Michael Messer stands on the street holding his guitar. He is looking up towards the sky

Michael Messer Solo Retrospective

Rhythm & Blues The Forge

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Michael Messer is a virtuoso slide guitarist, singer and blues innovator. Throughout his forty year recording career, his music has remained individual and contemporary.

Being British with an international reputation for blues slide guitar is a rarity in itself, but Messer's obsessive appetite for knowledge of his art is virtually unrivalled. His stunning slide guitar playing and superb vocals ooze authenticity and integrity, and his use of turntables in his band Second Mind marked him as one of the trailblazers of the 21st century blues sound.

His current band, Michael Messer's Mitra, is once again breaking new ground, playing an exhilarating and accessible fusion of rural blues and Hindustani classical music. Their highly acclaimed debut album, Call Of The Blues, was iTunes no. 1 blues album and has won them worldwide acclaim.

For his solo performance in The Forge, Michael will be playing music from right across his forty year career and illustrating the music with stories about an extraordinary life in music.


Michael Messer's approach to his music isn't just idiosyncratic, it's a whole personal blues genre
Blues Matters!
Moby eat your heart out. Second Mind is the best British blues album of the 21st century so far
What's On London
Messer is rare amongst Brit bluesniks, in that he possesses a real feel for the music and yet gives it his own personal stamp
Not since the Beatles teamed up with Ravi Shankar back in the day has there been such an experimental and inspired meeting of musical cultures. I've no doubt this album is going to be internationally lauded for both its musicianship and Messer's stunning vision. This is an album of pure, sparkling, sublime originality.
Music News USA

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