Top bluesman Ian

IAN Siegal's live shows confirm him as one of the leading bluesmen in Britain (Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Friday, July 16).

It has been said that had Siegal been around in the 60s he would today be accorded the same reverence as artists such as Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton.

Instead, he is a child of the 70s who dropped out of art college in the late 80s to go busking in Germany.

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

Two successive European tours (2003/4) opening for ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings brought him to the attention of a wider audience.

This was followed by UK tours as a duo with Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters, the man who Siegal calls The Blues God).

During this time Siegal was also capturing the hearts of audiences in Holland, Belgium, Austria and Hungary.

In 2005 he topped the soul/blues/jazz charts in Holland and in 2006 he debuted in the USA, appearing at major clubs and the largest music festival on the West Coast.

Tickets on 01273 464440.