What's on at the Stables, Milton Keynes in September 2019 Image: The Stables

An Evening with Richard Jobson of The Skids
with Special Guests Bruce & Jamie Watson Of Big Country
Sunday 1 September, 8:00pm
From school punk to modern-day film producer, Richard Jobson has lived a full and colourful life. A harrowing incident as a child left him suffering with epilepsy but he was a mere 15-year-old when he launched punk rock band The Skids in 1977 with his songwriting partner Stuart Adamson. With Richard tonight will be Bruce and Jamie Watson of Big Country, who will perform their own set before joining Richard for acoustic renditions of his back catalogue. Pre-show meet-and-greet tickets available: £27.50 (must be bought in conjunction with a concert ticket; only bookable in person or by phone on 01908 280800).

India Electric Company
Wednesday 4 September, 8:00pm
Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and modern urban alienation. After releasing their debut album The Girl I Left Behind Me in 2015, they supported Midge Ure throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia. A full studio album will be released in spring 2020 to follow on from their innovative trilogy of EPs: EC1M, Seven Sisters and Tablelands.

Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush
Thursday 5 September, 8:00pm
£20.00 & £18.00
Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC One as one of the world’s most authentic tributes. Their passion for Kate Bush’s music has won over sceptical fans everywhere, challenging perceptions of what a tribute band can be and resulting in sell-out performances across the UK. Accompanied by eye-popping visuals that highlight the drama of the music, a Cloudbusting concert is an event no Kate Bush fan will want to miss.

Ian W Brown
Thursday 5 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
It’s 20 years since Ian gave up the muddy life of a farmer having decided he stood a better chance of being happy by swimming against the tide in the shark-infested waters of the music business while trying to save the world with a song. In those two decades he has managed artists, co-produced films, released records, co-written a number one single and the lead song in a West End hit, toured the UK, played Glastonbury, won friends and influenced people… and he’s writing a book! Now he’s returning to the stage to play some of his songs that have graced the charts and so many more that haven’t.

The Real Thing
Friday 6 September, 8:00pm
The Real Thing are Chris Amoo and Dave Smith – still looking and sounding great! Their show features all their hits including their three number one singles from the 1970s and 80s: You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Feel The Force. In addition they’ll be performing some fantastic covers including Ladies Night, Celebration, Good Times and Ain’t No Stopping Us Now in an action-packed show.

Fern Brady: Power and Chaos
Friday 6 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
As seen on Live From The BBC, Live From The Comedy Store, The Russell Howard Hour and Live At The Apollo, Fern Brady is one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars. Known for being completely fearless, her new show will tackle sexuality, feminism, power, Brexit, Britishness, Scottishness and nationality – all with her caustic wit, exceptional writing and electric stage craft. Fern is embarking on her biggest tour to date with the show debuting in Australia before heading out across the UK and Europe. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Saturday 7 September, 8:00pm
Shakatak have enjoyed a level of success and career longevity rarely achieved in contemporary music. Their many hits include the singles Easier Said Than Done, Night Birds and Down On The Street and they have released more than 50 CDs – their most recent recording Time And Places came out in 2016. The six-piece line-up features the four original members: Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Roger Odell and George Anderson.

Malone Sibun Band
Saturday 7 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone teams up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun. Together these two stellar musicians promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, soul and funk, all underpinned by Marcus’ soulful song-driven quality and triggered by Innes’ high levels of intensity and his inherent melodic feel. It’s an exciting musical partnership born of the same musical influences, but one that offers them a broader canvas than before.

Gordon Giltrap
Sunday 8 September, 8:00pm
Recently awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honour List for services to music and charity, legendary British guitarist Gordon Giltrap sets out on a select series of shows across the UK. This innovative guitarist will be performing many of his incredible songs in what promises to be an electrifying solo acoustic show. Expect to hear classics including Heartsong and Lucifer’s Cage alongside new material from his latest album The Last of England.

Big Chris Barber Band
Tuesday 10 September, 8:00pm
In 2018 Chris Barber celebrated his 65th anniversary as leader of his band on a full-time professional basis and the 70th anniversary of beginning his musical career. His orchestra – the Big Chris Barber Band – plays everything from New Orleans to blues to late 1920s’ Ellington with extraordinary panache and skill. On this special night you can expect to hear some favourite tunes: Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, Petite Fleur, Ice Cream, When the Saints Go Marching In and many more.

Dougie MacLean
Wednesday 11 September, 8:00pm
Dougie MacLean is “Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriter and a national musical treasure” (SingOut USA). He has developed a unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots-based’ songwriting and instrumental composition and built an international reputation as a songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer, which has led to concerts and festivals all over the world. His performance during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (with Kylie Minogue and Lulu) was viewed by more than one billion people worldwide!

Thursday 12 September, 8:00pm
Since their last appearance at The Stables, Gryphon have released ReInvention, an all-new studio album of specially written, previously unheard material. No-one could ever pigeonhole the legendary and unpredictable Gryphon. But their music is just as it always was – imaginative, quirky, dazzling and full of humour. Every album and gig utilises at least 40 instruments, so the textures are varied and unfamiliar. Come along tonight and see them prove that ReInvention has certainly been worth the wait.

Joe Brown: 60th Anniversary Tour
Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September, 8:00pm
Rock‘n’roll legend Joe Brown has gone from strength to strength as his contemporary achievements continue to gather momentum. He has continued to break box office records and recently received MOJO magazine’s coveted Outstanding Contribution to Music Award as well as a much-deserved MBE. Joe won over a whole new generation of fans performing on Later With Jools Holland and playing his part closing the show at the Concert for George Harrison in 2002.

Sara Spade
Saturday 14 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Sara Spade presents a brand-new show featuring songs from her latest album and selections from early 20th-century music. There are stories and songs of favourite golden era jazz singers and a toe dipped into vintage comedy to uplift and delight you. Hailed as ‘Britain’s New Age Vintage Nightingale’, Sara takes everything wonderful about vintage music and wraps it up in her own inimitable light-hearted and irreverent style. You are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Michael English in Concert
Special Guests: Keith & Lorraine Mcdonald
Tuesday 17 September, 8:00pm
Following the huge success of Michael’s previous UK visits, he brings his fantastic show to The Stables for the first time. He will be joined by his superb band along with special guests Keith and Lorraine McDonald. Michael has gone from strength to strength in the past five years packing out venues all over Ireland and the UK for concerts and dances.

Geoff Achison & The UK Souldiggers
Tuesday 17 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£15 in advance, £17 on the door
Multi-award-winning Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Geoff Achison returns to the UK for his 20th anniversary tour. Hailing from the deep south of Australia, his exciting blend of raw blues and funky grooves has created scores of devoted fans around the world. He is a versatile artist who can deliver a complete show with nothing more than his soulful voice and virtuosic acoustic guitar style. He is also a highly regarded electric guitarist able to deliver the full blues-rock experience with his outstanding combo The UK Souldiggers.

JCM: In Memory of Jon Hiseman
Wednesday 18 September, 8:00pm
Legendary drummer and JCM founder Jon Hiseman died in June 2018. In the last year of his life, Jon formed JCM, a trio with Colosseum members Clem Clempson on guitar and Mark Clarke on bass. The group made an album, Heroes, that contained music written by former collaborators who Jon had outlived, among them Jack Bruce, Allan Holdsworth and Ollie Halsall. Ironically, the album will become a tribute to Hiseman himself. Jon had wished for JCM to continue beyond his death and so the band moves on with Ralph Salmins now on the drums.

Lionel: A Tribute to Lionel Richie
Thursday 19 September, 8:00pm
Oh! What A Feeling! is back with a stellar line-up of world-class musicians to present a high-octane show celebrating the music of Lionel Richie & The Commodores. Following his recent TV appearances with the man himself on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show and ITV’s Sunday Night At The Palladium, Malcolm Pitt delivers a powerhouse and breathtaking performance as the iconic Lionel Richie.

Clive Carroll
Thursday 19 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Enjoy an inspirational evening of medieval lute music, Spanish guitar classics, Delta Blues and hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt, through to the Beatles. Having started playing guitar at the age of nine, Clive Carroll is now regarded as one of the world’s leading acoustic guitar players. His recently released fourth album, The Furthest Tree, features the great classical guitarist John Williams.

Geoff Norcott:Taking Liberties
Friday 20 September, 8:00pm
Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again with Taking Liberties. Whatever the contentious subject, he’ll be honest and blunt. Geoff has appeared frequently on Question Time and can be regularly seen putting the cat among the pigeons on UK political debate shows. You may have also heard him on his own Radio 4 comedy special or popping up on The Now Show. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Hannah Scott
Friday 20 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Hannah Scott performs contemporary folk music and is picking up a loyal following thanks to her distinctive voice, strong melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. She has found her musical home with creative partner Stefano Della Casa and their well-received album Pieces Of The Night was released in 2018. Recent live highlights include a five-date tour of Germany and a busy summer of festivals including Barcelona’s Nits D’Estiu (Summer Nights).

ABBA Forever
Saturday 21 September, 8:00pm
ABBA Forever is one of the UK’s leading international tribute shows, and theatre audiences across the UK and Sweden have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest pop group. The unique Abba sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail by this seven-piece band. Two outstanding ABBA girls complete the line-up, adding the essential glitz and glamour to a well-polished and gently humorous show.

Steve Winch & The Inception
Saturday 21 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
Steve Winch & The Inception are thrilled to be back on home turf playing The Stables. Inspired by mod fashion and culture, punk attitude and 1960s melodies and harmonies, Steve and the boys are a retro-fuelled, high octane shot of adrenaline. Expect an evening of catchy, killer tunes married to insightful lyrics covering life, love and everything in between.

Royal South
Sunday 22 September, 8:00pm
Royal South: some southern twang, a British accent and brilliant three-part harmony. When the exciting new trio featuring SaraBeth, Glen Mitchell and Vickie Vaughn takes to the stage, there’s an energy that both the audience and members can’t deny. The mix of country and bluegrass influences shine through with a clever blend of acoustic and contemporary sounds.

The Tape Face Show
Monday 23 September, 8:00pm
Tape Face returns to the UK with a brand new show! New Jokes, New Props, Same Tape. After storming the US and being seen by 51 million people online, Tape Face lands back on UK soil and hits the road. Grab a ticket and prepare for another storm. Putting your shoes on will never be the same after seeing this show.

The Leisure Society
Tuesday 24 September, 8:00pm
Even before you get to the music there’s plenty to pique one’s interest with The Leisure Society. Main-man Nick Hemming began his career in shoegaze band The Telescopes and shared a further outfit with Paddy Considine and Shane Meadows. They’ve had two consecutive Ivor Novello nominations for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, and have enjoyed the endorsement of everyone from Guy Garvey to Brian Eno. Their long-awaited fifth album, Arrivals & Departures, is set for release this spring.

Menuhin & Grappelli: The Legacy
With Christian Garrick, Peter Fisher And Friends
Wednesday 25 September, 8:00pm
In a special programme, Stables’ favourites Christian Garrick and Peter Fisher return to perform a programme of pieces arranged specially for Yeheudi Menuhin and Stephane Grappelli by Nelson Riddle and Max Harris in their famous cross-over collaboration of the 1970s and 80s. Jealousy, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square and Lady Be Good will feature among many other works. The remainder of the programme will showcase wonderful pieces from Christian and Peter’s own particular oeuvres – some Paganini or perhaps Chopin from Maestro Fisher – before the duo rekindle for a grand finale of yet more fiendish duo fiddling!

Martin Simpson
Thursday 26 September, 8:00pm
The remarkable, intimate solo performances Martin Simpson gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. Forty years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, Martin is still regarded as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues as well as his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the world’s finest fingerstyle guitar players.

Ed Byrne: If I’m Honest
Friday 27 – Saturday 28 September, 8:00pm
Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his touring hit, Spoiler Alert! Join Ed as he takes a long, hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children. A household TV name, Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, The Pilgrimage, Top Gear and QI in the past 12 months. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Smith & Brewer
Friday 27 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer met at an event organised by Joan Armatrading for the acts she had chosen to support her on her 2015 tour. Although they originally planned to just write together, they soon realised that their playing styles and voices complemented each other and they started playing as a duo. Since then, they have performed together all over the UK, notably as the support act to 10cc and Ralph McTell. They recently finished work on their debut album, Another Shade Of.

Sam Coe & The Long Shadows
Saturday 28 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
British Country Music Award nominees Sam Coe & The Long Shadows released their highly anticipated debut album Full Moon in 2018, which firmly positioned themselves at the forefront of the UK country/Americana music scene. This vibrant collection of honest, gutsy and heart-wrenching songs rides on a wave of 1970s retro countrypop. Previous performances include supporting Radio 2 favourites The Shires, plus two consecutive years at the O2’s C2C Country to Country Festival.

La Voix: Live, Loud & Fabulous
Sunday 29 September, 8:00pm
Star of Ab Fab The Movie and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, larger than life La Voix dazzles audiences with her incredible voice, natural wit and hilarious impersonations. With her band, she brings you bewitching renditions of jazz, musical theatre and pop classics that are scarily accurate impressions of her female icons – from Cher to Tina Turner, Shirley Bassey to Liza Minnelli, no diva is spared. A feast for the senses, this evening of frills, frocks and fun is one not to be missed!

Keith James: The Music of Yusuf/Cat Stevens
Sunday 29 September, 8:45pm (Stage 2)
As a gesture of belief in the possibility of harmony and understanding within all of us, Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf (Cat Stevens). The amassed body of music from this hugely popular and sincerely adored singer/songwriter made for a collection of must-have records across a whole generation. Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser And The Firecat were on everyone’s turntables and on every radio station, and live versions are played in concerts and bars to this day.

with Special Guest Edgar Broughton
Monday 30 September, 8:00pm
With roots firmly planted in the fertile ground of the South Wales rock scene, Man were formed in 1968 and, pausing for a brief intake of breath in the late 1970s, have continued as a recording and gigging band to this day. 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the band. Expect some old classics and new songs with a new studio album also scheduled for release.


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