Ian Siegal – 2wenty5ive: The Collection

A limited edition box set comprising 38 of Ian’s most popular songs (on 3 CDs) together with a 72-page illustrated book of lyrics and a vinyl sticker. Strictly limited to 1,000 only.

ian siegal 2wenty5ive the collection

This limited edition boxed set marks Siegal’s 25th anniversary of professional touring, and captures that quarter century in music, words and pictures. The 38 tracks – all written by Ian – are selected from the 10 albums he has recorded for Nugene Records. To see a list of the selected tracks see below listening option. The book provides the lyrics of every song.

“Siegal possesses that priceless gift, a true blues voice. But that’s only half the story.
The extra six-pack he brings to the party is his songwriting.”
Tony Russell, Mojo contributor and editor of the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings.

If you had told the 20-year-old Siegal, on the night of his first professional band gig in 1991, of the acclaim to come, he’d have dryly laughed it off. It was unthinkable that he would one day take this music overground in 45 countries, or preside over a trophy haul that includes eight British Blues Awards and appointment to the Hall of Fame, three European Blues Awards, two Mojo Blues Albums Of The Year (not to mention three US Blues Music Awards nominations – an unprecedented nod for a non-American).

From roots near Portsmouth, Siegal pinballed through his early life. A child of the ’70s and an art-college drop-out in the ’80s, he learnt his craft as a busker in Berlin before the motherland lured him back. Through the ’90s, Siegal – then based in Nottingham – was the best-kept secret on the Midlands circuit. By the mid 2000s he was headlining shows in the UK, Holland, Belgium, Austria (and more), while casting his net beyond the blues genre’s hoary fanbase to draw a pan-generation crowd of both sexes.

In the studio, Siegal opened his account on the Cadiz/Universal distributed Nugene label with 2005’s Meat & Potatoes, before 2007’s Swagger sawMojo dub him “one of the most innovative, gifted and engaging blues performers on the planet today”. The Dust and Broadside were similarly acclaimed, the UK rock press noting the newcomer’s scholarly appreciation for – but irreverent twisting of – the blues template.

By 2010, this life-long fan of Mississippi hill country blues was drinking deep from the source, striking up a working friendship with Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, and taking up semi-residence at their Zebra Ranch studio in Coldwater, MS.

The two resulting albums (2011’s The Skinny and 2012’s Candy Store Kid), were Siegal’s most vital yet, sparking successive US Blues Music Awards nominations for Best Contemporary Blues Album, induction into the British Blues Hall Of Fame, and the memorable Classic Rock soundbite “Mississippi has a new adopted son and Britain a national treasure.” Friendships made while working on those albums led to an impromptu campfire-style recording The Picnic Sessions with the Dickinson brothers, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Squirrel Nut Zippers man Jimbo Marthus.

Since then, demand has seen Siegal pulled across the planet, with the performer shedding his skin as he plays countless shows in shifting formats – some of them preserved as live albums. In 2014, the BBC-recorded Man & Guitar bottled a solo acoustic performance from the Royal Albert Hall (no doubt a factor in his third US Blues Music Awards nomination this time for Best Acoustic Artist and his 2016 British Blues Award for acoustic artist). The following year’s One Night In Amsterdam found him amped and dangerous with a full-throttle electric band; while in 2016, Wayward Sonsshowcased his fizzing joint tour with the aforementioned Jimbo Mathus.

Ian Siegal – 2wenty5ive: The Collection

Label: Nugene Records
Release date: 21 November 2016

A limited edition box set comprising 38 of Ian’s most popular songs (on 3 CDs) together with a 72-page illustrated book of lyrics and a vinyl sticker. Strictly limited to 1,000 only. PRE-ORDER NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. Ships November 21st. Only one item per person. Also available in advance of the release date at Ian’s shows on the 2WENT5IVE tour.

Ian Siegal 2WENTY5IVE TOUR – Netherlands – October 2016

Thursday, 13 October 2016
DORDRECHT, BIBELOT – Ian Siegal Band

Friday, 14 October 2016
ALKMAAR, VICTORIE – Ian Siegal Band

Saturday, 15 October 2016
DEN BOSCH, W2 – Ian Siegal Band

Sunday, 16 October 2016
AMSTERDAM, NORTH SEA JAZZ CLUB – Ian Siegal band

Tuesday, 18 October 2016
ZWOLLE, THEATER DE SPIEGEL – Solo, supporting Robert Cray

Friday, 21 October 2016
DRACHTEN, IDUNA – Ian Siegal Band

Saturday, 22 October 2016
UTRECHT, RAMBLIN’ ROOTS FESTIVAL – Solo, on stage at 6pm

Saturday, 22 October 2016
VENRAY, HOEVE BLUES FESTIVAL – Ian Siegal Band, On stage at 11pm

Saturday, 5 November 2016
AMSTERDAM, P&O INTERNATIONAL BLUES REVUE – Private event

Amsterdam – and the North Sea Jazz Club – was where Ian Siegal recorded “One Night in Amsterdam”. Ian is looking forward to an equally packed venue and he suspects they might have a few special guests…