small spider artists and bands
Terry Allen
Ben Andrews
Gwyn Ashton
Marcus Bancroft
Billy C. Farlow
Eric Bibb
John Beland
Frances Black
Deborah Bonham
Del Bromham
Jim Condie
Country Joe Band
Guy Davis
Kent Duchaine
The Dylan Project
Fairport Convention
Feast Of Fiddles
Perry Foster
Ty Garner
Dick Gaughan
Gary Fletcher
The Greenhil Boys
The Gutter Brothers
Memo Gonzalez
Joe Hollywood
Nick Harper
Pete Harris Band
Hershey And The Twelve Bars
Les Wilson's House Rockers
Chris Jagger
Keith James
Mary Jane
The Jive Aces
Del Bromham
Jucy Lucy
Paul Lamb
Aynsley Lister
Jackie Levin
Little Toby Walker
Shane MacGowan and the Popes
Scott McKeown
Stringy Bark McDowell
Larry Miller
The Muffin Men
Pete Mulvey
Mundy - Turner
Derrin Nauendorf
OX - Mark Browning
The Ian Parker band
Ann Peebles
Dan Phelps
Steve Payne
Kelly Joe Phelps
The Mick Pini Band
Redeye Band
Ronnie & Johnny
Mike Sanchez
Chris Smither
The Amazing Mr Smith
Show Of Hands
Ian Siegal
Dave Specter
Bill Thomas
The Thomas Brothers
Mo Thomas
Guy Tortora
Robin Trower
The Tubes
Dick Wardell
Helen Watson
Andy White



  • The City Bar, TBC september 2002

Jackie Leven is in danger of becoming a national living treasure. A formidable singer, guitarist, songwriter and storyteller, his work, like many of the musical greats, falls into a category of its own. With some justification his outpourings have been called "Celtic Soul" and Jackie lives in an ancestral line that includes the likes of Van Morrison, Lightnin' Hopkins and unnamed singers of worksongs from all corners of the earth who share a universal voice.

Jackie first made a serious impact upon the UK music scene in the late 70s with rock band Doll By Doll, a hard-hitting classic two guitars, bass and drums outfit that beguiled audiences when they weren't scaring the pants off them with a rare on- stage intensity. The band made five superb albums of warped melodic rock music, but were perhaps fatally out of step with the punk / new wave preoccupations of those times.

In the early 1980's, Jackie was nearly murdered by strangulation in an unprovoked attack in a London street whilst walking home from recording. The man Paul Du Noyer called "one of the best male voices of the time" was left deeply traumatized. Unable to speak or sing for over a year and in considerable pain, he sought pain management with heroin, the classic drug of despair. Deciding after a year of addiction that he 'wanted his life back', he released himself from addiction via a method of his own making which utilised acupuncture, psychic healing and reflexology.

This was so successful that it became formalized as a method, he co-founded THE CORE TRUST, a registered addictions charity in central London, and COREcontinues to this day to offer the same treatment to people with all forms of addiction. CORE's success rate is among the highest in Europe, and in her lifetime, Diana, Princess of Wales was a champion and supporter of the Trust, being guest of honour at fundraising events and officially opening the centre's premises.

Jackie's return to record-making was marked by the release of the remarkable and widely acclaimed album "THE MYSTERY OF LOVE IS GREATER THAN THE MYSTERY OF DEATH" which included poetry readings by the great American poet Robert Bly, and ex-Waterboy Mike Scott. This album was one of Q magazine's top 20 albums of the year. It was the first in a stream of critically acclaimed albums, namely "FORBIDDEN SONGS OF THE DYING WEST", "THE ARGYLL CYCLE", and "FAIRYTALES FOR HARDMEN", culminating in his latest album, "NIGHT LILIES".

Such consistent recording excellence plus a constant gruelling touring schedule is giving Jackie a growing worldwide audience which receives the candour, tenderness and raw power that characterizes his work on stage and on record.

'Leven has a voice as big as his 'Sacred Heart' and his material, in the rich vein of Celtic performers such as Van Morrison, John Martyn and Mike Scott, confronts issues head on'
Independent on Sunday

If you would like to contact Barking Spider, please email J.R. at
or ring the
Barking Spider Hotline on: 023 9243 6267

 buy tickets now ...

[Barking Spider] [listings] [artists] [our venue] [bullfrog] [links] [ticket sales] [folk festival] [Gallery] [Home Page]