Siegal flies in for rare appearance in UK

Ian Siegal and The Mississippi Mudbloods are to perform at The Flowerpot in Derby on Friday, November 8.

One of the most popular and prolific performers on the blues scene, Ian Siegal is on a rare UK outing with his all-star, all-American band.

Ian Siegal is the multiple British Blues Awards winner and hot tip of everyone from Mojo to Classic Rock. He’s the songwriter whose recent CD releases sound like career peaks, but are only the start. From one night to the next, he might be a solo acoustic performer or a blood-and-thunder bandleader and the fulcrum in the revolving all-star line-up of the Mississippi Mudbloods.

Siegal is known as a bluesman, but it’s just one shade in the palette of an artist who slips between continents, eras and expectations. With the Mississippi Mudbloods, Siegal brings together like-minded artists from the USA. Since first touring in the summer of 2012 these have included the Grammy award winner and Memphis luminary Alvin Youngblood Hart, North Mississippi Allstars co-founder and one-time Black Crowes guitarist Luther Dickinson, and his brother drummer/producer and North Mississippi Allstars cohort, Cody Dickinson. Support on the night comes from Dave O’Grady.

Then, on Saturday, November 9, there’s a tribute to Electric Light Orchestra in the shape of ELO Again.

The Electric Light Orchestra flourished in the 70s with their unique symphonic rock style and unforgettable classics. They were famous for pop masterpieces such as Mr Blue Sky, Livin’ Thing, Turn to Stone, Sweet Talking Woman, Shine A Little Love, Hold On Tight, Confusion, Evil Woman, Telephone Line, Don’t Bring Me Down, to name just a few.

Now you can relive the amazing sounds of the Electric Light Orchestra in the form of the tribute show ELO Again. This group of talented musicians have performed on many TV spectaculars including Top of the Pops and have toured extensively around the globe in productions that have seen them perform to sell out audiences.

Finally, on Thursday, November 14, acclaimed singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph performs at the King Street venue. He is an incomparable performer with an uncanny knack of fusing fearless, full-bodied ‘songs with a message’ with fragile love songs. Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be, but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Support comes from Willy Porter.

Doors open at 8pm. Admission is £15 for Ian Siegal, £10 for ELO Again and £15 for Martyn Joseph. For further information, call 01332 834438.