Ian Siegal (born Ian Berry, 1971) is a British singer and guitarist,
Ian Siegal is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and recording artist whose music encompasses Blues, roots-rock and Americana. Born near Portsmouth in England, in the late 1980s, he dropped out of art college and went busking in Germany. He has toured extensively in the UK and europe, and occasionally in the USA. His early influences included Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.
In the early 1990's he moved to Nottingham where he played with local musicians including Mick Wheat on Bass and Stevie Otter on Drums (arguably at the time the best back line in the Midlands). After touring as a guest of Bill Wyman on two of his Rhythm Kings tours, Siegal settled in London.
In 2005 he released the first of several albums on the Nugene label. "Meat & Potatoes" was recorded with Nikolaj Bjerre (drums), Andy Graham (bass), Jonny Henderson (organ) and with guitar contributions by Matt Schofield, who also acted as producer. The album includes several songs written by Siegal or co-written with Keith Harrison, that have since become readily identified with Siegal's sound and style. The album is listed in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings. Two further albums with the same line up follows: in 2007 "Swagger" and in 2009 "Broadside" - the latter picked by MOJO magazine as blues album of the year. A year earlier, he released his first solo acoustic album, 2008's "The Dust".
The innaugural British Blues Awards in 2010 saw Siegal pick up the Best Band award. In the following 3 years he collected awards in various categories including Best Male Vocalist, Best Solo Artist, Best Album and Best Song. He was one the early inductees to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.
His 2011 release, The Skinny, was recorded in North Mississippi with Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars as record producer and he also played on the album. Other American musicians included Robert Kimbrough, on guitar, Garry Burnside on bass, and on drums Rod Bland. Also guesting were Alvin Youngblood Hart and Duwayne Burnside. This album was nominated in the Blues Foundation's 2012 Blues Music Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
A return visit to the Dickinson's Zebra Ranch studio in Coldwater MS resulted in the 2012 album, Candy Store Kid , credited to Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods. This album was also nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Album' category. This album was also produced by Cody Dickinson. Contributing are Garry Burnside, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Lightnin' Malcolm and a trio of backing singers Stefanie Bolton, Sharisse Norman and Shontelle Norman.
in 2012 Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods performed at the Manchester Bluesfest recorded by the BBC, which resulted in a 30 minute broadcast. Later he was he guest interviewee of the Paul Jones on the latter's BBC Radio 2 show. An appearance at the London Bluesfest in 2013 resulted in an album release (April 2014) entitled "Man & Guitar" recorded by the BBC and released by Nugene Records.
In a twist to his career, Ian performed for several years with France's Orchestre National de Jazz in a program of Billie Holiday songs entitled "Broadway in Satin." Backed by a 12-piece orchestra of young hand-picked musicians and accompanied by the French singer, Karen Lanaud, Broadway in Satin was performed at major festivals across France and as far afield as South America and east Africa.