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Coming to The Musician in September 2021

Wed 1st Sep 2021
Keith Christmas
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus Kevin Hewick
Doors 7:30pm - 10:30pm
In a career spanning over 50 years Keith has recorded multiple albums, played acoustic guitar on Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ album, appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970 and gigged solo all over the UK and Europe supporting The Who, King Crimson, Ten Years After, Argent, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, The Kinks and Roxy Music.

A legendary live performer he has had a resurgence in popularity since he found new creative inspiration and released ‘Crazy Dancing Days’ in late December 2016.

Keith’s latest album ‘Life, Life’ has taken his writing to another level and Shindig’s 5 star review in December 2019 said it was the year’s finest acoustic release to date. He is currently writing his next album.
Forty Tenth promotions
Thu 2nd Sep 2021
The Blackheart Orchestra
£12.00adv £15.00door
plus Autumn Dawn Leader
Doors 8:00pm
With their critically acclaimed album Mesmeranto entering the official rock charts at number 18, and being voted number 4 in Top 10 Albums of the year by New York’s Big Takeover Magazine, award-winning electronic prog-folk pioneers The Blackheart Orchestra take their music to a new, unexplored dimension. Described as “a mesmerising
powerhouse”, “an avant-garde musical utopia” and “one of the most extraordinary voices singing anywhere
today”, vocalist Chrissy Mostyn and multi-instrumentalist Rick Pilkington combine their classical influences with vintage synthesisers and ultra contemporary electronica to create music that takes over the senses.

Expect sublime harmonies, beautiful guitar, piano and synthesiser playing and song-writing and arrangements that take the audience ”from heart-breaking to uplifting in a single song”.

With awards including Best British Duo, a Limelight Progressive Music Award Nomination and being voted in the UK’s Top 4 Best New Bands, plus performances at the London Palladium and Royal Albert Hall, The Blackheart Orchestra are two voices and thirteen instruments that create a unique musical experience.

“Ethereal” - Daily Express

“A great band” - BBC Radio 2

“Verges closer to an art installation than an album” - Big Takeover Magazine USA

“Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” Steve Hackett?, Genesis

“So stunning and beautiful that it reaches areas of your head and heart that you never knew existed” - Metal Planet

“Genuinely profound and evocative. A life-enhancing listening event” - Louder Than War
Xander Promotions
Fri 3rd Sep 2021
Creedence Clearwater Review
£12.00adv £14.00door
Doors 8:00pm
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 Fourth Engine
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.
Sun 5th Sep 2021
Stone Foundation
Casbah's Sunday Chill Out With Stone Foundation
£15.00adv £18.00door
Doors 1:00pm - 6:00pm
The Midlands based band have released five studio albums during their career and have worked alongside Paul Weller, Dr. Robert, Bettye Lavette, William Bell, Nolan Porter, Kathryn Williams, Mick Talbot, Hamish Stuart, Steve White, Joe Harris and more.
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
Welcome return to the venue of Faux Fighters after their storming first gig in 2021. 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
Willy Tea Taylor
£12.00adv £14.00door
plus Sam Manville
Doors 8:00pm
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
plus The Dicemen
Doors 8:00pm
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.
Wake Up Promotions
Wed 15th Sep 2021
Unplugged at The Musician
feat: The Wry Dogs, Amber Saqladi, Amber Hopkins & Lucy Brembridge and June Gibson
Doors 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Wake Up Promotions Unplugged at The Musician featuring acoustic sets from




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
Doors 8:00pm
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.
Magic Teapot
Sun 19th Sep 2021
£5.00adv £6.00door
Doors 1:00pm - 4:00pm
An afternoon spoken word event to raise funds for The Bridge - Homelessness to Hope - https://www.bridgeleicester.org/


Rob Gee has won numerous poetry slams, including the Edinburgh Slam, BBC2’s Why Poetry Matters Slam and the Orlando Poetry Smackdown, as well as over twenty awards for his solo shows. He is sometimes sent into schools as a warning the children.

Fusing Music and Poetry Mayapee never shys away from pushing the creative boundaries. Always happy to cover taboo subjects leaving a profound affect on the audience.

Tim Bombdog is Leicester City's one and only post Punk Poet, delivering an eclectic collection of thought provoking anarchic verses.

Lauren writes of childhood intertwined with punk, politics, ponies and the present. Published in Ink Pantry, DIY Poets and more.

Adrian Manning is the author of numerous books of poetry and has been published in print and on-line around the world.

Rob Miller specialises in short verse forms as he has brain damage and can't remember long poems. What he lacks in talent he makes up for in lava lamps.

Newcomer Rosie will deliver a small collection of never-before read poems, exploring a range of uncomfortable topics.

New dinosaur extinction block poster and Tri subversive Clive Wojcik Hale writes gritty lyrics of a socio political nature.

Peter Ingram: “I've got nothing to say. And no one's gonna stop me from saying it!”
Forty Tenth promotions
Sun 19th Sep 2021
Sam Carter
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus Olivia Rose Deane
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 .
Magic Teapot
Mon 20th Sep 2021
Gwenifer Raymond
£10.00adv £12.00door
plus Steve Parker
Doors 7:00pm - 10:00pm
After a spell-binding gig last time in Leicester we warmly welcome Gwenifer back to The Musician to showcase her second album Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain

The release of Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain has been highly anticipated after Gwenifer’s debut album, You Were Never Much of a Dancer, received critical acclaim from the likes of The Guardian.

While Gwenifer’s debut saw the exploration of American primitive music, this second album draws on her childhood in Wales and shapes old memories of tall, spooky trees against grey skies, and the rattling of glasses on the kitchen table from passing coal trains, into music.

As Gwenifer says herself, “landscape does a lot to shape a community’s folk music and I have tried to take something of Welsh folk horror to make my own ‘Welsh primitive.’”

Listeners who enjoyed her unmistakable virtuosity on the guitar and banjo, as well as the adventurous musical journey her debut album traveled through, can expect nothing less from this new release
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
Phil Robson, an award-winning, incredibly versatile and creative guitar player as well as celebrated composer, joins forces with the Hammond virtuoso Ross Stanley and the inspiring and powerful drummer Gene Calderazzo to bring this all-star band to the festival audience. The exceptional musicianship of all members is unquestionable. The music is sensational, played with great energy and the incredible rapport between the three members is something that definitely sets this band apart. Influenced by such legends as Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery and John McLaughlin, but also with a heavier rock-grooving predilection and energy, this tight team add to the organ trio tradition their own, refreshing touch. You will hear powerful melodies, grooves and burning improv all melded together by the formidable blend of guitar and Hammond, driven by Gene's dynamic drumming. Expect surprises!


Gene Calderazzo Drums
Ross Stanley Hammond Organ
Phil Robson Guitar
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.
Sat 25th Sep 2021
Fake Plastic Radiohead & The Rolling People (The Verve tribute)
plus The Alternas
Doors 7:30pm
Fake Plastic Radiohead celebrate 25 years of The Bends (18 months later than originally planned), and they're bringing The Rolling People along for the ride (for a stripped back set of The Verve's classics).

Radiohead released their second album The Bends on 13th March 1995 featuring singles such as High and Dry, Fake Plastic Trees & Street Spirit. Expect to hear a selection of songs from the album played as a trio, along with other tracks from Radiohead's back catalogue.

This is an all seated show, and will feature an opening set from The Alternas.
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.

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