"ONE OF THIS COUNTRY'S FINEST BOTTLENECK BLUES GUITARISTS"
...says Stephen Foster, BBC radio presenter.
"GREAT PERFORMER...STUNNING BOTTLENECK GUITARIST"
...says Ashwyn Smyth, chair of British Blues Federation.
MARTIN McNEILL plays and sings a wide variety of old-school blues, from raw Delta material through to cool ballads. He is a renowned slide guitarist and has a mellow vocal style.
Martin performs as a solo act as well as working in duo, trio and full band format.
His bottleneck guitar echoes pioneer players such as Elmore James, Fred McDowell, Tampa Red, Earl Hooker and Muddy Waters.
With his band, Bottleneck Blues, Martin plays every third Sunday at Southend's famous music pub the Railway Hotel. The band often includes West Weston on harmonica, Tim Huskisson on piano, JJ Zarbo on double bass and Roy Webber or Marc Cecil on drums.
As well as solo and duo gigs and dates with his own band, Martin plays guitar for singer Ruby Florence. For duo gigs, he has teamed up with some of the finest players on the blues scene: West Weston, Tim Huskisson, JJ Zarbo, Tim Aves, Ramon Goose, Richie Milton, Katie Bradley and others.
Martin hosts a blues session with guests at Peggy Sue's Music Bar in Leigh-on-Sea, on the first Monday of the month.
His passionate and spontaneous approach to blues has led to live sessions with a host of UK and US artists including Leo Bud Welch, U P Wilson, Chris Corcoran, Dave Ferra, Ben Tyzack, Mississippi MacDonald, Digby Fairweather and Ben Waters. It's a mission that goes back to his teenage years, when he played shows as support to visiting US blues artists including one of his biggest influences, Fred McDowell, and legendary duo Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee.
FULL GIG LIST
I'm making an early appearance at Leigh Folk Festival (11.15 in the Scout Hut in Old Leigh). Then I'm with the rest of the Bottlenecks at the Railway Hotel, from 4.30pm
I'm playing a liitle duo session with Tim Aves at the station House, Burnham, from 1pm. We're helping launch Burnham Art Trail.
A special five-piece Bottleneck Blues line-up at Annie's Jazz Club, Thorpe Hall Golf Club, Thorpe Bay. 8pm
Martin hosts a blues gig with star guests at Peggy Sue's Music Bar, Leigh-on-Sea, on the first Monday of each month .click here
Bottleneck Blues have a long-established residency at the Railway Hotel, Southend. We do Sunday sessions, 4.30-7pm, every third week. Remaining dates for 2017: June 25, July 16, Aug 6, Aug 27, Sept 17, Oct 8, Oct 29, Nov 12, Dec 3. Possibly Dec 24 (to be confirmed)
FULL GIG LISTINGS
You can buy my CD, Lately I've Let Things Slide, via this website if you use Paypal. Click this link:
It costs £10, including post and package within the UK.
"THIS ONE IS BRITISH BLUES AT ITS BEST...terrific album, excellent showcase for Martin's outstanding slide talent"
IAN McKENZIE, Editor, Blues in the South, on the the CD Lately I've Let Things Slide (which he made one of his picks for 2015)...click here for full review
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Live at Peggy Sue's: West Weston, Rob Glazebrook, Martin McNeill: CLICK HERE!
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The Martin McNeill solo CD Lately I've Let Things Slide was selected as one of the best of 2015 by two pundits.
Joe Singleton played a track in his round-up of of the year's top CDs on the Big Blues Bonanza, broadcast by Kansas City Radio.
Blues in the South editor Ian McKenzie placed the CD at No 32 in his (international) Top 50 of 2015.
And Paul Stiles, editor of Blues in Britain magazine, says: "I’ve been playing tracks from the album on UK Blues Today radio show recently and in the coming weeks.
"In fact, if I had a theme tune it would be Pickin’ The Blues."
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Quotes from a review of the CD Lately I've Let Things Slide in Blues in Britain magazine, Sept 2016:
"Outstanding fingerpicking and slide work ...shimmering, atmospheric slide ...classic blues sounds ...thoroughly enjoyable acoustic album."
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