Sunday 22 January 2012

The Musician, Leicester: February highlights (Part 3)...

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Further Highlights in February:

Wed 1
Fingersnap: David McAlmont & Guy Davies
£10adv £12door
plus John Reilly & Lewis Nitikman

Fingersnap is the creative coupling of artist David McAlmont and musical tour de force Guy Davies. Fingersnap‟s first release comes in the form of the Smokehouse EP that was written whilst on a writing retreat in Ireland earlier this year and recorded in London over the summer.

Guy and David originally met back in 1997, when they were introduced by producer Steve Leroni. Their friendship blossomed with untold live and studio collaborations, including work on the album 'A Little Communication' and 'Set One: You Go To My Head'. David's musical journey of course has been an eclectic and varied one, seeing him achieve mainstream success and critical acclaim with a number of musical partners including Bernard Butler, David Arnold and composer Michael Nyman.

"McAlmont's voice, brimming with pain and aching with desperate persuasion in every one of its many octaves, is one of music's most unique." - The Guardian

Thu 2
£7adv £9door
plus support

ahab are a singer songwriter collective formed in 2009 after being invited to play the annual 'Fanfare' Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.

Following a successful week long residency tearing the roof off at Tootsies Orchid Lounge, they came back to Dalston and decided to make the collaboration permanent. After a year spent writing new material and layering the songs thick with harmonies ahab decided to hit the streets of London's market towns to put their name around.

Two months of busking and the band had built up such a cult following that they have now been banned from practically every market in London as crowds had began to block the streets wherever they played.

“ahab is the real deal – top-notch UK Americana featuring tight four-piece harmonies.” - Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2
“I loved ahab’s terrific performance at Cropredy festival. They are blistering live – alt-country edge and sheer class.” - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

Thu 9
Patsy Matheson & Becky Mills
£7adv £9door

Since the well publicised break up of Waking the Witch, Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills have continued to delight audiences throughout the UK – Patsy as half of a duo with the legendary Clive Gregson, and Becky singing alongside Ken Nicol (Steeleye Span) and Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention).

Now, to support the release of Patsy’s new album ‘Stories of Angels & Guitars,' these two world class songwriters, singers and guitarists have joined forces resulting in a unique and personal sound, drawing on roots in traditional and contemporary folk, acoustic blues, R & B, jazz and rock, with an emphasis on intricate vocal harmonies. Combine this with the pair’s engaging charm and sense of humour, and this promises to be a very special evening of top quality entertainment.

‘Expert musicianship and compelling interchanging lead vocals’ – Maverick Magazine

Fri 10

Snakewater are a Hard Rockin’ Blues three piece based in and around Manchester in the North-West and what you get is a classic valve driven back line with all elements of Rock 'N' Roll. Influences range from Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Rory Gallagher and Peter Green to Led Zeppelin, Cream, ACDC and Free. Basically, that Old School of British Rock persuasion of the blues! Their debut album ‘Dirty Rock’n’Rolla’ came out in May 2010. A brilliant contrast of songs across the album, which will definitely make an impression on the current New Blues Boom.

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Thu 16
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
plus James Findlay

Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals/Piano/Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid-noughties. Now the timing is right for a return to form from the Dartmoor based couple.

Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat.

With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

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Sat 18
The Hamsters: 25th Year & Farewell Tour!
£12adv £14door

Retiring after 25 years together and here for one final show at the Musician, the guitar, bass and drums trio The Hamsters have long been established as one of our premier live attractions. Although primarily playing their own brand of Rock, Blues and Americana, they're also widely regarded as the UK's leading interpreters of the music of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ TOP - and will no doubt be featuring some tonight.

"The Hamsters are fabulous: one of Britain's very best live bands" - Bob Harris, Radio 2
"The Hamsters are a great Blues band" - Johnny Walker, Radio 2
"Nobody does the music of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top better (apart from the real ZZ Top)" - The Times
"F****** brilliant!" - Suzi Quatro

Thu 23
Talon - The Acoustic Collection
£10adv £12door

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 24
Flutatious & Tarantism
£10adv £12door
Flutatious feature soaring melodic flute accompanied by flying fiddle, atmospheric guitars, jazzy vibes and groovy beats. With their unique sound, Flutatious have been gaining interest from various parts of the ‘industry’ but still enjoy the freedom of being truly independent. It has been said that ‘Flutatious are one of the bands dragging folk/rock into the 21st century…’
With Tarantism, it’s all about dancing and always has been, from tribal drums, mediaeval pipes or a frenzy of voices. To sweaty pub back-rooms, banging nightclubs, free festivals and parties or anywhere there is a beat! Tarantism bring all of these influences into their songwriting & performance, weaving traditional instruments & styles with ska, punk, funk & dub. Along with contemporary lyrical content and imaginative arrangements, this produces a unique mix of infectious dance rhythms and memorable tunes, real music that is fun & uplifting!

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