Gigs and livestreams


Contact Martin with inquiries about bookings or CD sales:

Award-winning bottleneck bluesman

Instrumentalist of the year: 2022 GSMC Music Awards

Shortlisted for album of the year: 2020 UK Blues Awards

Martin McNeill is a slide guitarist and singer living in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

Rooted in traditional blues styles, he also influenced by vintage soul, jazz and gospel.

As well as gigging, he connects with blues fans across the UK and internationally through his weekly Thursday Blues Club online live sessions.


He performs in solo mode as well as in duo, trio and full band versions of Martin McNeill’s Bottleneck Blues.

He regularly plays with harmonica player West Weston, pianist Tim Huskisson, drummer Roy Webber and double bassist JJ Zarbo.

The band forged a strong reputation through 13 years of regular sessions at Southend’s famous Railway Hotel (sadly now closed).

Currently Martin is perhaps best known as a solo act, performing in pubs, clubs, theatres and at events such as the Rye Jazz & Blues Festival and Dart Festival.

Martin’s CD Cat Squirrel was shortlisted in the 2020 UK Blues Awards after receiving excellent reviews and strong airplay on blues radio shows.

He was named instrumentalist of the year in the 2022 GSMC awards. The scheme is organised by music promoter Graham Steel to recognise grassroots music acts. Martin’s regular livestreams were cited as a major factor in the award success.

His latest CD is Sweet Soul Slide. It highlights the more mellow side of Martin’s repertoire, featuring classic tunes such as Dock of the Bay, Rainy Night in Georgia, Dark End of the Street, My Girl and Wind Cries Mary.

The CD can now be ordered direct from Martin for £8 including postage (£11 sterling for non-UK sales). Buy paypal.me/Thursdayblues or email martinmcneill2005@gmail.com

Buy Sweet Soul Slide at paypal.me/Thursdayblues

or email martinmcneill2005@gmail.com

* £8 inc post (£11 sterling for overseas sales)



I haven’t worked out how to put music clips on this website but there’s lots of stuff on YouTube, including new 90-minute sessions every week: