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Coming to The Musician in December 2019

Doktor Dyper
Sun 1st Dec 2019
£20.00adv £25.00door
Doors 12:30pm - 11:00pm
Danfest9 at The Musician In Leicester featuring Friday, HeKz, The Emerald Dawn and Encircled.
Saturday, Landmarq, ESP, Blank Manuskript, Midnight Sun and Those Amongst Us Are Wolves.
Sunday, Kyros, Jump, Mother Black Cap, Viper Soup Complex and Eyes Of Albion.
Tickets weekend £45, Friday £15, Saturday £25, Sunday £20. Door times Friday 6.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 12.30pm. Door prices extra.
Mon 2nd Dec 2019
The Small Glories
£12.00adv £15.00door
Roots Powerhouse Pair from the Canadian Prairies

“Luft and Edwards sound right at home together, and they may soon join duos like Mandolin Orange and Shovels & Rope among the ranks of Americana prestige. [One of the] 10 Folk Artists You Need to Know in 2019.”
“ ... when two voices meant to merge find each other, their power somehow multiplies... The Small Glories generate so much energy together they could almost form a hurricane, though blizzard might be a more apt metaphor for this Canadian duo.”

"Perhaps The Small Glories need to rename themselves, for the full-hearted lyrics, the swelling harmonies, and the gorgeous fabric of the songs on this album are certainly large and wash over us with a powerful beauty that pulls at our hearts.”

“Their vocal harmonies are second to none, buoyant and brimming with personality, and they’re equally impressive instrumentally..”

“The Small Glories should be welcome listening to any fans of Gillians Welch and David Rawlings, Mandolin Orange and others of that ilk... The whole album is an almost perfect example of modern Americana. ”
Cheeseweasel Promotions
Tue 3rd Dec 2019
Dan Baird & Homemade Sin
£17.50adv £20.00door
Doors 7:30pm
You may remember Dan, he was the lead singer and chief songwriter with '80's roots superstars, The Georgia Satellites and the composer of, "Keep Your Hands To Yourself". Every night in America, it is estimated that at least eight bands will be covering that number. Not bad for a song written over 30 years ago.

Joining Dan in Homemade Sin is fellow ex Satellite, drummer Mauro Magellan and founder member of Americana Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement winners Jason And The Scorchers, guitarist Warner E. Hodges. The lineup is completed by new boy, Sean Savacool on bass.

Homemade Sin have a reputation for being one of the best live acts on the circuit, appearing at the Sweden Rock festival in 2009 and 2016, Hard Rock Hell in 2011 and 2012 as well as headlining the prestigious Kilkenny Festival in Ireland in 2012. 2017 saw them at the Ramblin' Man Fair Festival and the Zwarte Cross Festival.

Dan has announced his intention to retire at the end of the tour, so this is your last ever chance to see one of the finest bands ever to grace the Musician - let's make it a night to remember!
Wed 4th Dec 2019
Chris Wood
£14.00adv £16.00door
Chris Wood is an English songwriter and composer who plays fiddle, viola and guitar, and sings. He is an ardent enthusiast for traditional English dance music, including Morris and other rituals and ceremonies, but his repertoire also includes much French folk music and traditional Québécois material. He has worked for many years in a duo with button accordion/melodeon player Andy Cutting: Wood & Cutting are one of the most influential acts on the English folk music scene. Q Magazine gave their "Live at Sidmouth" album four stars and put the duo "at the forefront of the latest wave of British music acts". One of his first recordings was playing bass and percussion on "Jack's Alive" the first album by the Oysterband.
Thu 5th Dec 2019
The Hartland Country Band + South Congress
£5.00adv £6.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 11:00pm
HARTLAND are a Midlands based band comprising of 6 experienced musicians sharing their passion for "Modern Country Music". Dawn Jacques (lead vocals/guitar), Bob Wyllie (vocals/ guitar), Joe (electric guitar, banjo, lap steel ), Graham Wheatley (bass guitar, vocals), Helen Butterfield (fiddle, vocals) John Iliffe (drums)

“I have always wanted to put together a country band playing great Modern Country songs with a few classics too. Through contacts and a few adverts I was able to bring together today's line-up” says Dawn.

The band bring many years experience together independently playing across many genres, but its their dedication to Modern Country Music that delivers their not to be missed on-stage chemistry. Performing mainly covers from todays biggest country artists such as Keith Urban, Dixie Chicks, The Band Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Ward Thomas, Maren Morris, and many more.

Their 4-part vocal Harmonies and ever inter-changing dynamics lift some of today's best country songs. Just try to stop yourself tapping your feet and singing along...!

All the way from the deep south of Leicestershire, South Congress consists of a husband & wife, father & daughter, and a couple of old timers who have graced the local music scene for longer than they can remember.

Featuring lap steel guitar, mandolin and banjo, alongside the usual guitars, bass and drums, they create their own take on the Americana sound to be found emanating from the clubs & bars of the South Congress area of Austin, Texas.

The sound ranges from sweet gentle harmonies to foot stomping floor fillers. Whether its unplugged for that back porch down home feel, or plugged in for a swampy, driven sound, South Congress keep it tight and let it loose, all at the same time.

Expect some originals, some covers and some original covers.
Cheeseweasel Promotions
Fri 6th Dec 2019
£12.00adv £14.00door
Special guest King Creature
Doors 7:30pm
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.

Their latest album, The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard, was released in November 2017 to much acclaim. It was voted No. 13 in Planet Rock Radio's top 20 albums of 2017 and No. 1 in Down The Front Media's top albums of 2017.

"THE only band that can keep up with us on and offstage. Leading lights on the current British Rock revolution! They impressed us greatly, both as musicians and as people, a rare package" – Paul Mahon, The Answer
Xander Promotions
Sat 7th Dec 2019
Kick up the Eighties
£10.00adv £12.00door
The ultimate 80's party band return to the venue for a pre-Christmas party! Show includes costume changes, special guest appearances, audience participation, faithful reworkings of all your favourite 80's tunes. Covering new romantic to rock, ska to electronica, there will be something to please everyone. A fantastic night out is guaranteed!
Sun 8th Dec 2019
plus Dead Wires
Doors 7:30pm
Hallucinator are a new rock group currently gracing the Leicester scene with massive psych riffs, freaked out jams, prog intricacy, melancholic melodies and blues passion all swirled into a 4 piece group.
If you like the sounds of Rock from the 60's/70's...the present...or the future then come down to see Hallucinator work their magic.

In support are DeadWires, a power blues rock duo with driving octave guitar, thrashing drums, ripping vocals, and some real solid grooves.

All performing live at the Musician on the Sunday 8th December.
Get down for some mind blowing sounds.
Mon 9th Dec 2019
Tue 10th Dec 2019
Ultimate Petula + Parisian Swing Band
£8.00adv £10.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Ultimate Petula & Parisian Jazz Band

Ultimate Petula:
An authentic and stunning tribute to a legend of British music Petula Clark. Featuring songs such as 'Downtown', ' Don't sleep in the Subway' , This is my Song' and many more.

'Standing Ovation' BBC Radio

'Pure Class' The Musician

'Bravo' UK showcase

Parisian Swing Band
Play music in the French style. Expect “Le Jazz Hot” and “style et ambiance Française”. Featuring accordion, vocals, guitar, drums and violin, and popular songs and jazz classics of the 1930s to the 1960s"

Jenny Carter (Violin), Graham Summers (Drums), Paula Taylor (Guitar), Kenny Wilson (Accordion/Vocals)
Wed 11th Dec 2019
Joni, Sandy & Me
£7.00adv £9.00door
Doors 7:30pm
Sandy & Joni' with Sally Barker

(Sally will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Anna Ryder)

Singer/Songwriter Sally Barker, Tom Jones' Finalist in the Voice, presents an afternoon of songs by Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell. Local singer Sally has thrilled audiences for aeons, reducing Tom Jones to tears with her version of Nina Simone's 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' in the Blind Auditions of The Voice 2014

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_FqFsu-gsQ). See Sally sing Sandy's 'Rising for the Moon' with Fairport Convention here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKJhSM1g3WU & venture here for Sally's version of Joni's 'Coyote':


Sandy Denny, writer of 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes', is best known as the lead singer of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention and duetted with Robert Plant on 'The Battle of Evermore' for Led Zeppelin's album Led Zeppelin IV in 1971. A four album solo career followed her briefly-lived band Fotheringay (with husband Trevor Lucas). Her distinctive songwriting style and treatment of traditional folk repertoire is evident on four solo albums: 'The North Star Grassman and the Ravens', 'Sandy', 'Like an Old Fashioned Waltz', and 'Rendezvous' before her untimely death in 1978 at the age of 31. Music publications Uncut and Mojo have called Denny Britain's finest female singer-songwriter.

Canadian Joni Mitchell is a living legend. Joni's 4th album 'Blue' is regarded as a masterpiece and the epitome of the confessional singer-songwriter genre. She became a darling of the Greenwich Village coffee house folk scene in the 60s with her enigmatic songs, often written on the guitar using open tunings. Artists such as Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Rush, Buffy St Marie and George Hamilton IV had hits with her songs before Dave Crosby took her to Los Angeles, introduced her to his manager and produced her first album, 'Song to a Seagull'. Joni followed this with the self-produced 'Clouds', 'Ladies of the Canyon' and 'Blue'. Successive albums ('For the Roses', 'Court and Spark', 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns', 'Hejira' and 'Don Juan's Reckless Daughter') encompassed forays into pop, country and jazz. The 1979 album 'Mingus' divided critics and lost Joni her mainstream audience. Although her later work did not match the commercial success of her golden creative period between 1968 and '79, her reputation as the most influential female recording artist of the late 20th century was assured. Joni recorded seven more albums of new music, the last being 'Shine' in 2007. A brain aneurysm in 2015 affected Joni's speech and mobility but due to daily rehabilitation she is recovering, albeit slowly.
Thu 12th Dec 2019
Christmas with - Next Year
plus Last Edition, Slackrr and We Give In
Doors 7:30pm
Kick off your festive season with some Pop Punk and Ska Punk! Expect some Christmas tunes, Santa Hats and all the mince pies you can dream of.

Next Year - The Leicester based punk rock quartet have been making waves over the past year getting signed by Standby Records, touring the U.K. and Europe, featuring on Kerrang! Radio and Classic Rock Magazine. Don’t miss them at The Musician!

Last Edition - a sax-fuelled ska punk quartet from Leicester, UK.
For fans of, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, Capdown and third wave ska in general - Last Edition bring the party, the sax lines and the hooks to get you on your feet.

Slackrr - Easily one of the most Exciting & talked about bands in the UK underground circuit right now. With an explosive and exciting live show leaving audiences wanting more. Over
200 shows and festivals across the UK in less than two years, including a headline slot at the Isle of Wight Festival 2019.
Multiple appearances on BBC Introducing & BBC Live Sessions with hugely positive reviews. Slackrr are ones to watch for 2020!

We Give In. - Leicesters best kept secret, are a melodic punk band who keep going from strength to strength. With a debut EP under their belts and an album on the way, they are a band to keep an eye on.
Xander Promotions
Fri 13th Dec 2019
£10.00adv £12.00door
Manoeuvres are the premier tribute to OMD - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - one of the most influential and original bands to emerge from the early days of synth pop in the lates 1970's. Their energetic and authentic stage show perfectly captures the atmosphere and excitement of an OMD concert and by playing all of their hit songs such as 'Enola Gay' 'Messages' and 'Souvenir' to name but a few, MANOEUVRES will leave you with lasting memories of a captivating and unique show that you will want to see again and again!
Sat 14th Dec 2019
Simon 'Honeyboy' Hickling
£8.00adv £10.00door
A world-class musician, Simon ‘Honeyboy’ Hickling is a blues harmonica ace with a hard earned and well-deserved international reputation. His subtle and fabulously expressive playing is grounded firmly in the ‘50s and ‘60s heyday of the Chicago and Gulf Coast styles of playing. With a tremendously experienced band backing him, Simon never fails to deliver anything less than a first-rate evenings entertainment and never lets good taste and soulfulness stifle a rockin’ night out.
Xander Promotions
Sun 15th Dec 2019
£10.00adv £12.00door
Europes' most electrifying tribute to AC/DC AC/DC UK, the most authentic tribute to the Brian Johnson era AC/DC will be embarking on their biggest run of shows in 2020. In addition, to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the Back In Black tour, the band will be performing the album in full at selected shows throughout 2020.
AC/DC UK have established themselves over the past decade as one of the worlds' most electrifying acts. Complete with fully firing cannons, inflatable Rosie, and iconic Angus and Brian chemistry, AC/DC UK churn out all of the biggest hits alongside a few fan favourites at every show! The band have delivered on the biggest of stages such as Graspop Metal Meeting (2018),Stone Free (2016), Herning Rocker (2019) and more, featuring on the same billing as rock titans including Guns N'Roses, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, The Darkness, D-A-D and many many more. The band regularly travel all over Europe and beyond, playing in excess of 20 countries worldwide in the past decade. 2020 promises to be AC/DC UK's biggest year to date, with the band fully committed to building on the reputation they have already built.
Mon 16th Dec 2019
The City Acoustic Club
For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!
Tue 17th Dec 2019
Wed 18th Dec 2019
Thu 19th Dec 2019
Christmas with Cilla
£8.00adv £10.00door
Celerbrate Christmas with Cilla's Christmas songs and many of Cilla's hits plus lorra lorra fun and cheer!

Special guests including:- Kenny Wilson and Santa.

Fancy dress + Mince Pies and Mulled wine and more
Fri 20th Dec 2019
Diesel Park West
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus The Ferris
. “ The Diesels are currently picking up stunning reviews for their ninth album Let It Melt especially in the USA”

Diesel Park West are for many people the most enigmatic band from the late eighties still performing today. Back in those Thatcherite days the psychedelic guitar ground they occupied was often dismissed as a mere throwback to the mid-sixties with only an enlightened minority realising its real musical significance. The beating heart of rock ‘n’ roll is now far more aware of the Diesels' sound and maybe that’s why any live performance by the band is considered an event worth seeing. Drawing upon eight albums worth of material and the hippest cover versions imaginable, Diesel Park West continue to prove beyond a doubt that they really are the torchbearers for an entire genre.

Vents Magazine USA Says:
“One of the best rock albums I have heard in recent memory “
Xander Promotions
Sat 21st Dec 2019
Dr Feelgood
£15.00adv £18.00door
plus The Della Grants
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts.

Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator - which gave the group their first gold record.

The last album to feature Lee Brilleaux - Down at the Doctors, was recorded live at the Dr. Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey Island, (now the site of the Oysterfleet Hotel) just two months before he died. The current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, approaching 27 years in the band and Steve Walwyn on guitar who has been with the band for 20 years. Vocalist Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in 1999.
Sun 22nd Dec 2019
plus Moon Under Water, Poetman, Gina Batt and Steve Cartwright
Doors 6:00pm
Summer Solstice Event

Join Multimorph and special guests for a night of psych folk, Jazz rock and beyond.
Xander Promotions
Mon 23rd Dec 2019
The Platforms
£10.00adv £12.00door
The Platforms played the UK music scene for over 18 years and were one of Leicester’s most loved show bands. The music was based around the glam era but The Platforms took it to a new level, adding well known classic rock and modern hits into the mix. They regularly played show spots at holiday parks around the UK and headline festivals up and down the country in the summer. They’ve helped the mayor switch on Leicester’s Christmas lights four times and played for Heart FM, BBC Radio Leicester and appeared on TV too.

Here we are in 2019 and after 5 years away we thought it was time to bring back the Glam, bring back the show and bring back the night to remember. We are back..
Tue 24th Dec 2019
Wed 25th Dec 2019
Thu 26th Dec 2019
Xander Promotions
Fri 27th Dec 2019
Real Magic - Queen Tribute
£10.00adv £12.00door
Real Magic are the UK's premier tribute to the amazing Queen, fronted by Josh Henderson as Freddie Mercury, bringing you the sights and sounds of Queen with an amazing live band this will be a night to remember
Sat 28th Dec 2019
The Paradimes
plus support
The Paradimes are a reggae and ska band using the traditional styles of the 60's and 70's reggae and ska legends in todays era of music. The Paradimes are an original reggae and ska band, writing their own material which has spanned over more than 10 years of playing together, with the song writing abilities going from strength to strength. The catchy musical and singing melodies have made this band a winner in their field and are always a real crowd pleaser.
Sun 29th Dec 2019
Mon 30th Dec 2019
New Years Burlesque Special
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 7:45pm
Glitterbug & Talulah Blue
Burlesque through time...

Come one, come all as we welcome you to the last show of the year. A truly unique collaboration between the ever expanding Glitterbug Burlesque and the legendary Talulah blue Working together to bring you a star studded stage, featuring international performers, amazing elaborate costumes that will be slowy peeled and revealed or flung off in a flurry, great toe tapping music that our acts will be dancing too and as if thats not enough, all of our acts are showcasing a moment in time across the decades. A little slice of history, be that a full on cheesecake slice or a rauncy bump and grind, we've got them all. So get ready for a trip down memory lane and come celebrate the end of the year with us in a spectacular historical style with some of the best burlesque acts on the circut today.

Our dazzling performers for the evening are...

Hosted by Lux Delioux
Arielle Firecracker
Baby Daisy
Miss Sugar Rush

Plus Big D & The Dominators playing classic Pop & Rock of the last 5 decades
Tue 31st Dec 2019
Dawson Smith & The Dissenters
2 for £10 or £7 Each
plus The Midnight Dogs
Please join us to celebrate The Musician Venue's 20th Anniversary raising funds for Hope Against Cancer & Rainbows & Homeless Charities with a fantastic bill of local artists:-
( Plus Special Guest Ali Sperry from USA)

DAWSON SMITH & THE DISSENTERS(10pm to 10.45/finish)

ANDY GRIFFITHS & ANDY WALES (9.15pm to 9.45pm)

https://www.facebook.com/TheRubyDoos (8.35pm to 9.05pm)


TONY ALLES(7.15pm to 7.45pm)

Ali Sperry (6.30pm to 7.10pm)

KENNY WILSON(5.55 to 6.25pm)

STEVE PARKER (5.20pm to 5.50pm)

STEVE CARTWRIGHT(4.45pm to 5.15pm)

KEVIN HEWICK (4.10pm to 4.40pm)

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