The website for blues singer and guitarist MARTIN McNEILL

Available for gigs in solo, duo or band format.

Contact Martin:

07967 339 809



Tues June 6, 8pm: Annie’s Jazz, Chalkwell Park Rooms, London Road, Westcliff – Bottleneck Blues band with West Weston, JJ nd Roy Webber). Tickets: https://www.anniesjazz.co.uk/events/martin-mcneills-bottleneck-blues

Weds June 7, 7.30pm: Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea – with Ben Tyzack of the Spikedrivers (guitar,vocals). £5 on door

Sun June 11, 6pm: Elm Tree, Orchard St, Cambridge.

Sat June 17, 8pm: Station Arms, Station Road, Southminster CM0 7EW

Sun June 18. 8pm: Blues at the Red, Red Lion, Stevenage – with Ramon Goose (guitar and vocals).

Weds June 21, 7.30pm: Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea – with Franca Shaw on double bass. £5 on door (cash only).

Tues June 27, 6.30pm: Ain’t Nothin’ 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 slide guitarists.

He gigs as a solo or duo act and with his band Bottleneck Blues.

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 at the community centre sessions. Others include Connor Selby, Ben Tyzack, Ramon Goose, Dave Ferra, JJ Zarbo and Franca Shaw.

Martin has a monthly slot at the famous Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues Bar in Soho – for 2023 this is usually last Tuesday of the month.

Festival appearances include Rye Jazz & Blues, Dartmouth Music, Broadstairs Blues Bash and Swanage Blues

Martin’s Bottleneck Blues 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 – now sadly closed.

While Martin plays most often as a solo act, full band gigs in recent months have included a sellout at the Music Mix club in Wivenhoe and packed gigs at Barleylands Blues Club and the Music Den in Epping. Forthcoming band gigs (as of May 2023) include Witham Public Hall, Annie’s Jazz, Dusty’s Blues Club in High Wycombe and the Bletchley Blues Club.

Martin was instrumentalist of the year in the 2022 GSMC awards, organised by music promoter Graham Steel to recognise grassroots music acts. He was shortlised again in 2023

He was named in the top 20 acoustic acts in the 2023 UK Blues 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