Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Siegal's Back Again.With More Praise; ALAN NICHOL Brings You the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene in the Region

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Siegal's Back Again.With More Praise; ALAN NICHOL Brings You the Latest News on the Roots Music Scene in the Region

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EACH time Ian Siegal returns to Newcastle he seems to bring not only a dierent show but a guitar case full of new awards and ve-star reviews.

His show at the Cluny on Tuesday night, you may not be surprised to learn, follows that familiar pattern.

He was last here - in the smaller of the two Cluny venues - for a sold-out gig with the Grammy-winning Mississippi roots musician Jimbo Mathus last autumn.

is time, however, Siegal returns with a formidable new four-piece electric band with whom he recorded his just-released album, One Night In Amsterdam (Nugene Records).

e Hampshire-born Siegal is accustomed to high praise because all but one of his 10 albums to date has won him purple prose from critics near and far.

e sole exception to that list, his 2002 debut, Standing In e Morning, received little publicity at the time but would probably receive the same kudos as its successors should it ever be rereleased.

Nevertheless, nine out of 10 is pretty good going! Despite that near-perfect batting average, live performance is where this man really does come into his own.

e critical praise started in earnest after his Meat & Potatoes album in 2005 and has continued with every release since.

Between his debut and the follow-up, Siegal did two continental tours opening for Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings but it is a little-known fact that he also honed his considerable performance skills with a period working in France's Orchestre National de Jazz in a programme of Billie Holiday songs entitled Broadway in Satin.

In the ensuing years he has done thousands of gigs in a variety of formats from his solo shows, duo performances and for many years with his erstwhile trio format.

His range encompasses the widest roots styles from blues to country, gospel to folk, rock to soul and his original material is probably as sharp, witty and cliche-free as anyone, past or present, working in the genre.

Indeed, Mojo magazine described him as "one of the most innovative, gifted and engaging blues performers on the planet today". …

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