Leicester set for ‘crazy’ night at The Donkey

Leicester’s The Donkey opens its doors to Crazy Cowboy Live Events who bring a stellar lineup on Friday night (June 9).

Drummer turned guitarist, Matty James Cassidy opens the night with an acoustic set. Having worked with music luminaries such as Ricky Warwick from Thin Lizzy, the self-prescribed ‘modern day troubadour’ has received rave reviews from established publications such as Black Velvet Magazine, Dangerdog Music Reviews and Rushonrock.

Matty arrives in Leicester having made hundreds of performances across the UK and Europe as well as self-releasing two albums entitled The Road to No Town and Last One to Die.

Grace Solero leads her band in the second of the support acts. Releasing their debut album, New Moon, in 2009 they had great success with the first track, Apartheid, featured by Bruce Dickinson on BBC Radio 6.

Describing themselves as ‘sonically abrasive,’ lead singer Grace Solero displays a wide range of vocals combining with the extraordinary ability of guitarist Dan Beaulaurier and will leave you immersed in the rhythm of the music.

It is Grace Solero’s first appearance in Leicester, but they won’t be gone for long as they return in July to play at the Musician.

Newly formed in January 2016, The Whiskey Rebellion have been on quite the journey. Influenced by the likes of The Punch Brothers, The Dropkick Murphys, Sheelanagig and Bellowhead, you are guaranteed to be taken on a musical adventure with a mixture of their foot stomping and chilled songs.

Fresh from the Glastonbudget Music Festival, The Whiskey Rebellion join the party at The Donkey where they’ll ‘be revealing some new material to titillate your senses, packed full of debauchery and hedonism in the classic Whiskey Rebellion style.’

Andrea Kenny, lead singer of The Brandy Thieves, is set to perform a live acoustic set. Having previously performed with The Whiskey Rebellion at a raucous evening at The Soundhouse, Leicester, Andrea has a powerful voice that will leave you speechless.

Andrea joins up with her fellow ‘misguided and mischievous lost souls’ to ‘combine gypsy rhythms and punk energy and ska grooves and folk storytelling.’

Headlining the event on Friday night, the Rainbreakers will bring their ‘distinctive sound that embodies a fusion of dynamic musical elements that bridges the gap between Blues, Rock, Pop and Soul’ to Leicester as part of their UK tour which sees them take to the stage in 13 locations over the period of a month.

Having been credited by publications such as The Blues Magazine and Blues and Soul Magazine, their profile has gone from strength to strength and they are tipped to break into the big league in the not so distant future.

Influenced by bands such as The Black Keys and The London Souls, the band hailing from Shrewsbury were nominated for the Best Emerging Artist 2016 in the British Blues Awards.

Get down to The Donkey on Welford Road on Friday (9th) for a 7pm start. Tickets costing £11 are available from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/402571.

By Ross Barnett

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