences — including The Beatles and many more — along the way. How Long is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics, and Posen's compelling voice.

"The guitar is the tool to get the music out," he says. "Always serve the song first. Otherwise, you're just playing an instrument.”
Wed 29th Jan 2020
Austin Gold
plus support
Austin Gold have been labelled as "Melodic Hard Rock". They are considered to be "The One's To Watch" and were awarded "Best Breakthrough Act 2017". See the band LIVE and you won't be disappointed!

The band of David James Smith (Vocals & Lead Guitar), Jack Cable (Guitars), Lee Churchill (Bass), Russell Hill (Hammond & Keyboards) and Chris Ogden (Drums), have been building a reputation as one of the best live acts around.

The album, as with all the label’s releases, was tracked to analogue tape. Armed with ten original songs and with near-telepathic communication, the band laid down the tightest of rock-solid tracks.

Their melting pot of influences come together to create something that is really very special.

From heavy guitar riffs, to the most delicate heart-felt ballads, from atmospheric sonic landscapes, to hook-driven melodies, this is an album that deserves to be heard.

With the release of “Before Dark Clouds” and relentless touring to follow, AUSTIN GOLD are set for a breakthrough year ahead.
Thu 30th Jan 2020
TALON - The Acoustic Collection
£13.50adv £15.00door
Doors 8:00pm
Come and experience Talon as you’ve never seen them before. Four members of the world’s greatest Eagles tribute band perform a selection of their favourite contemporary acoustic classics by James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Crosby Stills & Nash, John Denver, Michael Jackson, and many more…
Fri 31st Jan 2020
SKAM + Hell's Addiction
20th birthday rock night fundraiser
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 7:30pm
All proceeds to go to Hope Against Cancer, Help the Homeless and Rainbows Children's Hospice.

Formed by Steve Hill (guitar) and Matt Gilmore (bass), SKAM are a three-piece, hard rock band based in Leicester, UK. With the latest addition of Neal Hill on drums, SKAM are at their strongest ever. With over 450 gigs to their name to date and having played in every major city in the UK and Ireland this is a crack live unit with a stage show second to none.

Influenced by bands such as AC/DC, Iron Maiden and The Foo Fighters the band have a reputation for delivering no-nonsense, gutsy, classic British rock music. They have toured with bands such as Airbourne, The Answer, The Quireboys and The Wildhearts to name a few.

Originally a four-piece featuring brothers Ben (vocals) and Liam Sargent (guitar), Jason Green (bass) and Luke Morley (drums), Leicester's own Hell’s Addiction formed as a four piece in 2010, with their first album, the triumphant Raise Your Glass arriving in 2013.

They have always grafted hard to fine tune their craft and toured extensively leading up to 2015 at which point they started work on their most recent album – ‘Broken’. Released in July 2016 it received critical acclaim across the board. Describing Hell's Addiction as the "Bastard child of an illicit three-way between Skid Row, early Guns N' Roses and AC/DC", pretty much sums up their balls-out approach to Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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