Events at The Stables this May
Wednesday 1 May, 8:00pm
Claire Martin takes to the road with a stellar group of musicians to celebrate the release of her eagerly awaited new album, Believin’It. The album was conceived and recorded in Sweden in collaboration with one of the country’s most gifted jazz musicians, Martin Sjöstedt, who has created imaginative new arrangements of contemporary material. Encompassing five decades from the 1970s to the present day, tracks include unique reworkings of Broken Wings by Mr. Mister and I’m Not in Love by 10cc, as well as favourites by Joni Mitchell, Ivan Lins and Pat Metheny.
From The Jam: That’s Entertainment – The Acoustic Tour 2019
Thursday 2 May, 8pm
From the Jam are led by bassist/singer Bruce Foxton, one of the original members of immortal trio, later to perform with Stiff Little Fingers. He is joined by Russell Hastings on lead vocal and guitar. Together they will be performing acoustic interpretations of The Jam‘s classic back catalogue including Start, Town Called Malice, That’s Entertainment, Eton Rifles, Beat Surrender and Going Underground.
Sarah Jane Morris: Sweet Little Mystery
Thursday 2 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
In her inspiring new show Sarah Jane Morris shines a light on the great musical maverick John Martyn. Sarah Jane will be accompanied by her regular collaborators Tony Remy, Tim Cansfield, Martyn Barker and Henry Thomas.
Sam Sweeney: The Unfinished Violin
Friday 3 May, 8pm
Sam Sweeney is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead’s domination of British folk for 10 years. He is artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. Last September Sam released his first solo album, The Unfinished Violin, a development of his acclaimed live show, Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War, which toured from 2014 until last year. It centred on a fiddle the 19-year-old Sweeney came across in a violin shop in Oxford, made but not assembled by one Richard S Howard of Harehills, Leeds, in 1915. It’s the instrument Sweeney has used for numerous albums and countless gigs. In time he set about digging into its history and uncovered the fateful tale of Richard Howard, a music hall performer called up in 1916 only to lose his life in the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917.
Andrew Lawrence: Clean
Friday 3 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
Andrew Lawrence, star of Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost contrarian, takes a break from all the controversy in this new show. No politics. No religion. No smut. No swearing. Just great jokes and good clean fun.
Tubular Bells for Two
+ support from Gypsy Fingers
Saturday 4 May, 8pm
Two ambitious musicians play more than 20 instruments to bring Mike Oldfield’s classic hit Tubular Bells to life in a unique theatrical performance. Multi-instrumentalists Daniel Holdsworth and Aidan Roberts have arranged the entire score of Tubular Bells to be played out by just two musicians, bringing the influential masterpiece to life with all of its multi-layered madness and beauty intact.
Saturday 4 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
Luke’s songwriting draws on his experiences, family life and poignant stories he’s been told. His performance style and songwriting skills are constantly developing and improving, as confirmed by him winning Male Artist of the Year from Fatea magazine in 2014 and 2016 and being nominated in 2013 in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Emerging Talent and Young Folk categories. An accomplished performer, Luke takes his audience on a shared journey down the byways of love, hope, sorrow and melancholy via the service stations of folk, roots, blues, Americana and soul.
Marmen String Quartet
presented by Music In The Round
Sunday 5 May 2:30pm
£15.00; Free tickets for Under-25s
HAYDN Quartet in B flat Op.50 No.1
LIGETI Quartet No.1 Metamorphoses nocturnes
BEETHOVEN Quartet in C sharp minor Op.131
The Marmen Quartet are former holders of Sheffield-based Music in the Round’s ‘Bridge’ Quartet Residency and in 2018 won the prestigious Annual Royal Overseas League Competition. This recital begins with the first of Haydn’s Op.50 quartets, an enchanting work dedicated to the King of Prussia, himself an enthusiastic cellist. Ligeti’s masterful first quartet was completed in 1954, but owing to the political situation in Hungary was only premiered in 1958 in Vienna. Beethoven’s late quartets stand at the pinnacle of classical chamber music and, anecdotally, the Opus 131 quartet in C sharp minor was the composer’s own favourite.
Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita
Tuesday 7 May, 8pm
Sharon Shannon, the button accordion player from County Clare, has recorded and toured with a who’s who of the Irish and global music industry. Sharon will be touring to support her current release Sacred Earth which features Seckou Keita, arguably the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation. Together these two masters of their crafts, weaving together their musical traditions, will take us to magical places new.
Neil Angilley Trio
Tuesday 7 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Neil Angilley is a brilliant pianist, equally at home playing jazz, Latin or classical. He has worked with the acid jazz percussionist Snowboy for many years, is MD for the violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae and includes work with Maceo Parker, Roy Hargrove, Lionel Richie, Lisa Stansfield and jazz/ rock show War of The Worlds on a glittering CV. Neil’s trio have just released a new recording called The Lake District, dedicated to children’s author and conservationist Beatrix Potter, who owned and donated much of her land to the National Trust.
+ support from Curse of Lono
Wednesday 8 May, 8pm
Multi-award-winning American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Samantha Fish returns for a UK tour. The tour coincides with Samantha’s new studio album, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2017 albums Belle of the West and Chills & Fever. After launching her recording career in 2009, she quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, she has earned a reputation as a true guitar hero and powerful live performer.
The 4 of Us
Wednesday 8 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on the door
The 4 of Us are one of the most acclaimed bands in Ireland, having been a part of Irish music history for more than 25 years. Blending contemporary roots with rock, the award-winning band was formed by brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy from Newry in Northern Ireland. Their unique sound has garnered a large fanbase and a catalogue of timeless songs, including six Top 20 Irish charting albums and several hit singles. Sugar Island, their latest album, explores the Murphy brothers’ early years growing up in a border town during the height of the Troubles.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Thursday 9 May, 8pm
Direct from success in London’s West End, a sold-out 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.
Thursday 9 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
More than simply a folk-singer, multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer. During the past decade, Jim has been nominated six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.
Friday 10 May, 8pm
Join the number-one selling classical trio Tenors UnLimited, the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’, as they kick off their latest tour with a brand new show. The group – Scott Ciscon, Jem Sharples and Paul Martin – have assembled a fabulous mix of music ranging from opera, pop and crooner classics, old favourites and self-penned titles. Songs include the ever popular La Donna E Mobile and Nessun Dorma, pop favourites Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud and Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona, as well as numbers from their current album The Journey.
Friday 10 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
A Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to folk music; the other the years she spent soaking up Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets including NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone magazine and BBC Music. Her 2016 album Nine Pin won a Canadian Folk Music Award and a Stingray Rising Star Award, and sent Kaia on an 18-month touring journey across the world.
Country Radio Live
featuring Katy Hurt, Holloway Road & Laura Oakes
Saturday 11 May 7:30pm
£22.50 & £20.00
Join Laura Oakes, Holloway Road and Katy Hurt for an evening of the best UK country music. Come along and enjoy some excellent music from three award-winning UK country artists… together in one place for one night only! Listen to these and other great country music artists on the Country Radio website or ask your smart speaker e.g. “Alexa, play Country Radio UK on Tune In”! Promoted by Sawtry Media
Eleanor Conway: Walk of Shame 2
Saturday 11 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
Fresh off the back of a 100-date, 10-country tour, Eleanor Conway returns with her hotly anticipated sequel Walk of Shame 2 (Reality Bites). Eleanor’s last blackout was four years ago and she’s missing her old friend. What happens when you wake up and realise the party is over? She’s living life in real time now and reality is harsh when you don’t have something to take the ‘edge’ off. Eleanor’s new show is about what happens when you stop chasing the ‘perfect’ version of yourself and realise she’s been right there all along. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)
The Tiger Lillies: Devil’s Playground
Sunday 12 May, 8pm
The Grammy-nominated Godfathers of alternative cabaret return with a very special show celebrating their 30th anniversary. The world of The Tiger Lillies is dark and hilarious with moments of immense beauty. In this new show they take you on a trip to the Devil’s Fairground – temptation and sin await! Formed in 1989, they perform worldwide and remain one of the most unique, provocative and genre-defying bands of all time, winning an Olivier award for their hit West End musical Shockheaded Peter.
supported by Erika Wennerstrom
Tuesday 14 May, 8pm
Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Widely regarded among the best pure songwriters of this era, Patty has had her work performed by a truly epic assortment of her fellow artists, among them Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Kelly Clarkson and Jeff Beck. Her self-titled new album is due for release in March.
The Rutles: Get Up & Go Again Tour
Wednesday 15 May, 8pm
£22.50 & £21.00
Occasional supergroup The Rutles — led by ex-Bonzo Neil Innes and drummer John Halsey — return in May for a short series of UK dates. Widely known as the ‘Pre-Fab Four’, The Rutles first arrived on our screens in 1975 via a sketch on Eric Idle’s BBC television series Rutland Weekend Television. Expect a full evening’s entertainment featuring all the classic songs, including I Must Be In Love, Cheese And Onions, Piggy In The Middle, With A Girl Like You, and, of course, Get Up & Go.
Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club
Wednesday 15 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Presenting the comedy stars of tomorrow today! Compere Andrew Bird introduces rising star Andrea Hubert and the headliner is Christian Reilly. Line-up may be subject to change. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)
The Unthanks: Unaccompanied, As We Are
support from Tim Dalling
Thursday 16 May, 8pm
Before fronting one of the most artistically brave and revered bands working today, Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank grew up singing songs without accompaniment, in weaving, unschooled vocal harmony. As if to prove that creativity should never be about ambition or aspiration, The Unthanks are going back to what they know and do best – singing in unaccompanied harmony – joined on this tour by Unthanks member Niopha Keegan to make a vocal trio.
Croft & Pearce
Thursday 16 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce are the stars of BBC Radio 4’s The Croft & Pearce Show and Sketchorama, winners of the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award and recipients of the official Edinburgh Fringe ‘Total Sell-Out Show’ laurel. This BBC’s Next Big Thing act have sold out theatres in London, New York and across the UK. Don’t miss their brand new show! (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)
Friday 17 – Saturday 18 May, 8pm
£25.00 & Balcony Standing £18.50 (£23 if both shows booked in the same transaction- only bookable by phone or in person)
G2 Genesis pay tribute to a vintage period in Genesis’ long and colourful history, the four-man Seconds Out era, and earlier Gabriel years. With a repertoire extending from the 1970 Trespass album to 1980’s Duke, G2 faithfully recreate some of the finest progressive rock ever written. Having been performing classic Genesis for nearly two decades, G2 are making their annual return to The Stables and will again perform two different sets over the two nights
Friday 17 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens first picked up a guitar at the age of two and she has since learnt cello, piano, banjo, ukulele and mandolin. Emma has achieved four consecutive playlisted singles on BBC Radio 2, extensive radio play in the UK, Europe and Australia and an iTunes single of the week with her song Riptide. Since losing her mother to cancer in 2012, Emma has dedicated her life to her music, writing messages of positivity, hope and love.
Saturday 18 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Ingenious singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist George Montague is an exceptional musician with immense energy and countless contagious original songs. Playing piano and guitar, he enhances his live shows by featuring live-looping vocal harmonies and beatboxing. The full richness of George’s undaunted and intelligent play with a myriad of musical textures can be experienced on his captivating and ear-catching album Curiouser and Curiouser George, as well as on his brand new record to be released in the spring.
Natasha Seale: The Songs and Life of Rosemary Clooney
Sunday 19 May 11:30am
Natasha Seale brings together an all-star rhythm section from the UK jazz scene to celebrate the life and songs of iconic American vocalist Rosemary Clooney, who blurred the line between pop and jazz in the 1940s and 50s. Rosemary rubbed shoulders with a whole host of musical royalty including the Gershwin brothers, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett
Antonio Forcione Quartet
Sunday 19 May, 8pm
The Antonio Forcione Quartet continue to wow audiences across the world. This is a truly international line-up which features Jenny Adejayan from Nigeria/Grenada/UK, Emiliano Caroselli from Italy, Matheus Nova from Brazil and Antonio Forcione from Italy. Tonight’s concert will feature many of Antonio’s own compositions as well as a mixture of rearranged classics by Dave Brubeck, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many others. There is an imaginative and joyful synthesis – a world-class band with spectacular technique and rich composition who have developed a unique, powerful and exotic sound.
Leo Sayer: Just A Boy at 70
Monday 20 May, 8pm
Dave Kelly & Christine Collister
Monday 20 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
Close friends Dave and Christine have enjoyed several great tours together when their other commitments permit. Tonight they will perform a host of their favourite songs, crossing every music genre: soul, blues, country and may be some folkabilly too. An evening packed with musicality, talent, emotion… and a little humour.
Some Kinda Wonderful: The Music of Stevie Wonder
featuring The Derek Nash Band & Noel Mccalla
Tuesday 21 May, 8pm
Some Kinda Wonderful celebrates the genius of Stevie Wonder, with mesmeric vocalist Noel McCalla, award-winning saxophonist Derek Nash and a band of world-class musicians. Following sell-out shows in London’s top jazz venues, they arrive at The Stables to play a wide-ranging catalogue of classic hits guaranteed to appeal to anyone who loves great music.
John Etheridge & Sweet Chorus
Wednesday 22 May, 8pm
Formed 20 years ago by legendary guitarist John Etheridge to celebrate the work of the 20th century’s greatest jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, with whom he toured the world for five years, Sweet Chorus is a band that revels in melodic, swinging acoustic jazz. The partnership of John Etheridge and violinist Christian Garrick has been described as “one of the most potent combinations in European jazz” (Jazzwise magazine) and the team of Dave Kelbie and Andy Crowdy as the “Rolls Royce of rhythm sections”.
Wednesday 22 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£11 in advance, £13 on the door
Described by Mark Radcliffe as a “brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience”, Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross is touring with his new album 12 Silk Handkerchiefs and tracks from 12 other superb albums. As well as story songs which bring characters from history to life and comment on the world around him, Reg also writes captivating love songs, performed with depth and spellbinding delivery.
Show of Hands Duo
supported by Cormac Byrne and Adam Summerhayes.
Plus Special Guest Richard Shindell
Friday 24 May, 8pm
£23.50 & Balcony Standing £18.50
Show of Hands join forces with long-term friend and collaborator Richard Shindell to present their very own transatlantic ‘Special Relationship’ show. Hailing from New Jersey and now a resident of Buenos Aires, Richard writes flawless, vivid songs that paint pictures and tell stories. Along with a selection of their own material, Steve Knightley and Phil Beer will join Richard to add their sparkle on songs such as You Stay Here, Reunion Hill and Next Best Western.
Ultimate Bowie: Tribute to David Bowie
Saturday 25 May, 8pm
In January 2016, the world lost a great music legend. The legacy David Bowie left his fans is a superb catalogue of music from a stellar 40+ year career. In this authentic celebration, the UK’s number one David Bowie tribute show, starring Ed Blaney, will transport you across the golden years of Bowie, from Spaceboy to Superstar.
Sunday 26 May, 8pm
Stars of the Nordic fiddle scene, Frigg features the finest talents of a generation of Finnish folk musicians. The group draw influences from their homeland alongside those from their extensive travels – joyfully fusing Nordic and bluegrass flavours to create their own signature Nordgrass. Tight interplay between four violins, with the support of mandolin, cittern, guitar and contrabass, is spiced up with a sparkling, highenergy stage show.
Monday 27 May, 8pm
Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight. Thea released The Counterweight in 2016 to critical acclaim, an album full of passion and disdain that often muses on the rapid change in the social and political landscape. 2019 will see the release of an eagerly anticipated new studio album.
Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue starring Los Straitjackets
+ support from Howlin’ Jaws
Tuesday 28 May, 8pm
£32.00 & £30.00
Nick Lowe made his mark as a producer and songwriter of at least three songs you know by heart, enjoying a short-lived career as a pop star and a lengthy term as a musicians’ musician. His new four-song EP Tokyo Bay features Los Straitjackets as his backing band. Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental and use the music of The Ventures, The Shadows, Link Wray and Dick Dale as a jumping-off point.
Simon Brodkin: Let Me Introduce Myself (Work in progress)
Tuesday 28 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
Rossano Sportiello Trio
Wednesday 29 May, 8pm
The fabulous Italian-American swing pianist Rossano Sportiello joins bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown for an evening of exciting live jazz. Rossano was born in Vigevano, Italy and graduated in classical piano aged only 16. Having transferred his allegiance to jazz, he became known as an exponent of the stride style and was compared to the late Ralph Sutton and Dave McKenna, but that understates his playing range. He can, as they say, do it all.
Dan Walsh Trio
Wednesday 29 May, 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
After a solo world tour promoting the acclaimed Verging On The Perpendicular album, BBC Folk Award nominee Dan Walsh comes to The Stables with the all-new Dan Walsh Trio. This exciting outfit sees him team up with award-winning fiddler Ciaran Algar and long-time collaborator Nic Zuppardi on mandolin. At the heart of the trio’s sound is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is sure to be truly memorable.
Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy
Thursday 30 May, 8pm
The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury-nominated daughter Eliza Carthy join forces to perform songs from The Elephant, their duo album of traditional material released in 2014. For more than 50 years Martin has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best-loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial figures. Eliza has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with her intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performances.