* Sat Oct 12, 8.30pm
Conduit Hill, Rye
-- debut gig at classy wine bar
* Sun Oct 13, 4.30pm
New Writtle Street, Chelmsford
-- laidback afternoon session
* Sat Oct 19, 8.30pm
Station Road, Southminster
-- real ale and real blues
* Sun Oct 20, 4.30pm
Clifftown Road, Southend
--- Bottleneck Blues full band
with West Weston (harmonica),
Roy Webber (drums) & JJ (bass)
* Fri Oct 25, 8.30pm
High Street, Maldon
-- with Roy Webber (drums) & JJ (bass)
* Tues Oct 29, 8.30pm
Hills Road, Cambridge
* Sat Nov 2, 7pm
Church Lane, Leytonstone
* Sun Nov 3, 2pm
Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk
* Sun Nov 10, 4.30pm
Clifftown Road, Southend
-- Bottleneck Blues Band
* Weds Nov 13, 7.30pm
LORNA & LOTTIE'S
Leigh Community Centre. Elm Road, Leigh
-- with Tim Huskisson on piano
* Fri Nov 15, 8pm
QUEEN ST BREWHOUSE
* Sat Nov 16, 8.30pm
High Street, Aldeburgh
Martin McNeill's CD Cat Squirrel has been getting good reviews and strong airplay from blues broadcasters.
Ian McKenzie, blues broadcaster and editor of Blues In The South magazine, wrote:
"This album by Martin McNeill, is simply
outstanding. Beautiful melodies beautifully played and has some excellent singing as well. The sound quality is magnificent and if you don’t fall in love with the sounds on this album, then I regret to say there is something seriously wrong with you!"
Repeated plays by blues DJs in the UK and beyond rocketed Cat Squirrel to the No 2 position for September in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association chart.
The CD features familiar tunes such as Chain of Fools and Albatross, reworked for solo slide guitar. 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. There is Ray Charles's Unchain My Heart, a jazzy Route 66 and John Lee Hooker's Boogie Chillen.
The CD Cat Squirrel was recorded at the Rooks Yard studio in Essex and produced by Pete Crisp and Tim Aves.
HOW TO BUY THE CD
The CD can be ordered for £7.50, including post in the UK. Contact Martin by phone, email or Facebook message and he will send a copy and sort out whatever payment method suits you.
07967 339 809
No 2 IN THE CHART!
The Cat Squirrel CD was No 2 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association chart for September. The chart is based on plays on radio shows in UK and across the world. The CD had been No4 in August's chart.
"Slightly languid but with a little eccentric underlying intensity. Lovely atmosphere, beautiful slide guitar player"
JOE CUSHLEY, Balling The Jack, Resonance FM
"It is that sort of beautiful sound that makes people fall in love with the guitar. Slide guitar par excellence, magnificent sound"
IAN McKENZIE, Acoustic Blues Club, Kansas City Online Radio
"An absolute delight. He is very much his own man and his latest calling card will only add to his long list of admirers and collaborators. The album has a sparce sound allowing every note to be heard and savoured"
STEPHEN FOSTER, East Anglian Daily Times
"ExcelIent CD...I absolutely adore this gentleman. He plays most wonderful bottleneck guitar and is so under-appreciated. I've seen him live a number of times and I love listening to him"
ASHWYN SMYTH, Digital Blues (Ashwyn is UK Blues Federation chair)
"Great guitarist! He's cut a bunch of standards to great effect. I really like that"
PETE FEENSTRA, Rock & Blues Show, Get Ready To Rock Radio
"One of the best blues releases I have heard in the past few years...correction, one of the best releases I have heard in the past few years of any genre"
JOHN GREGORY, Blue John Media
If you have a PayPal account, you can order the CD by making out payment for £7.50 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to state your delivery address.
A glitch which resulted in some orders being rejected, without payment being taken, has been resolved. However, if you don't receive the CD within four days please let Martin know.