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Upcoming shows: Alexis Taylor... Wedding... The Hidden Cameras... Sinkane... Itasca... Francois and The Atlas Mountains... Haley Bonar... Jens Lekman... BC Camplight... The Wave Pictures... Pictish Trail... Jesca Hoop... Funke and the Two Tone Baby... Weyes Blood... Laetitia Sadier... The Unthanks... Xenia Rubinos... Happyness... Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron... Skinny Lister... Sounds From The Other City 2017... The Travelling Band... Joan Shelley... James Leg + The Bonnevilles... Theme Park... C Duncan... Lowly... Chloe Foy... Jenn Grant... Angel Olsen... Aldous Harding... The Besnard Lakes... Julie Byrne... Tom Williams... Saint Sister... Nikki Lane... Mt Wolf... Sweet Baboo... Kiran Leonard... Laura Gibson... Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton... Will Varley...

When: 7pm on Tuesday 9 May 2017
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with James Leg for the firs time – plus special guests The Bonnevilles!

James Leg (aka John Wesley Myers of the Black Diamond Heavies, Lee County Killers) has just released his third solo album, Blood On The Keys. Back in his days with the Heavies, Leg laid the foundation for his solo work with his down-n-dirty keys, fervent live performances and trademark gruff black snake moan.

Following the success of his acclaimed 2015 solo album, Below The Belt, Leg recorded once again at the Masonic Sounds located in a Masonic Lodge in Dayton, KY, and had the album mixed by renowned producer/engineer Jason Soda (GospelbeacH, Everest) at SodaCuts in East LA.

Leg, the son of a Texas preacher, started playing piano when he was just six. Raised on southern gospel music, he began preaching at the church his father pastored at the age of 14. Two years later he became infected with the lure of rock-n-roll and eventually alcohol and drugs. It was this contrast of good and evil, heaven and hell that would affect not only his music – solo and otherwise – but also his impassioned live performances evoking some sort of fervid snake-handling Pentecostal preacher in the middle of a lung-busting, jugular-popping sermon (just replace the slippery vermin with a fifth of whiskey and Leg pounding on his signature Fender Rhodes and you get the picture).

‘Part Howling’ Wolf, part Iggy Pop, he’s the new standard-bearer for the rebels, the new punk in a land of posers’ – Elmore Magazine

Tour support comes from The Bonnevilles.

The Bonnevilles are shaking Northern Ireland in a way it hasn’t felt since Van Morrison & Them obliterated Club Rado in 1964 and Stiff Little Fingers blew apart The Trident in 1977! The Bonnevilles don’t so much play punk blues as use it as a spring board to create a completely new genre. Their new album, Arrow Pierce My Heart, is evidence of a band at the top of their game.

The Lurgan duo take Mississippi Hill Blues and Punk Rock and mix into their own unique dark Northern Irish Punk Blues stew.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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