The website for blues singer and guitarist MARTIN McNEILL
Sun Dec 4, 7.30pm: Music Mix Club, William Loveless Hall, Wivenhoe – full Bottleneck Blues band (Tim Huskisson piano, JJ Zarbo double bass, Roy Webber drums
Weds Dec 7, 7.30pm: Lorna & Lottie’s cafe/bar, Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea – with Franca Shaw (double bass). £5 on the door
Fri Dec 9, 7pm: Swan, High Road, Horndon on the Hill (near Stanford le Hope) SS17 8LD
Sun Dec 18, 3pm: Rising Sun, King Street, Rochester ME1 2BU
Weds Dec 21, 7.30pm: Lorna & Lottie’s cafe/bar, Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea – with West Weston (harmonica, vocals). £5 on the door
BLUES WITH SOUL
Martin McNeill is a bluesman with a strong, melodic slide guitar style.
As well as traditional blues, he puts his stamp on vintage soul, gospel and jazz songs.
He hosts blues nights at Lorna & Lottie’s cafe/bar at Leigh-on-Sea Community Centre on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Guests joining Martin at this gig include West Weston, Tim Huskisson, Connor Selby, Ben Tyzack, Ramon Goose, Dave Ferra and Franca Shaw.
Martin performs as a solo act at venues including London’s Ain’t Nothing But Blues Bar and events such as the Rye Jazz & Blues Festival, Dart Festival and Swanage Blues Festival.
He also leads the band Bottleneck Blues, with a good following forged through a 13-year residency at Southend’s Railway Hotel.
He still gigs in solo, duo, trio or full band mode as required.
Martin was named instrumentalist of the year in the 2022 GSMC awards, organised by music promoter Graham Steel to recognise grassroots music acts.
CDs: Cat Squirrel and Sweet Soul Slide
Martin’s CD Cat Squirrel was shortlisted in the 2020 UK Blues Awards after receiving excellent reviews and strong airplay on blues radio shows.
His latest CD, Sweet Soul Slide, 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 CDs can be ordered direct from Martin for £8 each including postage (£11 sterling for non-UK sales).