MARTIN McNEILL                      

bottleneck blues

Blues, any way you want it...

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Martin McNeill and West Weston...two seasoned musicians who really know their blues, making a tight, exciting partnership.


Martin McNeill is a highly-rated slide guitarist and singer, drawing on Delta and Chicago blues styles and throwing in cool, jazzy touches. He plays with some of the UK's top blues names at his weekly Monday Blues sessions at Peggy Sue's bar in Leigh-on-Sea and gigs regularly in solo, duo and full band format. His solo CD Lately I've Let Things Slide was called "British blues at its best" by Blues in the South editor Ian McKenzie.


Steve West Weston is one of the UK and Europe's top harmonica players; many would say he's No 1. He works on stage and in the studio with artists including Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, Mud Morganfield, Mike Vernon, Junior Watson and Trickbag. He fronts West Weston's Bluesonics, and plays with Martin McNeill's full band, Bottleneck Blues.


Martin and Steve have worked together for many years and can be relied on to deliver a raw, intense gig, spontaneously playing off each other as they romp through old-school blues classics.


Booking inquiries:

07967 339 809



The goodtime blues band that has become a fixture at Essex's top live music pub, the Railway in Southend.

Bottleneck Blues gig in trio, four or five-piece format.

Martin plays slide guitar and sings and the band often features international blues star Steve West Weston on harmonica. Other regular members include JJ Zarbo on double bass, Roy Webber or Marc Cecil on drums, and Tim Huskisson on piano.


Booking inquiries:

07967 339 809




One man and his music...Martin McNeill delivers an intense and intimate performance, ina wide range of blues styles, from slide-driven Delta blues to jazzy ballads.


Although well known as a band leader, Martin is in his element as a solo player and gets much of his work in this format. As well as pubs and clubs, festival bookings include Broadstairs and Hoxne in Suffolk and Martin recently opened for the James Hunter Six at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Expect echoes of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Fred McDowell and songs from the likes of Ray Charles, Robert Johnson and Keb Mo. Martin's solo CD, Lately I've Let Things Slide, was acclaimed at "British blues at its best".  


Booking inquiries:

07967 339 80


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Tim Huskisson is a highly-rated pianist who has been playing with Martin in different formats for around 15 years, as well as working with numerous jazz bands.

If you want a really full, mellow sound from just a duo, Martin and Tim fit the bill. They play a wide repertoire from old-style blues through to soulful standards, with some swing and cool jazz along the way.






Ramon Goose is a remarkable guitarist, playing many styles of blues and work music. He leads several of his own bands but he and Martin get together for occasional gigs and show great empathy for each other's playing.





Guitar and double bass -- a classic pairing. As well as accompanying Martin, JJ can usually be relied on to add some vocals.





Tim Aves is well known for leading Wolfpack and Automatic Slim, singing and pklaying harmonica and guitar. Previous bands include the Rockin' Armadillos.

For less full-on gigs, Tim works with Martin McNeill in duo format.







Ruby Florence sings a mix of vintage jazz, blues, gospel, rock'n'roll and rhythm'n'blues.

She performs with Martin on guitar and they are sometimes joined by Fabian Bonner on bass to form the Ruby Florence Trio (or the Ruby Florence Band with the addition of drums).

Ruby Florence gigs always feature some bottleneck blues from Martin, so you get two acts in one.





Booking inquiries:

07967 339 809

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