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MARTIN McNEILL                      

bottleneck blues

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JULY/AUGUST GIGS 

 

* Sun July 21, 5pm:

RED BULL,

Mackenders Lane, Eccles, near Aylesford, Kent

 

* Fri July 26, 8.30pm:

PHOENIX,

Old Dover Road, Canterbury

 

* Sat July 27, 8.30pm:

QUEEN STREET BREWHOUSE,

Colchester

 

* Sun July 28, 4.30pm:

RAILWAY HOTEL,

Clifftown Road, Southend

-- with Laurie Garmon (harmonica),

Roy Webber (drums), JJ (bass)

 

* Sat Aug 3, 8.30pm:

OLD GARRISON,

Campfield Road, Shoebury

-- Bottleneck Blues Trio

 

* Mon Aug 5, 8pm:

PEGGY SUE'S,

London Road, Leigh

-- Bottleneck Blues Trio

 

* Sat Aug 10, 8.30pm:

FLYING PIG,

Hills Road, Cambridge

-- Ruby Florence Band

 

* Tues Aug 13, 8pm:

SPREAD EAGLE,

Queen's Road, Brentwood

-- Bottleneck Blues Trio

 

* Fri Aug 23, 7.30pm:

SHIP, RYE

(Rye Jazz & Blues Festival)

 

* Sat Aug 24, 3pm:

LANDGATE, RYE

(Rye Jazz & Blues Festival)

 

* Mon Aug 26:

HILDERS CLIFF LOOKOUT, RYE

(Rye Jazz & Blues Festival)

 

* Weds Aug 28, 8.30pm:

MIDWEEK BLUES CLUB

Halberd Inn, Northgate St, Ipswich

 

* Sat Aug 31, 8.30pm:

YE OLDE SMACK,

High Street, Old Leigh

-- Bottleneck Blues Band

 

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NEW ALBUM NOW ON SALE

 

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Martin McNeill is a guitarist, singer and harmonica player, gigging extensively as a solo act as well as fronting the band Bottleneck Blues.

 

The new CD Cat Squirrel showcases familiar tunes from Aretha Franklin's Chain of Fools and Ray Charles's Unchain My Heart to  Nat King Cole's Route 66 and Peter Green's Albatross

 

These are not simple covers; Martin puts his mark on them by reworking them for solo guitar with the emphasis on slide.

 

Martin says: “I'm probably best known for old-school blues but there is also a melodic side to my slide playing and I am drawn to classic soul, jazz and gospel.

 

“At the end of a solo show people will often ask if I have a CD including tunes they particularly enjoyed; I went into the studio with that in mind.”

 

The album's title song is based on Doctor Ross's Cat Squirrel, a swamp blues groove featuring unison guitar and harmonica. Other tracks include the soulful instrumental I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine and Martin's take on of the earliest published blues compositions, Hesitation Blues.

 

Martin, who currently does well over 100 gigs a year, has been playing slide guitar for more than 50 years. His early gigs included a support slot for his hero Fred McDowell and a 100 Club session with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

 

He says: “I'm busier than ever, playing the music I've always loved.”

 

The CD Cat Squirrel was recorded at the Rooks Yard studio in Essex and produced by Pete Crisp and Tim Aves. Martin sells it at gigs and it is available from the website www.martinmcneill.co.uk for £7.50 (including post and package in the UK).

 

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About Martin McNeill

and the new CD album

Cat Squirrel...