Charismatic blues buff at the Old Town Hall

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He’s charismatic and talented with rugged good looks and very soon the British blues singer and guitarist Ian Siegal, left, will be at the Old Town Hall in Hemel entertaining a lucky audience for one night only.

Influenced by musicians like Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf and Tom Waits, Siegal dropped out of art college in the late 1980s to go busking in Germany.

From the streets of Berlin he progressed to clubs around Nottingham, then to London, and ultimately to major stages across Europe.

Two successive European tours opening for former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings brought him to the attention of a wider audience.

And this was followed by UK tours as a duo with Muddy Waters’ son Big Bill Morganfield.

He’s also played major festivals in Europe including the North Sea Jazz Festival where he shared the main stage with Robert Cray, Jamie Cullum and Joss Stone.

In his latest album Broadside, Siegal mixes his blues with other genres to create a multi-faceted collection of songs.

Broadside was the first album by a non-American artist to be MOJO’s Blues Album of the Year.

Ian will be at the Old Town Hall Theatre on Saturday, February 4 at 8pm. Call the box office on 01442 228091 to book tickets or go online at www.oldtownhall.co.uk.