Gig: Ian Siegal – Warrington – 30 May 2008
Posted on: Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The Ian Siegal Band play the Warrington Blues Club this Friday 30 May 2008.
“Awash with wit, lust and distraction…one of the most inventive Blues recordings ever made by a British artist.” MOJO****
“This album is a rare combination of cleverness and craft.” **** (Excellent) PENGUIN BOOK OF BLUES RECORDINGS
It has been said that had Siegal been around in the sixties he would today be accorded the same reverence as artists such as Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton. Instead, he is a child of the seventies who dropped out of art college in the late eighties to go busking in Germany. From the streets of Berlin Siegal progressed to clubs around Nottingham, then to London and ultimately to major stages around Europe.
Two successive European tours (2003/4) opening for ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings brought him to the attention of a wider audience. This was followed by UK tours as a duo with Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters, the man who Siegal calls The Blues God). During this time Siegal was also capturing the hearts of audiences in Holland, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. In 2005 he topped the Soul/Blues/Jazz charts in Holland and in 2006 he debuted in the USA, appearing at major clubs and the largest music festival on the West Coast.
“If my Daddy were alive today he’d say “That’s my boy!” BIG BILL MORGANFIELD (son of Muddy Waters)
Moving to London to further his career was inevitable and Ian was soon an established part of the London Blues community. That’s where today’s Ian Siegal band was born.
Many gigs followed, along with a number of appearances with American artists. He has also sung with other bands, notably The Lee Sankey Group and can be heard on the album “Tell Me There’s a Sun”.
Appearances on larger festival stages followed – such as Edinburgh, Lugano, Peer, North Sea Jazz – establishing him as one of the most natural, exciting and vibrant talents on the scene today.