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Ian Siegal


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Born in the deep south (of England!) in 1971, Ian’s earliest musical memories are of the likes of Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Chuck Berry, but it was on hearing the great Little Richard that he really caught the music bug and became nothing short of obsessive about it. This lead him into a life-long passion for the Blues and all of its various branches, and most of all, the man he calls “God” - the inimitable Muddy Waters.

At 16 he began to roadie occasionally for his cousin’s band and one night, quite unexpectedly, he was asked to sing. The result was a blown-away audience and a delighted (and rather surprised!) young vocal talent with a long career ahead of him.

It was 2 years later that he picked up a guitar and taught himself to play, listening to the likes of Muddy, B.B King, Robert Cray and Albert Collins. At 20 he dropped out of Art college and travelled to Berlin, busking for a living. This is where he says his playing dramatically improved as, if he didn’t make money, he didn’t eat! By the time he returned to England he knew that a career in music was the only one for him.

A visit to Nottingham resulted in a 5 year stay and Ian’s first band became one of the most popular on the local music scene, with a residency at renowned venue The Running Horse attracting full houses and appearances at Colne and Burnley festivals getting rave reviews. His first album “Picture Postcards” also showed Ian to be a gifted songwriter with a deep understanding of musical traditions, but with an eye on the future.


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  • austisrocker

    Used to see him at Ain't Nothing but the Blues in London at the very beginning.....he was amazing even back then, hosting the monday night jam session!!

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • trevoredwards8

    Saw this guy a couple of years ago. Went along to see Oli Brown (who was superb) but Siegal was outstanding. Catch him live if you can.

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • tommydeath

    This guy is brilliant! Been a fan for quite a few years now, and he always plays an excellent show!

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • SupremeCrow

    @Suhaki: It's an old delta blues number (Mississippi John Hurt used to sing it) but I think Siegal might have updated the lyrics. Don't know if he's released a recording of his version though.

    18 Mar 2010 Reply
  • chainsaw87

    he'll be playing in my hometown next saturday and i'm gonna have to miss it because i gotta scatter my grandparents ashes! :( it's almost like a blues song...

    4 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Suhaki

    Where can i get a song of his called "Ain't nobody's business but my own"?

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • cliciabcn

    El viernes tocó en el VII festival de blues de Barcelona. Genial, me encantó como toca la guitarra y su voz.

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • coxoxi

    i just got back from his concert! amazing guy!!!!! wow!!!!

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • smee85

    I've traveled 4 hours by train through the alps (and back) to see Mr. Siegal (twice) in Lugano last summer. good memories. so there's at least one hardcore fan outside UK or NL! Cheers from Switzerland.

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • BluesMagazine

    Just published the photos from the concert Ian gave here in Oss, The Netherlands on Friday 12 December 2008. You can check them out via the following link : Hope you like them. Regards, Marco /

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • pbakewel

    Yeh - This guy is the 'real deal' along wiv Seasick Steve - Ian however is the more accomplished & God knows why he hasn't made the bigtime - Used to think it was cos blues was 'unfashionable' but Seasick cracked it (thanks to Jools) Maybe Ian should get on that show too ?!

    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • pmcpieter

    Time is there..... 2november I'll see him in Antwerp, 6december in Hellendoorn Netherlands...

    19 Oct 2008 Reply
  • evilpandawrath

    I've seen him live 4 times now, and each time he just gets better and better. I remain shocked that he has so few listeners here.

    6 Sep 2008 Reply
  • pmcpieter

    Indeed waiting desperatly until he visits the Netherlands again. Funny that he is just popular in the Uk and NL (based on his perfomances)

    27 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Boomhauer35

    Was given his Shake Hands With The Devil album some years back and was blown away by this guy, cant wait to see him live

    9 Aug 2008 Reply
  • pmcpieter

    Good artist, Meat&Potatoes album is incredible. England never had a blues artist like this

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Joostdewit

    Watch the entire Ian Siegal Paradiso show on

    28 Jan 2008 Reply

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