Well known on the blues scene in the north of England and in outside London,
Siegal has a large and loyal following. A master of the post-war Chicago
also plays a lot of very strong original material.
Ian taught himself to play from the age of 18; mostly listening to Muddy
Kings, Robert Johnson and Robert Cray, and when he was 19 he ended up in
busking for a living ("nothing wrong with that" - webmaster). Ian later
original singer for Lee Sankey's band.
|Ian Seigal - © Andrew Brown 2003
However.This excellent singer, songwriter and guitarist covers more genres
straight blues, and Ian cites his main influence as Muddy Wayers, followed
Wolf, Tom Waits and Little Richard! There are also shades of Willie Nelson,
House (in preaching mode) and flavourings from Chicago to New Orleans in his
performances; all seasoned with sheer enthusiasm and a unique style of
One of Ian's earliest recordings was a "Cassette only" release, "Live At The
Navigation Waterfront" (Newark, April 1996), on which he was accompanied on
tracks by a young lad called Aynsley Lister on guitar!
Since then Ian's released many acclaimed albums, and on The Ian Siegal Band's
release "Yo' edjumikashun" Dino Baptiste, Lee Sankey and Matt Schofield also
Ian also likes to perform solo acoustic work enable him to stay in touch
roots and also to work-up new material, and Ian has released an excellent
But don't just take our word for it, here's a quote from the great King
"Ian Siegal is one of my favourite singers and guitarists, and one of the
performers in Britain".