The website for blues singer and guitarist MARTIN McNEILL

Gigs in solo, duo or band format.

Contact Martin:

07967 339 809



Tues March 28, 6.30pm: Ain’t Nothing But Blues Bar, Kingly Street, Soho

Sunday April 2, 3pm: The Garden Bar and Eaterie, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff

Weds April 5, 7.30pm: Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea – with West Weston (harmonica, vocals)

Sun April 16, 5pm: Shoeburyness Hotel, High St, Shoebury

Weds April 19, 7.30pm: Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea – with Tim Huskisson (piano)

Sun April 23, 8pm: Sail Loft Folk Club, Swan, High Road, Horndon on the Hill

Tues April 25, 6.30pm: Ain’t Nothing But Blues Bar, Kingly Street, Soho

Full gig diary



Martin McNeill is a singer and guitarist who performs traditional blues and vintage soul with touches of gospel and jazz.

He has been acclaimed as one of the UK’s top blues slide guitarists.

He gigs as a solo act and with his band Bottleneck Blues. He also plays duo gigs with various players.

Martin plays in the licensed cafe at Leigh-on-Sea Community Centre on the first and third Wednesday of each month, with a guest player. Harmonica player West Weston and pianist Tim Huskisson are regular guests. Others who have played on these sessions include Connor Selby, Ben Tyzack, Ramon Goose, Dave Ferra, JJ Zarbo and Franca Shaw.

Martin plays at the famous Ain’t Nothing But Blues Bar in Soho (once a month on a Tuesday for the first six months of 2023).

Festival appearances include Rye Jazz & Blues, Dart Fest, Broadstairs Blues Bash and Swanage Blues Fest.

Bottleneck Blues played a sellout show for the Music Mix in Wivenhoe in December 2022 and went into 2023 with bookings including the Cricketers at Westcliff, Barleylands Blues Club, the Music Den at Epping and Bletchley Blues Club.

The band built up a strong following with a 13-year residency at Southend’s Railway Hotel, Essex’s top live music venue at the time but now sadly closed.

Martin was named instrumentalist of the year in the 2022 GSMC awards, organised by music promoter Graham Steel to recognise grassroots music acts.

He made a list of 20 best acoustic acts in the 2023 UK Bues Awards.


Cat Squirrel & 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).

Go to paypal.me/Thursdayblues or email martinmcneill2005@gmail.com