Music Q&A:
Ian Siegal

The award-winning British bluesman is playing the Ruby Lounge in Manchester, 20 April

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What informs your music and songwriting?
My environment, my imagination, my dreams, others dreams, books, movies, my heroes…

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
Better communication, more understanding of subtlety, space and limitations.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I’m in a period where many things are on the boil, or the back burner if you like. They bubble away until they’re ready to boil over.

What’s on your rider?
Water, Pedialyte and healthy food.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Having the surviving members of the Muddy Waters band join me on stage, uninvited and unexpected (although welcome beyond words) and for the guitarist Bob Margolin to tell me “You’re the boss”.

What song do you wish you’d written?
It Makes No Difference. That is a song by The Band  – not a facetious remark!

What’s your worst lyric?
Not for me to say. I’d never include a lyric I consider bad.

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