Ian Siegal & Ben Prestage

  • Tuesday | 16.11.10
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £12.50 Gene...

A unique double bill – MOJO Blues Album of the Year artist, Ian Siegal, and the American one-man-band Ben Prestage.

Siegal is widely regarded as the UK’s finest contemporary bluesman – “the cleverest writer and most magnetic performer of blues in the UK”. MOJO. He is one of only two living British artists to achieve the highest ranking in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings. Siegal takes command of the stage in a way very few artists alive today can match. Sweat, passion, humour and a soul-infused voice big enough to fell trees!

Supporting Siegal is an American making his first tour of the UK. Born the grandson of a Mississippi sharecropper, Ben Prestage has been soaked in Blues tradition. Growing up in the swamps of south central Florida, Prestage began to mix Mississippi Country Blues with his own brand of Florida Swamp Blues.

If you think this is going to be an evening of subdued acoustic blues, think again! Ben Prestage has to be seen and heard to be believed, playing a multi-piece drum kit with his feet and an array of stringed instruments to create a Muddy-Waters-meets-back-water stew that won him the Most Unique Performer Award at The Songwriters’ Showcase of America. And as anyone who has seen one of Ian Siegal’s solo shows will testify, there is nothing subdued about it. He is fiery, raw and passionate.

This concert will begin at 8pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open for delicious food and drinks from 5.30pm.