It’s the difference between those that can successfully bleed onto their guitar strings, and the people who can only hope to muster a feeble whine. In Ian Siegal’s case there’s little to deny the fact the award winning singer songwriter is as authentic as they come.
Which is part of the reason he’s the first UK musician to be nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year at the Blues Music Awards 2012. That’s no mean feat in a global scene still dominated by N’awleans and the sounds of ‘the Delta’. But then the perseverance required for such an achievement is indicative of the man responsible.
A child of the seventies, Siegal dropped out of art-college towards the end of the following decade, and headed out to a Berlin in upheaval with the intention of busking. From here he returned to his homeland, began tirelessly gigging on the Nottingham circuit, and eventually progressed to dates across the UK, and then Europe, where he now shares main stages with the likes of Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone.
His last album, The Skinny, is arguably his finest yet, and thankfully there’s the opportunity to catch tracks from this, and the rest of his oeuvre, when he tours Britain this month. Shows will take place in Sheffield, Newcastle, York, London, Derby and Bury, amongst other towns and cities across the country, all of which will be well worth grabbing a ticket for. Full details below.
Ian Siegal UK Dates
LINCOLN Terry O’Toole Theatre
SHEFFIELD The Plug
NEWCASTLE The Cluny
NEWCASTLE The Cluny (matinee)
MARYPORT Golden Lion
HIGH WYCOMBE Arts Centre
COLCHESTER Arts Centre
LONDON The Borderline
BURY The Met
01 AprSCARBOROUGH Blues Festival
This post was written by Tim Osbourne.