Fans of classic rock and blues are well catered for this week at the Robin 2.
If it’s roots blues, folk and Americana you want, complete with a dose of irreverent humour, Tuesday sees the return of Robin regular Ian Siegal, this time with his new partner, Mississippi multi-instrumentalist Jimbo Mathus. The former is well-known on this side of the Atlantic, winning a record-breaking number of awards for his highly-acclaimed blues and american style which has won as many fans for his recored output as his live work. The latter is a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist whose one-time band Squirrel Nut Zippers released gold and platinum selling albums and played the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as well as President Clinton’s second inauguration ball.
There’s a chance to see a local act on the up on Wednesday, with Phoenix Rising, as they aim to live up to a growing reputation that has seen them hailed as the benchmark for new blues rock bands. From further afield are the support, Bree, with a singer described as a CBGB’s-era Debbie Harry and an attitude that puts them at the forefront of a new breed of guitar outfits coming out of East Nashville.
Thursday sees an interesting double bill of local talent. Headling will be Birmingham-based Rebecca Downes, whose recently-released second album Believe drew comparions with the early work of Tina Turner. Also appearing is Chris Bevington, a veteran of the Midlands blues scene and another whose live work has gained him an enviable reputation.
There’s a change of tempo on Sunday with another Robin regular, Mainly Autumn, taking to the stage with their blend of psychedelic and folk rock. Now into their third decade and with eleven studio albums and what must be around a thousand live performances behind them, this is truly “The best band you’ve never heard”.
For further information and tickets for these and all other events coming up at the Robin, visit www.therobin.co.uk or call 01902-401211.