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Issue 64 Mar-June 2017

The Laine Dankworth Centre | Wavendon | Milton Keynes

world class music & entertainment

Supported using public funding by

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Issue 64 Mar-Jun 2017

front cover artists contents JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM March April May June

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STAGE 2 March - June

35 - 50

LEARN & TAKE PART March - June

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CafĂŠ in 2 And not forgetting Also on sale Booking information Diary

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Marc Almond

information key

Monday 20 March page 11

YolanDa Brown Thursday 11 April - page 18

Friends and Founders are entitled to a 10% discount. Please notify the box office when making your reservation. New shows which are open for public booking from Wednesday 8 February prior to which Stables Friends have priority.

Rory Bremner Monday 10 April - page 18

Educational denotes an education event or a concert with an associated education event. Ask Box Office for details. This event takes place in Stage 2. This event takes place in Mancini Forum.

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Nights on Broadway: The Bee Gees Story

Date: Wednesday 1 March, 8pm LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING Tickets: £14

Date: Friday 3 March, 8pm Tickets: £21

Andy Parsons

Like this? Try this: 5 April

JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

Described by The Guardian as “unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation”, the Lie-in King returns with a brand new show. However dishevelled he may look, the Foster’s Comedy Award nominee is one of the best comics in the country. Seann can spot the absurdity in everything and convert it to perfectly delivered stand-up comedy. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) seannwalsh.com

Nights on Broadway present a tribute to the Bee Gees with this fantastic concert featuring the Gibb brothers’ incredible songs from the 1960s through to the 1990s. The show is totally live, with a seven-piece band that prides itself on musical authenticity and, in particular, the accurate recreation of the Bee Gees’ vocal talents and harmonies. Costume changes complement the show to give a full Bee Gees experience. nightsonbroadway.net

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Seann Walsh: One for the Road

Magic: A Kind of ELO

Like this? Try this: 16 June

Nine Below Zero Date: Saturday 4 March, 8pm Tickets: £18.50

Counterfeit Stones: Satisfiction Date: Thursday 2 March, 8pm Tickets: £18 standing only Why pay a fortune to see ants in a stadium when for a fraction of the price you can get up close to the faking brilliance of the Counterfeit Stones? Their latest shakedown promises a night of pure, unadulterated Xerox-rock. For 25 years these pie-eyed pipers have delivered the best Rolling Stones’ ‘rusical’ on the circuit. Packed with big hits, outrageous fashion, vintage guitars and a huge dollop of “Spinal Tap” humour, it’s SatisFiction guaranteed. thecounterfeitstones.com The Music of The Who

Like this? Try this: 23 June

Since their formation in 1977 Nine Below Zero have developed a reputation as one of the best blues bands in the UK. The band was already well established by the time they signed to A&M Records in 1980 and their energy was captured on their classic album Live at The Marquee. Their latest album 13 Shades of Blue was released in September last year. The current line-up features Dennis Greaves (vocals/guitar), Mark Feltham (harmonica), Mickey Burkey (drums) and Ben Willis (bass). ninebelowzero.com John Verity

Like this? Try this: 24 June

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Seth Lakeman

JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

MARCH

Date: Sunday 5 March, 8pm Tickets: £25

Seth Lakeman’s latest album, Ballads of the Broken Few, demonstrates yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths. Seth and his band will be playing performing tracks from the new album along with favourites from his extensive back catalogue. sethlakeman.co.uk

Albert Lee Band EXTRA PERFORMANCE ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Date: Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 March, 8pm Tickets: £25 Two-time Grammy Award winner Albert Lee is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest guitarists. Albert has appeared and recorded with many of the finest artists in the music industry, including Glen Campbell, Dave Edmunds, Dolly Parton, Bobby Bare, Joan Armatrading and Joe Cocker. He has been voted Guitar Player magazine’s Best Country Guitar Picker no fewer than five times. albertlee.co.uk The Ponderosa Aces

Like this? Try this: 22 April

Keston Cobblers Club

Like this? Try this: 25 April

Hazel O’Connor Date: Tuesday 7 March, 8pm Tickets: £20 Award-winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor is joined by Clare Hirst (Bellestars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards. Hazel’s unforgettable songs from the iconic film Breaking Glass, including Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother and If Only, seem even more relevant in our present times. Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel’s stunning portfolio, mixing the old and the new. hazeloconnor.com Howard Jones

Like this? Try this: 29 March

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Elkie Brooks Date: Friday 10 March, 8pm LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING; STANDING £21 Tickets: £34

Elkie Brooks is one of the most popular singers the UK has ever produced. Now in the fifth decade of her career, she is still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of our generation. Performing some of her classic hits, blues and jazz, an electric evening with Elkie Brooks is guaranteed to leave you begging for more. elkiebrooks.com Amanda St John

Like this? Try this: 27 May


Chris Ramsey: Is That Chris Ramsey? EXTRA PERFORMANCE ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

Ezio Date: Tuesday 14 March, 8pm Tickets: £14.50

MARCH

Date: Saturday 11 March, 6.30pm & 9.45pm (please note start times) Tickets: £20

Ed Byrne

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Skerryvore Date: Sunday 12 March, 8pm Tickets: £17.50

Celtic rock band Skerryvore formed on the tiny lsle of Tiree off Scotland’s west coast in 2005. The band’s members are Tiree-born brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles and accordion), Fraser West (drums and vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals and guitar), Jodie Bremaneson (bass), Craig Espie (fiddle) and Alan Scobie (keyboards.) The band have released six albums, including Decade in 2015, celebrating 10 years on the road. skerryvore.com Lankum

Like this? Try this: 10 May

Over the course of their 26-year career, Ezio have made a habit of dabbling in any style of music that takes their fancy; their ninth studio album Daylight Moon is no different. From the crunching blues-rock guitars of Crushed to the jazz rhythms of The Gypsy Song, there’s plenty of genre hopping on show. Fans can expect favourites from the new album as well as classics from the band’s ever-expanding back catalogue. ezio.co.uk

JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

A brand new stand-up show for 2017 from the comedian you’ve seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Celebrity Juice, Hebburn and Live At The Apollo and in various newspapers when he was wrongly arrested in a hotel in his underpants. Is that Chris Ramsey? Yes it is. On his biggest UK tour yet. Get tickets while you can. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) chrisramseycomedy.com

Lisbee Stainton

Like this? Try this: 1 March

Camille O’Sullivan: The Carny Dream Date: Wednesday 15 March, 8pm Tickets: £19 The star of Olivier Award winning show La Clique, Camille O’Sullivan enjoys a formidable international reputation for her intensely dramatic interpretations of the songs of Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, David Bowie and many others. Dark, sexy, fierce, amusing and mesmerising, Camille transforms each song into an intense, emotional and theatrical experience, drawing her audience into a world illuminated by the dark and the light. Expect joy and pure passion. camilleosullivan.com Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan

Like this? Try this: 3 March

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SCHOOLS CONCERTS

MARCH

Schools Concerts The Chimpanzees of Happytown

performed by Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives (narrator) Date: Friday 17 March, 11am Tickets: £7.50 (one free teacher’s ticket with every 10 seats booked) Suitable for ages: 3-7 (Foundation/Key Stage 1) Duration: approx 60 minutes (no interval) Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives are back with their latest amazing musical performance for young children. Follow the story of Chutney the chimp as he and his beautiful tree help to spread colour and happiness throughout the town. This imaginative and inspirational piece has been composed by Paul Rissmann and is based on Giles Andreae’s lively and colourful children’s book The Chimpanzees of Happytown. The concert includes projected images from the book and some irresistibly catchy interactive songs – ideal for engaging young children in high quality music, as well as firing up their imaginations. Learn the songs and buy the book before the concert at www. musicintheround.co.uk Free teacher’s pack available. Schools Inset sessions also available – contact education@stables.org for more information Funded by Mayfield Valley Arts Trust, Sheffield City Council and Arts Council England

Ulla’s Odyssey

performed by OperaUpClose Date: Wednesday 22 March, 1pm Tickets: £7.50 (one free teachers ticket with every 10 seats booked) Suitable for ages: 7+ (Key Stage 2) Duration: approx. 60 minutes (no interval) Olivier Award winning OperaUpClose present this new opera, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. Ulla’s Odyssey follows a feisty 14-year-old girl as she attempts to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly. Inspired by real-life teenagers such as Dutch sailor Laura Dekker, Ulla’s Odyssey has an inspirational heroine, playful references to classical literature and pop culture and a strong environmental message. It explores issues of human impact on the natural environment as well as personal responsibility and friendship. Free teacher’s pack available. Interactive KS2 workshops also available. Contact education@stables.org for more details.

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MARCH

The Stables and Music in the Round present

MARVELLOUS MOZART

Marvellous Mozart Celebrating the music and life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March Science has Einstein, art has Michelangelo, football has Messi... and music has Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!

Discover some of this great composer’s finest music at our first ever classical music festival. There will be lots to enjoy between the concerts too: sing with us, bring the family for workshops – and our in-house restaurant Café in 2 will be serving food and drink throughout.

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Our in-house restaurant Café in 2 will be serving food throughout the weekend, and the Mancini Forum café will be open for light refreshments.

Festival package: £43 Includes the following events: Ensemble 360 Concert (17 Mar), Mozart in Focus, Mozart: The Man Revealed and Ensemble 360 concert (18 Mar) Saturday package: £28.50 Includes the following events: Mozart in Focus, Mozart: The Man Revealed and Ensemble 360 concert (18 Mar) Ensemble 360 concerts: FREE tickets for under-25s As a member of the CAVATINA Trust, which exists to enable young people to enjoy live chamber music, we are able to offer a limited amount of free tickets to under-25s for both of the evening Ensemble 360 concerts. To book these tickets please contact the box office.

Classical Supper Fri 17 & Sat 18 March, available from 5.30pm Enjoy a tasty pre-concert meal; £16 for two courses and £20 for three. Family-friendly Lunch Menu Sat 18 March, available from 12 noon until 2pm For any of the above menu options please call the box office to make a reservation.

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Marvellous Mozart is supported by additional funding from a legacy payment by Miss D R Kurzman, awarded by Arts Council England.

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MARVELLOUS MOZART

MARCH

FRIDAY 17 MARCH

SATURDAY 18 MARCH

7pm HOSPITALITY SUITE

10—11am STAGE 2

Welcome to the Weekend

Come & Make

Join members of Ensemble 360 and popular Classic FM presenter John Suchet for a drink and nibbles before the concert to celebrate the opening night of this menagerie of Mozart. John will be introducing the evening concert and giving a talk on Saturday about Mozart’s life. Tickets: £30 (includes Ensemble 360 concert ticket) 8—9.45pm JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

Ensemble 360 Opening Concert introduced by John Suchet

Flute Quartet in D K285 String Quartet in D minor K421 Piano Quartet in G minor K478 Trio for clarinet, viola & piano in E flat K498

Creative fun for all mini-maestros and musicmakers. Join in with our music-themed art and craft workshop. A great warm-up for the family concert at 11am. Tickets are free but numbers are limited – please book in advance For ages 3+ and their grown-ups 10—10.45am & 12.15—1pm REHEARSAL ROOM

Music Box

Sing, play, move and explore! 45 minutes of songs, games and hands-on musical fun with professional musicians from Ensemble 360. Tickets: £5 For ages 3-6 and their grown-ups

(Kegelstatt)

This is an evening with Mozart at his most irresistible. It’s all here – sophistication, playfulness, insight, wit, disarming charm and that extra sprinkle of magic that marks out his music from everyone else’s. Tickets: £17.50*; free tickets available to under-25s – see page 10 for details

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Please note all timings are approximate.


Mozart for Mini Maestros

5—6pm JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM In this family concert full of interaction and entertainment, members of Ensemble 360 are joined by presenter Andy Smith, arranger for the BBC’s Ten Pieces, to introduce some of Mozart’s most adored music, from classical greats to his musical twists on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Tickets: Adults £8; children under 16 £7; family of four £28 For ages 3-10 and their grown-ups 3—3.45pm JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

Mozart In Focus

It is a universal wisdom passed down through the generations that Mozart was a genius. But hang on a minute – why? Julian Horton, Professor of Music at Durham University, has some answers and with help from members of Ensemble 360 he will illustrate them with live excerpts from Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Tickets: £5 3—4.30pm STAGE 2

Bring & Sing with Simon Berridge

The beauty of Mozart’s music is at its most poignant in apparently simple pieces such as the motet Ave Verum Corpus. We warmly invite all enthusiastic singers to join this session led by Simon Berridge, choral animateur and member of the acclaimed ensemble The Sixteen, and explore this choral masterpiece alongside popular and traditional songs.

John Suchet presents

Mozart: The Man Revealed

MARVELLOUS MOZART

The Bring & Sing choir will give an informal performance of Ave Verum Corpus with Ensemble 360 as part of its evening concert. Please contact education@stables.org if you’d like to take part in this event. Tickets: £12 (includes ticket for evening Ensemble 360 concert)

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11am—12noon JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

Mozart’s story is well-known: Austrian born, with a tyrant of a father who drove him relentlessly, an unhappy marriage to a spendthrift wife, a childlike character ill at ease amid the pomp of the Viennese court and an early death that robbed the world of genius. Yet only the last is true. John Suchet sheds new light on the man behind the many myths. John will be signing copies of his book Mozart: The Man Revealed at the end of the talk. Tickets: £10 8—9.45pm JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

Ensemble 360 Closing Concert Flute Quartet in A K298 Quintet for piano and wind in E flat K452 Ave Verum Corpus with Bring & Sing choir Clarinet Quintet in A K581 Another glorious programme of wonderful music, including Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet – the perfect way to end this busy festival day. Tickets: £17.50*; free tickets available to under-25s – see page 10 for details

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SUNDAY SESSIONS MANCINI FOYER

Each month on a Sunday morning, you’ll be able to come and listen to some fabulous live jazz in the Mancini Forum (the main foyer at The Stables). We’ll be presenting an enticing mix of established names and rising stars of the UK jazz scene in a relaxed, cabaret-style setting – the perfect way to start the day. Mark Crooks Quartet: Kings of Clarinet Date: Sunday 19 March, 11.30am Tickets: £12 Award-winning clarinettist Mark Crooks presents a celebration of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, two giants of jazz clarinet and both world-famous bandleaders.

Tina May & James Pearson (please note change of line-up) Date: Sunday 23 April, 11.30am Tickets: £12 International jazz singer Tina May teams up with virtuoso pianist James Pearson for a celebration of jazz divas (plus a few divos) for a brunch date at The Stables.

Jay Phelps Quartet Date: Sunday 21 May, 11.30am Tickets: £12 Trumpeter Jay Phelps is a Vancouver-born Canadian with an instantly recognisable warm and projecting tone. His quartet is dedicated to contemporary jazz music, their sets mixing up Jay’s original compositions with arrangements of jazz standards.

The Stables will be opening its doors from 11am, so before each concert you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a hot bacon roll, along with a full bar and snack bar service – the Sunday papers will be available too! After the music has finished our in-house restaurant Café in 2 will be serving a two- or three-course lunch (full menu details are available on our website – pre-booking strongly advised).

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ENJZYOYSUNDAY

LA NG THAT NING FEELI MOR


Marc Almond: 60th Birthday Tour

Award-winning clarinettist Mark Crooks presents a celebration of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, two giants of jazz clarinet and both world-famous bandleaders. Benny, darling of the jitterbug crowd, achieved great success with his orchestra after the famous Carnegie Hall Concert of 1938. Artie was the acknowledged ‘King of the Clarinet’ and enjoyed worldwide hits including Begin the Beguine, Frenesi and Summit Ridge Drive. Tina May & James Pearson

Like this? Try this: 23 April

Howard Jones

Like this? Try this: 29 March

Mud Morganfield Date: Sunday 19 March, 8pm Tickets: £17.50 Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters. Blues fans were introduced to Mud at a tribute concert to his father in 2007 but it was his performance at the Chicago Blues Festival that same year that brought him instant recognition. Mud’s travels are now taking him and his music worldwide, with appearances at the biggest festivals and venues, including the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Royal Albert Hall Blues Fest in London. mudmorganfieldblues.com Georgie Fame

Like this? Try this: 9 April

As a warm-up gig for his UK tour, Marc Almond, one of the UK’s most gifted and unique vocal talents, will be performing many of his best-loved hits, including his number one singles Tainted Love (which spent a record 43 consecutive weeks in the US singles charts) and Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart. marcalmond.co.uk *This performance is a fundraising performance for Wavendon Allmusic Plan

JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

Date: Sunday 19 March, 11.30am Tickets: £12

MARCH

Mark Crooks Quartet: Kings of Clarinet

Date: Monday 20 March, 8pm Tickets: £45* (tickets only bookable by phone or in person)

Bedfordshire Schools Battle of the Bands Date: Tuesday 21 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (concessions £6) This is the fourth year that Battle of the Bands will be hosted by The Stables. Every year Bedfordshire schools send their best bands to compete and become champions. A popular local band will judge the event which is organised by The Sound Garage and Central Bedfordshire’s Inspiring Music and sponsored by local companies Marshall Amplification and Kawai Keyboards. Come and see the musical talent of the future! Promoted by The Sound Garage & Central Bedfordshire’s Inspiring Music

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Jackson Live

Date: Wednesday 22 March, 8pm Tickets: £17.50

Date: Friday 24 March, 8pm Tickets: £22.50

JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

MARCH

Oysters 3

John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and offthe-wall stories. The evening will provide an insight into their sometimes turbulent, often funny history, with great songs from every era of a unique career. oysterband.co.uk

Jackson Live sees the hugely talented Ben recreate the Michael Jackson experience with a stunning rendition of all the King of Pop’s best-loved hits. He is joined on stage by his band and dancers who work their way through some of the greatest tunes ever written. He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! Jackson Live features live vocals and music, fabulous costumes and, of course, all the signature dance moves. Pure MJ! michaeljacksonuk.com Abba Forever

Like this? Try this: 16 September

Lindisfarne

Like this? Try this: 14 April

Ruby Turner Date: Thursday 23 March, 8pm Tickets: £17 standing only

With a voice that has been likened to Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin, Ruby Turner continues to win the hearts and minds of an ever-growing fan base. Many of Ruby’s songs have been covered by artists such as Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest, while her vocal prowess has been employed to good effect by Brian Ferry, Mick Jagger, Steve Winwood and Jools Holland. rubyturner.com Tony Momrelle

Like this? Try this: 6 April

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T-Rextasy Date: Saturday 25 March, 8pm Tickets: £22.50

T-Rextasy are now accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan and T.Rex, and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc’s family, estate and original T.Rex members. The band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’. If you would like to know exactly what a Marc Bolan concert was like in the 1970s, this show is for you! trextasy.com Ultimate Bowie

Like this? Try this: 6 May

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MARCH

Sklamberg & the Shepherds Three renowned performers of Eastern European Jewish music come together in this exceptional new trio: Lorin Sklamberg, co-founder of the legendary Klezmatics; the uniquely innovative clarinettist Merlin Shepherd, and the remarkable vocalist/ pianist Polina Shepherd, originally from Siberia. With mournful solo clarinet, bouncy village songs and fiery vocals, their performance takes us on a breathtaking musical journey full of spirited joy and deep emotion. sklambergandtheshepherds.wordpress.com L e Vent du Nord

Like this? Try this: 13 June

MEAL DEAL

JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

Date: Sunday 26 March, 8pm Tickets: £12.50 (students £9.50)

For an additional £17.50 per head you can enjoy A Taste of Eastern Europe served in Café in 2. Visit stables.org for menu details and book in advance at the box office.

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

The Fureys

Date: Monday 27 March, 8pm Tickets: £17.50

Date: Tuesday 28 March, 8pm Tickets: £20

Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham continue to charm audiences with their stunning music and on-stage charisma. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along at their ever popular concerts. philandaly.com

Irish legends The Fureys have been selling out concerts worldwide for nearly 40 years. They return to The Stables for another great night of music, songs and stories. Hear them sing their timeless classics including When You Were Sweet 16, I Will Love You, The Old Man and From Clare To Here, plus songs from their latest release, The Times They Are A Changing. thefureys.com

Feast of Fiddles

Like this? Try this: 12 April

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Like this? Try this: 27 March

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MARCH

Howard Jones: The Songs, The Piano, The Story with support from Rachael Sage

Date: Wednesday 29 March, 8pm LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING Tickets: £23 Howard Jones has sold more than eight million albums across the globe and is one of a select group of British artists who have ‘broken America’. Howard’s solo shows are an intimate trip through his 30-year music career. Many of his best-known songs were composed on his favourite instrument, the piano. Howard shares behind-the-scenes stories and reveals the inspiration for the songs in this special acoustic show. howardjones.com

Are You Experienced? A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix Date: Friday 31 March, 8pm Tickets: £20 Are You Experienced? are the world’s number one tribute to legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Could anyone measure up to him? Well, when you listen to singer and guitarist John Campbell, you realise it can be done! The guitar work is note-perfect and beautifully fluent. The voice IS Hendrix, and the persona of the man himself is on stage, personified by John, who bears a striking physical resemblance to Jimi. areyou-experienced.co.uk Counterfeit Stones

Like this? Try this: 2 March

Hazel O’Connor

Like this? Try this: 7 March

Sara Pascoe Date: Thursday 30 March, 8pm LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING Tickets: £12 After publishing a book exploring the evolution of the female body, comedian Sara Pascoe now considers further issues – will pornography lead to our extinction? Are humans naturally bad? How do we become better? Do we really have to die, and gulp, should she have a baby? Sara has appeared on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Have I Got News for You?, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and a load of other programmes that can’t be listed due to word count restrictions. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) sarapascoe.com Chris Ramsey

Like this? Try this: 11 March

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Woburn Sands Band Date: Saturday 1 April, 2pm Tickets: £12, under-16s £5

Lee Hurst: Comedy Show No.9 Date: Saturday 1 April, 8pm Tickets: £17.50

Lee Hurst is back on the road again with his hit 2016 stand-up show Comedy Show No.9. It’s a show, it’s the ninth one and it’s comedy. What else do you need to know? Come along for a night of laughs with that bald bloke you thought was dead. (May contain strong language and adult material, suitable for 16+) leehurst.com Rory Bremner

Like this? Try this: 10 April

Fay Hield is “one of folk music’s most pre-eminent modern voices” (MOJO magazine) and was the brains behind The Full English, an academic project that she transformed into an award-winning show. Join Fay and her band for an engaging exploration of the repertoire of the English tradition. At times sparse and contemplative, at others fired-up with a spirit-lifting rhythm and plenty of rousing choruses, the music is both captivating and thought-provoking. fayhield.com

JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

Promoted by Woburn Sands Band

Date: Sunday 2 April, 8pm Tickets: £17.50

APRIL

As usual Woburn Sands Band’s programme will run the gamut from big band sounds to classical, jazz and pop, and arrangements of some of your best-loved melodies, all in one show. The programme may reflect the date, too… Come along for some true family entertainment from your favourite local brass band, with soloists from the band featured in this, the 59th concert in the Drakeloe series.

Fay Hield & the Hurricane Party

Sam Sweeney’s Made

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Manu Delago Date: Monday 3 April, 8pm Tickets: £12.50

Celebrated Hang player Manu Delago released Metromonk, his third solo album, in January. It finds this boundary-testing artist exploring extremes of dynamics and mood, manipulating the Hang in experimental and inventive ways. This latest release builds on an illustrious spell for Manu, whose ambitious 2015 LP Silver Kobalt won over tastemakers from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Ravenscroft and Don Letts to Radio 2’s Alex Lester, Nitin Sawhney and Jamie Cullum (who snapped him up for a Maida Vale session). manudelago.com Sklamberg & The Shepherds

Like this? Try this: 26 March

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Lucy Stevens & Elizabeth Marcus: Shakespeare in Song APRIL

Date: Tuesday 4 April, 8pm Tickets: £14.50

JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM

William Shakespeare’s plays and poetry have inspired the finest composers. Accompanied by pianist Elizabeth Marcus, contralto Lucy Stevens explores love, lust, power and decay through four centuries of Shakespeare in song. Traditional Elizabethan settings are performed alongside timeless arrangements by Purcell, Quilter, Finzi, Schubert and Haydn. shakespeareinsong.com Emma Johnson’s Clarinet

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CLASSICAL SUPPER

Make your evening complete by enjoying a pre-concert Classical Supper. Two courses for £16 or three for £20 (vegetarian options available). Advance booking is essential – to reserve a table, call the box office.

Andy Parsons: Peak Bulls**t

Tony Momrelle

Date: Wednesday 5 April, 8pm Tickets: £15

Date: Thursday 6 April, 8pm Tickets: £15

Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. Put on your lucky pants and your party shoes – and get yourself on a night out. We could all use a laugh. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) andyparsons.co.uk

One of the UK’s most significant and exciting soulful singer-songwriters, Tony Momrelle is able to mix styles from soul to jazz to rhythm’n’blues in exciting and extraordinary ways. Tony’s career took off in 1991 when he was ‘discovered’ by Gloria Estefan. Since then he’s been touring the world with the biggest and the best including Sir Elton John, Take That and most recently Sade. Tony’s 2015 album Keep Pushing reached number one on the UK soul charts. tonymomrelle.com

Rory Bremner

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Ruby Turner

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Brian Kennedy: The Essential Collection

Moya Brennan

Like this? Try this: 30 May

In this very special and intimate evening, audiences will be treated to Georgie Fame’s hits alongside music from the artists who have influenced him – all interspersed with personal stories and anecdotes from his incredible career. With his much-loved blend of jazz and rhythm’n’blues, Georgie has consistently worked in the highest musical circles and has become a true icon of the British music scene. georgiefame.absoluteelsewhere.net

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Renowned Irish singer Brian Kennedy is probably best known as the lead vocalist with Van Morrison’s Blues & Soul Revue. He was also the lead singing performer in Riverdance on Broadway in a specially created role at the request of the composer Bill Whelan. Brian has shared the stage with an extraordinary list of legends including Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Buckley, Eddi Reader, Boy George and Sting. briankennedy.co.uk

Date: Sunday 9 April, 8pm Tickets: £22

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Date: Friday 7 April, 8pm Tickets: £17.50

Georgie Fame

Gerry Cross the Mersey

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The Rat Pack

with special guest Anita Harris

Date: Saturday 8 April, 8pm Tickets: £25 & £22.50

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David Alacey (Lovejoy and Inspector Alleyn), Des Coleman (Lenny on Eastenders and The One Show) and Paul Drakeley (Inside Out) star as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr. and Dean Martin in the original Rat Pack show. Now celebrating its 20th record-breaking year, this fabulous evening recreates the style and excitement of the Las Vegas heyday and includes all the great hits: My Way, Mr Bojangles, New York, New York and Come Fly With Me! Liza Pulman Sings Streisand

Like this? Try this: 5 May

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Rory Bremner: Partly Political Date: Monday 10 April, 8pm Tickets: £20

Britain’s best-known satirical impressionist is back! With Trump, Boris and Brexit still fresh in the memory, Rory Bremner is on a mission to make sense (and nonsense) of it all. He will be joined by special surprise guests: some politicians, some comedians. Come and work out which is which! (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) Ayesha Hazarika

Like this? Try this: 1 June

YolanDa Brown: Reggae Love Songs Date: Tuesday 11 April, 8pm Tickets: £17.50 Double MOBO Award winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown is back on the road with her new show paying tribute to reggae greats including Bob Marley, John Holt and Dennis Brown. YolanDa is one of the UK’s most exciting and in-demand live performers and has toured with The Temptations, Errol Brown, Courtney Pine and Diana Krall. Her debut album April Showers May Flower peaked at number one on the iTunes and Amazon jazz charts. yolandabrown.co.uk Courtney Pine featuring Omar

Like this? Try this: 18 May

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Feast of Fiddles Date: Wednesday 12 April, 8pm Tickets: £19

Feast of Fiddles embark on their 24th annual spring tour to coincide with the release of their seventh CD. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle-playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. feastoffiddles.co.uk The Fureys

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The Temperance Seven Date: Thursday 13 April, 8pm Tickets: £18 Who could have predicted that a band that hit the charts 50 years ago with a song and style that were already 40 years out of date would still be around in 2017, playing the same style of music? The main difference now is that the band has a vast repertoire... jazz classics from the past, original compositions, novelty numbers… so whatever your taste in jazz, The Temperance Seven will play it for you! thetemperanceseven.co.uk Dutch Swing College Band

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Lindisfarne Date: Friday 14 April, 8pm Tickets: £27.50 & £25

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Al Stewart: Back to the Bedsit tour Date: Saturday 15 April, 8pm LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING Tickets: £37.50

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Lindisfarne emerged from Tyneside in the 1970s and quickly carved out a unique place for themselves as one of British rock’s most original bands. Their pioneering sound, combining acoustic instruments such as the mandolin and fiddle with their electric blues roots, proved the perfect medium to deliver catchy, memorable songs. Their first hit, Meet Me On The Corner, paved the way for Fog On The Tyne to become the UK’s top-selling album of 1972. lindisfarne.com

An Audience with Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe Date: Tuesday 18 April, 7.30pm Tickets: £28

Al Stewart has been writing and singing songs for more than 50 years. His professional career spans four decades and he found stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the 1960s and 70s. Tonight Al will be playing acoustic versions from his musical catalogue going all the way back to his debut album Bedsitter Images. He will be accompanied by his long-time collaborator Dave Nachmanoff and joined by guitarist Tim Renwick. alstewart.com Leo Sayer

Like this? Try this: 16 May

Strictly’s favourite couple are back with a bang following their first successful UK tour. Ian and Natalie have developed a whole new show with newly choreographed routines of their favourite ballroom and Latin dances. This dance spectacular will provide full-on entertainment and will transport you to a place full of wonderful moments. Limited post-show Meet & Greet tickets are available at £20 (must be bought in conjunction with show tickets) – call the box office to book. audiencewith.co.uk Promoted by Aspire Media Productions

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Police Dog Hogan

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Date: Wednesday 19 April, 8pm Tickets: £16

The Dire Straits Experience featuring Dire Straits former members Chris White (saxophone) and Chris Witten (drums)

Date: Friday 21 & Saturday 22 April, 8pm Tickets: £32.50

Police Dog Hogan formed in 2009, a loose collection of friends who over the years had written and performed in a variety of guises and came together out of a simple desire to make music again. This high-energy and eclectic eightpiece band combines fiddle, banjo, trumpet, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout fourpart harmonies to create an exuberant fusion of country, pop, folk and rocking urban bluegrass. policedoghogan.com Pete Brown and the

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It was against the backdrop of a two-decade break since Dire Straits disbanded that members of the band formed The Straits for a charity show in 2011. By the time The Straits ended, three and a half years later, the band had played more than 150 shows in 25 countries. The journey continues in The Dire Straits Experience – come and re-live the hits including Sultans of Swing, Brothers In Arms, Money For Nothing and Walk of Life. direstraitsexperience.com G2 Genesis

Like this? Try this: 19 & 20 May

An Evening with Ian McCulloch Date: Thursday 20 April, 8pm Tickets: £19.50 Formed in Liverpool in 1978, Echo & the Bunnymen grew to become one of the UK’s most popular indie rock bands, responsible for hit albums and singles including The Cutter, Seven Seas, Bring on the Dancing Horses and The Killing Moon. In this rare solo performance iconic front man Ian McCulloch will perform stripped-down versions of classic Bunnymen tracks as well as songs from his own solo catalogue. bunnymen.com Marc Almond

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Tina May & James Pearson (please note change of line-up) Date: Sunday 23 April, 11.30am Tickets: £12 International jazz singer Tina May teams up with virtuoso pianist James Pearson for a celebration of jazz divas (plus a few divos) for a brunch date at The Stables. Tina’s recent release with Enrico Pieranunzi celebrated Chet Baker while her brand new release celebrates the great Mark Murphy. tinamay.com Jay Phelps Quartet

Like this? Try this: 21 May


John Coghlan’s Quo featuring John Coghlan: The Heartbeat of Quo

Gerry Cross The Mersey Date: Wednesday 26 April, 8pm Tickets: £24

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Spend an evening with one of the great musical icons of the 1960s. Gerry and The Pacemakers topped both the UK and US charts for the majority of the decade and were the first band to have their first three records top the charts. In this fabulous show you’ll be able to enjoy all of Gerry’s greatest hits including How Do You Do It, I Like It, You’ll Never Walk Alone and many more. gerryandthepacemakers.co.uk

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John Coghlan was the drummer with Status Quo for more than a decade. After leaving Quo in 1981, he put together new bands Diesel and Stranger, before forming John Coghlan’s Quo during the late 1990s. The current line-up consists of John on drums with Baz Barry, Mick Hughes from NWOBHM boogie band Predatür and Rick Chase completing the lineup. If you enjoy a combination of long-lost classic album tracks with a mixture of Quo’s greatest hits, all delivered with a 70s vibe, then a John Coghlan’s Quo gig is a must. johncoghlan.com/jcq.html

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Date: Sunday 23 April, 8pm Tickets: £16.50

Brian Poole and The Tremeloes

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Keston Cobblers Club Date: Tuesday 25 April, 8pm Tickets: £15

become a friend Folk-pop five-piece Keston Cobblers Club are touring the UK to celebrate the release of their new album, Almost Home. As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting – it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With brand new music on the way, the band continues to delight audiences across the country. kestoncobblers.club

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Jake & Elwood: The Best Blues Brothers Show – Ever!

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Date: Saturday 29 April, 8pm Tickets: £23

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Jake & Elwood return to The Stables and invite you to spend an evening in Chicago as they explode onto the stage with their soul and rhythm’n’blues extravaganza. Backed by the dynamic Black Rhino Band, the boys romp their way through all your favourite tunes from the Blues Brothers’ first film as well as songs from their much-loved albums. jakeandelwood.co.uk Mud Morganfield

Like this? Try this: 19 March

Dillie Keane Date: Thursday 27 April, 8pm Tickets: £25 & £23

Dillie Keane takes a short break from her Fascinating Aïda gal pals to present her first solo show in 558 years. With some brand new songs, some grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love and songs of disgraceful filth, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) dilliekeane.com Rory Bremner

Like this? Try this: 10 April

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Eddi Reader

with support from Adam Holmes Date: Sunday 30 April, 8pm Tickets: £25 While the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets Eddi Reader apart is the depth and quality of her emotional performance. Eddi’s rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. eddireader.co.uk S  eth Lakeman

Like this? Try this: 5 March

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Date: Wednesday 3 May, 8pm Tickets: £18.50

Kansas Smitty’s House Band start 2017 with two critically acclaimed albums to their name and a third on the way. Moving through sounds of swing, blues, rhythm’n’blues, New Orleans second line and gospel, this group of selfprofessed ‘jazz-addicted twenty-somethings’ have earned their well-deserved reputation as one of the best live acts around. The band sold out every headline show they played in 2016, including Bath International Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe and Shoreditch Town Hall.

Direct from success in London’s West End, a soldout UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back on the road. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th anniversary celebration features a full live band performing all the hits, including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed! thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com

Ben Waters Big Band

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The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Date: Monday 1 May, 8pm Tickets: £17.50

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Kast off Kinks

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Mor Karbasi Date: Tuesday 2 May, 8pm Tickets: £15 Israeli singer Mor Karbasi burst onto the global world music scene in 2008 with the release of her first album and has continued to delight audiences with her truly exceptional voice. Mor’s music intertwines Sephardic-Moroccan repertoire with her own compositions in Ladino, Spanish and Hebrew, resulting in an evening as emotional as fado, as enchanting as flamenco, as spicy as melancholic Turkish folk and as mysterious as a Jewish fairy tale. morkarbasi.com Sklamberg & the Shepherds

Like this? Try this: 26 March

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Ultimate Bowie

Date: Friday 5 May, 8pm Tickets: £19.50

Date: Saturday 6 May, 8pm Tickets: £21.50

Liza Pulman, acclaimed singer and comedienne with Fascinating Aïda, celebrates the songs of the great Barbra Streisand with her sixpiece band, the Stardust Ensemble. Alongside renowned musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza brings you glorious new arrangements and orchestrations of these now legendary songs. Expect the much-loved classics Evergreen, The Way We Were, New York State Of Mind, Second Hand Rose and many more in a packed 90-minute show. lizapulman.com

Ultimate Bowie pays tribute to the work of this global superstar in a show that is both visually stunning and vocally impressive. Ed Blaney takes the spotlight and leads an eight-piece band that takes you from David Bowie’s early years with hits such as Starman, through his remarkable career to songs including Let’s Dance, China Girl and many more. ultimatebowie.uk

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The Rat Pack

The Cavern Beatles

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Emma Johnson’s Clarinet Goes to Town Date: Sunday 7 May, 8pm Tickets: £17.50 Accompanied by John Lenehan (piano) and Paul Clarvis (drums), Emma Johnson explores the roots of American jazz while paying tribute to some of the greatest clarinettists of all time including Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Emma’s irresistibly jazzy new programme shows off an altogether sassier side of her personality. emmajohnson.co.uk Mark Crooks Quartet

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Make your evening complete by enjoying a pre-concert Classical Supper. Two courses for £16 or three for £20 (vegetarian options available). Advance booking is essential – to reserve a table, please call the box office.

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The Cavern Beatles

Lankum

Date: Tuesday 9 May, 8pm Tickets: £20

Date: Wednesday 10 May, 8pm Tickets: £17.50

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The Cavern Beatles are widely regarded as being as close to the real thing as it’s possible to get and are the only Beatles band fully endorsed and licensed by Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club. As ambassadors of ‘the most famous club in the world’, they once again recreate the music that has now influenced three generations. cavernbeatles.com

Formerly known as Lynched, Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. lynchedmusic.com Skerryvore

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The Kast off Kinks

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The Kast Off Kinks Date: Thursday 11 May, 8pm Tickets: £17.50

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A welcome return for The Kast Off Kinks who were put together in 1994 by Mick Avory, original drummer with The Kinks. This great line-up also features John Dalton (bass/vocals with the band in the 1960s and 70s), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/ vocals in the 1980s and 90s and still with Ray Davies) and Dave Clarke, formerly of the Beach Boys. Expect all the hits including You Really Got Me, Tired of Waiting, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Dead End Street and Waterloo Sunset. kastoffkinks.co.uk From The Jam Acoustic

Like this? Try this: 17 May

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Dutch Swing College Band

Date: Friday 12 May, 8pm Tickets: £18.50

Date: Saturday 13 May, 8pm Tickets: £21.50 & £19.50

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Hackney Colliery Band

Influenced as much by the world of contemporary rock and electronica as by jazz and global brass, Hackney Colliery Band stand out in a music landscape increasingly populated by brass bands. A New Orleans-style line-up of trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and two drummers, and a name that pays homage to the British brass heritage, all demonstrate that Hackney Colliery Band are rooted in tradition while sounding thoroughly modern. hackneycollieryband.co.uk Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Like this? Try this: 1 May

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The Stables is delighted to welcome back the worldfamous Dutch Swing College Band which boasts a vibrant line-up dedicated to keeping alive its unique and exciting music. The repertoire includes traditional favourites, some fine originals and Ellington and Basie tunes, all coupled with a true sense of genius. Come and join us for a memorable evening of highly charged jazz. dsc.nl The Temperance Seven

Like this? Try this: 13 April

Cherry Lee Mewis & Dani Wilde double bill Date: Sunday 14 May, 8pm Tickets: £14.50 Cherry Lee Mewis is a fivefoot-nothing, power-house singersongwriter who, together with her band, produces a unique sound described as having dashes of ragtime, country blues, a couple of blades of bluegrass and a pinch of Americana. 2017 sees the release of Cherry’s BBC Sessions EP. 2015 British Blues Award winner Dani Wilde burst onto the international blues scene in 2007, opening for Jools Holland at The Royal Albert Hall and signing to prestigious blues record label Ruf Records. Having worked alongside blues and soul royalty from Mike Vernon to Pee Wee Ellis, and with four studio albums under her belt, Dani has earned a reputation as a world-class singer and songwriter. cherryleemewis.com daniwilde.com Sarri Schorr & The

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Leo Sayer: Live in Concert

Courtney Pine

Date: Tuesday 16 May, 8pm Tickets: £30; meet and greet tickets £75 (includes concert ticket)

Date: Thursday 18 May, 8pm Tickets: £27.50 & £25

Al Stewart

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From The Jam Acoustic: That’s Entertainment Date: Wednesday 17 May, 8pm Tickets: £23

Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is a British-born jazz giant. He has remained at the forefront of the UK jazz scene, integrating modern British sounds including drum’n’bass and UK garage alongside soul, hip-hop and deep-rooted influences from across the Caribbean. For his latest project, he returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade and features the vocal talents of UK soul star Omar, whose 1992 hit single There’s Nothing Like This established a truly unique and instantly recognisable sound. courtney-pine.com

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Following the success of his 2015 Restless Years tour, British music legend Leo Sayer is returning to the UK for another series of concerts. Known the world over for song classics including Thunder In My Heart, Moonlighting, One Man Band and I Can’t Stop Loving You, Leo is very excited to be back in his home country and looking forward to giving his audience a highenergy concert of his greatest hits. leosayer.com

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YolanDa Brown

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G2 Genesis Date: Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May, 8pm Tickets: £23.50 (£22 if both nights booked in the same transaction)

From The Jam, featuring former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton and guitarist Russell Hastings, bring their tour to The Stables. This special show will see the band perform acoustic versions of a selection of songs from The Jam’s extensive back catalogue. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear those songs in a stripped-down setting. fromthejamofficial.com Sensation: The Music of The Who

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G2 Definitive Genesis play Genesis music from across the 1970s, tending towards the fourman era. Peter Gabriel had just left the band and a relatively unknown Phil Collins stepped up to the microphone. Take a little trip back... g2online.co.uk Magic: A Kind of ELO

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Snakecharmer

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Date: Thursday 25 May, 8pm Tickets: £22.50

Jay Phelps Quartet Date: Sunday 21 May, 11.30am Tickets: £12 Trumpeter Jay Phelps is a Vancouver-born Canadian with an instantly recognisable warm and projecting tone. His quartet is dedicated to contemporary jazz music, their sets mixing up Jay’s original compositions with arrangements of jazz standards. jayphelpsmusic.net Tina May & James Pearson

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John Verity

Jon Gomm

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Date: Wednesday 24 May, 8pm Tickets: £16 Based in Leeds Jon Gomm is an acoustic singersongwriter with a revolutionary virtuoso guitar style, where he uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and twisting melodies all at the same time. His live shows combine deeply personal performances and a natural wit, with a once seen, never forgotten two-handed guitar style, both physical and complex, producing sounds people can barely believe are coming from a humble acoustic guitar. jon.gomm.com Daryl Kellie & John Hart

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Six of the UK’s most highly-regarded rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer. Original Whitesnake member Neil Murray has teamed up with Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne), Chris Ousey (Heartland) and new member Simon McBride to bring you twin-guitar-based rock as it should be played. With a live set featuring material from their critically acclaimed Snakecharmer album along with a bunch of Whitesnake classics, Snakecharmer are the genuine article. snakecharmer.org

Panic Room Date: Friday 26 May, 8pm Tickets: £17.50 Panic Room bring their breathtaking new album and live show to The Stables as part of a major 2017 tour. The release of their stunning Live in London DVD has boosted the band’s international profile, securing their reputation as one of the best live bands in Britain today. Expect to hear an explosion of brand new music, along with the iconic anthems the band are famous for – all performed with passion, power and superb musicianship. panicroom.org.uk Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson

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Dr Dee’s Daughter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Brother Strut Date: Sunday 28 May, 8pm Tickets: £23

Mozart for Mini Maestros

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Tom Allen & Suzi Ruffell Hit The Road

As individuals they have performed on records that have accumulated more than 5,000,000 sales – as a collective they form Brother Strut, the critically acclaimed funk and soul band. Peerless showmen as well as musicians, Brother Strut pride themselves on their ability to deliver unparalleled live shows, inspired by the music they love: funk, blues and American soul music of the 1960s and 70s. brotherstrut.com

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A new familyfriendly show featuring live recorder consort music and handmade puppets. In 1595, Dr John Dee, alchemist, astronomer and magician, relocates to draughty Manchester College. While he is immersed in study, his daughter Katherine reads about his abandoned quest to discover the Philosopher’s Stone, the Elixir of Life… Join us for magic, music and mischief in this exciting blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. palisanderrecorders.com rustandstardustproductions.co.uk

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Date: Saturday 27 May, 2.30pm Tickets: £10; under-16s £8; family of four £32

Tony Momrelle

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Moya Brennan Date: Tuesday 30 May, 8pm Tickets: £19.50

Date: Saturday 27 May, 8pm Tickets: £12 Join two of comedy’s rising stand-up stars and the hosts of hit podcast Like Minded Friends as they embark on their double-header UK tour. Both fresh from the Edinburgh Festival as well as supporting their comedy peers and idols, Tom Allen (support for Sarah Millican) and Suzi Ruffell (Josh Widdicombe, Alan Carr and Kevin Bridges) now take their hotly anticipated new shows on the road. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) tomindeed.com suziruffell.dreamhosters.com Chris Ramsey

Like this? Try this: 11 March

When Bono stated recently, “I think she has one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced”, he was heralding what many people already know about Moya Brennan. The Voice of Clannad sings like nothing you’ve ever heard before so it makes sense that Moya’s live solo show should be such a rich and moving experience. Tonight’s performance will feature material from both her solo albums as well as from her Clannad days. moyabrennan.com Eddi Reader

Like this? Try this: 30 April

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Ben Waters Big Band

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Date: Thursday 1 June, 8pm Tickets: £17.50 Ben Waters had an unbelievable 2016, performing in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Argentina, Uruguay, the US, Europe and Scandinavia. At a special ceremony in London he was presented with an award by none other than Jools Holland for being the best Boogie Woogie Pianist in Europe. There were some really memorable times including concerts with Jools, members of the Rolling Stones and Kiki Dee. Come and enjoy Ben and some of the UK’s finest boogie players just having a ball. benwaters.com Nine Below Zero

Like this? Try this: 4 March

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes Date: Friday 2 June, 8pm Tickets: £23.50

It’s 54 years ago since Brian Poole & The Tremeloes recorded their first record. Former members Brian Poole, Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes and Dave Munden are back together again, performing all the band’s classic hits including Twist And Shout, Do You Love Me, Silence Is Golden and (Call Me) Number One. Backing will be provided by hit recording stars Vanity Fare so don’t miss this great evening of Swinging Sixties nostalgia. Gerry Cross The Mersey

Like this? Try this: 26 April

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Pete Brown & The Newgrass Cutters Date: Saturday 3 June, 8pm Tickets: £16.50

Pete Brown’s wonderfully talented bluegrass band The Newgrass Cutters are embarking on their third UK tour. Along with Pete, son of rock’n’roll legend Joe Brown, the band features the same superb musicians who tour with Joe at his sell-out gigs, including the incredible Nashville recording artist and banjo/mandolin virtuoso Richard Collins, Mike Nichols on bass and drummer and singer Phil Capaldi. newgrasscutters.com Police Dog Hogan

Like this? Try this: 19 April

The Zombies

in aid of the Fred Roche Foundation Date: Sunday 4 June, 8pm Tickets: £25

Iconic British pop legends The Zombies return to celebrate the release of their latest Billboardcharting album Still Got That Hunger. Led by founding members Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, the line-up also features bassist Jim Rodford, Steve Rodford on drums and guitarist Tom Toomey. This concert is in aid of The Fred Roche Foundation which aims to keep Milton Keynes’ spirit of creative exploration, innovation and strength of vision alive, and to celebrate the life and achievements of Fred Roche who played such a seminal role in the creation of the city. thezombiesmusic.com fredroche.org


The Northern Soul Tour Date: Saturday 10 June, 8pm Tickets: £22.50

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Date: Friday 9 June, 8pm Tickets: £22

Showaddywaddy have long been established as Europe’s most successful exponents of retro-inspired rock’n’roll. The record speaks for itself: 23 hit singles, including Under The Moon of Love, When, You Got What It Takes, 3 Steps To Heaven and Hey Rock & Roll, as well as 15 massive-selling albums. After more than 40 incredible years, rock’n’roll music is truly alive and kicking in the hands of this amazing band. showaddywaddy.net Leo Sayer

Sam Sweeney’s Made in the Great War Date: Sunday 11 June, 8pm Tickets: £21.50

Showaddywaddy

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The Three Degrees

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The late, great Edwin Starr’s band The Team and special guest Northern Soul legend Lorraine Silver perform soul and Motown hits including Agent 00 Soul, 25 Miles, Stop Her On Sight, Landslide, War, Eye To Eye Contact and many more. Angelo Starr (Edwin’s brother) has taken over on lead vocals, performing all the fantastic Edwin Starr classics and some great northern soul covers. Lorraine recorded Lost Summer Love, still a massive favourite on the northern soul and Scooter scene. theteam-online.co.uk

In 2009 Sam Sweeney, fiddle player with Bellowhead, bought a violin in Oxford. It had all the appearance of a new instrument but the label inside gave the date 1915 and the name Richard S Howard. Research revealed that the violin had been made – but never finished – by a luthier and some-time music-hall performer from Leeds called Richard Spencer Howard. He had been conscripted in 1915 at the age of 35 and two years later was killed during the battle of Messines Ridge. His violin had been left unfinished in his workshop and was finally finished by luthier Roger Claridge in 2007. The fiddle was then placed in the window of an Oxford music shop where it was spotted by Sam. The show brings the reality of the First World War vividly to life through the eyes of an ordinary man, his family and his comrades using story, music and film as well as playing the actual fiddle that Richard Howard started but never had the chance to finish. madeinthegreatwar.com Fay Hield & the Hurricane Party

Like this? Try this: 2 April

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Date: Tuesday 13 June, 8pm Tickets: £16.50 Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord are one of the leading names in Québecois folk music, performing original songs inspired from their tradition. The group never fail to delight crowds with their glorious mix of fiddle and foot-tapping, guitar, accordion, piano, bass, hurdy-gurdy and wonderful four-part harmonies. leventdunord.com

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Le Vent du Nord

Keston Cobblers Club

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Graeme of Thrones

The Searchers

Date: Wednesday 14 June, 8pm Tickets: £19.50

Date: Thursday 15 June, 8pm Tickets: £24

In this critically-acclaimed theatrical journey through the Seven Kingdoms, avid Thrones fan Graeme just wants to recreate his favourite fantasy saga on stage. He doesn’t quite have the same budget as the TV show, but when news reaches him that an influential theatrical producer is in the building, Graeme decides that this could be his big break – as long as nothing goes wrong... Having started life in London’s West End, the show has since been seen around the world. graemeofthrones.com

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The Searchers’ remarkable career continues. With classic hits including Sweets For My Sweet, Needles and Pins, Don’t Throw Your Love Away and When You Walk In The Room, they have made an enormous contribution to establishing the UK as the music industry’s leading nation. Their solo concert is a highly entertaining show that has been enthusiastically and warmly received around the world. Along with anecdotes and reminiscences, the evening includes all their famous hits, plus many album recordings, B-sides and other well-known favourites. the-searchers.co.uk Brian Poole & the Tremeloes

Like this? Try this: 2 June


Magic: A Kind of ELO

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band

Date: Friday 16 June, 8pm Tickets: £21

Date: Wednesday 21 June, 8pm Tickets: £29.50 & £27.50

Magic perform the classic songs of the Electric Light Orchestra with breathtaking precision. Their outstanding vocal and musical talents are augmented by Dave Chapman, a sensational keyboard player who reproduces the complex orchestral sounds that are an integral part of the ELO legend, making this concert a must for all lovers of great music and harmony.

As leader of 1970s British rock legends Mott The Hoople, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock‘n’roll’s most compelling performers, as well as one of its most articulate songwriters. And as author of such immortal anthems as All The Way From Memphis, Once Bitten and Cleveland Rocks, he remains a hero to fellow musicians and fans around the world. September 2016 saw two releases, a brand new studio album – Fingers Crossed – which gave Ian his first UK chart entry since 1976, and a 30 CD career-spanning box set – Stranded In Reality. ianhunter.com

G2 Genesis

John Coghlan’s Quo

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Richard Durrant & Ismael Ledesma Date: Tuesday 20 June, 8pm Tickets: £15 Renowned guitarist Richard Durrant is a leading performer of the music of Paraguayan composer Agustin Barrios while Ismael Ledesma is one of Paraguay’s leading harpists. An official cultural ambassador for the country, he will be in the UK following solo performances in South America, Japan, Spain and Korea. This concert is a chance to witness a unique collaboration by two instrumental stars performing a riveting combination of virtuoso solos and duets. richarddurrant.com ismaelledesma.com J eff Lang

Like this? Try this: 28 April

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Sensation: The Music of The Who Date: Friday 23 June, 8pm Tickets: £18.50

Sensation hit the road to celebrate the music of timeless British band The Who with a unique concert. Book your tickets now for an amazing musical journey… from My Generation to Who are You via Tommy and Quadrophenia, all performed with maximum rhythm’n’blues. From the team that brought you the five-star production of Tommy at London’s Greenwich Theatre, the show promises a night of non-stop hits from one of the most influential bands of all time. From The Jam Acoustic

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Cara Date: Sunday 25 June, 8pm Tickets: £17.50 Cara features four of Germany’s finest traditional musicians and Scottish singersongwriter and pianist Kim Edgar. The band performs an innovative blend of old and new material along with traditional and folk-pop stylings. Winners of two Irish Music Awards, Cara have toured the United States seven times and have played the main stages at the Milwaukee Irish Fest, Kansas City Irish Festival and Dublin Irish Fest. For tonight’s concert they will be showcasing material from their fifth studio album, Yet We Sing. cara-music.com Skerryvore

Like this? Try this: 12 March

Sax Appeal Date: Friday 30 June, 8pm Tickets: £16.50

John Verity Date: Saturday 24 June, 8pm Tickets: £16 John Verity has enjoyed a varied and amazing career, supporting rock luminaries such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who. For his performance at The Stables John will be accompanied by Bob Skeat (Wishbone Ash) on bass and drummer Liam James Gray. The show will feature tracks from John’s current album My Religion together with old favourites from previous JV albums. johnverity.com Albert Lee

Like this? Try this: 9 March

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Sax Appeal brings together five of the UK’s finest sax players supported by a first-class rhythm section. The band will be performing an exciting evening of jazz, blues and funk along with original compositions by its leader Derek Nash. The ensemble has received both British Jazz (Small Group) and John Dankworth Awards. Derek is an award-winning saxophonist in his own right and received the British Jazz Award for best CD in 2012. saxappeal.co.uk YolanDa Brown

Like this? Try this: 11 April

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Stage 2 is the ideal place to catch a star of tomorrow on their way up or enjoy more established artists experimenting with new material. With a capacity of just 80 for most gigs, there’s always an intimate and relaxed feel to proceedings.

The Stables’ second performance space; intimate, relaxed and informal

STAGE 2

stage 2

Stage 2 hosts around 120 concerts each year of all shapes and sizes – folk, rock, blues and much more besides – along with a good smattering of comedy and theatre nights. So come and hear the latest new music and comedy, relax and enjoy a drink with friends!

Just some of the artists who have performed in Stage 2 in recent years...

Moulettes

Lee Nelson

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Chris Cleverley

Date: Wednesday 1 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £15

Date: Saturday 4 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

STAGE 2

MARCH

Lisbee Stainton

Singer-songwriter Lisbee Stainton has 19 years of songwriting under her belt. She has also released four studio albums and performed all over the UK, Europe and Scandinavia supporting artists including Joan Armatrading, Seth Lakeman, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack, Paul Brady and Judy Collins among others. Lisbee is about to release her fifth studio album Then Up which, as well as her own solo writing, contains songs co-written with Eleanor McEvoy, Charlie Dore and Tom Robinson. lisbee.com

Award-winning singer-songwriter Chris Cleverley is renowned for his ability to draw audiences to the edge of their seats with hauntingly delivered tales of ghost women, lonesome clock towers and lovelorn mariners. Chris’s debut album Apparitions sailed into The Telegraph’s top 70 folk albums of 2015. Chris will be bringing his dynamic live solo sound to The Stables for an evening of raw, unashamed lyricism and inventive arrangements of traditional song. chriscleverley.com Claire Hastings

Like this? Try this: 19 March

Eddi Reader

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Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan Date: Friday 3 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £19 Barb Jungr enjoys a formidable reputation as an international live performer and recording artiste. Barb has perfected the art of interpretation to such a level that listeners are often astonished to discover that songs they thought they knew well have been wonderfully transformed when she weaves her magic spell. She has attracted particular acclaim for her work on the songs of Bob Dylan, which has produced two critically acclaimed albums and a series of award-winning transatlantic shows. barbjungr.com Camille O’Sullivan

Like this? Try this: 15 March

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Jon Shenoy’s Draw By Four Date: Tuesday 7 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance/£12 on the door

Manchester guitarists Mike Walker and Draw By Four take the classic 1960s organ quartet into brand new territory. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, the band draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs. The line-up features Jon Shenoy (tenor sax, clarinets), Kristian Borring (guitar), Dave Hamblett (drums) and Will Bartlett (organ). jonshenoy.com Solstice

Like this? Try this: 2 May


Emma Ballantine

Iain Lee Versus Radio

Date: Thursday 9 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Sunday 12 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £15

MARCH STAGE 2

Featured by Q Magazine and tipped by Glamour as ‘One to Watch in 2016’, Emma Ballantine is rapidly gaining recognition for powerful songwriting and a “shapeshifting vocal gift” (Gigslutz). A finalist in the UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year competition, Emma’s music has been played by BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing. She has toured around the UK and Germany, playing at festivals including Glastonbury, Sidmouth Folk Week and Home Farm Festival. emmaballantine.com Ruth Theodore

Like this? Try this: 4 February

Balsamo Deighton Date: Friday 10 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £14

Award-winning radio and TV presenter Iain Lee picks some of the most hilarious moments from the history of the wireless… Why did Nicky Campbell drop himself in it when talking about foxes? What do callers to local radio really think about Boris Johnson, and surely old lady professors know what you can and what you most definitely can’t say on the radio? (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) iainlee.com Rory Bremner

Like this? Try this: 10 April

Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club Date: Wednesday 15 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Americana duo Balsamo Deighton have released their debut album, Unfolding. Respected vocalists, musicians and songwriters in their own right, Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton have joined forces to record a collection of ‘grown-up songs on the human condition’. Influenced by a wealth of classic writers and musicians – from Gram Parsons, Crowded House and Steve Earle to Tom Petty, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Balsamo Deighton’s songs pretty much nod and wink to them all. balsamodeighton.com My Girl The River

Like this? Try this: 27 April

Presenting the comedy stars of tomorrow today! Compere Andrew Bird introduces rising star Hari Sriskantha; headliner is DebraJane Appleby. Line-up may be subject to change. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) Sara Pascoe

Like this? Try this: 30 March

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Ben Glover

Date: Thursday 16 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Tuesday 21 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Pianist and guitarist George Montague is known for entertaining audiences in uplifting song with his versatile vocals. George enhances his live shows by featuring live-looping vocal harmonies and beatboxing, creating remarkable hooks to accompany his abiding melodies. The full richness of his sound can soon be experienced on his ear-catching new album Curiouser and Curiouser George. georgemontague.com

In 2009, Ben Glover relocated to Nashville and immersed himself in Southern culture, exploring locations that were closely associated with the music he grew up listening to. With his latest album Ben continues to search for his place in the world. Co-produced by Ben and Neilson Hubbard, The Emigrant features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier and Tony Kerr) as he addresses the universal theme of immigration. benglover.co.uk

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MARCH

George Montague

Leo Sayer

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Claire Hastings Date: Sunday 19 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Claire Hastings is a folksinger-songwriter originally from Dumfries. In 2015 she won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. Last year saw her release her highly anticipated debut album Between River and Railway as well as embarking on tours throughout Scotland, England and New Zealand. Now based in Glasgow, Claire also sings with The Claire Hastings Band, Top Floor Taivers and in a duo with Robyn Stapleton. clairehastings.com Chris Cleverley

Like this? Try this: 4 March

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My Girl The River

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The FB Pocket Orchestra Date: Wednesday 22 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

The FB Pocket Orchestra takes its listeners back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances of the 1920/30s and earlier. The band’s members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – the FBPO became an ‘official’ project in 2012. Their third album Guerilla Jazz was released in June last year. fbpocketorchestra.co.uk The Temperance Seven

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Kit Holmes

Rackhouse Pilfer

with Al Greenwood

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Bilal Zafar: Cakes Date: Monday 27 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2016 Bilal Zafar brings us his highly anticipated debut show. Join Bilal as he takes you on a hilarious journey of how his Twitter handle, @zafarcakes, became a focal point for the misguided rage of the global far right when it was mistaken for the account of a Muslim-only bakery. Having provoked the outrage of such defenders of Britishness as Katie Hopkins and the Daily Star, Cakes shows how Bilal used humour to respond to the prejudice and abuse increasingly faced by British Muslims today. (May contain strong language and adult content; suitable for 16+) bilalzafarcomedy.com Jonny & the Baptists

Like this? Try this: 8 April

Rackhouse Pilfer are a fiery and exciting band who have been winning rave reviews for their roots blend of Irish Americana. They have been enthralling crowds throughout Ireland, Europe and Nashville and were special guests to Imelda May at Sligo Live, where they were such a big hit with the audience that Imelda invited them to join her for other dates. In 2014 the band were awarded Live Band of the Year by Hot Press and the following year enjoyed a successful tour of Ireland. rackhousepilfer.com

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“Macy Gray meets Nick Drake,” said The Observer. Kit Holmes’ trademark sultry vocals, virtuoso guitar and feisty fiddle playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with John Etheridge. Her blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility have earned her three headline shows at the International Guitar Festival. This tour celebrates 12 years of gigs and will include new material from her fourth CD, You Took The Blues. kitholmes.co.uk

MARCH

Date: Friday 24 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Tuesday 28 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £12

Calan

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Gigspanner Date: Wednesday 29 March, 8.45pm LAST FEW TICKETS REMAINING Tickets: £15

Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion, both of whom are powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right. gigspanner.com Oysters 3

Like this? Try this: 22 March

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MAR / APR STAGE 2

Greg Coulson

Joy Ellis

Date: Friday 31 March, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Tuesday 4 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Greg is already an accomplished and highly respected musician with a track record that includes lengthy spells in the legendary two tone/ska band The Selecter and in the West End as a lead in Close To You: The Burt Bacharach Musical. Tonight he’ll be performing own special, fiery, impassioned brand of rhythm‘n’blues, putting his own stamp on the music of the greats who inspire him – Jerry Lee Lewis, Booker T, Taj Mahal and more. gregcoulson.co.uk Tony Momrelle

Like this? Try this: 6 April

Joy Ellis is a pianist, singer and composer based in London. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama she has toured all over the world playing jazz. Over the past year, Joy has been working on an original album entitled Life On Land. The album reflects her passion for jazz and improvisation, her love of groove and dance music, her classical roots as a pianist and the soulful, poetic aspects of being a singer-songwriter. joyellismusic.com Natasha Seale

Like this? Try this: 6 June

Geoff Achison & Kyla Brox Date: Wednesday 5 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £12.50 in advance, £14 on the door

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Don’t miss this exciting double bill featuring two superb blues artists. Geoff Achison hails from Australia and is known for his energetic live performances and unique guitar mastery. He has been a driving force on the Australian blues/roots scene, inspiring many of his younger compatriots. Kyla Brox is a seven-time British Blues Awards finalist and three-time European Blues Awards nominee, whose 2016 album Throw Away The Blues met with universal acclaim. geoffachison.com kylabrox.com Cherry Lee Mewis & Dani Wilde

Like this? Try this: 14 May

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Tinderbox Date: Thursday 6 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Saturday 8 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

STAGE 2

In their latest show Jonny & the Baptists set out to explore the gap between rich and poor. Their lives turn upside down when Jonny betrays Paddy for financial gain. As Jonny enjoys the highlife with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jerry Hall, Paddy falls into homelessness and despair. These multi-awardnominated musical comedians have appeared on Radio 4’s The Now Show and the BBC’s Live at Television Centre. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) jonnyandthebaptists.co.uk

APRIL

Award-winning contemporary folk trio Tinderbox were formed in 1997 by Dublin-born singersongwriter Monique Houraghan and guitarist-songwriter Dan Tucker. Since 2007, talented multi-instrumentalist Bob Burke has completed the line-up. With five studio albums and one live album under their belts, Tinderbox have amassed an impressive catalogue of self-penned music. Inspired by artists as diverse as James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Counting Crows, the band explores a myriad of themes from war and the environment to friendship and, of course, love. tinderboxacoustic.com

Jonny & the Baptists: Eat the Poor

Bilal Zafar

Sam Carter

Like this? Try this: 27 March

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Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying

Emily Mae Winters Date: Sunday 9 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Friday 7 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door Critically acclaimed musical satirists Bourgeois & Maurice make a triumphant return to The Stables with their out-of-thisworld Edinburgh Fringe smash hit. Digging their shellac nails deep into our post-modern, post-gender, post-Brexit world, the demented duo deliver their most hilarious, scathing and joyfully cynical show yet. Riotous original songs meet hyper-surreal high fashion in this provocative, thought-provoking and hysterical catwalk through the quagmire of current affairs. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) bourgeoisandmaurice.co.uk Miss Hope Springs

Like this? Try this: 14 July

Emily Mae Winters’ powerful voice and haunting songs are quickly permeating the British folk and country scene. With songs touched by influences of Irish folk, country and Americana, Emily’s unique folk blend is turning heads, marking her out as a new leading light in the English countryfolk scene. Building on the substantial success of her first EP, Foreign Waters, released last July, Emily’s debut album Siren Serenade will be released in April. emilymaewinters.com Jenna Witts

Like this? Try this: 16 June

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The Occasional Orchestra

Date: Tuesday 11 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Thursday 13 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

STAGE 2

APRIL

Sam Carter

Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada. Described as “the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation” by Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar or on electric with a full band. His third solo album How The City Sings captures this much-admired singer-songwriter at his most passionate and moving. samcartermusic.co.uk Tinderbox

Like this? Try this: 6 April

Sari Schorr & The Engine Room Date: Wednesday 12 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £12 New York-based Sari Schorr initially gained prominence throughout the blues world after several years of touring the US and Europe with blues legend Joe Louis Walker and renowned guitarist Popa Chubby. Sari has received critical acclaim for her blustery vocals and emotionally charged performances and is described by many blues pundits as a modernday hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. Her new band, The Engine Room, features stunning British guitarist Innes Sibun. sarischorr.com Geoff Achison & Kyla Brox

Like this? Try this: 5 April

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On the back of a busy festival year in 2016, promoting their latest album Clever Bones and now part way through their UK Music to the People tour, the Occasional Orchestra are excited to be showcasing their original indie pop songs at The Stables. With a hint of folk and their sparkling, distinctive harmonies and shear uplifting exuberance, the band knock the spots off a lot of other better known bands treading the circuit. theoccasionalorchestra.co.uk Keston Cobblers Club

Like this? Try this: 25 April

Luke Daniels: Revolve & Rotate Date: Friday 14 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door Described by Acoustic magazine as “an enchanting delight”, award-winning singer and composer Luke Daniels brings his solo show to the stage. Luke uses an original 19th-century Polyphon machine as part of his performance – live, clockwork and sampled sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales and intriguing instrumental music. Luke’s work as a member of the Cara Dillon Band and Riverdance Orchestra sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and music. lukedanielsmusic.com Cara Dillon Christmas Show

Like this? Try this: 1 December


Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club

Andy Parsons

Like this? Try this: 5 April

British folk and roots inspired duo Honey & the Bear combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot-stomping rhythms and catchy melodies. The multiinstrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, mandolin) and Lucy Sampson (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo and percussion), have been writing together since early 2014. 2016 saw the release of their debut EP About Time. honeyandthebear.co.uk

STAGE 2

Presenting the comedy stars of tomorrow today! Compere Andrew Bird introduces rising star Karen Bayley; headliner is Addy van der Borgh. Line-up may be subject to change. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+)

Date: Friday 21 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

APRIL

Date: Wednesday 19 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Honey & The Bear

Stillhouse

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Ruth Theodore Date: Thursday 20 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

The Ponderosa Aces

with support from Ags Connolly Date: Saturday 22 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Ruth Theodore moves almost recklessly between pacey political passages, stomping slide guitar and enchanting piano pieces that conjure the compositional freedom of a young Keith Jarrett, with the timeless qualities of such artists as Carole King and Nina Simone. Ruth’s fourth studio album Cactacus, which she recorded with producer and bassist Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell/Ani Difranco), was released through Aveline Records last year. ruththeodore.com Eddi Reader

Like this? Try this: 30 April

Having built up a strong fan base on the US West Coast and in Texas where, among other venues, they have deputised for Dale Watson and his Lonestars at the famous Big T Roadhouse in St Hedwig, critically acclaimed Californian band The Ponderosa Aces kick off their first ever UK tour at The Stables. Their album Honky Tonkin’ My Life Away continues to pick up sales and airplay on this side of the Atlantic. theponderosaaces.com Charlie Landsborough

Like this? Try this: 10 November

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APR / MAY

Daryl Kellie & Jon Hart: Set Adrift Date: Wednesday 26 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door Set Adrift are a singer-songwriter duo based in and around London. What started off as a collaborative idea to write a few songs on a houseboat resulted in a five-day tour on the River Thames and an album’s worth of material, drawing in influences from fingerstyle, folk and jazz. Daryl Kellie’s vibrant, multi-layered technique is sure to enthral lovers of acoustic blues and jazz, pop and rock alike while Jon Hart is one of the UK’s most versatile singersongwriters, merging virtuoso finger-style guitar with vocal melodies and harmonies. darylkellie.com jonhartmusic.com

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My Girl The River Date: Thursday 27 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Acoustic Americana duo My Girl The River have supported Laura Cantrell, Cale Tyson and most recently international artist Suzanne Vega. Paste magazine gave their “fabulous” debut album 8.1 stars. They return to The Stables for a full night of music and storytelling before their appearance at the legendary Isle of Wight Festival in June. Featuring guest Max Milligan on guitar, Kris Wilkinson Hugheon lead vocals and Joe Hughes on upright bass, tonight’s concert promises to be an intimately beautiful performance. supertinyrecords.com/mgtr Balsamo Deighton

Like this? Try this: 10 March

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Jeff Lang Date: Friday 28 April, 8.45pm Tickets: £15 Jeff Lang is arguably Australia’s most prolific guitarist, having recorded more than 20 albums both in his own right and as part of a series of fascinating collaborations, initially with the late Chris Whitley and more recently with Mamadou Diabate and Bobby Singh. This is his first UK tour in four years and life could have been so much different for him had he not switched from playing clarinet to guitar in his early teens. jefflang.com.au Richard Durrant

Like this? Try this: & Ismael Ledesma 20 June

Solstice Date: Tuesday 2 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Solstice is a jazz ensemble comprising some of the foremost bandleaders and composers emerging from the thriving East London music scene. Having toured extensively with their own projects, this new group was conceived as an opportunity to explore the compositional possibilities inherent in a larger ensemble. The group have a unified sound drawing on influences from Brazil, New York and France while retaining a uniquely British identity. Their debut album Alimentation was released at the end of 2016. solstice-music.co.uk Courtney Pine featuring Omar

Like this? Try this: 18 May


Tankus The Henge

Roxanne de Bastion

Date: Wednesday 3 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Saturday 6 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

MAY STAGE 2

Tankus the Henge are a London-based, fivewheeled, funk-fuelled rock‘n’roll jalopy that comes careering round the corner on a tranquil summer’s day, ruining the silence and disturbing the bats. A band that embodies the sounds of some of the great British acts including The Kinks, The Beatles, The Clash, Blur, SAHB, Small Faces and Led Zeppelin and mixes it up with their American counterparts such as The Doors, The Band and The Meters. tankusthehenge.com The Kast Off Kinks

Like this? Try this: 11 May

Following in the footsteps of the 1960s greats, Roxanne de Bastion is at the forefront of the new singer-songwriter generation: someone with something to say and a musicality to match. Since the release of her debut album The Real Thing in 2013 and her follow up EP in 2014, Roxanne has made a name for herself across Europe. Over the past 12 months, she has toured with The Wainwright Sisters, Thea Gilmore and Ricky Ross and completed her own UK headline tour. roxannedebastion.com Emily Maguire

Like this? Try this: 10 June

Luke Jackson

with special guest Rebecca Loebe Date: Friday 5 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £12.50 With a bold, showstopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke Jackson is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph. Luke released his brand new studio album Tall Tales and Rumours in November last year. Rebecca Loebe is a young American singer-songwriter now making her home in Austin, Texas. lukepauljackson.com rebeccaloebe.com Sam Carter

Like this? Try this: 11 April

Calan

with special guest Dan Wilde Date: Tuesday 9 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £14 Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step-dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high-voltage routines before melting into incredibly beautiful and haunting songs. They explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief. calan-band.com Skerryvore

Like this? Try this: 12 March

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MAY

Geoff Norcott: Conswervative Charlie Dore Date: Thursday 11 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £12

Date: Saturday 13 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £13

A trade unionist’s son who grew up on a council estate, Geoff Norcott is wondering how he ended up leaning to the right – a motley South London upbringing may be the root of his more provocative views. Geoff is one of the most in-demand live comics and TV writers around. You might have seen his name pop up in the credits of any number of top comedy shows, including 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Live At The Apollo, C4’s Alternative Election and many more. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) geoffnorcott.com

An evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters, teams up with multiinstrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span. The pair, friends since they were 16, swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano, autoharp, harmonies and stories as they showcase their brand new album Dark Matter, dip into favourites from the past five albums and share original acoustic versions of hits Charlie has written for others. charliedore.com

Chris Ramsey

Like this? Try this: 11 March

Pearl Handled Revolver Acoustic Date: Friday 12 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Pearl Handled Revolver were brought together by a mutual love of all things gritty, psychedelic and cinematic and a desire to create music uninhibited by considerations of genre, taste or decency. The four-piece take particular solace from the engulfing vibes of Tom Waits, the hypnotic edgy groove of The Doors and the leftfield modern guile and drive of Queens Of The Stone Age. Their third album If The Devil Cast His Net was released in April last year. pearlhandledrevolver.co.uk Snakecharmer

Like this? Try this: 25 May

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Al Stewart

Like this? Try this: 15 April

Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club Date: Wednesday 17 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Presenting the comedy stars of tomorrow today! Compere Andrew Bird introduces rising star Mark Smith; headliner is Christian Reilly. Line-up may be subject to change. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) Rory Bremner

Like this? Try this: 10 April

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Scott Gibson:

Eleanor McEvoy Date: Thursday 18 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £13 in advance, £15 on the door

Paolo Morena

Jonny & the Baptists

Like this? Try this: 8 April

Date: Friday 19 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door lf you thought you’d seen and heard it all, musicwise, you’d better prepare for Paolo Morena: his livelooping approach to performance, combined with an astonishing talent for turning out catchy, beautiful, perfectly-crafted songs, is something to behold. Hovering somewhere between gigging and performance art, Paolo’s shows are a masterclass in holding an audience spellbound. The live-looping technique requires the musician to record and play back his own performance as he goes along, so a one-man band can be transformed into anything, from a quartet to a symphony orchestra! paolomorena.com George Montague

Like this? Try this: 16 March

One summer, Scott Gibson returned from a friend’s stag weekend in Blackpool and his brain exploded – he had suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. So, Scott did what any self-respecting Glaswegian man would do: he went back to bed and slept for four days, eventually waking up to discover he was now blind in one eye. Life After Death tells the story of the three weeks that changed Scott’s life forever. A darkly hysterical and inspiring show, delivered with the trademark filthy charisma that Scott has rapidly become renowned for, Life After Death is about overcoming insurmountable odds and how comedy can bring you back to life. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) scottgibsoncomedy.co.uk

STAGE 2

Brian Kennedy

Like this? Try this: 7 April

Date: Saturday 20 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £10

MAY

She walks in a single pool of light; the stage is set with her electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, piano and a small amp – Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy continues her Naked… Live tour. Eleanor’s new album is entitled Naked Music and Naked… Live sees this exploration of the best of her catalogue in the simple engaging starkness of her own performance. eleanormcevoy.com

Life After Death

Rik van den Bosch Date: Friday 26 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door Rik van den Bosch writes, sings and plays his own songs on his acoustic guitar, drawing from a wide influence of styles: original folk and blues sounds from way back, 1960s rock’n’roll grooves and up-tothe-minute pure rock rhythms, all with a bit of gypsy and Spanish influence thrown in for good measure. Rik is a one-man-band, armed with a variety of tools to create a full and interesting sound, from his slide and harmonica to his incredible vocal range. rikvandenbosch.com Kit Holmes

Like this? Try this: 24 March

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Amanda St John

Stillhouse

Date: Saturday 27 May, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Friday 2 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Amanda St John is a soulful singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. Her debut album Grow was released last year and received excellent reviews, international airplay (including extensive BBC plays); it was also chosen as July’s Album of the Month by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association as well as reaching number two on the IBBA radio chart. Having worked with artists including Brian Kennedy, Eddi Reader and Mary Coughlan, Amanda is fast establishing herself in the industry and has to be seen live to get the full effect of her powerful and emotive vocal performances.

Stillhouse are a mandolin, guitar, double bass and vocal trio ensemble, presenting beautifully crafted original songs and meticulously arranged instrumental material with roots in bluegrass, jazz and folk. Jonny Neaves (guitar, vocals) and Polly Bolton (mandolin, vocals) have been playing together on and off for almost 10 years while Matt Mefford (double bass) has roots in his hometown of Austin, Texas, spending the years before his move to the UK touring the States with bluegrass/jazz/folk quartet MilkDrive. stillhouseband.com

Brian Kennedy

Like this? Try this: 7 April

Ayesha Hazarika: The State of the Nation Date: Thursday 1 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £15 Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband. Since leaving front-line politics Ayesha has become a much sought after commentator and also returned to her stand-up roots. In her latest show she lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour, and asks what’s next for British politics. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+) ayeshahazarika.blogspot.com Jonny & the Baptists

Like this? Try this: 8 April

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Tinderbox

Like this? Try this: 6 April

Natasha Seale Date: Tuesday 6 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Raised in Hastings and with an extensive career treading musical boards (Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, School 4 Lovers Hip H’Opera at Glyndebourne), Natasha Seale goes back to her jazz roots with the release of her debut, self-penned album Walk Awake. Following a sell-out concert in Stage 2 in 2015, Natasha returns with her superb quartet for an evening of songs from her album, along with a collection of contemporary classics. natashasingsjazz.com Tina May & James Pearson

Like this? Try this: 23 April


Kyshona Armstrong

The Little Unsaid Date: Friday 9 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

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Following a successful tour earlier this year with Sarah Darling and Jenn Bostic as part of Nashville In The Round, Kyshona Armstrong returns to the UK for her first solo headline tour. Originally from Georgia, Kyshona has been resident in Nashville since 2014. Her songwriting skills and powerful, emotional voice are evident on her two albums Go and The Ride. Robert Lane is a singer-songwriter based in Birmingham. In September last year he toured the UK as support act for Nashville In The Round. kyshona.com Tony Momrelle

Like this? Try this: 6 April

Sidewinder

Emily Maguire

Date: Wednesday 14 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Saturday 10 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £12

Sidewinder are three musicians with a mutual love of blues rock music, big guitar riffs, soulful vocals and dynamic drumming. Their influences stem from the iconic players of the 1970s through to the present day and include Robin Trower, Rory Galllagher, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore, BB King and Joe Bonamassa. Formed in 2009, the band is jointly fronted by Dave Gray and Stuart McMahon. Clive Edwards, ex of UFO, and Pat Travers Band completes the line-up on drums. sidewinderbluesband.co.uk

A classically trained multi-instrumentalist with five albums and two books to her name, Emily Maguire is truly “a talent to be reckoned with” (R2 Magazine). Emily’s thought-provoking lyrics, supremely expressive vocals and stunning live performances have won her fans across the globe. After living in a shack in the Australian bush where she made her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK to tour with American legend Don McLean and make her third album Believer in 2009. Her latest album A Bit Of Blue is out now. emilymaguire.com Ruth Theodore

Like this? Try this: 20 April

STAGE 2

James Yorkston, Kris Drever

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Date: Tuesday 13 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

JUNE

Recent winners of the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award The Little Unsaid have gained a reputation for leaving audiences wide-eyed and emotionally rapt, with a live show described as ‘a thumping depth of passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen’.’ Led by Yorkshireborn songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott, the band recently completed their much anticipated fourth album. The 10 deeply personal songs that make up Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras celebrate the reawakening of the imagination after a traumatic crisis, and sees the band refining their cinematic blend of alt-folk, electronica, string orchestration and Elliott’s haunting, androgynous vocals. thelittleunsaid.com

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John Verity

Like this? Try this: 24 June

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Jenna Witts

Hannah White

Date: Friday 16 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Date: Friday 23 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Singer-songwriter Jenna Witts is a free spirit who writes wonderfully melodic songs and is an accomplished keyboards player and acoustic guitarist. Jenna has been on five nationwide tours with Steve Knightley (Show Of Hands) and performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Eden Project and The Minack Theatre. She has also toured with Seth Lakeman and supported Fisherman’s Friends, Elkie Brooks and Reef among others. Jena has recorded three solo albums – her debut album Barefoot & Eager was named one of the Financial Times Top 10 world albums of 2007. jennawitts.com

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Hedna’s Vintage Nightclub Date: Saturday 17 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £15 until 1 April; thereafter £18.50

Wot ho! If you enjoy the music of the 1930s and 40s then you’ll love an evening at Hedna’s – your passport to an age of style, fashion, social dancing and vintage dance tunes, played in the setting they were meant to be heard. This is a chance to wear your best classic clothing and immerse yourself in an evening of pure, exclusively vintage entertainment. homefrontfriends.org.uk/hednas Promoted by Harry & Edna Vintage Sweethearts The FB Pocket Orchestra

Like this? Try this: 22 March

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Hannah White’s 2015 album Whose Side Are You On? was received to much acclaim. Acoustic magazine described Hannah’s voice as “arresting and wholly believable” while Fatea magazine described the album as being “full of heartbreaking honesty and emotional force”. A session for Whispering Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 play and TV coverage has given Hannah a wider fan base. She is a compelling performer and a story-teller with a voice that will stop you in your tracks. hannahwhitemusic.com Eddi Reader

Like this? Try this: 30 April

Tom Korni Date: Saturday 24 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door 18-year-old Tom Korni sings and plays guitar while using his feet to play the drums. Since his sold out performance at The Stables in 2015 Tom has performed at venues and festivals across the country, supported Slade, Heather Small, Boney M and Alexander O’Neal and given his own 90-minute show at Canada Park, Canary Wharf. Tom will be performing his own award-winning music along with covers ranging from The Beatles to Queen and from Pink Floyd to Mark Ronson. tomkorni.com Daryl Kellie & John Hart

Like this? Try this: 26 April


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learn and take part

Learning and participation are central to The Stables’ activities, bringing music to the widest possible audience. Our learning and participation programme works with people of all ages and levels of ability and across many musical styles.

Workshops & Courses MARCH

Date

Time

Suitability

Fee

Harmonica Workshop – Beginners Part 2

Sat 4 Mar

10am-3pm

Adult/15+

£33

Ukulele Workshop – Beginners Part 2

Sat 11 Mar

10am-3pm

Adult/15+

£35

Cajon Beginners Workshop

Sun 19 Mar

2.30-5.30pm

Adult/15+

Over 2 U

Thu 23 Mar

8.45pm

£23 £5 non-performers; £2 performers

Blues Guitar Workshop – Beginners Part 2

Sat 25 Mar

10am-3pm

Adult/15+

£35

APRIL

Date

Time

Suitability

Fee

More Principles of Music

Sat 8 Apr

10am-4pm

Adult/15+

£32

Introduction to Live Sound Engineering

Sat 22 Apr

10am-4pm

Adult/15+

£39

Introduction to Music Recording & Production Part 1

Sat 22 Apr

10am-4pm

Adult/15+

£48

Saxophone from Scratch

Sun 23 Apr

9.30am-12.30pm OR 1-4pm

Adult/15+

£25

Ukulele Workshop – Beginners Part 1

Sat 29 Apr

10am-3pm

Adult/15+

£35

MAY

Date

Time

Suitability

Fee

Harmonica Workshop – Beginners Part 1

Sat 6 May

10am-3pm

Adult/15+

£33

Introduction to Finger-Style Guitar

Sat 20 May

10am-4pm

Adult/15+

£33

JUNE

Date

Time

Suitability

Fee

Blues Jam Workshop

Sat 3 June

10am-3pm

Adult/15+

£39

Introduction to Music Recording & Production Part 2

Sat 10 June

10am-4pm

Adult/15+

£48

How To Make Up Chord Sequences

Sat 24 June

10am-4pm

Adult/15+

£33

COURSES

Date

Time

Suitability

Fee

Conga Drumming for Improvers

Sundays 23 Apr, 7 May, 18 Jun, 16 Jul

11am-2pm (nb 1.30-4.30pm) on 18 Jun

Adult/15+

£66

Conga Drumming for Beginners

Sundays 23 April, 7 & 28 May

2.30-5.30pm

Adult/15+

£51

World Rhythms for Drumkit: Afro Cuban Rhythms

Sundays 30 April & 28 May

10am-1pm

Adult/15+

£50

Saxophone Improvers Course

Saturdays 13 May, 10 June, 8 July

1-4pm

Adult/15+

£51

Sundays 4, 11, 18, 25 June, 2 & 9 July

10am-1pm (n.b. 1-11pm on 9 July)

Adult/15+

£90 (students £70)

The Rock Experience

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More Principles of Music Adult/15+ Workshop Date: Saturday 8 April, 10am-4pm Workshop fee: £32 This workshop is a follow up to the Basic Principles of Music session, recapping and exploring in more depth some of the basic concepts that help you to understand music. We’ll look at the nature of musical sound and tone, tuning, temperament, transposing between keys, different clefs and time signatures, more complex harmony and chords as well as arranging for different instruments. It is strongly recommended that you attend Part 1 before attending this workshop. Please note this day is more of a tutorial than a hands-on workshop, and includes supporting notes. Course leader Pete Normanton is a highly experienced musician and guitar teacher, specialising in making music accessible to the non-musician.

Introduction to Live Sound Engineering Adult/15+ Workshop Date: Saturday 22 April, 10am-4pm Workshop fee: £39

Are you an aspiring sound engineer or a musician who wants to understand how to use PA and get a better sound at your gigs? This workshop offers a basic introduction to the world of live sound engineering. This workshop will cover types of microphone and placement, basic parts of a PA, how to use a mixing desk, and how to use basic EQ. It is suitable for complete beginners or for anyone who has gaps in their understanding of live sound.

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Intro to Music Recording and Production Part 1 Adult/15+ Workshop Date: Saturday 22 April, 10am-4pm Workshop fee: £48 Join us in The Stables’ studio and control room for this music technology and recording workshop and hands-on studio session. Our popular one-day introduction is ideal for beginners or those who want a refresher. The workshop will use a MAC computer and Logic Software, but in a way that looks at the general principles that apply across all DAWS (Digital Audio Workstations). The workshop fee includes workshop a resource pack and audio files of tracks produced. If you play an instrument, please bring it along for the afternoon recording session. (There is a followon workshop on 10 June for those interested in looking in more detail into studio based recording and production.)

Conga Drumming for Improvers Course Adult/Age15+ Course Date: Sundays 23 April, 7 May, 18 June, 16 July, 11am-2pm (nb1.304.30pm on 18 June) – foursession course Course fee: £66 This course is for those with some conga drumming experience who are looking to further their skills and knowledge of Latin percussion. Drawing on traditional and popular Cuban and Brazilian styles, we’ll explore one and two-drum patterns, work on exercises to develop co-ordination and independence and work on rhythms for a small ensemble. Please bring a pair of congas if you have them, or contact education@stables.org if you need to borrow them (limited numbers available). Please contact us if you are unsure about your previous playing experience and suitability for the course.

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Ukulele Workshop – Beginners Part 1

Adult/15+ Course

Adult/15+ Workshop

Date: Sundays 23 April, 7 & 28 May, 2.30-5.30pm (three-session course) Course fee: £51

Date: Saturday 29 April, 10am-3pm Workshop fee: £35

This new short course is a great opportunity for beginners to take their conga playing to the next step! We’ll look at technical, rhythmical and musical aspects of playing, working on patterns for one and two drums, and explore Cuban, Brazilian and popular western music rhythms. This course is ideal for anyone looking to bridge the gap from beginner to improver and is great preparation for further playing and study, including joining the Stables Conga Improvers course. Suitable for anyone who has done our part 2 beginners workshop, or who has some experience of playing patterns on two congas. Please bring a pair of congas if you have them, or contact education@stables.org if you need to borrow them (limited numbers available). Also contact us if you are unsure about your playing level and suitability for this course.

Saxophone from Scratch Adult/15+ Workshop Date: Sunday 23 April, 9.30am-12.30pm OR 1-4pm (choice of two workshop times) Workshop fee: £25 Have you ever wanted to try the saxophone but didn’t know where to start? Do you want to try it for the first time or have a go before buying one? Starting with the absolute basics, this workshop takes you on a on a step-by-step approach to making your first sounds, breathing tips, exercises, learning fingerings and scale patterns and playing simple melodies from those scales. No previous musical experience is required. You’ll be in a small group of beginners and in a friendly and supportive learning environment. Instruments are provided for use in the workshop, but if you have your own you are welcome to bring it along for advice and comparison, especially if it is one you may be practicing on after the workshop.

LEARN & TAKE PART

Conga Drumming for Beginners Course

Come and take part in the ukulele revival! This fun and accessible instrument is making a comeback for serious musicians as well as in education. Learn the basics of playing, ukulele techniques and how to accompany songs. No prior experience is necessary but you will need to bring a soprano or concert-sized ukulele. Tutor Sara Spade is an experienced performer, songwriter and teacher. As well as a busy performing career she regularly teaches guitar, ukulele and songwriting to all ages.

World Rhythms for Drumkit: Afro Cuban Rhythms Adult/15+ Course Date: Sundays 30 April & 28 May, 10am-1pm (two-session course) Course fee: £50 This short course will introduce Afro-Cuban Rhythms as applied to the drum set, including the Mozambique , 6/8 clave and Songo rhythms. It will break down each drum part that makes up the authentic sound of Afro- Cuban rhythms and then apply it to contemporary grooves for the drum kit. More advanced participants will tackle harder parts and those with less experience will learn and play easier parts. We will use drum notation as well as picking rhythms up by ear. By the end of the workshop you will have a greater understanding of Afro-Cuban rhythms and how to apply them on the drum kit and how to use them in your playing. This course is for drummers of all abilities, from Grades 1 to 8 or with equivalent experience (contact us if you are unsure that previous experience it suitable). Please note this workshop is for very limited numbers. Bring your own drum set, but for those unable to transport a set we have a limited number available – contact education@stables.org. Please note this is a twopart course – you are signing up for both parts.

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Harmonica Workshop – Beginners Part 1

Introduction to Finger-Style Guitar

Adult/15+ Workshop

Adult/15 + Workshop

Date: Saturday 6 May, 10am-3pm Workshop fee: £33

Date: Saturday 20 May, 10am-4pm Workshop fee: £33

Have you ever thought about taking up the harmonica? Tutor Joff Watkins returns to The Stables for another session of this popular one-day workshop. Covering the basics of tune playing, chord playing and blues improvisation, it is suitable for anyone new to the harmonica. You will need to bring along a 10-hole harmonica in C.

Saxophone Improvers Course Adult/15+ Course Date: Saturdays 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 1-4pm (three-session course) Course fee: £51 This new course offers new or returning saxophonists the opportunity to learn through a structured programme of study, designed to develop core technical, performance and improvisation skills. The course is aimed at students at beginners and improvers levels, incorporating a mixture of scale and study work, duet and group performance and improvisation activities. The focus is on building confidence and competence in a supportive environment which enables students to progress in their musical development. It is Ideal for those that have their own instrument (Alto sax) and attended previous Stables Improving Beginners workshops. If you have any other level of recent sax playing experience contact education@ stables.org for further advice.

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This follow-up workshop to our Guitar for Improvers workshop is also suitable for improving beginners who have been playing for a while but would like some extra help in moving on. Fingerstyle guitar uses right hand fingers to play note patterns as an alternative to strumming and is used in a wide variety of styles and accompanying songs. This workshop will explore different finger-picking patterns for different songs and see how capos help us use “friendly” open chords in various keys. We look at how classical guitarists play and explore one simple impressive classical piece, as well as looking at ‘self-accompanied’ playing where we play melody and accompaniment at the same time. Notes will be provided. To benefit from this workshop you need to have been playing for at least 6-12 months and be able to play most of chords G, C, D, A, E, F, Am, Dm, Em, Bm, F#m, B7, G7, F7.

Blues Jam Workshop for guitar & harmonica players Adult/15+ Workshop Date: Saturday 3 June, 10am-3pm Workshop fee: £39 If you’ve completed our part 2 harmonica or blues guitar workshops and are ready to take it to the next level, this is the workshop for you. Join regular blues tutor Joff Watkins plus a guest tutor for this rare opportunity to really get to grips with performing the blues. Working in groups and in pairs you will explore playing blues and improvising in different keys, how to accompany soloists and how to back up and support others in a group, as well as techniques, scales, riffs, licks, fills, melody and bass line playing. Harmonica players will need to bring harmonicas in keys of C, D and A. Places are limited so book early.


Date: Thursday 8 June, 8.45pm Tickets: £5 to non-players & £2 to players An exciting opportunity to show off those new or hidden talents. Have you ever attended one of The Stables’ education events? Maybe you’ve been to ukulele, harmonica or song-writing workshops, or worked hard for six weeks on the Ceilidh or Rock Experience. Well, now is the time to use those talents and get the experience of Over 2U, The Stables’ very own ‘open mic’ night for anyone who has taken part in a Stables course or workshop. Over 2U provides a safe environment for a line-up of people with similar talents and experience, supporting each other through what might be their first stage appearance. You will not have a better opportunity to take that first step! If you are interested in performing please contact education@stables.org before booking.

Intro to Music Recording and Production Part 2 Adult/15+ Workshop Date: Saturday 10 June, 10am-4pm Workshop fee: £48

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Over 2 U

Aimed at those who have attended the Intro to Music Recording and Production Part 1 course or who already have some experience of music technology, this follow-up course will introduce microphone technique, effects and processors, synthesis, MIDI and mixing and mastering – in short everything you need to create great pieces of music in your own home. The workshop will use MAC computer and Logic Software, but use them to look at the principles that apply generally across DAWS (Digital Audio Workstations).If you play an instrument, please bring it along for the afternoon recording session.

June/July 2013

The Rock Experience

Adult/15+ Course

Dates: Sundays 4, 11, 18, 25 June, 2 July, 10am-1pm; Sunday 9 July 1-11pm (includes final performance) The Rock Experience is the perfect course for all Newly-formed bands are also welcome, but please aspiring rock and pop musicians who would like

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and learn from experienced tutors. Whatever your instrument, whether you are a bedroom-guitarist, a budding vocalist or interested in forming a band of your own, The Rock Experience is a great opportunity to take the first steps.

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The Rock Experience is for aspiring rock and pop musicians who would like the chance to play in a band, meet other musicians and be supported and coached by our tutors learnYou’ll from experienced tutors. Whatever your in rehearsal and performance skills, finishing on the final Sunday with a gig on The Stables stage. instrument and whether you are a backYou need to have some experience of playing your bedroom budding vocalist or interested instrument guitarist, and to be confident enough to have To book a place, call the a go playing alongside other people, but no in forming a band of your own, is a previous band experience is necessary. box the officecourse on 01908 280800 great opportunity to take the first steps. You’ll be supported and coached by Venue: The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

Dates: Sundays 9, 16, 23, 30 June & 7, 14 July Times: Times: 10am-1pm ( 14 July from 3pm onwards) Final performance: Sunday 14 July, 7.30pm Cost: £80 (concessions £55)

Suitable for everyone aged 15 and above

our tutors in rehearsal and performance skills, finishing on the final Sunday with a gig on stage at the Stables in front of an audience. You need to have some experience of playing your instrument and be confident enough to have a go playing alongside other people, but no previous band experience is necessary. If you are in an existing or newly-formed band and would like to take part, please contact education@stables.org

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How To Make Up Chord Sequences Adult/15 + Workshop Date: Saturday 24 June, 10am-4pm Workshop fee: £33 This fast-paced workshop is designed to demystify the process of making up the chords to a song and to help you learn how chords are made up and put together in a sequence. You will look at examples of popular songs in different styles in both major and minor keys, starting with simple chord sequences and then progressing to more advanced ones, exploring how these can add extra colour and depth to your music-making. Suitable for guitarists, keyboard players and anyone else wanting to make up chords to songs, the workshop includes a hands-on opportunity to try out the techniques you need to make up your own chord progressions. Full notes will be supplied to take away. You should already have some understanding of scales and chords (e.g. from our Basic Principles of Music workshop). If you are a guitar player, please bring an acoustic guitar and capo (the workshop will also look at how to use a capo to simplify awkward chords by changing key). Some keyboards are available for keyboard players (please advise at time of booking if needed)

become a friend Get some great benefits including priority booking, discounted tickets and the What’s On Brochure four times a year! Becoming a Friend also plays a vital role in the funding of The Stables’ live music, entertainment and education activities.

Join online at stables.org/support_us/Friends or call 01908 280800 for further information

National Youth Music Camps July/August 2017 Each summer young people aged 8 to 17 from throughout the UK and abroad come together to take part in an inspiring weeklong musical experience. From orchestral playing to jazz improvisation, from harmonica sessions to steel pan performance, from music theatre production to recorder and rock bands, the National Youth Music Camps has it all.

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The camps are suitable for all young people interested in music, regardless of playing standard and there is no minimum grade of entry. Young people take part because they love music. For further information on how to apply and to download an application form go to www.stables.org/Learning/music_camps

Sunday 30 July – Saturday 5 August | Sunday 6 – Saturday 12 August

booking fees apply – please turn to page 60 for details.

Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 August


If you are looking for somewhere to eat before the show, then look no further. Café in 2 enjoys a reputation for top quality food and tasty dishes at a reasonable price.

CAFÉ IN 2

café in 2

Call Café in 2 on 01908 280832 or email stables@stables.org to book a table

Café in 2 is open from 6pm on concert nights. For more information and the current menu visit stables.org and click on the link to Café in 2. To be sure of a table we recommend that you make your reservation well in advance – call the Café in 2 booking line on 01908 280832 or email stables@stables.org

From time to time Café in 2 offers a specially devised menu to complement the accompanying concert. MEAL DEALS For an additional £17.50 per head you can enjoy themed meals to complement the evening’s concert. A TASTE OF EASTERN EUROPE

Sklamberg & The Shepherds | Sunday 26 March

A TASTE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

Mor Karbasi | Tuesday 2 May

A TASTE OF QUEBEC

Le Vent Du Nord | Tuesday 13 June

A TASTE OF SOUTH AMERICA

Richard Durrant & Ismael Ledesma | Tuesday 20 June

CLASSICAL SUPPERS Before the following concerts, we will be offering a Classical Supper menu (two courses for £16 or three for £20). ENSEMBLE 360

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March

LUCY STEVENS & ELIZABETH MARCUS

Tuesday 4 April

EMMA JOHNSON’S CLARINET GOES TO TOWN

Sunday 7 May

THE STABLES SUNDAY SESSIONS & SUNDAY LUNCH Our new season of Sunday morning concerts features rising stars and established names from the world of jazz. Following each concert a tasty two- or three-course Sunday lunch will be served in Café in 2. (£16 for two courses; £20 for three) MARK CROOKS QUARTET

Sunday 19 March

TINA MAY & JAMES PEARSON

Sunday 23 April

JAY PHELPS QUARTET

Sunday 21 May

email stables@stables.org

box office 01908 280800

www.stables.org

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And not forgetting... Tickets are still available for the following shows in February:

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FEBRUARY

Date

Nicky Prince

Wed 1 & Thu 2

Toploader

Thu 2

Mudibu & the Jezebel Sextet

Fri 3

Strange Face: Adventures of a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Fri 3

The Mods Band

Sat 4

Charlie Parker on Dial

Sun 5

Trichotomy

Tue 7

Ashton Lane

Fri 10

Lucy Porter

Sat 11

Gren Bartley

Sun 12

Forever in Blue Jeans

Sun 12

Paolo Angeli & Derek Gripper

Mon 13

Limehouse Lizzy

Wed 15

Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club

Wed 15

Roy Orbison & the Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show

Thu 16 & Fri 17

Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry

Sat 18

Andy Zaltzman

Sat 18

Jally Kebba Susso & Manding Sabu

Sun 19

Dr Feelgood

Darius Brubeck Quartet

Tue 21

Fri 24

Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush

Wed 22

Sean McLoughlin

Thu 23

Dr Feelgood

Fri 24

Tenors UnLimited

Sat 25

Worry Dolls

Sat 25

Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson

Sun 26

Kimmie Rhodes

Sun 26

Tenors Unlimited

David O’Doherty

Tue 28

Sat 25

Darius Brubeck Quartet

Tue 21

Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush

treat someone special – gift vouchers are available from the box office

Wed 22


JIM MARSHALL AUDITORIUM JULY Sat 1 Rhinestone Cowboy £21.50 Fri 7 Gary Delaney £15 Sat 8 Supersonic 70s Show £18.50 Fri 14 80s Mania £23.50 & £22 Sat 15 Carl Hutchinson £12 Thu 20 Tunde Jegede & the Art Ensemble £17.50 Fri 21 The Strange Doors £15 Sat 22 Roxy Magic £17.50 Fri 28 Dona Oxford £16.50 Sat 29 Son Yambu £15 AUGUST Sat 26 Hats Off To Led Zeppelin £18.50 SEPTEMBER Sat 2 Blake £26 Sun 3 Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy £17.50 Fri 8 & Sat 9 Elio Pace: The Billy Joel Songbook £22.50 & £20 Sat 16 Abba Forever £22 Wed 20 M  ads Mathias £15 Fri 22 The Real Thing £24

INFORMATION

Also on sale

Indicates a new show which is open for public booking from Wednesday 8 February prior to which Stables Friends have priority.

ALL SHOWS START AT 8PM, EXCEPT WHERE STATED

Sat 23 Shakatak £18.50

Sat 2 The Barron Knights £23 & £21

Thu 28 Gordon Giltrap £15

Mon 4 Ed Byrne £24

Sat 30 The Three Degrees £29.50

Thu 7 & Fri 8 The Blues Band £26

OCTOBER Tue 10 James Yorkston, Kris Drever & Withered Hand £16.50 Sun 15 Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers £25 Thu 19 Urban Folk Quartet £15

Sat 27 Dave Koz £22

Fri 29 Steve Winch & The Inception £12

Sat 28 Viva Santana £21 Sun 29 Hot Club of Cowtown £17.50 NOVEMBER Sat 4 Fleetwood Bac £19.50 Fri 10 Charlie Landsborough £28

DECEMBER Fri 1 Cara Dillon Christmas Show £21.50

email stables@stables.org

JULY Fri 14 Miss Hope Springs £20

Fri 8 The Blackheart Orchestra £10 adv/£12 door

Tue 24 Martin Simpson £17.50

Fri 17 Supreme Queen £22.50

ALL SHOWS START AT 8.45PM, EXCEPT WHERE STATED

Sat 2 Joe Miles £10 adv/£12 door

Fri 21 Nearly Dan £18

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STAGE 2

SEPTEMBER

Sat 20 Clare Teal £27.50 & £25

Tue 14

Sat 9 No Jacket Required £19

OCTOBER Wed 18 Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club £10 adv/£12 door Sat 28 Catfish £10 adv/£12 door NOVEMBER Wed 15 Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club £10 adv/£12 door DECEMBER Wed 13 Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club £10 adv/£12 door

box office 01908 280800

www.stables.org

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INFORMATION

booking information Support our Vision for 2020

How to book

As we approach the 50th Anniversary of The Stables in 2020, our ambitions include the creation of a new flexible performance and education space, but we also need to ensure that the current facilities are maintained and modernised. The total cost of this programme of work is expected to be in the region of £10 million. We have introduced an optional donation of £1 on all box office transactions. Your support now will help us to realise our plans and provide us with a secure platform from which to present world-class concerts and educational opportunities for the next 50 years and beyond. Thank you in advance for your support.

Core box office opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am-6pm (until 8pm on show nights); Sunday: 5-8pm (show nights only) IN PERSON: the box office is located in the main foyer BY PHONE: 01908 280800 during opening hours as stated above; text phone users please call 18001 01908 280800. ONLINE: www.stables.org BY POST: please write to The Box Office, The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU

Concessions/discounts

BY EMAIL: boxoffice@stables.org

Payment options

Concessions are available on selected performances and where they apply are indicated on the ticket pricing details.

You can pay by cash if booking in person; we accept Visa, Mastercard and Visa Delta.

Gift Vouchers

Reservations

Gift vouchers (any denomination) for The Stables and for Café in 2 and Bar (available in £5 denominations) are available to purchase from the box office.

Ticket reservations must be paid for within three days of booking (excluding groups and Friends of The Stables who can reserve for up to seven days). We are unable to reserve tickets without payment within seven days prior to the performance.

Data protection We would like to add or retain your details to keep you informed about future events promoted by The Stables. When you make your first booking with us, you will be asked whether you want to receive such information. To be removed from our mailing lists at any time, please call or email the box office boxoffice@stables.org

Transaction Fees All bookings (in person, by phone or via internet) are subject to a transaction charge of £2.80. Internet bookings are subject to an additional booking fee of £1.80 per ticket.

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Car parking

Facilities for Hearing Impaired Customers

The Stables has free car-parking on site (vehicles and contents are left entirely at owner’s own risk). There are a limited amount of disabled parking spaces available (not bookable in advance).

The main auditorium is fitted with an Ampetronic system. To use this system you must have a hearing aid with either a switchable or auto-detect T-Setting built in. Stage 2 customers will need to wear a hearing necklace, available from the box office. If you wear a hearing device please inform a member of the box office team when booking your tickets so that they can seat you in the area of the auditorium where the signal is strongest.

Access information The Stables welcomes people with disabilities. For full access information, please visit the information section on our website at www.stables.org The Stables is accessible to wheelchair users and other customers with limited mobility. There is a lift available giving access to seats on lower accessible levels. We can accommodate eight people in wheelchairs per performance, subject to availability. We have volunteer customer assistants available at the majority of events to provide assistance. Please ask a member of our box office team at the time of booking if you have any questions or concerns about your access around the building

Accessible Toilets There are three accessible public toilets – one as part of the main toilet area situated in the foyer; further toilets are located next to the ladies and within the gents, both accessible from the auditorium.

Assistance Dogs Assistance dogs are welcome, but please advise us when you book so that we can allocate appropriate seats and inform you of any special effects that might affect your dog’s comfort.

Eating and drinking at The Stables On performance nights, our popular in-house restaurant Café in 2 is open for pre-show meals and light-bites. Service starts at 6pm and advance booking is highly recommended – please call the box office on 01908 280832 to make a reservation. The Stables main bar (located in the foyer) is open from 7pm on performance nights. Coffee, teas and other refreshments are available from the snack bar in the main foyer.

Tickets are sold by The Stables Theatre Ltd subject to the following terms and conditions: 1) Tickets are sold on behalf of The Stables Theatre Ltd for itself or as agent for other promoters. 2) Tickets cannot be refunded except on the cancellation or substantial alteration of the performance. The Stables may be able to resell tickets when shows are sold out – a charge of £2.80 will apply (charge waived for Stables Founders and Friends only where The Stables Theatre Ltd is the promoter. 3) The Promoter reserves the right to refuse admission to any venue if it reasonably considers such refusal to be necessary for the safety and convenience of other customers or for the proper running of the venues and events. 4) Latecomers cannot be admitted until a suitable break or interval in the performance. 5) Smoking is not permitted in any part of a venue unless designated as a smoking area. 6) Every effort is made to present shows at suitable sound levels, however levels may vary according to artists’ requirements, over which the Promoter has no control and concerts may be loud. Refunds will not be given on a matter of personal taste or noise level experienced. 7) The Promoter presents a range of seated and standing events and cannot always guarantee uninterrupted views as the stage setup, as determined by the artist, may vary and some people may stand around you. 8) Some performances may have a support artist before the main act and the Promoter may not know this in advance. 9) Some artists may use strong language. The Promoter has no control over this. 10) Internet ticket sales are subject to booking fees and transaction charges which are levied to cover the cost of third party web/financial service providers and as such cannot be refunded. 11) By purchasing and/or using a ticket you consent for yourself and for any person using a ticket purchased by you to being photographed, filmed or recorded as an audience member when official photography, filming or audio recording is taking place. If you have difficulties with this please contact the Box Office on 01908 280800 before purchasing tickets. Please note that all other unauthorised photography, filming or audio recording is not permitted and the Promoter reserves the right to confiscate equipment used/material gained in this way and/or remove offending individuals from the show. 12) Tickets sold or offered for sale by any person or persons other than The Stables, the Promoter or their authorised agents will not be honoured. 13) Please note some shows may contain flashing lights or smoke effects. The Promoter cannot always provide / specific warnings of these in advance to customers. 14) The Stables means The Stables Theatre Ltd (company no. 3224226). Please check stables.org or contact the box office for full current terms and conditions of ticket purchase as they may vary. The Promoter means The Stables or the promoter of the event for which the ticket is sold, in which case The Stables acts as the agent of that promoter. The Stables is owned by Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd (Charity No 261645) which aims to engage the widest range of people with music in all its diversity. As a non-profit making charitable organisation, any surplus made through the programme is re-invested in its artistic and educational projects.

email stables@stables.org

box office 01908 280800

www.stables.org

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INFORMATION

diary at a glance MARCH Wed 1

Seann Walsh

Wed 1

Lisbee Stainton

Thu 2

Counterfeit Stones

Fri 3

Nights on Broadway: The Bee Gees Story

Fri 3

Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan

Sat 4

Nine Below Zero

Sat 4

Chris Cleverley

Sun 5

Seth Lakeman

Tue 7

Hazel O’Connor

Tue 7

Jon Shenoy’s Draw By Four

Wed 8 & Thu 9

Albert Lee Band

Thu 9

Emma Ballantine

Fri 10

Elkie Brooks

Fri 10

Balsamo Deighton

Sat 11

Chris Ramsey

Sun 12

Skerryvore

Sun 12

Iain Lee Versus Radio

Tue 14

Ezio

Wed 15 Camille O’Sullivan Wed 15 Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club Thu 16

George Montague

Fri 17

Ensemble 360: Chimps of Happytown

MARVELLOUS MOZART: 17-18 MARCH Fri 17

Welcome to the Weekend

Fri 17

Ensemble 360: Opening Concert

Sat 18

Music Box

Sat 18

Come and Make

Sat 18

Mozart for Mini Maestros: Family Concert

Sat 18

Music Box

Sat 18

Mozart in Focus

Sat 18

Bring & Sing

Sat 18

John Suchet: The Man Revealed

Sat 18

Ensemble 360 Closing Concert

Sun 19

Sunday Sessions: Mark Crooks Quartet

Sun 19

Mud Morganfield

Sun 19

Claire Hastings

Mon 20 Marc Almond 60th Birthday tour warm-up* Tue 21

Bedfordshire Schools Battle of the Bands

Tue 21

Ben Glover

Wed 22 Opera Up Close: Ulla’s Odyssey Wed 22 Oysters 3 Wed 22 The FB Pocket Orchestra

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Thu 23

Ruby Turner

Fri 24

Jackson Live

Fri 24

Kit Holmes

booking fees apply – please turn to page 60 for details.

Sat 25

T-Rextasy

Sun 26

Sklamberg & the Shepherds

Mon 27 Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham Mon 27 Bilal Zafar Tue 28

The Fureys

Tue 28

Rackhouse Pilfer

Wed 29 Howard Jones Wed 29 Gigspanner Thu 30

Sara Pascoe

Fri 31

Are You Experienced?

Fri 31

Greg Coulson

APRIL Sat 1

Woburn Sands Band

Sat 1

Lee Hurst

Sun 2

Fay Hield & the Hurricane Party

Mon 3

Manu Delago

Tue 4 Lucy Stevens & Elizabeth Marcus: Shakespeare in Song Tue 4

Joy Ellis

Wed 5

Andy Parsons

Wed 5

Geoff Achison & Kyla Brox 

Thu 6

Tony Momrelle

Thu 6

Tinderbox

Fri 7

Brian Kennedy

Fri 7

Bourgeois & Maurice

Sat 8

The Rat Pack

Sat 8

Jonny & the Baptists

Sun 9

Georgie Fame

Sun 9

Emily Mae Winters

Mon 10 Rory Bremner Tue 11

YolanDa Brown

Tue 11

Sam Carter

Wed 12 Feast of Fiddles Wed 12 Sari Schorr & the Engine Room Thu 13

The Temperance Seven

Thu 13

The Occasional Orchestra

Fri 14

Lindisfarne

Fri 14

Luke Daniels

Sat 15

Al Stewart

Tue 18 An Audience with Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe Wed 19 Police Dog Hogan Wed 19 Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club Thu 20

An Evening with Ian McCulloch

Thu 20

Ruth Theodore

Fri 21

Dire Straits Experience

Fri 21

Honey & The Bear


INFORMATION

Sat 22

Dire Straits Experience

Sat 20

Scott Gibson

Sat 22

The Ponderosa Aces

Sun 21

Sunday Sessions: Jay Phelps Quartet

Sun 23 Sunday Sessions: Tina May & James Pearson

Wed 24 Jon Gomm

Sun 23

John Coghlan’s Quo

Thu 25

Snakecharmer

Tue 25

Keston Cobblers Club

Fri 26

Panic Room

Wed 26 Gerry Cross The Mersey

Fri 26

Rik van den Bosch

Wed 26 Daryl Kellie & Jon Hart

Sat 27

Palisander & Rust and Dust: Dr Dee’s Daughter

Thu 27

Dillie Keane

Sat 27

Tom Allen & Suzi Ruffell

Thu 27

My Girl The River

Sat 27

Amanda St John

Fri 28

Jeff Lang

Sun 28

Brother Strut

Sat 29

Jake & Elwood Best Blues Bros

Tue 30

Moya Brennan

Sun 30

Eddi Reader

JUNE

MAY

Thu 1

Ben Waters Big Band

Mon 1

Kansas Smitty’s House Band

Thu 1

Ayesha Hazarika

Tue 2

Mor Karbasi

Fri 2

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes

Tue 2

Solstice

Fri 2

Stillhouse

Wed 3

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Sat 3

Pete Brown & the New Grasscutters

Wed 3

Tankus The Henge

Sun 4

The Zombies

Fri 5

Liza Pulman Sings Streisand

Tue 6

Natasha Seale

Fri 5

Luke Jackson and Rebecca Loebe

Fri 9

Showaddywaddy

Sat 6

Ultimate Bowie

Fri 9

The Little Unsaid

Sat 6

Roxanne de Bastion

Sat 10

The Northern Soul Tour

Sun 7

Emma Johnson’s Clarinet Goes to Town

Sat 10

Emily Maguire

Tue 9

The Cavern Beatles

Sun 11

Sam Sweeney’s Made in the Great War

Tue 9

Calan

Tue 13

Le Vent du Nord

Wed 10 Lankum

Tue 13

Kyshona Armstrong with Robert Lane

Thu 11

The Kast Off Kinks

Wed 14 Graeme of Thrones

Thu 11

Geoff Norcott

Wed 14 Sidewinder

Fri 12

Hackney Colliery Band

Thu 15

The Searchers

Fri 12

Pearl Handled Revolver Acoustic

Fri 16

Magic: A Kind of ELO

Sat 13

Dutch Swing College Band

Fri 16

Jenna Witts

Sat 13

Charlie Dore

Sat 17

Hedna’s Vintage Nightclub

Sun 14

Cherry Lee Mewis & Dani Wilde

Tue 20

Richard Durrant & Ismael Ledesma

Tue 16

Leo Sayer

Wed 21 Ian Hunter & The Rant Band

Wed 17 From the Jam Acoustic

Fri 23

Sensation: The Music of The Who

Wed 17 Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club

Fri 23

Hannah White

Thu 18

Courtney Pine featuring Omar

Sat 24

John Verity

Thu 18

Eleanor McEvoy

Sat 24

Tom Korni

Fri 19

G2 Genesis

Sun 25

Cara

Fri 19

Paolo Morena

Fri 30

Sax Appeal

Sat 20

G2 Genesis

Quick Key:

Public booking

Friends and Founders discount applies

For more information see page 2

Educational

Stage 2

Mancini Forum

*Fundraising concert in aid of Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd

email stables@stables.org

box office 01908 280800

www.stables.org

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become a Friend of The Stables

By becoming a Friend of The Stables you’ll be helping to support one of the UK’s favourite concert venues. You’ll also be entitled to a range of benefits designed to make your visits to us even more enjoyable. Your support will enable us to plan for the future with greater confidence and ensure we can continue to develop our world-class music and education programmes.

Membership starts at just £30 per year To become a Friend please call The Stables box office on 01908 280800. Alternatively, pick up a membership form from the box office or join online at stables.org Thank you for your support! Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd (Registered charity number 261645)

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For further details please contact the Development Office on 01908 280815 or development@stables.org email stables@stables.org

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