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Monday 26th August 2019: From 3pm

We welcome back Martin McNeill to perform at Hilder’s Cliffe near The Landgate on Bank Holiday Monday from 3pm.

Martin’s a highly respected and sought after musician on the live music scene across the UK and at many festivals and clubs.

Delta classics, Chicago shuffles, good time boogie, soulful ballads, upbeat standards…the whole deal.

Artist: Martin McNeill

Listen to Martin McNeill

Martin sings and plays old-school blues and is a highly-rated slide guitarist and his repertoire includes Delta and Chicago blues, soulful ballads and modern folk blues. Martin’s album, Lately I’ve Let Things Slide, has been dubbed “British blues at its best” and hails from the east of England near Southend and is a stalwart of the blues scene in that area.The punning title of the album betrays both its content and Martin’s abiding love of all things ‘slide’. He even has named his band Bottleneck Blues. This is a terrific album and an excellent showcase for Martin’s outstanding slide talent.

There are twelve tracks on the album. Only one of them is an original, but don’t let that put you off. The covers are reworked pieces with an original spin to each. They range from Fred McDowell’s You Gotta Move, a tune which must have dozens if not hundreds of covers, to Keb Mo’s Keep It Simple. Martin manages to make both sound delightfully original.

The same is true of On The Road Again (Canned Heat) which here is nicely delivered without that falsetto delivery of the original. Goin’ Down South is an RL Burnside original with a nice bit of reverb added to the guitar part.

The instrumental Pickin’ The Blues is an excellent workout, for me, because of its Hawaiian sound, coming as a reminder of the outstanding work of the late Bob Brozman. The only original is Mad With Me and is a delightful song with a kind of John Lee vibe… wonderful stuff.


“GREAT PERFORMER…STUNNING BOTTLENECK GUITARIST” - Ashwyn Smyth, chair of British Blues Federation

Venue: Hilder’s Cliffe

Hilder’s Cliffe
A look out post located at the top of Hilders Cliff with stunning views across the open marshland is a wonderful location for our free live music events and where one of our brightly decorated free street pianos will be located during the festival weekend.

You will find this location set to one side on the corner of where the main Rye high street starts and where Hilders Cliff ends. Just listen out for the music and you will easily find the location.


Hilders Cliff


East Sussex

TN31 7LD

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