Martin Harley
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.

The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.

The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds.

Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others. His music has features on hit TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries, Banshee, America best Bars and VH1’s Morning Buzz. Last summer in Canada he and Daniel played Winnipeg, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk Music Festivals as well as shows in the Caribbean, the US and Europe.

Daniel has played the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee Theatre, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Hardly Strictly, Bluegrass, StordFest, The Kate Wolf Folk Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Chateau St. Michelle, Jammin at Hippie Jacks (Jack’s) and many more.

“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – *Guitarist Magazine***

“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years.” – *Weissenborn Exchange**

“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – *Roots Magazine***

“Awesome” – *Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2***

“Quite simply a great live act” – *Time Out London*

Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers
Oct 5 @ 1:30 pm

For all ages! A fabulous, family, festival feature for Leek Blues & Americana 2019. Vintage style jazz/blues. Songs about science, dinosaurs, seaweed, cheese and much,  much more. Free biscuits on arrival!!!

Faster than a speeding puffin, more chocolatey than a chocolate labrador, descending from apes (if they are tall enough) Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers release your ears to play backgammon undisturbed. Tuba, piano, drums, ukulele, tickling and rubbing your senses into a fun stew. Enjoy yourselves, if you can; Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers are greater than you think!

“My favourite album of the year…every track on it is a gem. The lyrics are a thing of beauty”
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing

“Sometimes I love bands because their music is so exquisitely crafted and sometimes simply because it’s irresistibly daft. In the case of Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers it’s both!”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“Riotous fun, catchy melodies combined with bonkers lyrics and a winning stage charm. The perfect example of family music done really right. They have every child, adult and grandparent at Just So singing their songs weeks before they arrive; demands for their return the next year before their current set has even finished”  Cathryn Peach, Just So Festival

“If surreal was a path, Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers are floating above the grass alongside it on a cabbage”
Michael Chenhangerangeran, Metro

“Classic English surreality, a delightful mix of Vic Reeves Big Night Out, Bonzos and Music Hall. I want to marry them all”
Bob Fischer, BBC Radio Tees

“It was epic! The Badgers played a stormer and had the crowd eating out of their hand”
Steve Haddrel WOMAD.

General admission: £7.00.

Family ticket: Admits 4 people. At least one must be an accompanying adult. £20.00.

1:00pm doors

1:30pm start.

Little Victor and his Combo
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm

Little Victor and his combo + Red Berryn

Little Victor has been called the King of Grit and the antithesis of meaningless virtuosity. His rich, quirky and inspired downhome blues became well-known to blues audiences through his work with the legendary Louisiana Red on the highly celebrated Back To The Black Bayou. This album introduced the world to the powerful musical chemistry between Louisiana Red and Little Victor as his producer/protégé/bandleader. The record featured guests including Kim Wilson, Bob Corritoreand David Maxwell and won prestigious prizes like the Grand Prix Du Disque (the French equivalent of the Grammy Award), the renowned Record Critics’ Award of Germany (the German equivalent of the Grand Prix Du Disque), numerous Best Album nods in different Countries and a pair of nominations at the 31st Blues Music Awards (the Grammy of the blues) in the USA. The album earned glowing reviews on 3 continents in important mainstream music magazines such as Rolling Stone and Down Beat. Little Victor has also produced and played on records by David Evans, Sophie Kay, Hubert Sumlin, RL Burnside, Robert Belfour and Tav Falco’s Panther Burns –his work on Tav’s long-awaited comeback album Conjurations was even noticed by MOJO Magazine.

A second helping of that winning combination, Memphis Mojo, took listeners from the swamp a little up ways up the river to Memphis, Tennessee (where the album was recorded) and providedRuf Records with the perfect follow-up to Back To The Black Bayou. Shortly before releasing Memphis Mojo, Little Victor released an excellent album called Boogie All Night. Recorded in Phoenix, Arizona under the auspices of his good friend Bob Corritore (who has a guest slot on the record), Boogie All Night features outstanding musicians including Johnny Rapp, Brian Fahey, and Bill Tarsha  who create a beautiful ensemble sound and are the perfect complement to Victor’s wonderfully “back alley” guitar, harp and vocals. His live performances are often described as an unusual mix of juke joint blues  and cabaret.  Indeed, LV can bring to mind John Lee Hooker, Slim Harpo, Pee Wee Herman, Muddy Waters, Peter Sellers, RL Burnside, James Brown, Salvador Dali, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Tommy Cooper, Jimmy Reed and Screaming Jay Hawkins all rolled into one.

Little Victor Mac (née Macoggi) had a gipsy-like childhood. His father was an American servicemanwho was constantly on the move. Victor also leads a wanderers’ life on both sides of the pond. Lots of lucky people have seen him perform in Memphis, Paris, Austin, London, Riga, Hollywood, Oslo, Phoenix, Madrid, Lisbon, Las Vegas, Helsinki, Los Angeles, Milan, Toronto, Berlin, New Orleans, Barcelona, Stockholm, San Antonio and Amsterdam. He has played and lived in many different places but doesn’t really have any geographical attachment. He’s an itinerant bluesman, an international artist and a man of the world. Victor began singing in 1981 at the tender age of 14 – hence the name “Little” Victor. His first band mostly featured songs from the Sun Records vaults. At 16, he picked up the blues harmonica and started to wail in the style of Jimmy Reed and Junior Parker. He learned the real blues from playing with real bluesmen in Memphis, Tennessee when he was still a young man.

He played on Beale Street six days a week with Uncle Ben Perry, the “King of Handy Park.” Beale Street wasn’t yet the tourist trap it is today. This is why Little Victor is sometimes billed as The beale street Blues Bopper. He also learned from Herman “Alabama” Alexander, Ben Wilson and Wilroy Sanders. Most of them were irascible characters and few other musicians wanted to play with them. They used distorted sounds, didn’t make the”correct” changes and always seemed to be grouchy to their accompanists. Victor didn’t mind. He knew this was the real stuff, the music that won’t be found in any tablature books and can’t be learned by sitting at home listening to records. Drifting down river to North Mississippi, Victor jammed in a variety of deep blues guitar tunings injuke joints with Frank Frost, RL Burnside, T-Model Ford, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Junior Kimbrough, Laura Dukes, Willie Foster and a host of other backwater bluesmen. He soaked up the blues feeling of these great men and women, applying it to his own repertoire and style.

Encouraged by blues scholars like Robert Palmer and David Evans, he also recorded experimental blues demo tapes in Memphis with Alex Chilton. Later, the legendary guitarist Hubert Sumlinplayed and recorded with Victor. In the 1990’s, he lived for a while in Austin, Texas. In 1994, Victor recorded Cuttin’ Out, a collection of original songs, followed in 1996 by Space Shuffle, featuring drummer Uncle John Turner and Hector Watt on guitar. By 1998, Little Victor had joined forces with Sophie Kay, a blues chanteuse and guitar player who was then filming her acclaimed documentary A Day With RL Burnside with Victor’s help. Burnside himself gave them the idea to call their first record Cookin’ With Gas. In 2001, the album Just Rockin’ The Blues was released thanks to blues guru David Evans, who also wrote the liner notes. This album of vintage juke joint blues, recorded in superb Lo-fi mono, received a great response from the press, music fans and promoters. In December 2007, the E.P. Blues Shakedown came out on Witchcraft Records. In January 2008, Victor signed with cult label Wild Records of Hollywood. A few months later, he recorded Let’s Get High for the label, which was officially released in August of 2009.

Little Victor has shared the bill and the stage with The Jelly Roll Kings, Snooky Pryor, Pinetop Perkins, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Boy Arnold, The Black Keys, James Harman, T-Model Ford,Henry Gray, Lazy Lester and many more. He has played and toured with with the likes of RL Burnside, Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, The Hound Dog Taylor Tribute Band, Big Joe Louis, Little George Sueref, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, David Evans, Sophie Kay and many more. In 2004, he started working with Louisiana Red, one of his blues heroes. Their very successful association sadly ended when Red passed away in 2012. But Victor, who never stopped performing and recording on his own, is keeping up the good work. He recently recorded a new album in North Hollywoodwith Kim Wilson, Big Jon Atkinson, Carl Sonny Leyland, Nathan James, Bob Corritore, Steve Lucky,John Palmer and Brent Harding and The swamp-tonk sounds of Little Victor are known from the Rio Grande to the Danube and back again. You better watch your happy home, friends… Little Victor is coming to your town!

Featuring support from Red Berryn led by local hero Dominic “Chuck Berry” Cooper.

Doors: 7pm. Event start: 7:30pm

Tickets: £12.50



Peak District Big Band
Oct 12 @ 8:30 pm


Peak District Big Band featuring Alex Clarke and Molly Rider.

Performing Jazz and Blues from a variety of sources- The Peak District Big Band combines the talents of some of the most talented young local musicians and features vocalist Molly Rider and the fabulous soloist Alex Clarke – a rising star on the jazz scene and currently a student at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Finalists in the 2018 National Festival of Music for Youth this 21 piece big band’s eclectic repertoire includes works from Cornell Dupree to Amy Winehouse.

Date: Saturday 12th October,  2019

Time: Doors 8 for 8.30pm start.

Tickets: £10


Chip Taylor
Nov 6 @ 8:00 pm

Songwriters Hall of Fame 2016 inductee has been writing and performing for nearly 60 years and shows no sign of slowing down. The New York Times says it best, “If you only know him as the as the guy who wrote ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Angel of the Morning” — you don’t know him! Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around today.”

Whiskey Salesman, his latest in a remarkable string of recent albums, is at once both personal and universal. It is an album filled with timeless, intimate love songs, poignant, meditative odes to life. And drinking (in moderation) songs. Their spirit is perhaps best captured by the videos Taylor has created for each and every song (included on a DVD). Filmed at his own apartment and local bar, and starring his wife and friends, Taylor welcomes everyone in to his warm, heartfelt world.

Creating distinctive music that is also enduring and influential has been Chip Taylor’s métier over the course of what is closing in on five decades as “one of America’s finest songwriters as well as a masterful singer and performer,” says Rolling Stone. His two best-known songs are only some of the many pop, rock, country and R&B chart hits he wrote in the 1960s (Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Frank Sinatra all recorded his songs). Taylor was then one of the pioneers of the pivotal country-rock movement as a recording artist in the 1970s. His 1973 album, Last Chance, remains a beloved cult classic. But after refusing to play by the Nashville establishment rules, Taylor gave up music for full-time professional gambling in 1980.

“Chip Taylor could’ve rested on his laurels years ago and still been way ahead of everybody else today. Lucky for us he didn’t and he’s making some of the most relevant music out there,” said Buddy Miller just last year. Since returning to music in 1996 he has enjoyed elder statesman stature within the Americana, contemporary folk and singer-songwriter scenes as an artist in his own right as well as in collaboration on albums and in performance with John Prine, Carrie Rodriguez, Kendel Carson and John Platania. In a remarkable and prolific run, Taylor has released nearly an album a year since his return, each rising high on the Americana chart. As England’s The Guardian notes, “Chip Taylor, like Johnny Cash, is well worth rediscovering by a new generation.

Whiskey Salesman follows closely after his acclaimed Fix your Words and A Song I can Live, which Sweden’s foremost music site, Rootsy.nu called “sopowerful and packed with emotions. Joy, sadness, melancholy, a sense of humor. And an abundance of compassion and humanity. It’s an album I will treasure forever. It will have a special place in my record collection, next to Bob Dylan’s “Time Out Of Mind” and Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker”. 2015’s The Little Prayers Trilogy, was among the best-reviewed album of his long career. Mojo called it “a masterpiece while Uncut said it was the ”Crowning glory of a storied career” and placed it on its Best of 2015 list. Country Music People gave it ”Five stars .. nothing comes close.”

Taylor has been involved in a series of amazing projects in the last several years. Norway’s premier folk singer, Paal Flaata, recorded a full album of Taylor songs, Wait By The Fire, and rode it to the Top 10 and a Norwegian Grammy nomination. He joined with Carrie Rodriguez for a reunion tour in the fall behind the 10th Anniversary deluxe reissue of their Red Dog Tracks album. The Grammy-nominated Yonkers NY (2009) shows his facility with storytelling within songs. Last year, a lavish reissue of his three 1970s Warner Bros albums (including Last Chance) was released to great fanfare. 2019 may also bring a new book/CD, Son Of A Golf Pro, which combines Taylor’s story of growing up on the golf course with often hilarious songs about the sport.

Fuck All The Perfect People, the title track from his 2012 album, went viral on Spotify, garnering a million streams over a couple of months. Its inclusion on the Netflix smash Sex Education in 2019 resulted in a second wave of streams recently.

As Taylor’s muse continues to fire on all pistons, musical tastemakers agree that fans and listeners should tune their ears into the continuing creativity of a true musical master. “If names like Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt mean anything to you, you should make a point of discovering Chip Taylor,” urges critic Anthony DeCurtis. “Whether you know it or not, he’s earned his way into that exalted company.”

Doors: 7:30pm.

Event start: 8pm.

Tickets: £15