Ian Siegal and Ben Prestage



While most modern blues leaves Blabber’n’Smoke relatively unmoved those who tread the old time rural folk traditions are always welcome at our door. So welcome then to Ian Siegal whose latest album The Dust is a spectacular rendition of acoustic songs delivered in a muscular fashion. A mixture of covers and self penned songs delivered for the most part solo (although with pertinent and excellent contributions from B. J. Cole, Sam Hare and Nikolai Torp) it seems set to receive similar accolades as his album Broadside named as Mojo Blues Album of the Year in 2009
Siegal provides masterful blues on The Silver Spurs and Between The Stump and The Ground with his guitar sliding and picking well to the fore. However he also branches out into true Americana territory with covers of Steve Earle’s Cocaine Cannot Kill my Pain and Mary Gauthier’s I Drink, a fabulous rendition which sounds as if Kris Kristofferson had penned it. The old standard I’ll Fly Away with pump organ from Torp is given a full throated gospel treatment and begs the listener to join in on shouting Hallelujah.
Three live songs tacked onto the end of the album sit uncomfortably with the preceding tracks but Siegal impresses particularly on the Howlin’ Wolf medley which closes the album, growling and howling he conjures up the spooky dread which was the Wolf. A bonus song, Hank William’s’ I’m So Lonesome I could Cry ties up the album neatly joining up blues, folk and country. If you like catfish Keith, Taj Mahal or even Seasick Steve you will love this.
Siegal is supported by Ben Prestage who might be more suited to the Seasick Steve comparison according to his photos. His album Real Music is an energetic one-man band (with occasional tuba, jug and harp added) foray into the blues. Not the moaning at midnight type but toe tapping, beer drinking juke joint jive. Think John Lee Hooker and Dr. John and you’re halfway there. There are elements of old time vaudeville in Rag and Hesitation Blues while Johnny Cash’s God Is Gonna Cut You Down is given a downright dirty going over.
These guys are touring now, dates

13/11/10 glasgow, scotland THE ARCHES
solo, w/guest Ben Prestage USA
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14/11/10 CARLISLE, UK CARLISLE BLUES FESTIVAL
solo more info »
15/11/10 YORK, UK FIBBERS
Solo, w/guest Ben Prestage (USA) more info »
16/11/10 MANCHESTER, UK BAND ON THE WALL
Solo, w/guest Ben Prestage (USA) more info »
17/11/10 sheffield, UK THE BOARDWALK
Solo, w/guest Ben Prestage (USA) more info »
18/11/10 NOTTINGHAM, UK RESCUE ROOMS
Solo, w/guest Ben Prestage (USA) more info »
19/11/10 SELBY, UK TOWN HALL
Solo, w/guest Ben Prestage (USA) more info »
20/11/10 blakeney, uk HARBOUR ROOMS
Solo, w/guest Ben Prestage (USA) more info »
21/11/10 shoreham, uk ROPETACKLE CENTRE
Solo, w/guest Ben Prestage (USA) more info »
23/11/10 Rochester, UK THE ROFFEN
Solo, w/guest Ben Prestage (USA)
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Ben Prestage God\'s Gonna Cut You Down
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Ian Siegal I\'ll Fly away
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