Touring Europe & UK  – April – June 2016

If your musical preference is a combination of roots blues and folk Americana delivered with irreverent humour and nuggets of folklore, this transatlantic duo of multi-award winners ticks all the boxes. Ian Siegal is the UK’s leading contemporary Bluesman, while Grammy-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jimbo Mathus hails from Mississippi.


Wayward Sons-


Live album recorded on their last sell-out tour.
READ Bluesdoodles review of Wayward Sons – HERE


22 April: LJUBLJANA, SIovenia ­- Grand Hotel Union, Miklošičeva Cesta 1, 1000
23 April: KALSDORF Austria – Kulturkeller, Hauptplatz 1, A-8401
24 April: STEYR Austria – Akku Kulturzentrum, Färbergasse 5, A-4400
25 April: VIENNA Austria – Reigen, Hadikgasse 62, (U4 Hietzing), 1140 Wien
26 April: BADEN Austria – Cinema Paradiso, Beethovengasse 2a, A-2500
27 April: BLEIBURG Austria – Hotel Altes Brauhaus, 10 Oktober Platz 9, 9150
28 April: SALZBURG Austria – Oval Die Bühne im Europark, Europastraße 1, 5020
29 April: RIED Austria – Kik Kulturverein, Hartwagnerstraße 14, 4910
30 April: WELS Austria – Alter Schl8hof, Dragonerstraße 22, 4600
5 May: VLISSINGEN Netherlands – Bevrijdingsfestival, Blues & Roots Stage, Oude Markt, 4381 ES
6 May: DEN HAAG Netherlands – Paard Van Troje, Prinsegracht 12, 2512 GA
7 May:  OSPEL Netherlands – Moulin Blues, Festivalterrein, Meijelsedijk, 6035
8 May: GROLLOO Netherlands – Hofsteenge, Hoofdstraat 11, 9444 PA
11 May: ARNHEM Netherlands – Luxor Live, Willensplein 10, 6811 KB
12 May: VLAARDINGEN Netherlands – De Harmonie, Theater Stadsgehoorzaal, Schiedamseweg 51, 3134 BB
13 May: EEKLO Belgium – N9 Villa, Molenstraat 165, 9900
14 May – HOOFDDORP Netherlands – Podium Duycker, Raadhuisplein 5, 2132 TZ
15 May: TURNHOUT Belgium – Café Barzoen, De Warande, Warandestraat 42, 2300
17 May: WORTHING UK – Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, BN11 3PX
18 May: HAVANT UK – Spring Arts, East St, PO9 1BS
19 May: LEICESTER UK – Musician, Clyde St, LE1 2DE
20 May: NOTTINGHAM UK – Village Hall, Main St, Lowdham, NG14 7BD
21 May: SELBY UKTown Hall, York St, YO8 4AJ
22 May: NEWCASTLE UK – Cluny, Lime St, NE1 2PQ
24 May: INGOLSTADT Germany – Club Neue West Bluesfest
25 May: BRISTOL UK – Tunnels, Lower Approach Rd, BS1 6QS
26 May: STROUD UK – Convent, Convent Lane, South Woodchester, GL5 5HS
27 May: OTLEY UK – Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St, LS21 3AN
28 May: SHEFFIELD UK – Greystones, Greystones Rd, S11 7BS
29 May: LONDON UK – Green Note, Parkway, NW1 7AN
31 May: BILSTON UK – Robin 2, Mount Pleasant, WV14 7LJ
1 June: CHELTENHAM UK – Vonnies, Church St, Charlton Kings, GL53 8AP
2 June: ALDERSHOT UK – West End Centre, Queens Rd, GU11 3JD
3 June: WHITSTABLE UK – Duke of Cumberland, High St, CT5 1AP
4 June: GELDROP Netherlands – Blues Open, Gemeenschapshuis Zesgehuchten, Papanvoort 1, 5663 AC
5 June: ROVIGO Italy – Ente Rovigo Festival, Deltablues Cruise

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Nothing Wayward Music from Ian Siegal and Jimbo Matthus

Wayward Sons-

Nothing Wayward Music from

Ian Siegal and Jimbo Matthus



There are many roads in creating stand out music that gets noticed. It is a certainty that the musical furrow Ian and Jimbo are ploughing is one of them. Definitely Nothing Wayward in the Live Music from Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus.

Opening with Ian Siegal who gets the show underway and introduces double grammy winner and wonderful musician Jimbo Mathus. Wayward Sons,  This is a live album brimming with bonhomie of friendship, bonding over music and the joy of singing, playing guitars and a generous dusting of charismatic magic. Ian and Jimbo in the spoken interlude are a double act, with background to the songs and wit.
This is a twenty-one track album that stretches the CD’s capacity so not a moment of wonder is lost.

The songs are a selection of traditional, artful covers and songs from Ian Siegel’s Picnic Sessions where he first met Jimbo back in 2013 and from Jimbo Mathus’ back catalogue.  Opening with In The Garden, Jimbo opens with vocals and a feel of Dylan runs throughout and has a twist on connections with Paradise.   We hear that Jimbo is glad to be brought overseas and we know they are back in 2016. Then it is Ian’s turn with a Townes Van Zandt’s Heavenly Houseboat Blues, the harmonisation is closer than close the guitar strumming hits the moods and connects to Jimbo’s harp playing. Recorded on Picnic Sessions by accident as Ian was playing it and the rest of the musicians joined in and the recording was captured.

Many people may have sung this song says Jimbo, but I am positive that Jesse James from this duo has a vim and vigour, they resemble outlaws as they approach blues/American roots music with a disrespectful swagger. The outcome is a devilish turning the known into a mighty opus of musical delight.

What do you need after a ditty about Jesse James, some gospel blues which is often included in Ian’s solo sets Mary Don’t You Weep sits in the show tonight perfectly. Ian and Jimbo are a pair of wickedly godf troubadours that just love to perform live and this energy exudes through the album.  Casey Jones a tale of a brave engine driver, lives saved all wrapped up in synchronization of voices, guitars and that swagger that makes this music a zinging hum of electric energy. This like other well-trodden tracks are given a musical spring clean with a Siegal /Matthus interpretation.  These artist are definitely not lazy in their approach, as they sing Old Earl, a tale of a lazy man who didn’t crawl until the age of seventeen, a real foot tapping, make you smile number. We leave behind outlaws and progress to pirates and an interlude where Ian checks what key, only happens in the live moment. Back talking about Overseas with Talkin’ Overseas Pirate Blues, is a sea swashbuckling number.

With cheers of delight the closing number, Ewan MacColl’s, Dirty Old Town draws the album to a close not with a whimper but a musical hurrah! This album will keep us going until we can hear the duo live for ourselves in UK & Europe in Spring 2016.

You need to purchase the album and hear every track for the nuances and more. This review is a mere snippet of the quality of the album a whisper in the wind that the music leaves behind.

Multi-award winning Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus have redefined great music, no pigeon-holes for them it is all about lyrics and guitars shaping the mood with vocals that stir your soul, make you smile, laugh and cry.

We all collectively have to thank whom- ever it was who pressed record at Café de Noot, a venue in Hoogland, Netherlands. So this show is not relegated to a folklore memory. We know how good it was because we have a front seat in our music rooms for today and beyond.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – Wayward Sons, Nugene Records   Release date 4th March

Track Listing

  1. Introduction
  2. In The Garden
  3. Jimbo’s Alive
  4. Heavenly Houseboat Blues
  5. Jesse James
  6. Mary Don’t You Weep
  7. The Story of Casey Jones
  8. Casey Jones
  9. Crazy Old Soldier
  10. Tallahatchie
  11. Old Earl
  12. The Blues
  13. Ludella
  14. Stack O’Lee
  15. What They Call You?
  16. Talkin’ Overseas Pirate Blues
  17. Too Much water
  18. Goodnight Irene
  19. Milltone
  20. I’ll Fly Away
  21. Dirty Old Town

Ian Siegal Jimbo Mathus


You will not want to miss out check out venues, towns and dates HERE

A little preview of what Jimbo and Ian will be getting up to on our 2016 tour.



Siegal Band 2015


British Blues Hall of Fame, eight-times British Blues award winner, three-times European Blues award winner, three-times BMA nominee and two-times Mojo Blues album of the year. Oh, and ten album releases. Need we say more?

Ian Siegal and the Band are back in the U.K. during March

18 Mar – LONDON – Borderline, Tel : 0207 734 5547 – 7pm £20

19 Mar – DERBY Flowerpot Tel: 01332 834438 – 8pm £15

20 Mar – BRISTOL – Colston Hall Tel: 0844 887 1500 – 2pm £15

Still need convincing? Here the band live Ian Siegal with his glorious vocals – Dusty Ciggar mesmerising guitar including his magic Baritone that adds a tone of wizardry – then there is the rhythm section of Danny Van’t Hoff playing a bass line that underpins and adds to the weight of the music and drumming with style is Raphael Schwiddessen – what a tight band delivering their own music inspired by the blues, rock n Roll and roots music but never contrived or fixed in the moment. One thing for sure there will be something new and a mix from the favourites from his extensive back catalogue.

Bluesdoodles reviewed One Night In Amsterdam it hit the perfect 10 – read what we said HERE

Bluesdoodles said One Night In Amsterdam – Best Live album of 2015 – HERE

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Bluesdoodles – Pick Of The Bunch 2015

Pick Of The Bunch 2015 ~
The order is random all are brilliant and in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2015..

These are from the albums I have listened to and reviewed throughout 2015 – this is my subjective collection happy for others to disagree. Bluesdoodles wants to thank every artist who has submitted music to be reviewed I listen and will always be honest and fair

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Fish – A Feast Of Consequences
Joel Fisk & The Breakdown – The Well
Dan Patlansky – Dear Silence Thieves
John Mayall – A Special Life
Giles Hedley – Rain Is Such A Lonesome Sound
Lisa Mills – I’m Changing re-mix
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – Tomorrow Will Follow Today
Ian Siegal – One Night In Amsterdam
Dani Wilde – Songs About
Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova
Guy Tortora – Bluesman In A Boneyard
Danny & The Champions of the World – What Kind Of Love
Gill Landry – Gill Landry
LaVendore Rogue – Light Up With
Mark Pontin – Textures
Aynsley Lister – Home
Samantha Fish – Wild Heart
Little Devils – The Storm Inside
Erja Lyytinen – Live In London
Beth Hart – Better Than Home
David Phillips – If I Had Wings
Karen Lovely – Ten Miles of Bad Road
Micke Bjorklof & Blues Strip – Ain’t Bad Yet
King King – Reaching For The Light
Devon Allman – Ragged and Dirty
Joe Louis Walker – Everybody Wants A Piece
Danni Nicholls – Mockingbird Lane
Layla Zoe – Live at The Spirit of 66
Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live
Chantel McGregor – Lose Control
Babajack – Babajack Live
Jar Family – Family First
Craig Finn – Faith In The Future
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Delta Deep – Delta Deep
Kaz Hawkins – Get Ready
Groanbox – Groanbox
Jimbo Mathus – Blue Healer
Eddie Martin Big Red Radio- Live in Tuscany
Mike Zito & The Wheel – Keep Coming Back
Connie Lush – Renaissance
AndersonPonty Band – Better Late Than Never
Walter Trout – Battle Scars

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus Tour 2016

Ian Siegal Jimbo Mathus

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus Tour 2016 – UK DATES:

May 17 Worthing – Southern Pavilion
May 18 Havant – Spring Arts Centre
May 19 Leicester – The Musician
May 20 Lowdham – Village Hall
May 21 Selby – Town hall
May 22 Newcastle – The Cluny
May 25 Bristol – The Tunnels
May 26 Stroud – The Convent
May 27 Ottley – Courthouse
May 28 Sheffield – Greystones
May 29 London – The Green Note (two shows)
May 31 Bilston – Robin2
June 01 Cheltenham – Vonnies Blues Club
June 02 Aldershot – West End Arts Centre
June 03 Whitstable – The Duke

CONTINENTAL EUROPE: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Slovenia. Soon to be announced.

Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus On Tour 

A flavour of what to expect from these two masters of blues and roots Americana when they tour the UK and Europe together in 2016

Delighted to say that I will be touring again with Jimbo Mathus in 2016 – a long tour starting in April and finishing in June. The UK end of the tour has been announced, which runs May to June. Shows in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland and Slovenia to be announced soon. Will also be releasing an album recorded on the last tour I did with Jimbo. Watch this space for details.

Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus will play some 40 shows across Europe in the period 22 April to 4 June 2016. This follows their successful first tour together in 2014. Ahead of touring the duo are releasing a 21-track album recorded during the debut tour.

If your musical preference is a combination of rootsy blues and folk Americana, delivered with irreverent humour and nuggets of folklore, then look no further. This transatlantic duo of multi-award winners ticks all the boxes, combining the talents of Europe’s leading contemporary Bluesman with the Grammy-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Mississippi.

For devotees of blues and Americana on this side of the Atlantic, Ian Siegal needs no introduction. He’s the eight-times British Blues Awards winner, three-times European Blues Awards winner, and two-times US Blues Music Awards nominee. He’s sung with the prestigious Orchestre National de Jazz in Paris, played in more than 40 countries, and among his latest albums is a BBC recording made at London’s Royal Albert Hall. His accolades include two from MOJO magazine for Best Blues Album of the Year. Ian is the only non-American to achieve this distinction.

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Read what Bluesdoodles said when they toured in 2014 – “Ian, Jimbo and guitars…… musical fun when delivered with confidence, feeling and a twist if that devil magic”.  HERE

Ian Siegal – Video’s Tour Dates and more……

Ian Siegal Unplugged 2015
Highlights of an Ian Siegal solo show in London, July 2015.




Multiple award-winner Ian Siegal is widely considered to be the UK’s finest contemporary bluesman. He sets out on a solo acoustic tour starting 23 October…




23 Oct – ISLE OF MAN: Centenary Centre,

24 Oct – GLASGOW: Hug & Pint

25 Oct – POYNTON: Legion Club

27 Oct – LEICESTER: Musician

28 Oct – NOTTINGHAM: Guitar Bar

29 Oct – MATLOCK: Fishpond

30 Oct – WORTHING: Southern Pavilion

31 Oct – WORCESTER: Huntingdon Hall

1 Nov – WHITSTABLE: Duke of Cumberland

2 Nov – LONDON: Dingwalls

Bluesdoodles reviews of Ian Siegal’s latest Albums

One Night In Amsterdam

Man and Guitar

Picnic Sessions

Ian Siegal Solo Tour – OCT/NOV 2015

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Multiple award-winner Ian Siegal is widely considered to be the UK’s finest contemporary bluesman. He sets out on a solo acoustic tour starting 23 October…


23 Oct: ISLE OF MAN ~ Centenary Centre,
24 Oct: GLASGOW ~ Hug & Pint
25 Oct: POYNTON ~ Legion Club
27 Oct: LEICESTER ~ Musician
28 Oct: NOTTINGHAM ~ Guitar Bar
29 Oct: MATLOCK ~ Fishpond
30 Oct: WORTHING ~ Southern Pavilion
31 Oct: WORCESTER ~ Huntingdon Hall
1 Nov: WHITSTABLE ~ Duke of Cumberland
2 Nov: LONDON ~ Dingwalls


What Bluesdoodles has said about Ian Siegal solo:-

Live @ The Flowerpotfull of blues, a smidgen of country, lots of charm and storytelling of the highest order … entertained us from the first to the last note blues can be such musical fun when delivered with confidence, feeling and a twist if that devil magic.

Man & Guitar – Live Solo album …. It is the next best thing to going and seeing Ian Siegel live – he is never simple a man and guitar as he brings warmth, wit and mirth combined with a tear to your eye as he delivers wonderful songs with empathy.. he is a true talent

CD Review: Danny & The Champions of The World ~ What Kind Of Love



Danny & The Champions of The World
What Kind Of Love
Loose Music



You could spend hours trying to pigeon-hole Danny & The Champions of The World into a particular genre and as you listen you pick out an array of influences and styles from early on including Van Morrison, Staple Singers; Sam Cooke and so many more have fun pick out where it reminds you but do not over-analyse this is a British band delivering music that fits. Why waste the energy just sit back and enjoy the music Danny Wilson and his band play on this his fifth studio album. What Kind of Love lights up your Summer it is full of energy, it is no saccharin sweet love album it is 10 tracks exploring love through music and lyrics that connect on so many levels.
Opening with a sound full of soul and clash of drums and horns cascade from the speaker as you sit up and take notice and then the voice melds into the guitar that Clear Water has a full infectious sound and like Clear Water you want to dive in and swim and just immerse yourself in the pleasure. Recorded at the bassist Chris Clarke’s London Studio Reservoir we have ten songs exploring love written and developed while on tour they chew over the many types and aspects of love that are delivered with Danny’s crone that explores the words re-shapes them and sends them out as musical poetry. We have mockery in the title This is Not A Love Song, on an album exploring love “…and what went right and what went right… This is not a love Song” he sings with the full choir coming in on the title creating a deep melodic rootsy sound. There is a country feel from the intro on What Kind Of Love and this is full of yearning and like the musical influences woven through the instrumentation finds the questioning lyrics, it is as if the music and words are trying to find the right path to finding love; and it works as the whole arrangement is harmonious with the odd jarring interlude as we despair we can’t get it right echoed by some stylish saxophone. The vocal tone changes with a hint of Rod Stewart on Just Be Yourself, this is a slow dance that flows into a track that has southern funky guitar licks It’ll Be Alright in The End and again the horns swell with the vocals leaves you up-lifted. The Sound of The Train co-written with Ian Siegal ends the journey we have shared with drums and guitars that encircle through the lyrics, a lyrical picture is draw of a train in the distance and that nervous buzz of anticipation as you wait for the train drawing the album to a wondrous end. Feel bereft, love lost as the note fades away for the last time, do not despair the solution is simple put it on repeat this is an album that does not tire your musical soul however many times you play in fact as you get to know the songs the full depth of the lyrics and the exploration of love becomes clearer.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch

1. Clear Water
2. Precious Cargo
3. This Is Not A Love Song
4. Can I Change My Mind
5. What Kind of Love
6. Words On The Wind
7. Just Be Yourself
8. It’ll Be Alright In The End
9. Thinking About My Friend
10. The Sound Of A Train

U.K. Tour Dates 2015

9th June Cambridge Junction
10th June Bristol, Louisiana
11th June London, Islington Assembly Hall
12th June Reading, South Street Arts Centre
13th June Oxford, Bullingdon Arms
16th June Colchester, Arts Centre
17th June Norwich, Waterfront
18th June Wakefield, Hop
19th June Preston, The Continental
20th June Glasgow, Broadcast
21st June Nottingham, The Maze
26th June Brighton, Bleach

Ian Siegal @ The Tunnels, Bristol

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Ian Siegal
The Tunnels, Bristol
26th March 2015


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It is Thursday so it must be Bristol in a tour the has seen Ian Siegal and his current band on a tour that has seen him up and down venues in England and Scotland; the tour is drawing to and end and there is that ‘we are getting the end of the road’ fever in the delivery of the set tonight. Opening with tracks from his current album One Night In Amsterdam, the gig was off to a high-octane start with lots of witty sharp and at times tongue-lashing banter that was always delivered with Siegalist irony and a wicked gold glinting smile. The version of Brandy Balloon had a frenzy of funkyness with James Brown inspired guitar playing by Dusty Ciggaar. Ian Siegal - The Tunnels - March 2015 -  5 - _0050bwl Temporary is a superb track written by the Austrian Ripoff Raskolnikov, who like the character in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment spins the words. We had an on fire performance of Tom Waits Jockey Full of Bourbon, a track full of clever lyrics that spin-off the Siegal silver tongue that is driven by the avant-garde Latin beat this so suits Ian’s current Pirate persona with the lines “16 men on a deadmans chest, And I’ve been drinking form a broken cup”.

Ian Siegal - The Tunnels - March 2015 -  5 - _0112lAs ever the set list changed tonight as we heard Ian’s version of Warren Zevon’s Carmelita done tonight with verve and style the arrangement suiting the drumming of Raphael Schwiddessen, and the solid delivery of bass from Danny Van’t Hoff giving the band a solid rhythm section that adds a deep tone and structure allowing Dusty and Ian the freedom to develop riffs and play off each other. It is though Ian’s powerful vocals that sets the delivery of music that bends twists and spits out a range of genres that sets this band out from the rest there is no doubt he is the leader of the pack. Tonight we saw Ian at his dirtiest and naughtiest attitude both on guitar and his vocals giving that extra layer of passion, as he shared with the audience his thoughts on British Society and politics and his despair for how people think. So adding The Revelator into the set suited the evening with the medley in the middle that includes Backdoor man that allows freedom of expression and then with a flick of his hand the band brings the chords of Revelator back in an inspired delivery. No set whether solo or with a band is compete without the amazing song Gallo Del Cielo, Tom Russell’s lyrics so suit the style of Ian and the band with Dusty on a Baritone guitar, loved by writers of theme music for Spaghetti Westerns and Duane Eddy gave the sound a real Tex Mex edge as described by Ian as one of his musical styles on an earlier interview with BBC Radio Bristol; tonight as ever it ended in tragedy all hope of returning home lost.

Ian Siegal - The Tunnels - March 2015 -  5 - _0008lAmongst these inspired re-workings of great songs were many of Ian’s including a new version of Early Grace, Falling On Down and Hard Pressed with some Prince thrown into the mix. Tonight we also heard a fantastic jazz infused instrumental from the band who are The Rhythm Chiefs and have been playing together for over ten years in the Netherlands. The tone that the guitarists got from the instruments just plugged straight into the amplifier with no pedals was amazing, especially Dusty Ciggaar; who has to be one of the best players on the planet today.

Ian we hope we keep seeing you in The U.K; solo, duo with a band the venues and everyone who has come to see you love your originality, anarchism and your polished skill vocally and on the guitar you make every song sound exceptional. Ian Siegal live should not be missed TOUR DATES

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