ALBUM SHORTLISTED IN UK BLUES AWARDS
Martin McNeill's CD Cat Squirrel was nominated in the CD of the Year category in the 2020 UK Blues Awards. The winner, announced on May 17, was Elles Bailey's Road I Call Home. Cat Squirrel received great support from blues broadcasters, getting to No 2 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association chart for September 2019 and going on to rank No 9 for the whole of the year. The chart is based on plays on radio shows in UK and across the world presented by around 60 members of IBBA. The album also received good reviews in newspapers and magazines.
"He can play a mean slide guitar...very fine songs, impeccably played" -- NORMAN DARWEN, Blues In Britain magazine
"Slightly languid but with a little eccentric underlying intensity. Lovely atmosphere, beautiful slide guitar player" -- JOE CUSHLEY, Balling The Jack
"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 of BBC Suffolk, writing in the 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
"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
* All proceeds from any sales of my CD Cat Squirrel until the end of June 2020 will go to the counselling charity Cogwheel. If you'd like a CD, donate £7.50 to the Cogwheel fundraiser at the link below. Make sure you let me know so I can pop a CD in the post (UK only). Email me at [email protected]
MARTIN McNEILL is a singer and guitarist steeped in traditional blues. His trademark slide guitar work has drawn critical acclaim.
He performs extensively as a solo act as well as leading the band Bottleneck Blues and playing in other formats. His repertoire is a broad mix of blues and ballads, with touches of gospel, classic r'n'b, soul and jazz.
Fred McDowell session