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Coming to The Musician in November 2024

Fri 1st Nov 2024
The Andy Wales Blues Band
£8.00adv £10.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 11:30pm
If you love live music and live anywhere near Leicester, chances are you’ve seen / heard Andy Wales lend his distinctive guitar playing to Dawson Smith & the Dissenters, David Wyatt, Jersey Budd, Mick Pini, Andy Griffiths, The Traces and many more - as well as guesting with Goldwater, Honeyboy Hickling, The Della Grants, The Cinelli Brothers. The Austrian Stones, Wellard Willy and many more.

Andy is rightly recognised as one of the finest guitarists around – and he’s no slouch on vocals. Tonight he brings his band – featuring local heroes Christian Dezelu (Bass / Vocals - Ex-Aynsley Lister) and Nick Murphy (Drums / Vocals - Ex-Mick Pini / Stevie Wonder (ask him!), for an evening of cherry-picked songs, expertly delivered with the passion, skill and soul only available from seasoned veterans.

'The Andy Wales Blues Band don't need gimmicks, they're far too good for that'*

'I knew they were good, I didn't know they were THAT good!'

Old songs, New songs, Borrowed Songs, Blues Songs

Join us for a night of Tears & Laughter, Light & Shade, Fire & Skill, Fry & Laurie, Sly & Robbie – and guests!
Sat 2nd Nov 2024
A Night for Neil
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 5:45am - 11:30pm
Join us for an amazing night of music raising funds to help with Neil's continuing rehabilitation and care.

Featuring :-

Dead Rock Stars
Jersey Budd
Status Trio
Dust & Debris
Chris Conway
Eda Nives
Roger Wilson
Ann Duggan
Dave Kirk

Plus Special Guests

Taking place at THE INTERNATIONAL, Garden Street, Leicester
Doktor Dyper
Sat 2nd Nov 2024
Alchemy Relived
£12.00adv £14.00door
Doors 8:00pm
Alchemy ReLived stages unmissable live shows, performing some of the best music that Dire Straits ever created. For most gigs they stage the show, 'Alchemy', playing the best known songs and hits of Dire Straits. Tonight they perform a stunning and authentic recreation of the classic double-disc live album Alchemy .
Forty Tenth promotions
Sun 3rd Nov 2024
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 7:30pm
Gaelforce are a Celtic Folk Rock based Yorkshire, UK playing rocked up traditional & self penned songs/tunes.

They are:
Chris Dyson – fiddle, vocal – ex Mike Hardings Band.
Geoff Taylor – electric guitars – ex Duncan McFarlane Band
Sammy Dowgill – bass, vocal
Jim Brierley – drums, vocal
Craig McIntosh – highland bagpipes – Pipe Major with the Los Angeles Pipe Band USA

The band have recorded & released the album `Equinox` which is available on most digital platforms including Spotify, Amazon Music & Apple Music & a follow up album is imminent.

In Jan 2023 Gaelforce won by public vote, the introducing stage played at the Great British Folk Festival at Butlins in Skegness. They played to a couple of thousand festival people & then invited to play on the centre stage on the Saturday again to a couple of thousand people.

Pamela Windle – re gig at Ilkley Playhouse June 2023
What a great night, no wonder you sell out places. Can’t wait for the next one. Excellent band, what a find highly recommended x

Artiste Rebecca Hearne at Stainsby Folk festival 2023
Forty Tenth promotions
Wed 6th Nov 2024
£18.50adv £22.00door
Doors 8:00pm
The queens of banjopunk, three Swedish sisters by the name of Baskery, who’ve played music since they were old enough to hold an instrument. Baskery play a combination of classic ‘roots music and Americana’ with a twist of rule breaking punk turn this much loved style of music on it’s head. Their sound oozes style and playfulness and has helped them accrue a number of plaudits and accolades.

The first album, “Fall Among Thieves” (2008) was recorded in Stockholm, co-produced by Lasse Mårtén (Pink, ‘Peter, Bjorn and John’, Kelly Clarkson, Lykke Li, Primal Scream ). It quickly established them as an act that people took seriously. In the years that followed they’ve released several albums and EPs working with the likes of Blackpete (Depeche Mode, Joe Jackson, Peter Fox), Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, J. Roddy Walston, Wargirl) and were also signed by Dan McCarroll (President and A&R) to Warner Music. ”Coyote & Sirens” their most recent offering was released in October 2018, produced and engineered by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, f.u.n, The Revivalists).

On the live scene Baskery are experienced in putting on a show have played over 400 of their own in 2015 the sisters were invited to join legendary artist Robbie Williams as opener and special guests on his arena-tour throughout Europe. Later the same year they also toured the US with Gary Clark Jr and Brandi Carlile and the festival requests roll in Colours of Ostrava, Bonnaroo, Utopiafest, Newport Folk Festival, Arroyo Seco and Bottlerock
Fri 8th Nov 2024
Bare Jams
£17.50adv £20.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Bare Jams are a band of experienced musical alchemists who effortlessly cook up a fusion of musical styles that is uniquely familiar; a frequent must-see on festival aficionados’ lists with a reputation for tight and exuberant, yet wholesomely candid performances.

Their music covers a plethora of genres with a focus on Pop, Rock, Soul, and Jazz and an emphasis on catchy hooks, motivational lyrics, and singable horn lines.

‘Ridiculously serious people doing incredibly important things’

This gig is at The International Garden St Leicester
Wake Up Promotions
Sat 9th Nov 2024
Bootleg Blondie
Bootleg Blondie are Europe’s official Deborah Harry & Blondie tribute band and are the only Blondie tribute to play at the legendary CBGBs in New York City, the Holy Grail of American Punk and New Wave, where the real Blondie first kicked off their career.

Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original Blondie Bombshell and like her heroine is typically outrageous on stage. She has been known to wear dustbin liners, thigh length boots and t-shirts with more holes than actual t-shirt!
Sat 9th Nov 2024
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
£16.00adv £20.00door
Doors 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Magic Teapot warmly welcomes Benjamin back for a return visit.

This show is at The International.

PLEASE note this is a matinee show. Doors 1pm

Artistic transformation is often associated with a blast of fanfare – the dramatic unveiling of a new look, or lofty announcement of the revelation that prompted such a change. In the case of Benjamin Francis Leftwich, reinvention transpires with significantly more subtlety on his latest album, Some Things Break.

Leftwich’s singing style, redolent of Frank Sinatra or Edith Piaf; each piano note lands like those rays of light bursting through clouded heavens, bright and full of promise.
Magic Teapot
Sun 10th Nov 2024
John Murry
plus Mountaintop Junkshop and Peter Wyeth
Doors 7:00pm - 10:30pm
‘A work of genius’ THE GUARDIAN 5/5

John Murry's music penetrates to the very heart of you, searing with its burning honesty, its unsparing intimacy and its twisted beauty.

The Graceless Age: The Ballad of John Murry

The story of American singer-songwriter John Murry who was on the cusp of greatness until he became addicted to heroin, creatively exhausted, and went to Ireland a broken man….

John Murry is an American singer-songwriter known for his emotionally charged and critically acclaimed music. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1979, he gained recognition with his debut solo record, "The Graceless Age," released in 2013. This album received high praise from critics and music publications, establishing Murry as an artist of major stature. His music delves into themes of drugs and near-death experiences, offering a raw and introspective experience for listeners. Murry has collaborated with notable musicians and continues to captivate audiences with his dreamy falsetto and evocative lyrics. With his Mississippi roots and connection to literary figure William Faulkner, Murry's unique blend of musicality and introspection has garnered him a dedicated fan base.

John Murry will release a new album 20th September 2024 on Deluxe CD & Download via TV Records with distribution from Shellshock John Murry And Michael Timmins - "A Little Bit Of Grace And Decay"

Original Soundtrack Recording for The Graceless Age: The Ballad Of John Murry

The Soundtrack to accompany the Award winning Documentary, The Graceless Age: The Ballad Of John Murry.

Written and performed by John Murry and Mike Timmins (Cowboy Junkies).

Tracks include stripped back versions of songs from A Short History Of Decay, disarmingly poignant new songs, and sections of the luminously, atmospheric score.

Recorded in Toronto at The Hangar. Produced, Mixed and Recorded by Michael Timmins.

'An instant classic. The Graceless Age is a Masterpiece. Murry’s songs are unforgettable' UNCUT 9/10.

'Ink-black gothic country gospel. Formidable stuff' MOJO 5 STARS

‘Intensely beautiful... Like Father John Misty, Mark Lanegan and Josh T Pearson rolled into one really broken dream’ Q MAGAZINE 4/5

'The Graceless Age ...is a Classic... from a compelling honest, deeply emotional, singer-songwriter' THE TIMES

Hailing from Leicester UK, Mountaintop Junkshop could easily be mistaken for alt/country misfits from some lost California scene. The band make country-tinged minimal torch songs leaving space to hear pins drop and hearts breaking. Since forming they have shared stages with Jolie Holland, Herman Dune, Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, Nina Nastasia and many more. File in your record collection somewhere between Low, Mazzy Star, Songs Ohia and next to a yellowing old copy red wine-stained Richard Brautigan poems.
Forty Tenth promotions
Mon 11th Nov 2024
Josienne Clarke
£16.00adv £19.00door
Doors 8:00pm
Indie-folk singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Josienne Clarke is often said to draw on traditional British folk inspirations, but is a thoroughly modern, multifaceted artist who follows her own compass.

Blessed with a voice of crystalline beauty and clarity that has been compared to Sandy Denny, her myriad talents translate effortlessly to the live space in performances that are all her own. She has extensive touring experience having been a Rough Trade-signed, Radio 2 Folk Award-winning artist – two opposing poles that neatly sum up her inability to be pigeonholed – and has also been hand-picked as main tour support for folk legend Richard Thompson. She’s shared a stage with Robert Plant and has written songs for an adaptation of The Snow Queen for the National Theatre, performed by children aged 7-11.

Her varied background and effortless musicality mean a cover of Radiohead is just as likely to appear on the setlist as Nick Drake, as on her recent “Now & Then” EP live – hence she’s been able to slot seamlessly into the bill of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival as easily as that of End of the Road.

As well as being a guitarist and vocalist of alarmingly good quality, her unforgettably dark wit also acts as compelling counterpoint to her own twilit, low-key and intimate compositions when playing live. Clarke’s rare authenticity – really the main unifying thread running through her career – is something to admire: here is an artist singularly unafraid to express herself via her art and is naturally armed with all the verve and ability to do so – and bring the audience with her.

“Sings like a haunted angel” The Financial Times
“Utterly electric” Cerys Matthews
“Extraordinary” Mojo
“Indie-folk queen asserts her independence” Uncut
“Gently exquisite” The Observer
Magic Teapot
Wed 13th Nov 2024
Billy Mahonbie
£12.00adv £14.00door
Doors 7:30pm
Magic Teapot warmly welcomes back Billy Mahonie!!

Formed in the first wave of British post-rock alongside the likes of Mogwai in the late 90s, John Peel favourites Billy Mahonie are set to return with the first new music from their original line-up in some twenty-four years. Whilst their debut album ‘The Big Dig’, released in 1999 on Too Pure Records, is considered a classic of the post rock genre, Billy Mahonie always crafted their intricate music with memorable hooks and melodies and performed it with energy and gusto. Theirs was not an aimless, meandering sound, instead the songs and attitude were rooted in punk rock, and still are. Billy Mahonie put the rock into post-rock.
Lauded by many as one of Britain’s influential finest live bands in the late 90s and early 00s, previously released on Fierce Panda, Static Caravan, and Southern Records, Billy Mahonie instrumental rock quartet are back on tour. Taking in many of the towns and cities previously played (Glasgow, Leicester, Cambridge, London, Brighton) and some new places, the band members have never felt so stoked to get out on the road.
The classic lineup of Gavin Baker, Hywell Dinsdale, Howard Monk and Kevin Penney are bringing the new album Field of Heads, out in May on their newly formed label: Whistling Sam Projects, to Leicester
Xander Promotions
Thu 14th Nov 2024
Kossoff - The Band Plays On
£20.00adv £20.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Terry Slesser, one of the country’s finest rock and blues vocalists, performing in tribute to his bandmate and friend the late, great Paul Kossoff - one of the greatest rock blues guitarists of all time. Celebrating Paul Kossoff’s entire career, the show features songs from his early days in FREE (including rock classics ALL RIGHT NOW, WISHING WELL, FIRE AND WATER etc.) through to songs from BACK STREET CRAWLER, the band Kossoff formed alongside Terry Slesser. Terry Slesser remains both a star and a master craftsman. As Paul Kossoff’s close friend and vocalist of choice, he has every right to sing every song performed by this band. Terry has assembled a great team of musicians to willingly assist him in keeping alive the memory of Paul Kossoff.

The band also features: bassist Rick Hunt, drummer Clive Edwards and guitarist John Buckton reviewed as "one of the very best guitarists in British rock blues today, with a style that’s tasteful and subtle, yet which wails with true blues aggression".This is an authentic supergroup, and to all intents and purposes a direct continuation of BACK STREET CRAWLER.
Xander Promotions
Fri 15th Nov 2024
Dirt Road Band
£12.00adv £14.00door
plus James Oliver Band
The Dirt Road Band is the brainchild of guitar legend Steve Walwyn, mainly known as the longest serving guitar player in Dr Feelgood (32yrs). During this time he amassed a massive reputation as a bona fide blues hero in the UK, Europe and beyond. He says "I'd always liked the idea of the power trio - stripping everything back to the basics: guitar, bass & drums. To help him in this he has recruited the services of drummer Ted Duggan, professional since the 60's including stints with Badfinger and techno giants Banco de Gaia. "I'd worked with Ted before" Steve says, "I knew he would fit this gig perfectly" ...he certainly does.

Bass player Horace Panter is better known as a founding member of The Specials. Horace has "groove" printed on his DNA, holding it down comes as second nature. This then is Steve's dream team rhythm section that swings as hard as it rocks. "We're starting to develop that musical telepathy that makes a band more than the sum of its' parts. It's a thrilling thing and keeps the blues alive".

See you down the dirt road ....
Fri 15th Nov 2024
£16.00adv £18.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 11:45pm
Join KINGSIZE for a very special 25th anniversary event !!!

Plus Special guests and
DJ Chris P - The Boss DJ Show

This gig is taking place at The International (home of The Musician 2) Garden Street Leicester
Sat 16th Nov 2024
Ultimate Texas
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 11:00pm
If you like the band Texas you'll love this.
Ultimate Texas is a one of a kind.
So this is a great opportunity to enjoy a night of the best of Texas songs live.
They'll be playing songs such as.

I Don't Want A Lover
In Demand
Black Eyed Boy
Say What You Want
Summer Son
To name but a few.

Backed by some of the regions finest musicians, singer/songwriter Findley Webster fronts this brilliant Texas tribute.
Having performed for many years as a singer songwriter and guitarist
Sharleen Spiteri has always been an inspiration to Findley. Her voice, the songs, the style, the attitude. So when the idea of a Texas tribute was suggested: - Ultimate Texas was born.

A show not to be missed.

MUSICIAN 2 presents at The International, Garden Street, Leicester
Forty Tenth promotions
Sat 16th Nov 2024
Papa Shango
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus Lazy Apollo and Jehenna
Doors 8:00pm
A circus rock act with mayhem and madness guaranteed to leave jaws dropped.

What we do....
Fire breathing, Sponges, Bubbles, Milk, Washing lines, Hobby Horses, Confetti, Gorillas, Bananas on roller-skates, Sexy Dancers, Erotic thrusting, Orgasmic music, Hard rocking out and Soft rocking in.

"Outlandishly entertaining" The Observer.

"The internet has killed live music...Papa Shango are saving it" NME

"Lunatic Rap Rock and Oddness" Kerrang

"Like Crack for the eyeballs" Hellfire Club Glasgow

"BUCKLE up and steel yourself for the ride of your life when tongue-in-cheek rockers Papa Shango take your venue by storm" The Observer

"Its hard to explain a Shango Show," Time Out magazine.

"Papa Shango need to be seen to be un-believed!" Entertainment Weekly.
Wed 20th Nov 2024
Kris Drever
Doors 7:30pm
Magic Teapot warmly welcomes back Kris!

Kris Drever is an award-winning Scottish folk singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer.

One of Scotland’s finest (from Orkney) and most in demand musicians, Kris Drever is a multi-award winning Scottish folk singer-songwriter. His voice and guitar form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene, and we’re delighted to have him perform in Leicester
Doktor Dyper
Fri 22nd Nov 2024
£20.00adv £25.00door
feat: Hayley Griffiths Band, Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate and Candacraig
Doors 6:30pm
Danfest 13 Friday starts with Hayley Griffiths Band, Hats Off Gentlemen It's Adequate and Candacraig. Tickets priced at £70 weekend, Friday £20, Saturday £35 and Sunday £35.

Ticket links weekend and day splits available from Ticketweb and venue.
Doktor Dyper
Sat 23rd Nov 2024
£35.00adv £40.00door
feat: Also Eden, EBB, Spriggan Mist, 25 Yard Screamer and Garden Of Live Flowers
Doors 12:30pm
Day two of Danfest 13 features Also Eden, EBB, Spriggan Mist, 25 Yard Screamer and Garden Of Live Flowers. Tickets for today only £35 advance.

Ticket links weekend and day splits available from Ticketweb and venue.
Doktor Dyper
Sun 24th Nov 2024
£35.00adv £40.00door
feat: Hekz, Trilogy, Ruby Dawn, Tribe3 and MonkeyTrial
Doors 12:30pm
Final day of Danfest13 features HeKz, Trilogy, Ruby Dawn, Tribe3 and MonkeyTrial. Tickets for today are £35 advance.

Ticket links weekend and day splits available from Ticketweb and venue.
Thu 28th Nov 2024
Roger Wilson & Chris Parkinson
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Roger Wilson and Chris Parkinson first started playing music together in 1994, when Roger was
asked to join The House Band, of which Chris had been a founding member around ten years earlier.
In addition to recording and touring with the band, they worked together on Roger’s album
‘Stark Naked’, and the album of Chris’s recorded shortly afterwards, entitled ‘Out of his Tree’.

Since around the turn of the millennium they have continued to work together as a duo, at folk festivals such as Whitby Folk Week and Leicester’s The Big Session, and at club gigs around the
UK and Europe.

Their repertoire includes traditional folk songs, original compositions, and high
energy dance tunes from England, Ireland and America, sprinkled with occasional exotic tunes
from further afield in Europe.
Cheeseweasel Promotions
Fri 29th Nov 2024
£12.00adv £14.00door
plus Dig Lazarus
Doors 7:30pm
Are you into great British contemporary rock? Do you like loud, powerful riffs played with passion and meaning? If the answer is yes, buy a ticket to see SKAM. The 'From The Depths' UK tour will feature new songs and all the expected classics.

"The most underrated 3 piece rock band (from Leicester that has brothers in it and formed in the year 2000) in the world, buy a ticket, go see them!" - Frankie Sharpe of Sharpe Records

"I haven't seen a band this good since *add great rock band here*, buy a ticket, go and see them!" - Famous rock DJ

"The SKAM boys are pure joy, combining great songs, a great stage presence and musicianship that Beethoven would be proud of, buy a ticket, go and see them!" - Eddie Mercury (Spain’s number one Freddie Mercury tribute act)

"I don't know what to say, the most fun I have had with my pants on, holding two pints of beer, ever! Buy a ticket, go and see them!" - Oliver Reed
Sat 30th Nov 2024
Smooth & Turrell
Doors 8:00pm
Funk Nation presents:-

This gig is taking place at
The International
Garden Street
Forty Tenth promotions
Sat 30th Nov 2024
Blackbeard's Tea Party
£15.00adv £18.00door
Doors 8:00pm
Blackbeard's Tea Party ~ High Octane, Gutsy Folk Rock

Their bold and riotous modern folk rock is built for late nights and big stages. Hold on to your tricorn hats and be prepared to stamp your wooden legs – Blackbeard’s Tea Party are in town.

Sea-shanties will be given a bombastic rock edge, and folk instrumentals will become late-night floor-fillers when this raucous bunch of reprobates hit the stage. They have dirt under their fingernails and a twinkle in their eyes, and you can expect fantastic musicianship, playful choreography and an unstoppable urge to move your body.

Two drummers, electric guitars, fiddle, melodeon and 4-part harmonies combine to create music that is drenched in tradition, but filtered through a kaleidoscope of modern rock and pop.

The band believe a live show should be a spectacle for the eyes as well as the ears. Outlandish outfits, costume changes, DIY props, unhinged stage antics and chaotic choreography all add up to an engaging, high-octane show that inevitably leaves audiences cheering for more.

The band are currently back into the studio recording material for 'Coats Off' their first new album in 5 years. This will be released in the Autumn of 2024 & they will be out on tour from October to December performing this new material.

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