What's On at The Stables, Milton Keynes in April 2019 Image: The Stables

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
Tuesday 2 April 8:00pm
The darkening is the Northumbrian name for twilight, but this band’s music blazes fiercely… Their inspiration comes from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, which seems so quintessentially Northumbrian… and yet almost 2000 years ago, that same landscape was inhabited by people from around the world. Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening embrace that global perspective, bringing some of the oldest Northumbrian tunes and songs throbbing to life, intermingling them with new material and binding it all together with contemporary resonance and attitude.

Wendy Kirkland
Tuesday 2 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Wendy Kirkland is a world-class jazz pianist and vocalist whose 2017 debut album Piano Divas made such an impact that it was Album of the Week slot twice on Jazz UK radio. Tonight she will perform tracks from the album which contains fresh arrangements of songs made famous by jazzwomen – including Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone and Blossom Dearie – who all started out as pianists then learned to serenade the audience too, as Wendy has done.

Limehouse Lizzy
Wednesday 3 April 8:00pm
Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive and well – and now the band have added a tribute to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore into their show. From receiving their official PRS award and performing for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados to being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy band, Limehouse Lizzy enter their 25th year with their most explosive gig yet.

Lucy Porter: Pass It On
Thursday 4 April 8:00pm
A brand new stand-up show from TV favourite Lucy Porter, as seen on QI, Room 101 and Live At The Apollo and heard on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show. Lucy muses on what we receive from our ancestors and what we pass on to future generations. She has inherited dodgy knees and global warming from her parents, but can she leave a better legacy for her children? (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Marshes (featuring Beth Porter) and The Bookshop Band
Thursday 4 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Marshes is the new incarnation of Beth Porter (cellist, composer and songwriter) and The Availables. Their forthcoming album Who We Are features a mix of dark, quirky, charming and ethereal tracks, all carried by Beth’s pure and unaffected voice. The Bookshop Band is one of Beth’s many other incarnations – a duo with Ben Please which writes and performs songs inspired by their response to books they have read.

The NewGrass Cutters
Friday 5 April 8:00pm
Pete Brown (son of rock’n’roll veteran Joe) and internationally renowned band The NewGrass Cutters return to The Stables with a rip-roaring performance of bluegrass music at its finest. The line-up features the same superb musicians who tour with Joe at his sell-out gigs – Nashville recording artist and banjo/mandolin virtuoso, Richard Collins; Mike Nichols on bass; legendary drummer and singer Phil Capaldi – while Pete performs on guitar, lap steel and mandolin.

Albany Down
Friday 5 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£12 in advance, £14 on the door
Albany Down are an original rock band who have recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums. Their first album, South of the City, was released in 2011 and was well received by BBC Radio which invited the band to perform on The Paul Jones Blues Show. In 2013 the band stepped up to the plate with 12 original well-crafted songs on Not Over Yet, including their International Songwriting Competition Award-winning song You Ain’t Coming Home. The band’s third album, The Outer Reach, was voted Number 5 Best Album of the year by Blues Rock Review.

The Story of Guitar Heroes
Saturday 6 April 8:00pm
Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have the chance to experience in one amazing show! This live concert-style ‘rockumentary’ is performed by the extraordinarily talented musician Phil Walker, backed by his exceptional band.

Sam Kelly’s Station House
Saturday 6 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
Sam Kelly is a professional musician with more than 40 years in the business. Station House is his ‘groove’ band and has dancing very much in mind. The band’s unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz, calypso, reggae and British funk. With three lead singers supported by percussion and drums, the result is an eclectic fusion of music with its roots firmly based in the blues.

Feast of Fiddles
Sunday 7 April 8:00pm
Feast of Fiddles are really a band of friends who put on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), 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 drummer Dave Mattacks.

Lizzie Deane Band
Sunday 7 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
Soul, funk and blues songstress Lizzie Deane has a deeply soulful voice that emulates the sweet melodic and raw belting lines associated with the classic divas. With her warm persona and infectious performance style Lizzie contemporises her musical influences, that include Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Stevie Wonder. Having toured with highly-acclaimed artists including Boy George and Howard Jones, Lizzie will be performing songs from her album Set Me Free as well as showcasing some brand new material.

Hazel O’Connor: Hallelujah Moments
Tuesday 9 April 8:00pm
Award-winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor rose to fame starring in the 1980 film Breaking Glass. Her ageless songs include Eighth Day, Will You, Big Brother, Monsters In Disguise, Blackman and Hanging Around. Tonight she’ll be joined by Clare Hirst (The Belle Stars, Communards, David Bowie) on sax and vocals and Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) on keyboards and vocals.

Colin Blunstone
supported by Bruce Sudano
Wednesday 10 April 8:00pm
Nobody sings like Colin Blunstone, the mild-mannered man from St. Albans who became one of Britain’s most respected and popular vocalists and lead singer with The Zombies. His distinctive voice manages to be both sweetly angelic and deceptively strong. Now Colin is playing solo dates with his own fabulous band featuring songs from his 50-year musical career, including She’s Not There, I Don’t Believe In Miracles and Say You Don’t Mind.

Best of Queen featuring The Bohemians
Thursday 11 April 8:00pm

Big Dez
Thursday 11 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Big Dez plays guitar with the chilling intensity of Albert Collins and Johnny Guitar Watson, writing great foottappin’ original electric blues songs and playing superb versions of blues standards. He’ll be promoting his new album, Last Train, which was mixed and mastered in Austin, Texas, and features special guests Lucky Peterson and Sax Gordon Beadle. Whether jamming with Lucky in the clubs of Paris or playing at the larger European and North American blues festivals, Big Dez and his band deliver a great performance every time.

John Lodge of the Moody Blues
Friday 12 April 8:00pm
£37.50 & £35.00
John Lodge, legendary bass player, songwriter and vocalist with The Moody Blues, and recent inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, brings his 10,000 Light Years solo tour to The Stables. This is a unique opportunity to see John perform his Moody Blues’ hits and some of his solo work, plus a few special treats that are sure to delight fans and music lovers alike.

Aibhe Reddy
Friday 12 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Influenced by the likes of Liane La Havas, Fiona Apple and Hundred Waters, Aibhe continues to impress with Attach To Memory, a sublime EP built on solid song writing, intricate melodies, and addictive radio friendly hooks – best illustrated on the lead single Fingertips. She has been making huge waves in her native Ireland, ever since a homemade demo of her song Cover Me was used in a Today FM radio advert in 2014. Later that year her first single Flesh & Blood garnered excellent reviews and was featured as Song of the Day on Folk Radio UK.

The Mods Band
Saturday 13 April 8:00pm
All your favourite 1960 sounds are here: The Small Faces, The Kinks, The Who, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Doors, Spencer Davis and Desmond Dekker to name just a few. Come and experience a real celebration of the best music from the 1960s, letting this great band transport you back to those magical times – maximum entertainment guaranteed!

The Hut People
Saturday 13 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the world, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have established themselves as one of the most entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

Brian McFadden’s Soul Jam
Sunday 14 April 8:00pm
Brian McFadden, back with a new contemporary soul sound and a new album, will be paying tribute to the legendary Otis Redding. Backed by his full eight-piece band performing all the soul classics, the Brian McFadden’s Soul Jam tour will be hitting the road in April playing a small run of clubs and venues around the UK.

Molly Tuttle
Sunday 14 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)

The Cavern Beatles
Tuesday 16 April 8:00pm
The Cavern Beatles are widely regarded as being as close to the real thing as it’s possible to get; they’re 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.

Krissy Matthews Band
Tuesday 16 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
The Krissy Matthews Band is a British blues rock trio led by the guitarist and singer Krissy Matthews. The band has played more than 1,000 concerts on renowned stages in Europe and Asia. They have played as warm-up for Toto, Joe Bonamassa, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Gregg Allman and released five studio albums.

Skerryvore: The EVO Tour
Wednesday 17 April 8:00pm
Skerryvore create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all the personalities and upbringing of the eight band members who hail from different regions of Scotland. The band showcases the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music and enjoys a growing worldwide fanbase.

Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club
Wednesday 17 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Presenting the comedy stars of tomorrow today! Compere Andrew Bird introduces rising star Ross Smith and the headliner is Debra Jane Appleby. Line-up may be subject to change. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

The Unsung Singers: The Brits Behind the Hits
Thursday 18 April 8:00pm
The Brits Behind The Hits brings together the best of Britain’s backing singers in a show featuring unforgettable songs and storytelling. You’ll learn how these vocal shapeshifters became a vital part of the record-making process and contributed to so many of our favourite hit records from the 1950s to the present day. Take a peek at what went on behind the scenes during the recording sessions and tours of some of the world’s biggest artists.

Tom Paxton & the Don Juans
Friday 19 April 8:00pm
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and US folk icon Tom Paxton returns to the UK to perform shows with very special guests, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter duo The DonJuans – Don Henry and Jon Vezner. Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something. Now they’re taking it on the road!

Are You Experienced?: Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Saturday 20 April 8:00pm
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.

Cats in Space
Thursday 25 April 8:00pm
Cats in Space have caused quite a stir since landing in 2015. With their unique sounds they transport you back to the days of 1970s classic rock. Think loud guitars, walls of soaring multitracked vocal harmonies, grandiose pianos and huge singable choruses. It’s purr-fect! A storming live album Cats Alive! was released last year to document the band’s live performances, cementing them as front-runners in the UK rock scene. Their eagerly anticipated 2019 release is crammed with even more outrageousness than all their predecessors combined.

Midge Ure: Songs Questions & Answers – Live 2019
Friday 26 April 8:00pm

Patrick Monahan: #Goals
Friday 26 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Multi-award-winning comedian and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Patrick Monahan performs his brand new-stand up show, #Goals. We all have life goals, whether it’s to win the lottery or marry up – make it your goal to come and watch this great comedy show from an Irish Iranian smoggy! Patrick is constantly touring, so much so that comedy website Ents24 has listed him for the past three years in the top three of the hardest-working comedians in the UK. As seen on ITV’s Celebrity Squares, Loose Women, Show Me The Funny, Safeword, Fake Reaction and Splash. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Gyles Brandreth: Break A Leg
Saturday 27 April 8:00pm

Elizabeth & Jameson
Saturday 27 April 8:45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
A stunning collaboration between two rising stars of the UK folk-pop-rock scene, Elizabeth & Jameson comprises Hannah Elizabeth of Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson of Fred’s House. Together, they offer the best of both backgrounds; this is simple, classic songwriting at its best – a stripped-back, harmony-driven sound with guitar, violin and exquisite vocals. Having already opened for Scott Matthews, Bob Fox and Daoirí Farrell, the duo are also receiving critical acclaim for their debut EP Supermoon and their latest studio recording The Second Phase.

Remi Harris Duo
Sunday 28 April 11:30am
Accompanied by Tom Moore on double bass, Remi plays an eclectic mix of original compositions, improvisations, jazz standards and new arrangements of music from Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Peter Green and many more.

Josh Rouse & Grant-Lee Phillips (double-headliner)
Sunday 28 April 8:00pm
You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Josh Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Grant-Lee Phillips’s gifts for reconciling classic touchstones with an adventurous sensibility has distinguished his work since he first emerged as the frontman of the acclaimed trio Grant Lee Buffalo in the early 1990s. His most recent album – Widdershins – was released last year.

Radio Active Tour
with Angus Deayton, Philip Pope, Michael Fenton Stevens And Helen Atkinson Wood
Tuesday 30 April 8:00pm
Angus Deayton (Have I Got News For You, One Foot In The Grave), Helen Atkinson Wood (Blackadder), Michael Fenton Stevens (Benidorm) and Philip Pope (Who Dares Wins) reunite to take classic scripts from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show on the road following a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Expect to catch up with long-suffering radio host Mike Channel, original foodie Anna Daptor and the accident-prone Martin Brown.