October listings for The Stables, Milton Keynes Image: The Stables

Al Stewart: Hits and Misses Tour
with Empty Pockets
Tuesday 1 October 8:00pm

Sons of Pitches: Around the World International Hits and Skits to Have You in Fits
Wednesday 2 October 8:00pm
£29.50 & £27.50
Sons of Pitches are a multi-award-winning vocal group combining soaring solos, impeccable harmonies and sensational beatboxing to stunning effect. In 2015, they became the first winners of BBC2’s The Naked Choir, hosted by Gareth Malone. With more than two million YouTube hits and a growing international reputation, The Sons have truly given a cappella a kick up the backside.

De Temps Antan
Wednesday 2 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£15 in advance, £16.50 on the door
Éric Beaudry, David Boulanger and Pierre- Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, our three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music.

Alan Barnes Octet: Requiem
Thursday 3 October 8:00pm
Alan Barnes’ Requiem is a jazz and poetry commission commemorating the end of the First World War and subsequent conflicts, which invites the audience to both remember the history of conflict and resolve to do better in the future. It brings together the creative imagination of poet Josie Moon and the dynamic composition talents of Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy. The music is arranged by Alan for a stellar line-up of international artists: Dave Green, Gilad Atzmon, Mark Nightingale, Sebastiaan De Krom, Dean Masser and Neil Yates.

Mitch Benn: Ten Songs To Save The World
Thursday 3 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
One broken world and 10 funny songs to fix it. From BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show to his column in the New European, award-winning Mitch Benn spreads insight and laughs in equal measure. Join the “country’s leading musical satirist” (The Times) as, with a six string in hand and a head full of silly rhymes, he identifies the problems and proposes some (semi-serious) solutions. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.

Bye Bye Baby: A Celebration of Frankie Valli
Friday 4 October 8:00pm
Bye Bye Baby are a jaw-dropping tribute to the musical phenomenon Jersey Boys and the timeless, iconic music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Incredible four-part harmonies, roof-raising falsetto and energetic, stylish choreography ensure that Bye Bye Baby is a show to remember! The evening includes no fewer than 31 of Frankie’s greatest hits including Sherry, December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Grease and Working My Way Back To You.

Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel & Me
Friday 4 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
In this new collection for 2019, Barb Jungr turns her ability to reinvent and reinterpret to exploring her relationship with a set of Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel songs she has never tackled before, all in original arrangements. They include Les Coeurs Tendres, Voir Un Ami Pleurer, Mr Tambourine Man and This Wheel’s On Fire. Placed alongside them will be some of Barb’s own songs, written with a number of wonderful collaborators.

Legend: Tribute to Bob Marley
Saturday 5 October 8:00pm
Legend are seven great musicians and singers dedicated to the life and music of the late, great Bob Marley. This two-hour show covers the very best of Marley’s timeless classics, including Is This Love, No Woman No Cry, Waiting In Vain, Exodus, I Shot The Sheriff, Jamming and Could You Be Loved.

Dave Koz
Sunday 6 October 8:00pm
The undisputed superstar of the smooth jazz genre and a nine-times Grammy nominee, saxophonist Dave Koz is, quite simply, the best there is. The hardest-working man in show business is always the hottest ticket in town. Appearing with Dave will be Oli Silk on keyboards, Mark Jaimes on guitar, Marc Parnell on drums and Frank Felix on bass.

Sunday 6 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£12 in advance, £14 on the door
Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live blues band with a phenomenal frontman in 24-yearold guitarist/vocalist Matt Long, who plays with real passion. They received five nominations in the British Blues Awards and have just won a UK Blues Award as Blues Act of the Year (England). Both their albums reached number one in the IBBA Blues Airplay Charts and Broken Man was voted Album of the Year 2017 by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association.

Music of Cream
featuring Malcolm Bruce, Kofi Baker & Will Johns
Tuesday 8 October 8:00pm
Cream were a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow. 50 years on, the bloodlines of that hallowed trilogy come together to pay tribute to Cream’s legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s. Kofi Baker (son of Ginger) and Malcolm Bruce (son of Jack) unite with Will Johns (Eric Clapton’s nephew by marriage) to unleash the lightning that electrified a generation. Feel the fire and the freedom of Spoonful, Strange Brew, Sunshine Of Your Love, Crossroads and Badge performed by master musicians whose lives have been steeped in the Cream spirit and legacy.

Tuesday 8 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Selected for the Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018 in Jazzwise magazine, Bonsai (formerly known as Jam Experiment) are an award-winning London-based band. Formed in 2014, they have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM many times and played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK, including London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. They released their debut album Jam Experiment in 2017, followed by a 40-date UK tour.

Soul Kinda Wonderful
Wednesday 9 October 8:00pm
Award winners at the National Tribute awards in 2013, 2016 and 2017, Soul Kinda Wonderful are the UK’s number one tribute to the legendary Drifters. Breathing new life into fabulous songs such as Saturday Night At The Movies, Under The Boardwalk and Stand By Me, their show combines The Drifters’ greatest hits along with other classic Motown and soul favourites from artists including The Four Tops, The Temptations, The O’Jays and The Trammps.

Kanda Bongo Man: The King of Soukous
Thursday 10 October 8:00pm
Championed by John Peel and Andy Kershaw in the late 1980s, Kanda Bongo Man played a key role in introducing African and world music to the mainstream. With a huge and loyal fan base, his music still receives regular airplay on stations such as BBC Radio 3 and 6 Music. His exhilarating performances are exciting and energetic yet deeply rooted in the Congolese musical tradition of soukous. With his incredible seven-piece band behind him, Kanda Bongo Man brings the joyous music and dance of central Africa for an unforgettable sunshine experience.

The Three Degrees
featuring Original Members Helen Scott & Valerie Holiday
Friday 11 October 8:00pm
The Three Degrees are known across the world for their soulful voices, beautiful gowns and fabulous stage shows. Enjoy an evening of classic hits including When Will I See You Again, Dirty Ol’ Man and Take Good Care Of Yourself.

Friday 11 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Gypsyfingers bring their psychedelic and cinematic folk-rock sounds to The Stables for a full band performance featuring piano, guitars, French horn, drums, keys and sweet vocal harmonies. Multi-instrumentalists Victoria Coghlan and Luke Oldfield draw on a wide range of influences including folk, rock, pop, prog and psych to create a fresh sound of their own, described by Maverick magazine as “a brilliant fusion of pop and folk-rock”. The band will be touring to promote the release of their latest album Stranger Things.

Theatre of Widdershins presents Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail Of Destiny
Saturday 12 October 2:00pm
Poor Polly Buckwheat, the miller’s daughter, is in a pickle! If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy king will turn a bit nasty. But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell? Using its trademark puppets, music and storytelling, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimms’ classic tale.

Nearly Dan
Saturday 12 October 8:00pm
Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan are saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Nearly Dan’s approach is faithful, though not reverential, and as tight as their namesakes. They promise all the Steely Dan favourites in a two hour-plus show, featuring tracks from the groove of Countdown to Ecstasy to the super cool of celebrated albums The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho, as well as Fagen’s classic solo masterpiece The Nightfly.

Malcolm Dunn & Friends
Saturday 12 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
A poet and storyteller, Malcolm Dunn began his musical journey in 1972. Known for his singing voice, he is a gifted songwriter with a style that weaves poems around everyday life and events, joining music that incorporates elements of blues and folk. His latest release, Reflective, is a carefully selected set of 30 songs that cover his wide range. Tonight’s concert features Malcolm singing and playing with some of his favourite musicians – Gerald Claridge, Maddy Brownlee, Plum Bignell, Ray Lear, Shelly Care and Whiskey Bob.
Promoted by Denny Music Associates

In the Footsteps of Laurel & Hardy
presented By John Lenehan
Sunday 13 October 2:30pm
£15 & £12; under-16s £5
Enjoy Sunday afternoon in the company of renowned British pianist John Lenehan, as he introduces and provides live piano accompaniment to four much-loved silent movies. John sets the scene for each film with a host of musical styles resulting in a virtuosic tour de force – a fitting tribute to some of the masters of silent comedy. For full programme details, visit stables.org

Sheer Piano Attack: Queen Piano Tribute
Album Launch featuring Gabriele Baldocci, Peter Straker and Barbara Luccini
Sunday 13 October 8:00pm
Celebrated pianist Gabriele Baldocci has gone where few dare to tread. Not only has he released an album of some of Queen’s biggest hits (and, for the fans, some of their most beloved deep cuts) but has approached them in a way only a true fan could, deconstructing them to their very essence and creating works of art which will thrill Queen fans, classical aficionados and indeed anyone with a passion for music. This launch concert also features Peter Straker, Freddie Mercury’s best friend, and opera star Barbara Luccini – this is Queen as you’ve never heard them before.

Rose Cousins
supported By Paper Beat Scissors
Sunday 13 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Rose Cousins was nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards and for Artist of the Year at the 2018 International Folk Awards. A native of Prince Edward Island, Rose lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She deeply values being part of multiple music communities and is constantly fuelled by collaboration.

Focus: 50th Anniversary Tour
Supported by Db-Infusion
Tuesday 15 October 8:00pm
With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus emerged at the start of the 1970s as the most successful of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer and best known for their hits Hocus Pocus, House Of The King and Sylvia, the iconic Dutch music masters have long enjoyed worldwide success. And now a new Focus era has arrived with the release of the band’s latest album – Focus 11 – earlier this year.

Delta Moon
Tuesday 15 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£15 in advance, £17 on the door
It’s been two decades since Tom Gray and Mark Johnson started playing slide guitar together – Mark on bottleneck and Tom on lap steel – first for their own amusement and then, with the addition of bass and drums, on the Georgia nightclub scene. After winning the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2003, they widened their travels to include the US, Canada and Europe, and have worked steadily on the road and in the studio ever since. Delta Moon’s latest album, Babylon is Falling, was released last year.

Gilbert O’Sullivan
Wednesday 16 October 8:00pm

Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club
Wednesday 16 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Presenting the comedy stars of tomorrow today! Compere Andrew Bird introduces rising star Wendy Wason and the headliner is Tony Law. Line-up may be subject to change. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Ralph McTell
Thursday 17 October 8:00pm
One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. He made his debut in 1968 with the album Eight Frames a Second, and the release of Streets of London in 1974 earned him an Ivor Novello award. In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Ralph is conducting a world tour promoting his new album Hill of Beans, produced by the great Tony Visconti.

Marty Wilde & The Wildcats
Friday 18 October 8:00pm
Marty Wilde began his career in 1957 and was one of the first British singers to play a leading part in those ground-breaking rock’n’roll years. With many hits and a host of wonderful songs from that era, Marty and his fabulous band the Wildcats take you back through some of the most exciting musical times this country has ever experienced.

Lady Nade
Supported by Chloe Wilson
Friday 18 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Lady Nade celebrates her new album Safe Place with cards dealt from the decks of soul, jazz blues, roots and folk-pop. This Bristolian singer-songwriter fills your heart with words and melodies which have been likened to a rich fusion of musical greats, bearing the velvet tones of Joan Armatrading and Nina Simone and adding a heady, folk-jazz splash of John Martyn for good measure. Her tender, soulful voice will make you feel as if she’s an old friend.

Fleetwood Bac
Saturday 19 October 8:00pm
£21.00 & Balcony standing £18.00
Fleetwood Bac are the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac tribute band, the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic Rumours line-up. The sound, the look and the on-stage chemistry are all portrayed with the passion and energy that have won the seal of approval from ‘Big Daddy’ Mick and earned an excellent reputation among Mac fans.

Beverley Beirne: Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun
Sunday 20 October 11:30am
Raised on a diet of jazz and 1980s pop, British jazz singer Beverley Beirne has combined the two in her latest freewheeling, stylistically expansive album and project, Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun. Singing with a heartfelt, deep-soul sensuality and scatting with abandon in places that would do Ella proud, she swings both lightning fast and seductively slow on clever and stylish re-imaginings of perfectly chosen 70s and 80s hits. She’ll be joined by John Crawford (piano), Tom Riviere (bass), Ben Brown (drums) and Rob Hughes (sax and flute).

Turin Brakes Acoustic
supported By Kevin Pearce
Sunday 20 October 8:00pm
The estimable London four-piece are delighted to announce a UK acoustic tour starting in the autumn. This is a chance to see the band in their first full stripped-back acoustic tour since 2002. They will be playing a range of songs spanning their 20-year career, which includes seven top 40 singles, six top 40 albums and worldwide sales of more than one million.

Lissie: Solo Acoustic
Plus Special Guest Later Youth
Monday 21 October 8:00pm
With the approaching release of When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective, singer-songwriter Lissie is poised to lay out her past in fresh and vibrant re-workings, evoking feelings old and new. In the eyes of the mid-western songstress, who in recent years made a conscious return to her roots with the purchase of some 50 acres in north-eastern Iowa, the operative metaphor at work in her career – is something deeply entropic: gardening.

Soft Machine
Tuesday 22 October 8:00pm
Soft Machine are one of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and their work continues to be name-checked by today’s hip experimentalists. Former band members John Etheridge (guitars), Roy Babbington (bass) and John Marshall (drums) are joined by Theo Travis (saxophone/ flute). If you adore the jazz rock/ fusion of Soft Machine in their heyday but with a fresh feel of Third-era, mixed with free jazz and searing guitar licks, then don’t miss this exciting show!

Judith Owen
Tuesday 22 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
Judith Owen takes to the stage performing songs from her critically acclaimed new album redisCOVERed, a follow-up to Ebb & Flow and Somebody’s Child, the latter described as “one of the albums of the year” by The Independent. Judith will be joined by percussionist Pedro Segundo.

The Pitmen Poets
Wednesday 23 October 8:00pm
Following their sell-out UK appearances in 2017, the four Pitmen Poets return for their final tour. Ex-Lindisfarne member Billy Mitchell, War Horse songman Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe individually and collectively celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of northeast England’s coal-mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word.

Vikki Stone: Songbird
Wednesday 23 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
Multi-award-winning comedian and musician Vikki Stone (“musical genius”, Absolute Radio) returns with an all-new show of her trademark comedy songs and stand-up. As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, BBC One’s John Bishop Show and the BBC Proms Podcast. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Charlie Landsborough: The Farewell Tour
Thursday 24 October 8:00pm
In 2019, UK country music legend Charlie Landsborough plans to retire from touring to concentrate on writing and recording music. But before he does, Charlie is embarking on an extended tour of the UK. His gigs are a night of beautiful ballads, folk, blues, country, rock‘n’roll, pop, gospel and anthems. His talent and chart-topping records received the ultimate recognition in 2011 when he was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame.

ALBUMS SHOW: Elio Pace’s Billy Joel Songbook featuring David Brown
Friday 25 October 8:00pm

Winter Mountain
Friday 25 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
A rootsy songwriter with an extraordinarily soulful voice, Cornwall-born Winter Mountain has released two critically acclaimed albums with a third on the way. His electrifying talents are winning him new fans around the world and he has shared stages with artists including Seal, Richard Thompson, Rosanne Cash, Leann Rhimes, The Waterboys and Grammy award-winner Patty Griffin. A highly successful 2018 included a live session on BBC Radio 2.

Viva Santana
Saturday 26 October 8:00pm
Voted one of the top five must-see tribute bands by Classic Rock magazine, Viva Santana have taken their superb interpretation of the Carlos Santana Latino rock/blues back catalogue from Cuba to Spain. Expect classy guitar licks set over danceable percussion as the band roll their way through Samba Pa Ti, Changes, Soul Sacrifice, Oye Como Va and other highlights from Santana’s 30-year career. The seven-piece Viva Santana features Spanish wizard Marcos Rodriguez on electric and acoustic guitars.

Willy Porter
Saturday 26 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
With his fingerpicking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics and playful, high-energy live performance style, Willy Porter blurs the line between indie-folk and rock. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord has faded. His live shows are guitar-driven events that are electrifying, dynamic and wholly original in the way that Willy’s voice blends and fuses with his galvanising fret work.

Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Sunday 27 October 8:00pm
The UK’s finest dance band playing music from the roaring 1920s and elegant 1930s celebrate their 50th birthday. Led by Duncan Galloway, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have gained a worldwide reputation. Enjoy the sumptuous music of Ray Noble and his orchestra, hot jazz from Duke Ellington and melodies made famous by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly.

Live on Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie
Monday 28 October 8:00pm
Following their acclaimed 2018 UK tour, Live On Mars return to continue their amazing journey celebrating the very best of iconic pop hero David Bowie – his music, artistry, style and showmanship. Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances, Live On Mars fuses sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses, with elements of mime, dance, and stunning big screen visuals and animation.

Isata Kanneh-Mason
Tuesday 29 October 8:00pm
£17.50 & £15; £7.50 for 8-25 year-olds
A postgraduate student at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Isata Kanneh-Mason has embarked on a successful and increasingly busy concert career as a solo artist, with concerto appearances, recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK and abroad. Isata also continues to perform with her siblings, including regular duo recitals with her brother, the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
For the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth, Isata takes us on a journey through the composer’s extraordinary life, performing some of her most celebrated solo works. Also on the programme will be a selection of pieces by Clara’s great friend and confidant Johannes Brahms.

For full programme details, visit stables.org

Wishbone Ash 50th Anniversary Tour
Wednesday 30 October 8:00pm

The Blues Band
Thursday 31 October 8:00pm
Many of the Blues Band’s 21st-century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 40 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity. They’ve earned a reputation around the world as one of the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms.

Kitty Macfarlane
Thursday 31 October 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her trademark lies in remarkably mature songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place. Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums of 2018 and has received airplay across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music. Last year Kitty guest-presented two episodes of BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day, and earlier this year she performed live in session on BBC Radio 2.


For more information, including how to book tickets, visit stables.org