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* Friday Aug 25, 8.30pm:
Cock Tavern, 218 High Street, Chipping Ongar CM5 9AB
* Saturday Aug 26, 1pm:
Bottleneck Blues, Rye Jazz & Blues Festival (Kino stage) www.ryejazz.com
* Sunday Aug 27, 4.30pm:
Martin McNeill''s Bottleneck Blues with special guest Chris Kibble on piano, Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend
I'm putting together a little blues festival at the Spread Eagle, Brentwood, on September 23, with live music from 4pm to 10.30pm.
Here's the line-up:
* Jerimiah Marques with Laurie Garman on harmonica, JJ Zarbo on double bass, me on guitar;
* Ben Tyzack playing a solo set;
* A session from me with pianist Tim Huskisson.
Put iti n your diary!
BLUES AT PEGGY SUE'S:
FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH
Martin hosts a blues gig with star guests at Peggy Sue's Music Bar, Leigh, on the first Monday of each month .click here
Bottleneck Blues play regular Sunday sessions at the Railway Hotel, Southend, usually every three weeks, 4.30-7pm. Remaining dates for 2017: Aug 6, Aug 27, Sept 17, Oct 8, Oct 29, Nov 12, Dec 3, Dec 24
"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
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."
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."