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Blues Musician, Singer-Songwriter &

Neil Sadler's first professional recording was with the UK charting band ‘Sleeping Lions’. The band were signed to CBS, which later became Sony. Neil recorded at Air Studios founded by the legendary George Martin - the Beatles Producer; SARM East - Trevor Horn of The Buggles' studio and Maison Rouge, which was Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull's studios and others before opening his own - 'No Machine Studios'.  

Early in Neil's recording career he worked with outstanding Songwriters and Composers such as Guy Fletcher (BASCA) & Doug Flett, Don Black OBE,  Leslie David Reed OBE and Tony McCaulay (9 times Ivor Novello Award Winner) and honed his distinct sound and guitar style whilst recording and performing with blues and rock artists such as Larry Miller, Mike Farmer (USA), Dennis Siggery and Malaya Blue.

Past To Present Latest News

Neil is thrilled that his album 'Past to Present' has been voted June 2024's Album of the Month by the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association.  It also entered their Chart of the most played albums in May 2024 at No. 7 - two places behind Slash.








From 01 June 2024, Neil's first solo album, Past To Present, will be available to pre-order via iTunes and on general release from 01 July 2024.  Many songs on the album are part of the current The Neil Sadler Band live set so please head over to the Events Page for details of forthcoming performances around the UK.   Also, blues and rock stations around the globe are playing a selection of Neil's songs, pre-release - many shows can be heard later via respective radio stations' players or via Mixcloud.  For related info visit Neil's social media page.

Past To Present Release Info


The Band Are Taking Bookings

They are based in North Devon but with family ties to other parts of the country so they have support wherever they go.

Neil Sadler - Lead Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer who has had a long career in music as a performer and recording artist as well as being the owner of 'No Machine Studios' for thirty years.

Ray Barwell - Drummer, has been in several bands in Guildford and North Devon including Lightyear, The Average Blues Band, Iguana Sunset, Tripswitch, The Buzz and a heavy rock band The Atomic Black.

Kev Langman - Bass Guitarist, has a vast experience of performing in bands in the Midlands and across the Home Counties.  Since moving to North Devon in 2011 Kev has worked with a couple of reputable local bands and most recently with Captal.

"After 30 years' of recording and rehearsing we've come to the end of the road.  We've had a good run, with great times, great customers - and of course lots of music.  Thanks to everyone who has supported 'No Machine Studios' over the decades; we hope you've had some good times, too.


The list of people I need to thank for their support and kindness would take me forever to write!  But thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Get out there and keep playing - keep music live, raise a glass when you're at your gigs and remember us fondly.  Cheers..."

"The Closure of No Machine Studios has

 enabled me to concentrate on my own material and live performances.   I have recorded my first solo album - 'Past To Present' in my new recording studio in Devon - 'No Machine West'."  

No Machine Studios

About Past To Present

When Neil was first diagnosed with cancer in July 2023 he was already working on several recording projects of new material but at this time he was in a reflective frame of mind and reimagined past material.  This album is a collection of reworked music and lyrics that many will recognise but also some completely new songs - all infused with a contemporary energy.  Neil's distinct guitar playing and soundscapes that drew much attention in the past are now woven through this collection of songs - bringing them into the present.  This is a rocking blues album that will satisfy ardent blues and rock supporters as well as the curious.


Blues Matters, Apr/May 2023 Issue 131

Critically Acclaimed Guitarist

"2023 was an interesting year.  I made my final album with Dennis in February following the release of our album 'Testify'.  It received fantastic support from the blues community and in particular from many radio stations around the world that aired our music.  The album received a great review in the April / May edition of the Blues Matters magazine.  A copy of the write-up is here for you to read - if you are a fan of the blues then check-out this prestigious and influential publication."

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Song Listed For Grammy Nomination

A song that Neil co-wrote with Malaya Blue was listed for consideration of a Grammy Nomination!  Neil said, "I am really grateful to Steve Yourglivch and Malaya Blue for giving me this opportunity to be involved in a small way."    

Coming up next...

"Over the years, I have performed and recorded many songs across many genres.  For quite a period during 2023, unreleased solo recordings of mine were played on various blues, rock, rock 'n' roll and folk radio stations at least 2/3 times a day.  This inspired me to put together a collection of folk songs for an album and for those that like to follow my music this may be of interest to you.  I have an album of Robert Johnson songs coming out, too - this is a reworking of an album that I recorded during lockdown.  Just before the original album was mastered, some vocals and bass were re-recorded to feature two members of Blue Touch and consequently the album was released as one of theirs and not mine.  Sadly, our musical differences played out at this time, though, we remain good friends.  Finally, I am also immensely excited to be putting out my first Neil Sadler album - 'Past To Present', in June 2024."

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