Well established on the British Music Scene, Ian Siegal is now becoming a fixture on the European scene. He and his band are also receiving rave reviews for their dynamic live performances and it seems that they're stirring up quite a "buzz"!
Born in the deep south (of England!) in 1971, Ian's earliest musical memories are of the likes of Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Chuck Berry, but it was on hearing the great Little Richard that he really caught the music bug and became nothing short of obsessive about it. This lead him into a life-long passion for the Blues and all of its various branches, and most of all, the man he calls "God" - the inimitable Muddy Waters.
Moving to London to further his career became inevitable and Ian became an established part of the London Blues community almost immediately, putting him in contact with, among others, Lee Sankey, Earl Green and Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges.
Many gigs followed, along with a number of appearances with American Blues acts - Phil Guy, Sugar Blue, Nappy Brown, Eddie Kirkland, Catfish Keith and Jimmie Vaughan to name but few. Ian became the first singer in The Lee Sankey Group (with whom he would later collaborate on hit album "Tell Me There's a Sun" and to this day continues to tour). He also managed to fit in U.S. and Euro tours with Otis Redding Jnr., and Caribbean festivals with Dana Gillespie and Larry Garner.
All the time Siegal's writing and playing skills developed, and appearances on larger festival stages to bigger audiences - such as Edinburgh, Lugano, North Sea Jazz - enabled him to hone his skills into becoming one of the most naturally exciting and vibrant talents on the scene today.
Last year saw Siegal on tour supporting Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings which included a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Audiences were stunned by the powerhouse performances he gave, many commenting that the main act were out-shone by the opening act with his battered old National Steel guitar
Closest thing heard to Chester Burnett! -- Jeff Beck
Grounded in tradition, airborne by imagination, this album is a rare combination of cleverness and craft. -- Penguin Book Of Blues Recordings.
Ian Siegal is without doubt THE most talented musician/songwriter to emerge on the British blues scene in recent years. -- Ian Brown - Blues4ever
My Man! - we're from the same school! -- Ronnie Wood