The website for blues singer and guitarist MARTIN McNEILL
Available for bookings: solo, duo, trio or four-piece bandEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues Oct 4, 6.30pm: Ain’t Nothing But Blues Bar, Kingly St, Soho
Weds Oct 5, 7.30pm: Lorna & Lottie’s cafe/bar, Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea – with Connor Selby (guitar,vocals)
Sat Oct 8, 1pm: The Centre, Chapel Lane, Swanage, BH19 2PW (Swanage Blues Festival).
Thurs Oct 13, 8pm; Man of Kent, John St, Rochester ME1 1YN
Weds Oct 19, 7.30pm: Lorna & Lottie’s cafe/bar, Community Centre, Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea – with Ramon Goose (guitar, vocals) and Akos Hasznos (double bass)
Sun Oct 23, 4pm: Anchor, High St, Wingham, Kent CT3 1BJ
THURSDAY BLUES CLUB taking a breakMartin has been doing a free-to-watch livestream via Facebook on Thursdays since the early days of the pandemic. But the Thursday Blues Club is taking a break after this week’s session (Sept 29).
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.
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, who have a good following forged through a 13-year residency at Southend’s Railway Hotel.
Martin hosts blues nights at Lorna & Lottie’s cafe/bar at Leigh-on-Sea Community Centre on the first and third Wednesday of each month, playing with an invited guest.
Martin 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 (9pm UK time most Thursdays) were cited as a major factor in the award success.
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).