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MARTIN McNEILL                      

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Gigs...

 

AUG 23-26

RYE JAZZ & BLUES FEST

 

* Fri Aug 23, 7.30pm

SHIP

The Strand, Rye

 

* Sat Aug 24, 3pm

Knoops, Landgate, Rye

 

* Mon Aug 26

Hilders Cliff, Rye

 

RYE JAZZ & BLUES FEST WEBSITE

 

 

 

* 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

-- with Roy Webber (drums), JJ (bass)

& special guest tbc

 

* Mon Sept 2: CANCELLATION

The trio gig at Peggy Sue's is off

 

* Sat Sept 6, 9pm

PREVIEW CLUB

RNA Club, East Street, Prittlewell

 

* Sun Sept 8, 4.30pm

RAILWAY HOTEL

Clifftown Road, Southend

-- with Roy Webber (drums), JJ (bass)

& special guest tbc

 

* Tues Sept 10, 8pm

SPREAD EAGLE

Queen's Road, Brentwood

-- with West Weston (harmonica) & JJ (bass)

 

* Fri Sept 13, 7pm:

LUNA LOUNGE

Church Lane, Leytonstone

 

* Sun Sept 22, 7.30pm:

QUEEN'S HEAD

Boreham

-- with JJ (bass)

 

* Sun Sept 29, 4.30pm:

RAILWAY HOTEL

Clifftown Road, Southend

-- with West Weston (harmonica),

Roy webber (drums) JJ (bass)

 

* Mon Sept 30, 6.30pm:

AIN'T NOTHING BUT

Kingly Street, Soho

 

FULL LISTINGS...CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FULL GIG LIST CD FRONT

Martin McNeill's new CD Cat Squirrel showcases familiar tunes such as Chain of Fools and Albatross, played on solo guitar with no overdubs.

 

These are not simple covers; Martin puts his mark on the blues and soul favourites by reworking them and putting the the emphasis on slide guitar.

 

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. There is Ray Charles's Unchain My Heart, a jazzy Route 66 and John Lee Hooker's Boogie Chillen.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Phone

07967 339 809

 

Email

martinmcneill2005@gmail.com

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martin.mcneill.710

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New CD album

Cat Squirrel

 

What they say about the new CD

 

"It is that sort of beautiful sound that makes people fall in love with the guitar"

IAN McKENZIE, who made Cat Squirrel album of the week on his Kansas City Online Radio show. Ian also said the CD was "slide guitar par excellence...magnificent sound" on his Wednesday's Even Worse show on Blues and Roots Radio

 

"This CD is an absolute delight.

"Martin's love of the blues shines through and as the years go rolling he has grown in confidence. It means he is now 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

 

PAYPAL ORDERS NOW ACCEPTED

 

If you have a PayPal account, you can make out payment to martinmcneill2005@gmail.com

 

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 three days please let Martin know.