MARTIN McNEILL                      

bottleneck blues


solo guitarist/singer and Bottleneck Blues frontman.


Martin sings and plays traditional blues, using the slide or bottleneck guitar technique.

Material includes Delta and Chicago blues, soulful ballads and modern folk blues.

As well as working as a solo act, Martin leads the band Bottleneck Blues and performs duo gigs with various players.

The Bottleneck Blues line-up often features international harmonica star West Weston, Roy Webber on drums, JJ Zarbo on upright bass, and sometimes Tim Huskisson on piano.

Martin's album, Lately I've Let Things Slide, has been dubbed "British blues at its best".



- Stephen Foster, BBC Suffolk presenter and music writer.



- Ashwyn Smyth, British Blues Federation chair.








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* Sat June 30, 2pm: Cider festival, Old Dagenham Country Park.

Special five-piece Bottleneck Blues line-up with West Weston (harmonica), Chris Kibble (piano), JJ Zarbo (bass), Rob Pokorny (drums). Our sets are 2-2.45pm and 4.50-5.35pm


* Fri July 6, 8.30pm:

Northern Seaman, 378 High St, Rochester ME1 1DJ. Solo gig at one of Kent's cool, friendly micropubs


* Tues July 10, 8pm:

Martin McNeill and guests, Spread Eagle, Queen's Road, Brentwood. My regular second Tuesday of the month session with Tim Huskisson on piano and JJ on double bass


* Fri July 13, 8pm:

Norton pub, Latchingdon Road, Cold Norton CM3 6JB (duo). A return visit to the Norton, this time with JJ on bass


* Sun July 15, 4.30pm: Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend. My regular Bottleneck Blues full band gig, this one featuring Tim Huskisson on piano, Roy Webber on drums, JJ on bass


* Mon July 23, 8.30pm: Peggy Sue's, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea -- Bottleneck Blues Trio. Back at at Monday Blues at Peggy Sue's after a break of year or so. I'm joined by Roy Webber on drums and JJ on bass


* Sat July 21, 8pm: Zabrano, Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1JQ. My first time at what looks like becoming a good venue for jazz and blues


* Sat July 28, late afternoon: Zabrano, Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1JQ -- with West Weston. There's pretty much a whole day of music at Zabrano, with me and West playing between a couple of jazz acts. Times tbc


* Sun July 29, 3pm: Mawson's micropub, Southechurch Road, Southend


* Sat Aug 4, 9pm: Cock Tavern, Ongar CM5 9AB -- Bottleneck Blues Trio


* Fri Aug 10, 8, 8.30pm: Ye Olde Smack, Old Leigh -- Bottleneck Blues featuring Tim Huskisson


* Sat Aug 11, 2pm: Blues at Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay -- special five-piece Bottleneck Blues line-up. West Weston on harmonica, Tim Huskisson on piano, JJ bass, Roy Webber drums


* Sun Aug 12, 4.30pm: Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend -- Bottleneck Blues featuring West Weston


* Sat Aug 11, 8.30pm: United Brethren, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford -- with Tim Huskisson and JJ


* Tues Aug 14, 8pm: Spread Eagle, Queen's Road, Brentwood -- with West Weston and JJ


* Sat Aug 18, 8.30pm: Station Arms, Southminster  -- with Tim Huskisson on piano


* Sun Aug 19, 3pm: Cock Tavern, Ongar CM5 9AB -- a laidback Sunday afternoon session


* Sat Aug 25, 8.30pm:  Queen's Head, Burnham -- Bottleneck Blues Trio


* Sun Aug 26, 4.30pm: Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend -- Bottleneck Blues


* Fri Aug 31, 8.30pm: Angel, Theatre Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk












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