What’s On: The Stables, Milton Keynes June 2019

Susie Dent: The Secret Life of Words
Tuesday 2 July 8:00pm
Countdown’s Susie Dent will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster) and explain the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled).

Alongside such forgotten stories you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Matt Long
Tuesday 2 July 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Matt Long has carved himself a reputation as a stellar frontman of award-winning British blues band Catfish. Matt’s new band allows him to flex his songwriting muscles with a project focused on rockier riffs and showcasing his impeccable guitar wizardry. The band consists of Catfish band-mate Adam Pyke on bass and ex-Raven Eye drummer Kev Hickman on drums.

The Temperance Seven
Wednesday 3 July 8:00pm
Who could have predicted that a band that hit the charts 50 years ago with songs and a style that were already 40 years out of date would still be around in 2019, playing the same style of music?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!

Hello Again: The Story of Neil Diamond
Thursday 4 July 8:00pm
With evocative imagery, video and narration to enhance the magic, this great show takes you on a musical journey through Neil Diamond’s glittering 50-year career.

From The Bang Years of the 1960s to the present day, you’ll soon find yourself singing along to all the hits including Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rosie, Forever in Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue, Hello Again, Love on the Rocks, America and many more.

Shazia Mirza: Work in Progress
Thursday 4 July 8.45pm (Stage 2)
Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows With Love From St. Tropez and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, Shazia Mirza is taking on the burning issues of our time in her latest show for 2019.

What’s going on? Why does everyone hate each other, why does no one talk on the phone? And why are there no women left with real eyebrows? (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Friday 5 July 8:00pm
Showaddywaddy have long been established as Europe’s most successful exponents of retro-inspired rock’n’roll. Their record speaks for itself – 23 top 40 hit singles, including Under The Moon of Love, When, You Got What It Takes, 3 Steps To Heaven and Hey Rock & Roll. Rock’n’roll music is truly alive and kicking in the hands of this amazing band.

Daria Kulesh
Friday 5 July 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10.00 in advance, £12 on the door
With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, Daria Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Among numerous other accolades, her debut album Eternal Child was named runner-up in Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist by FolkWords.

Daria’s performance at The Stables is part of her Earthly Delights album launch tour and she is accompanied by Tristan Seume, a phenomenal guitarist, described by Gordon Giltrap as “one of the finest of the new acoustic generation”.

Kossoff: The Band Plays On
Saturday 6 July 8:00pm
Renowned vocalist Terry Slesser has put together a fine ensemble of high-calibre musicians to pay tribute to legendary guitarist Paul Kossoff. Terry performed alongside Kossoff in the post-Free outfit Back Street Crawler.

This new series of dates will feature rarely played highlights from the Back Street Crawler album Second Street alongside other numbers from Back Street Crawler’s back catalogue (and, of course, some choice Free tracks).

Pete Firman: Edinburgh Preview
Saturday 6 July 8.45pm (Stage 2)

Milton Jones: Work In Progress
Wednesday 10 July 8:00pm

Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Thursday 11 July 8:00pm
New York City-based band The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are back in the UK! Starting off as the (almost) heavy metal Ancestors in the 1990s, the band have taken all that is good in folk, country and Americana with a twist of Pink Floyd flavouring, and melded their own unique sound that’s at once familiar yet almost impossible to pigeonhole.

Rubbing regular shoulders with icons of American music, the band have earned some serious endorsees. Garth Hudson of The Band is a committed Slambovian fan describing frontman Joziah Longo as “an awesome songwriter”.

Dutch Swing College Band
Friday 12 July 8:00pm
£22.00 & £20.00
There’s a treat in store when the Dutch Swing College Band comes to town! This internationally acclaimed jazz band has recorded more than 100 albums and performs at festivals, theatres and royal occasions across the world. Don’t miss them as they make a welcome return to The Stables.

Ryan Young & Jenn Butterworth
Friday 12 July 8.45pm (Stage 2)
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Fiddle player Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music. He recorded his debut album with triple Grammy winner Jesse Lewis.

Ryan holds a first class honours and a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has twice been a finalist in both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

The Strawbs: 50th Anniversary Acoustic Concert
Saturday 13 July 8:00pm
The Acoustic Strawbs of the 21st century consist of the founder, constant guiding force, originator and lead vocalist Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone magazine as the best Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK.

Alongside him are long-time band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs.

Rock Experience Concert
Sunday 14 July 7:30pm
This concert will showcase local bands who have taken part in The Stables’ 2019 Rock Experience course. All performers have taken part in five weeks of workshops to develop their technique and rehearse material for their set.

Eve Selis
Tuesday 16 July 8:00pm
Eve Selis is an internationally acclaimed folk, rock and country singer-songwriter from San Diego, California, with a long and winding road behind her.

Drawing from the dark, rich soil of American music, she digs deep to create a towering opus of interconnected music, all dripping with her indelible “honey chipotle” voice.

Simon Brodkin: 100% Simon Brodkin (Work in progress)
Tuesday 16 July 8:30pm
You may know him as “comedy legend Lee Nelson” (The Sun) or “some unfunny pillock” (The Deputy Prime Minister) who gave Theresa May a P45, but you definitely won’t know him as “hilarious little Jew Simon Brodkin”(someone on Twitter).

After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and world-famous stunts on Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed comedian unveils his funniest character yet… himself! Don’t miss Simon Brodkin’s highly-anticipated debut stand-up show.

Rick Wakeman
Wednesday 17 – Thursday 18 July
£35.00 & £32.50
In 2017, professional musician, broadcaster and raconteur Rick Wakeman made chart history when his Piano Portraits record became the first solo piano instrumental album to enter the UK’s Top 10 on release – a feat he repeated with the release of the follow-up Piano Odyssey last October.

Both albums feature music that has been important to Rick on his personal musical journey, drawn from contemporary pop and rock as well as classical repertoire.

Livewire: The AC/DC show
Friday 19 July 8:00pm
Live/Wire is the AC/DC Show. The hugely successful six-man tribute to rock music’s greatest band, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls amps and two hours of high voltage rock’n’roll in a show that is critically acclaimed for its closeness in look and sound to the real thing.

The Drifters
Saturday 20 July 8:00pm

Rock Choir Live
Sunday 21 July
Witness a spectacular display of uplifting, feel-good pop, rock and contemporary chart songs performed by national phenomenon Rock Choir.

Unique in the UK, with more than 30,000 members in over 400 local communities, Rock Choir offers an alternative experience to the traditional classical or community choir, with no auditions and no requirement to read music or have any previous singing experience.

Baluji Shrivastav: Seasons of India
Saturday 27 July 8:00pm
Be transported to India and experience its six seasons through the mesmerising music of Baluji Shrivastav OBE, celebrated blind Indian sitarist and composer, accompanied by tabla. Baluji’s performance will be a wonderful opportunity to hear classical Indian music at its best, with a selection of pieces from his upcoming album.

Firmly established in the Hindustani classical tradition, Baluji delights in exploring music in all its forms and has worked with a wide number of renowned artists including Stevie Wonder, Massive Attack, Noel Gallagher, Coldplay and Shakira.

Spooky Men’s Chorale
Wednesday 31 July 8:00pm
The Spooky Men’s Chorale emerged from the Blue Mountains of New South Wales 15 years ago, armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan and an ill-matched set of hats.

Brandishing a shiny brand-new CD, Welcome To The Second Half, the Spookies return to the UK, ever more comfortable with their whimsical humour and musical breadth – a winning spectrum of Georgian songs, pindrop-beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers and immaculate man anthem.