A truly captivating performer, Ian Siegal has mapped a riveting path through the modern blues scene since his debut album in 2002.
Ian Siegal: Man & Guitar
Preeminent British bluesman caught live at Bluesfest 2013.
For anyone so far denied the privilege of witnessing him in person, this album, originally broadcast on Paul Jones’s Radio 2 show, is a must.
Cue up any track and Siegal’s raw, impassioned and livid presence takes hold. An undersung facility on lap steel and National resonator guitars fuels a seamless set taking in searing originals (Falling On Down Again) which complement inspired reconfigurations of tunes by Charley Patton, Kris Kristofferson and the final, heart-swelling rejuvenation for Stephen Foster’s Hard Times (Come Again No More).
Siegal’s deadpan between-song banter adds to the flow, with the spartan setting allowing his voluminous talent to hold sway.