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Friday 23rd August 2019: 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Make your way to the newly refurbished Ship Inn located at the bottom of Rye on the Strand Quay to take in the very best of ‘Bottleneck Blues’ with the Martin McNeill on Thursday 2nd from 7:30pm.

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.

ONE OF THIS COUNTRY’S FINEST BOTTLENECK BLUES GUITARISTS - Stephen Foster, BBC Suffolk presenter and music writer.

GREAT PERFORMER…STUNNING BOTTLENECK GUITARIST - Ashwyn Smyth, British Blues Federation chair.

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.

“ONE OF THIS COUNTRY’S FINEST BOTTLENECK BLUES GUITARISTS” - Stephen Foster, BBC radio presenter

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

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