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Coming to The Musician in September 2021

Xander Promotions
Fri 3rd Sep 2021
Creedence Clearwater Review
£12.00adv £14.00door
Creedence Clearwater Review are the UK’s premier tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of America’s greatest bands who, despite their relatively short career, left an enduring legacy of classic songs written and sung by lead guitarist, singer and songwriter John Fogerty. Capturing the feel, sound and atmosphere of the original songs, Creedence Clearwater Review pack all the hits and more into two hours plus of rootsy, swampy, bluesy and sometimes country flavoured rock and roll. Creedences’ biggest songs, Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Fortunate Son and Who’ll Stop The Rain all get the treatment as well as their covers of classics like I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Midnight Special and Susie Q.
There’s audience involvement, singalongs and plenty of rousing choruses to join in on the Review’s authentic and power packed tribute to the Creedence legacy. There’s also a nod to John Fogerty’s solo career in the show, with songs like Almost Saturday Night, Hot Rod Heart and of course Rockin’ All Over The World. Dale Taylor takes up the role of John Fogerty on guitar and vocals, which is no easy task considering Fogerty’s power and range. However he fulfils the lead spot, delivering the same rawness and energy of the original performances, backed up by a solid and experienced band who stick as closely to the album tracks as possible.
Performing a range of CCR material consisting of all their biggest, classic hits, album tracks and wonderful obscurities, Creedence Clearwater Review will take you on a nostalgia trip you won’t want to miss. Creedence Clearwater Review, the definitive UK tribute.
Xander Promotions
Sat 4th Sep 2021
The Liquid Engineers
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus ULTRA:foxx:
The Liquid Engineers are without doubt the premier and hardest working tribute to Gary Numan in the UK. They continually tour throughout the UK taking that unique and authentic ‘Numan’ sound to centre of the stage. Lead vocalist Pat Martin is joined on stage by 4 other talented musicians with all one goal, to ‘Deliver that Gary Numan Experience'. They do this time and time again. Numan fans will get to enjoy a range of material from his vast back catalogue of material taking you through over 40 years of his career. You won’t be disappointed.
Magic Teapot
Wed 8th Sep 2021
£15.00adv £18.00door
Doors 7:30pm - 10:30pm
“Gangstagrass’ eclectic mix of low-down to down-low beats destroys other genres in their path.” – Magnet Magazine

“A daring blend of innovative modern swagger and classic Americana cool which dares listeners not to come along for the ride.” – Hear Hear Music

“A mixture of bluegrass and hip-hop that might repel some purists on either side of the country-and- rap divide, but will knock the socks off just about everybody else.” – Wall Street Journal
“Gangstagrass adeptly layers rap lyrics over strong emotional accents from the instruments, something most DJs can’t take advantage of when sampling electronica music. You can hear it in “Nobody Gonna Miss Me;” the skillful slide on the guitar and winsome lines from the fiddle fill in the background of the rap with a bluesy, remorseful tone.” – Mother Jones Magazine

When music is THIS good, it smashes every borderline, every genre, every pre-conceived idea of what a bluegrass hip-hop fusion might sound like…it blows live audiences away wherever they play!” – Essential Pop

Bluegrass and Hip-Hop may sound like an odd combination, but don’t tell that to Producer Rench, who birthed the fusion in 2006, with Gangstagrass. “There are a lot more people out there with Jay-Z and Johnny Cash on their iPod playlists than you think.” says Rench, who had previously made a name for himself as an in-demand Brooklyn country and hip-hop producer and singer/songwriter. He should know – he’s toured the country with a band of bluegrass pickers and hip-hop emcees to the delight of standing room crowds everywhere.
Making beats for local NYC rappers and hosting country music nights in popular NYC venues. In 2007, Rench had a musical itch that needed to be scratched – he was listening to the 1970s recordings of Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and couldn’t help imagining what classic bluegrass would sound like with rap vocals and beats. The result was a genre-demolishing blitz called Rench Presents: Gangstagrass. He put it up for free download and people took notice. Hundreds of thousands of downloads followed creating an intense underground buzz.
When FX Network came to Rench looking for the Gangstagrass sound for the theme song to their new series Justified, he had bluegrass players lay down an original track with rapper T.O.N.E-z, the younger brother of early hip-hop legends Special K and T-LaRoc. The result was “Long Hard Times To Come,” the song that opened every episode of six seasons of the hit series. “Long Hard Times To Come” was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010, contending for best theme song after critical praise and massive fan response.
The same live bluegrass band approach was used to make Lightning On The Strings, Thunder On The Mic, a full length album of with T.O.N.E-z, the emcee featured on the Justified theme song. Two years later the Gangstagrass sound was expanded with the release of Rappalachia, a 15 song album featuring a variety of rappers, including Kool Keith, Dead Prez, Nitty Scott MC, T.O.N.E-z, BROOKLYN35, R-SON, and Dolio The Sleuth. Country singers Brandi Hart from the Dixie Bee-Liners and Jen Larson added gritty harmonies alongside Rench’s choruses. Broken Hearts and Stolen Money was released in 2014. Featuring performances by legendary rap team Smif-N-Wessun, Juno award winning rapper Liquid (of BranVan 3000), Brandi Hart of the Dixie Bee-Liners and Alexa Dirks of Chic Gamine in addition to the now regular crew of emcees and pickers, the album received universal critical acclaim including the Boston Globe labeling the raucus single Two Yards “Essential.” A fourth official album titled American Music was released in April 2015. Featuring a collection of standout original cuts and traditional folk anthems the band once again broke new ground, while also paying tribute to their cast of American songwriting heroes, and debuted at #5 on the Billboard bluegrass charts.
Gangstagrass has toured internationally, blowing minds on main stages from SXSW to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, with a live stage act taking full advantage of the improvisational aspects of both hip-hop and bluegrass. With two emcees R-Son and Dolio The Sleuth trading verses, Dan Whitener on Banjo, Landry McMeans on dobro, and Rench on guitar, and frequent 3 part harmonies, the Gangstagrass live show has garnered a reputation among fans for its dynamism and spontanaety. Currently touring across the US, Gangstagrass is using live performances to organically develop new material for an album that will further explode the boundaries between genres generally thought to be incompatible
Cheeseweasel Promotions
Thu 9th Sep 2021
£13.50adv £15.00door
Legendary Welsh rockers Man first started off in 1968, called it a day towards the end of the seventies, then in the early eighties realised they could do nothing better than get together again. They have been through more line-ups than you can shake a stick at, with various members coming and going at a rate which gives famed rock historian Pete Frame nightmares!

Man are still going strong these days, fronted by bassist/vocalist Martin Ace. Their current live shows are a wonderful mix of great songs and improvised jamming and the line-up features Josh Ace (guitar/vocals), James Beck (guitar/vocals), Malcolm Morley (keyboards/vocals) and Shane Dixon (drums). You can expect all of the classic Man tunes including 'C’Mon', 'The Ride and the View' and 'Many Are Called But Few Get Up' amongst a host of other great songs.
Fri 10th Sep 2021
One Step Behind
One Step Behind is the UK's Premier and longest surviving MADNESS tribute band. Formed in spring 1993, the band achieved widespread recognition in an unusually short time, playing venues the length and breadth of Britain including the Marquee Club in London & the Venue in New Cross. Jaunts into Europe and beyond are also common place. Members of Madness have joined the One Step boys on stage on a number of occasions. Sax player Lee Thompson has played a few times commenting the band were “Tight as a ducks arse” and “Brilliant”. Lee is also quoted as saying that OSB were “single handily keeping the good ship Madness afloat”. Drummer Dan “Woody” Woodgate joined the band on stage for “One Step Beyond” and told the boys he thought they were amazing.
Xander Promotions
Sat 11th Sep 2021
Faux Fighters UK
£10.00adv £12.00door
After spending years of playing drums for numerous bands and recording sessions, Ben Rudge decided to take the leap of faith and doing exactly what Dave Grohl did, switching the kit for guitar and taking centre stage. A few months of recording 4 or 5 foo fighters songs on his own and he finally decided to try and put together the best Foo Fighters tribute he could. Calling on long term friends Liam Slattery & Russ Millard the journey began, quickly adding drummer Kris Perrin & 3rd guitarist Paul Beddow the line up rehearsed for a few months before deciding to add the final layer of Ben Selleck on keys who finally completed the full live FOO FIGHTERS UK LINE UP.
Sun 12th Sep 2021
Willie Tea Taylor
£12.00adv £14.00door
plus Sam Manville
Doors 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing.

Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy’s home and the setting for many of his songs.

Willy calls John Hartford, Roscoe Holcomb, Bob Dylan, KISS, Weird Al Yankovic and Willie Nelson his biggest influences, but is always quick to advocate for his favorite contemporary songwriters which include Tom VandenAvond, Nathan Moore, and his Good Luck partner in crime, Chris Doud.
Forty Tenth promotions
Tue 14th Sep 2021
The Magpies
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 8:00pm - 11:00pm
It has only been a short space of time since The Magpies burst onto the UK folk scene, but they have already made a huge impression with their fresh brand of transatlantic neo-folk and have been ‘making waves wherever they play’ (Phil Beer, Show of Hands).

Three accomplished musicians in their own right, The Magpies is a combination far greater than the sum of its parts. Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winning guitarist, banjo-player and singer Bella Gaffney, clawhammer banjo player and singer Kate Griffin and acclaimed fiddle-player and tunesmith Holly Brandon draw on their wide-ranging influences to create a unique blend of transatlantic folk.

In their live performances The Magpies have been exceptionally well-received. 2018 saw them perform at festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and on main stages at Wickham Festival, Towersey Festival and Deer Shed Festival. 2019 saw their first international shows, with performances at Folk Alliance International in Montreal, a successful tour in Ireland and performances at Costa del Folk in Portugal. And the summer saw many more festival performances including Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Warwick and Shambala.

Their debut album - Tidings - was released in June 2020 to critical acclaim: ‘effervescent’ (The Sunday Times), ‘folk with finesse’ (The Daily Mail), ‘check that album out’ (BBC Radio 2). A rich and varied showcase of the live show, the album draws on a range of influences and delivers a sound that can only be described as contemporary. The album is full of songs which explore uniquely female experiences in unpredictable and surprising ways, bringing a fresh voice to the current milieu.
Doktor Dyper
Wed 15th Sep 2021
Sweet Crises
£10.00adv £12.00door
feat: Eyes Of Albion
Doors 7:30pm - 11:30pm
“The missing link between Free and The Black Keys” Paul Elliott, Q Magazine / Mojo Magazine : This is the sound of Sweet Crisis.
Formed in Cambridge in 2015, after decades of friendship, they have drawn from years of shared experience and a well
of hundreds of songs to create the debut album Tricks On My Mind.
Sweet Crisis seek to balance all their inclinations and influences - like Free or Lenny Kravtiz, nothing is off the table if music sounds right.
The key influences for Sweet Crisis are wide-ranging, from the classic rock and soul music of the ’70s – The Rolling Stones, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Donny Hathaway, Humble Pie – to The Verve and Massive Attack, The Black
Keys and Jack White.
The iconic 70s sound combined with modern pioneers shape and inform this modern rock band’s sound. And with this
wide-ranging DNA incorporating just the right amount of funk, soul and pop along the way, their album celebrates both
modern and classic vibes.
Leo and Piers write all of the songs for Sweet Crisis and have recently swelled their ranks with Matt Dudurym on bass,
Dom Briggs-Fish on keyboards and Joe Taylor on drums – Now a well oiled machine that’s been running since early
2019 - together they’ve created a timeless and energetic record. Tricks On My Mind.
The ten tracks on Tricks On My Mind were recorded and mixed at Headline Music Studios in Cambridge, mastered at
Abbey Road Studios and released by Headline Records Ltd.

The Eyes of Albion Genre? Well there’s blues rock in there definitely, add a little Indian sounding twists to the mix with modal guitar and bass work, perhaps a hint of folk rock on occasions. Power it with rhythm section which works from the very first beat, bass and guitar melodically complimenting the amazingly powerful vocals and you have a rough idea of what Eyes of Albion do and are.
Thu 16th Sep 2021
Rosalie Cunningham
£12.00adv £15.00door
‘If Kate Bush had a baby with The Beatles it would have been Rosalie Cunningham.’ - Classic Rock Magazine

The Queen of Psychedelic Prog and her superb band are back out on the road! Picking up where they left off when they were rudely interrupted by a certain pandemic, they’ll be touring the UK in September and October playing songs from her 2019 self-titled album, some choice Purson cuts and a selection of material from the upcoming second solo album.

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‘Rosalie’s fans are more than used to her multi-instrumental brilliance and sublime imagination by now, but newcomers should definitely strap themselves in for a mind-blowing trip and an unforgettable introduction to one of our most delirious talents.’ - Prog Magazine

‘Her voice is always extraordinary.’ - Planet Rock Magazine

‘There is something wonderfully dramatic and theatrical about Rosalie Cunningham’s debut solo album.’ - Daily Express

‘An enthralling album. Rosalie Cunningham has touched genius in this dramatic pulse driven recording.’ ***** - Liverpool Sound and Vision
Cheeseweasel Promotions
Fri 17th Sep 2021
Sack Sabbath
£10.00adv £12.00door
Sack Sabbath are the UK's finest, longest serving and most authentic tribute to the original masters of metal, Black Sabbath. Formed in 2002, Sack Sabbath have delighted audiences across the UK and Europe over the last decade with their stunning take on the classic era of Black Sabbath. Playing only the very blackest of Sabbath from the classic years 1970-78, they deliver a powerhouse performance with every song reproduced to perfection by some of the finest rock musicians in the UK and fronted by the best Ozzy impersonator in the business bar none. And lets face it-you don't get better recommendations than from the Black Sabbath road crew!

"I worked for the real Sabbath and they are like the real thing, you don't have to close your eyes, because they have got it off to a tee! I go to their shows because it reminds me of all the fun I had with the real thing" - Les Martin, ex stage & production manager, Black Sabbath 1970-78
Xander Promotions
Sat 18th Sep 2021
The Milk Men
£10.00adv £12.00door
The Milk Men is a supergroup of well known and hugely respected UK blues musicians. Formed in 2010 by mates Adam Norsworthy (lead singer/guitarist of four-time British Blues Award nominees the Mustangs) and Jamie Smy (Jellyroll Men lead singer). The duo are joined on drums by ex-Pirate Mike Roberts, and on bass by Lloyd Green, son of legendary Pirate and r'n'b superstar Mick Green.

The Milk Men play a dynamic mix of classic blues and r'n'b, as well as some originals.

In 2016 the band released its debut album FULL PHAT to huge critical acclaim, and in 2018 the follow up GOLD TOP reached number 2 on the iTunes Blues Chart.
Forty Tenth promotions
Sun 19th Sep 2021
Sam Carter
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus Paul Handyside
Doors 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later... with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
Described as "the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation" by Jon Boden (Remnant Kings, ex-Bellowhead), Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists. Recent collaborations have included Sweet Liberties, an EFDSS and Folk By The Oak joint-funded project which saw Sam, Nancy Kerr, Maz O’Connor and Martyn Joseph delving into the archives of Parliament in search of inspiration for songs about the pursuit and development of democracy. Sweet Liberties toured major UK venues, spawned an album of the same name and featured on BBC Radio 3’s World On 3 in late 2016.
Sam’s third solo album How The City Sings was released in April 2016 and captured this fervently admired singer, songwriter and guitarist at his most passionate and moving, with The Guardian calling it a "bittersweet electric-folk concept album" in their glowing 4-star review .
Cheeseweasel Promotions
Tue 21st Sep 2021
Blackwater Conspiracy
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus These Wicked Rivers
Formed in the summer of 2015 in Northern Ireland, Blackwater Conspiracy are a hard rocking five piece who take their inspiration from the classics. Think Exile-era Stones, think Faces, think Black Crowes, think Quireboys, think a rock’n’roll band par excellence, equally at home with slide-driven rock as late night dark corner whiskey blues. Their debut at Ramblin’ Man Fair was voted one of the ten best ever live sets at that illustrious festival while their second album, ‘Two Tails & The Dirty Truth Of Love & Revolution’, was released in 2020 to rave reviews (10/10 Powerplay Magazine, 4/5 Get Ready To Rock, 5/5 Two Finger Media).

Blackwater Conspiracy “stand out because they’re supremely good at what they do” (Planet Rock) and are “ready to take their place in the elite” (Maximum Volume Music). This is a band that knows and uses their roots and influences but at the same time brings things right up to date for the twenty-first century. A great evening of rock‘n’roll, not to be missed.
Thu 23rd Sep 2021
Phil Robson Trio
Leicester Jazz House Presents
£12.00adv £5 NUS
Doors 7:30pm
on sale soon
Fri 24th Sep 2021
Aynsley Lister Band
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus The Martin Burch Band
With his hard hitting rhythms and guitar work reminiscent of a young Clapton, Lister is one of very few artists playing blues-infused rock with a modern edge - heartfelt, soul searching and full of fine song-writing played with both passion and vitality. Influenced by the 1960’s blues boom era, he takes these elements and mixes them with a more current, melodic and lyrical approach, producing songs with a contemporary feel and sound. To date, Lister has sold more than 76,000 albums worldwide and his live work has seen him work with a whole host of big names. Earlier in his career it was blues legends such as Buddy Guy, John Mayall and Robert Cray, while more recently he played a sell out tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd when their UK tour visited such venues as London’s Brixton Academy, Manchester Apollo and Birmingham's NIA. In 2010 he headlined Glastonbury’s Bourbon Street stage with his band.
Doktor Dyper
Sat 25th Sep 2021
This Winter Machine
£12.00adv £15.00door
feat: I Am The Manic Whale
Doors 7:30pm - 11:30pm
I Am The Manic Whale was formed in Reading, England in 2015.
Our debut album, Everything Beautiful In Time was released in December 2015.
Our second album, Gathering the Waters was released in October 2017.
You can find them both on itunes and Bandcamp.
Sun 26th Sep 2021
John Otway
£10.00adv £12.00door
Doors 8:00pm
Rock veteran Otway dubbed himself "rock'n'roll's greatest failure" after many unsuccessful attempts to produce a second hit single to follow his 1977 classic (Cor Baby, That's) Really Free with Wild Willy Barrett.

However, a mere quarter century later, he was back on Top of The Pops with the wonderful disco pastiche, ‘Bunsen Burner’ and back in the charts as a birthday present from his adoring and patient fans.

And, more recently, his "Beware Of The Flowers Cause I'm Sure They're Going To Get You Yeah" voted the seventh greatest lyric of all time in a BBC poll.

As ever, Otway attacks his favourite set list with gusto, leaving plenty of room for anarchy, fun and acrobatics that are his trademark.

‘He's a cabaret act masquerading as a rock act. He is gleeful, anecdotal, funny and life-enhancing.’
Canterbury Fayre Review.
Magic Teapot
Wed 29th Sep 2021
Richard Dawson
£15.00adv £18.00door
plus The Horse Loom
Doors 7:00pm - 10:00pm
'At times deeply, painfully intimate, but also witty, bawdy, surreal, disquieting, nostalgic, brash and fearlessly individual'
The Quietus

'Dawson rewards you generously, with kitchen-sink realism, a psychedelic take on fable, and an almost pugilistic sense of compassion'
The Observer

We're chuffed to be bring the mighty Richard Dawson back to The Musician, and this time with his band. Tickets on sale now so do not hang about!

A singular voice, part savant-genius, part court jester, his music echoing with voices past, present and future.

Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, returns to release his sixth solo album 2020. Where critically-acclaimed predecessor Peasant (2017) gave a voice to the citizens of the ancient early medieval northern kingdom of Bryneich via a set of narratives as bawdy as Chaucer and as epic and bloody as Beowulf, 2020 is an utterly contemporary state-of-the- nation study, that uncovers an equally tumultuous and even bleaker time. Here is an island country in a state of flux; a society on the edge of mental meltdown. This is England today.

Nuanced and challenging, the ten songs also conversely feature Dawson’s most melodic moments yet. Many of his musical trademarks – unexpected time signatures, strange flourishes and welcome digressions,sounds simultaneously harsh and honeyed, sensitive and abrasive – are in place, but more than ever such disparate components are corralled to create a highly focused collection that offers a thoroughly dire diagnosis of the UK, yet is shot through with flecks of hope.

Dawson tours these bold, lyrically unflinching songs with three piece band.
Thu 30th Sep 2021
£8.00adv £10.00door
Celebrate getting back to normality with an evening of feelgood funk and sunshine soul. 7Storeysoul are uniquely committed to playing only upbeat, soul lifting tunes from start to finish! Leicester’s biggest and best soul/funk outfit features smooth harmonies from three vocalists and a three-piece brass section to achieve that big soul sound. Hear Stevie Wonder classics (I Wish, Sir Duke, Do I Do), the floor filling funk of Earth Wind and Fire, the acid jazz of Jamiroquai and Incognito, plus the smooth summery soul of Bill Withers and George Benson. All this with an extra helping of funky feelgood original music written by founder member and rhythm guitarist Mark Poole.

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