What's On at the Stables in June 2019

Swinging at the Cotton Club
featuring The Lindy Hop Dance Company & The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra
Saturday 1 June, 8.00pm
This action-packed show celebrates the music and dance of the Cotton Club, New York’s most celebrated nightclub of the 1920s and 30s. Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging, while dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit up the stage with their breathtaking routines. The exhilarating dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous Lindy Hop Dance Company and The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra.

April Blue
Saturday 1 June, 8.45pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
April Blue’s songs of life, lust and loneliness spring from a bed of brooding electronic soundscapes. Frontman Ozz LP’s soulful vocals drive the music through scenes of lullaby and desperation, finding their perfect complement in the deep rhymes of rapper Ian Morcher. The four-piece take their inspiration from an array of artists including The Weekend, Royal Blood and The 1975, and their original sound has earned them recognition as Best Pop Artist at the NMG awards, Slickest Sound at the NVMAs and Track of the Week with BBC Introducing.

Danielle Nicole Trio
Sunday 2 June, 8.00pm
Founding member, lead singer and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album Wolf Den. She returned last year with a follow-up release via Concord Records. Her distinctive, inventive bass work – which won her the Blues Foundation’s 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass – is the product of years of intensive roadwork. Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot’s bassist, she now can’t imagine life without it.

Tony Momrelle
Wednesday 5 June, 8.00pm
Tony Momrelle is one of the most exciting and significant soul musicians on the modern British stage. He was lead male vocalist of the famous British acid-jazz band Incognito for more than 16 years before launching his solo career. His acclaimed debut album Keep Pushing was released in 2015, followed by a Deluxe Edition 12 months later. With guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Chantae Cann and Tony Remy, the album offers an infectious mingling of 80s-inspired synths, jazzy keys, classic piano and soaring soul vocals

John Verity with special guest Beki Brindle
Thursday 6 June, 8.00pm
John Verity is a man and musician who is blue to his soul. He has been one of the most consistent performers on the British blues rock circuit, from the early days opening for Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in the US to his time as frontman with Argent. Joining John will be Liam James Gray on drums and bass supremo Roger Inniss (Blues Caravan, Laurence Jones, Elkie Brooks).

Charlie Dore & Julian Littman
Thursday 6 June, 8.45pm
£11 in advance, £13 on the door
A night of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi-award- winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters, teams up with long-time co-pilot Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her latest album, Dark Matter. Charlie promises another fast-moving show as the pair swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano and autoharp. Dark Matter has won two awards: Album of the Year and Best Lyrics from the USA Indie Acoustic Project 2018.

Stacey Kent
Friday 7 June, 8.00pm
Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated vocalist Stacey Kent returns to the UK for a limited number of tour dates, featuring music from her latest album I Know I Dream. This beautiful collection of songs includes American standards, bossa nova classics and chansons, as well as original songs and reprises of some of Stacey’s most-loved repertoire. She’ll also be performing tracks from her Grammy-nominated album, Breakfast on the Morning Tram.

Heg & the Wolf Chorus
Friday 7 June, 8.45pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Heg & The Wolf Chorus have carved a name for themselves over the past six years with their unique brand of theatrical folk. Drawing inspiration from folklore, fairytales, family stories and even modern-day myths, their piano-driven songs blend together folk, theatre and classical in dramatic execution. With a core group of four musicians playing piano, flute, fiddle and double bass, and led by songwriter Heg Brignall’s bright and enchanting vocals, the band use tight fourpart harmonies to give a cinematic depth to their songs.

Northern Soul Live
Saturday 8 June, 8.00pm
The late, great Edwin Starr’s band The Team and special guest northern soul legend Lorraine Silver perform soul and Motown hits including Agent 00 Soul, 25 Miles, Stop Her On Sight, War, Eye To Eye Contact and many more. Angelo Starr (Edwin’s brother) has taken over on lead vocals, covering all the fantastic Edwin Starr classics and some great northern soul covers. Lorraine recorded Lost Summer Love, still a massive favourite on the northern soul and Scooter scene.

Cardboard Fox
Saturday 8 June, 8.45pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Cardboard Fox are a unique and powerful combination of dextrous instrument playing, memorable songwriting and energetic live shows. All four musicians have their musical roots in bluegrass but their collective influences reach much further. Formed in 2013, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters), the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving doublebass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, the band released their latest album, Topspin, last year.

Jon Allen
Sunday 9 June, 8.00pm
Jon Allen hit the charts in 2010 when his song Going Home featured in a Land Rover advert and reached 20,000 downloads. Since then, the folkrock singer songwriter has shared the stage with Mark Knopfler, KT Tunstall and José González, and can count Paul McCartney and Emmylou Harris as big fans. His most recent release was last year’s well-received Deep Flame.

Stuart Maconie: Jarrow – Road To The Deep South
Tuesday 11 June, 8.00pm
In October 2016, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade 80 years on, through a divided, complex country that echoes 1936 in many ways. From choral evensong to curry house, from austerity to affluence, from Wearside to Westminster, join him on an entertaining, impassioned, enlightening journey through Britain then and now. Stuart is a best-selling author of travel, culture and social history books as well as one of Britain’s best-known radio presenters.

Dean Owens & The Southerners
Tuesday 11 June, 8.45pm
£10.00 in advance, £12.00 on the door
Dean Owens is widely hailed as one of Scotland’s finest singer-songwriters. The title track of his most recent album Southern Wind won UK Song of the Year at the AMA-UK Awards 2019. Armed with a searingly soulful voice, skilfully crafted songs and earworm-generating melodies, Dean is a hugely engaging live performer. His music conjures the open road’s wild romanticism or the copper burn of a single malt, distilling the Scottish and Americana into a unique blend of Celtic-spirited country soul.

Courtney Pine: Song (The Ballad Book)
featuring Zoe Rahman
Wednesday 12 June, 8.00pm
Legendary jazz hero Courtney Pine strips everything right back for the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career, as he takes to the stage playing bass clarinet accompanied by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, Zoe has a style deeply rooted in jazz but also reflects her classical background and British/Bengali heritage.

Magic: A Kind Of ELO
Thursday 13 June, 8.00pm
Magic’s outstanding vocal and musical talents are augmented by the addition of Dave Chapman, a sensational keyboard player who reproduces the complex orchestral sounds integral to the ELO legend. This concert is a must for all lovers of great music and harmony.

Magic: History of Queen
Friday 14 June, 8.00pm
From Seven Seas Of Rhye to Made In Heaven, Magic will take you on a musical journey through the History of Queen. Freddie Mercury and Queen produced many hit records throughout their career – Magic give you a show covering many of these wonderful pieces of music in a rock’n’roll concert played as only they can.

Tracey Browne & Stevie Simpson
Friday 14 June, 8.45pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Tracey Browne is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, session singer and producer from the northwest of England and is known for her work with acclaimed British songwriter Thea Gilmore. With a brand-new studio album The Doctrine of Song, Tracey brings a solo show which features piano, acoustic guitar and tenor guitar, along with her own distinctive voice. These days a Stevie Simpson live show is pretty much what it says on the tin: One Bloke, One Mandolin (well two really) playing a whole bunch of original folk and country songs.

Shappi Khorsandi: Skittish Warrior…Confessions of a Club Comic
Saturday 15 June, 8.00pm
Comedian, author, cultural icon and idiot who agreed to be tortured on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, Shappi Khorsandi is a woman of many parts. But live comedy is where she’s in her element, and now she sets out for the more welcoming destination of Milton Keynes. A brand-new show packed full of sharp-tongued gags and cultural observation, this is Shappi’s warts-and-all journey through the 1990s comedy scene, from breaking through on telly to then letting it all slip away. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Storm Warning
Saturday 15 June, 8.45pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Storm Warning have been hailed as one of the UK’s top contemporary blues rock bands and are now promoting their fifth album. Ex-Mick Ralph’s Band vocalist Son Maxwell and guitarist Bob Moore lead the group, backed by Ian Salisbury on keys, Derek White (Larry Miller band) on bass and ex-Mick Clarke drummer Russ Chaney. Their tracks have been played on radio stations across the world, including BBC Radio 2 for which they also recorded a live session broadcast for the Paul Jones Blues Show.

Gary Delaney: Gagster’s Paradise
Sunday 16 June, 8.00pm
Due to exceptional demand, Britain’s leading one-liner comic extends his 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019, returning to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary is renowned for a near-unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this highly acclaimed show. Please note Coolio will not be appearing. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Andrea Valeri
Sunday 16 June, 8.45pm
£14 in advance, £16 on the door
World-renowned Italian fingerstyle guitarist Andrea Valeri visits the UK for a series of concerts and masterclass workshops. Dubbed the ‘prince of the acoustic guitar’, Andrea is now a veteran of many of the biggest stages around the globe. He has released six solo albums and collaborated with some of the most important artists of the guitar and music world today, including John Doan, Goran Kuzminac, Daniele Bazzani and Buck Wolters.

Woman to Woman
featuring Julia Fordham, Judie Tzuke and Beverley Craven
Tuesday 18 & Saturday 22 June, 8.00pm
£37.50 & £35
Woman to Woman sees a unique collaboration between three of the UK’s most celebrated female singer-songwriters. Judie Tzuke, Beverley Craven and Julia Fordham will be taking to the stage together performing their classic hit singles and album tracks with their sensational five-piece band. This unforgettable experience will be a chance to hear much-loved songs including Stay With Me Till Dawn, Promise Me, Where Does The Time Go and Happy Ever After.

Giddy Goat
featuring Ensemble 360 and Live Narration
Wednesday 19 June, 11am & 1pm
This musical tale follows the trials and tribulations of Giddy, a young mountain goat who is scared of heights, as he faces his fears and makes new friends. Based on the colourful children’s book by Jamie Rix and Lynne Chapman, with music specially composed by Paul Rissmann, this captivating concert includes projected images and some irresistibly catchy songs with actions, ideal for engaging young children in high-quality music. It’s an ideal way to introduce children aged 3-7 to classical music, with plenty of audience participation and projections of images from the story.

Ashley Blaker & Imran Yusuf: Prophet Sharing
Wednesday 19 June, 8.00pm
£7.50 (free teachers ticket with every 10 seats booked)
Two great religions. Two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways but now stand-up comedian friends Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf – both stars of their own BBC shows – are joining forces in the most unlikely double act since Kermit and Miss Piggy (who neither Ashley nor Imran can eat!). Originally brought together by a passion for the same football team, the pair are travelling the UK uniting people of every faith and none for an evening of laughter. (May contain strong language and adult material; suitable for 16+.)

Joanna Eden: Both Sides Now at 50
Wednesday 19 June, 8.45pm
2019 marks 50 years since Joni Mitchell released her album Clouds, which features arguably her best-loved song, Both Sides Now. Singer-songwriter Joanna Eden presents a breathtaking show in celebration of her hero, lovingly recreating Joni’s masterpieces from Clouds and from her wider repertoire. Audiences join Joanna on a musical journey through the myriad of ideas, textures, themes, voices and emotions of Joni’s canon.

Chineke! Ensemble
Thursday 20 June, 8.00pm
£19.50; Free tickets for Under-25s
STRAUSS (arranged by Franz Hasenoehrl): Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!
SAINT-SAËNS: Septet in E flat major, Op.65
WA MOZART: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K.370
The Chineke! Ensemble comprises the principal players of the Chineke! Orchestra, which was founded in 2015 to give career opportunities to black, minority ethnic musicians in the UK and from across the world. In every programme, Chineke! feature a work or works by composers of BME heritage. The son of a doctor from Sierra Leone and an English mother, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was a contemporary of Elgar, Holst and Vaughan Williams. Errollyn Wallen’s NNENNA was premiered at the Cambridge Festival in November 2018 and is scored for septet forces. An attractive work full of catchy tunes, Saint- Saëns’ Septet was written in 1879-80 for the Parisian Chamber Music Society with the unusual instrumentation of trumpet, string quintet and piano. Mozart’s ever popular Oboe Quartet completes the programme.

Rachel Ries: Her Crooked Heart
Thursday 20 June, 8.45pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Minneapolis-based Her Crooked Heart present To Love To Leave, their debut album, made up of cyclical narratives and intertwining histories, each informing the next. Rachel Ries, the writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind Her Crooked Heart, has enlisted a powerful group of women to bring this record to the stage – women who can take on the feminine, humanist mantle of Her Crooked Heart and make it their own. The quartet blends classical and electric guitar, piano and vintage synths, cello, woodwinds and drum triggers.

Supersonic 70s Show
Friday 21 June, 8.00pm
Yes, it’s the hottest ticket in town! The Supersonic 70s Show is GLAM-packed with all those incredible hits from the greatest musical decade of them all… the 1970s! Led by the Catsuit Wonder Girl vocalist Janey Bombshell, the band deliver a power-packed spectacle. From the towering might of Queen, Fleetwood Mac and ELO through the ‘pin-up pop’ of David Cassidy, David Essex and Donny Osmond to the sounds of Sweet, T.Rex and Suzi Quatro, you won’t have time to catch your breath!

Danny Giles Band & The Sharpeez
Friday 21 June, 8.45pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
The Danny Giles Band are Danny Giles (guitar and vocals), Pat Garvey (drums) and Jon Chase (bass). They perform full-blooded rock with a twist of blues, gospel and soul, spiriting a no nonsense attitude and paying very little attention to any of the boundaries placed before them. The Sharpeez are old enough to know better but still they’re misbehaving with their blend of classic rock, west-coast jangle and rootsy blues-influenced attitude. With the arrival of their 2018 album Wild One, The Sharpeez have evolved into a major force.

The Other Band
Saturday 22 June, 8.45pm
£10 in advance, £12 on the door
Following their successful appearance at 2018’s IF:Milton Keynes International Festival, The Other Band come and strut their stuff at The Stables. Their music is poppy, with jangling guitars and harmonies, and influenced by a wide range of artists from Suede to Rag’n’Bone Man. Optimistic in outlook and never taking themselves too seriously, The Other Band guarantee an evening of love and lovely melodies.

L’Orchestre Afrisa International
Sunday 23 June, 8.00pm
The musical legacy of the great Congolese rumba singer Tabu Ley Rochereau is respectfully carried on by a stellar line-up of his former musicians. Originally formed in 1970 out of the ashes of African Fiesta National, L’Orchestre Afrisa International loyally backed both Tabu Ley and his female protégé Mbilia Bel, the grand dame of Congolese music. Under the direction of saxophonist Modero Mekanisi, the band will perform some of the most memorable songs from the rumba era, many of which were rerecorded for the group’s excellent 2017 CD release Melanie.

The Kast Off Kinks
Thursday 27 June, 8.00pm
The Kast Off Kinks are all former members of the band, back playing great music together and reliving the good times while keeping alive the songs that made The Kinks a household name. This line-up features Mick Avory (original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-1984), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 1980s and 90s and still with Sir Ray Davies), John Dalton (bass/ vocals, Kinks 1960s and 70s) and Dave Clarke (guitar/vocals, formerly of the Beach Boys, Noel Redding and Tim Rose).

Pete Firman: Edinburgh Preview
Thursday 27 June, 8.45pm
The UK’s leading comedy magician returns to The Stables with his trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. He’s made dozens of television appearances, including ITV1’s The Next Great Magician and Tonight at the London Palladium, as well as BBC One’s Comic Relief and The John Bishop Show.

Nell Bryden
support by Hope In High Water
Friday 28 June, 8.00pm
For her latest tour Nell Bryden has gone back to her roots and followed the traditional sonic footsteps of her idols Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin and Carole King. Nell’s new EP is called Soundtrack to Little Wing – Part 1, a reference to her soon-to=be- released debut novel, for which this music is a companion album. Expect a soulful, heartfelt performance from Nell and her band – an artist who is at her most comfortable on the road.

A Hundred Thousand Angels
featuring Lucinda Drayton & Marcus Cliffe
Friday 28 June, 8.45pm
Lucinda Drayton, former lead singer of Bliss, has that unique ability to touch and open the heart. Completely at home on stage, she will invite you to accompany her on a mesmerising musical journey. Her songs traverse the big questions around love, death, consciousness and the divine. Her melodies are sometimes haunting and Celtic and at other times sassy and soaring. Joining her on guitar and piano is top London session player Marcus Cliffe.

John Coghlan’s Quo
Saturday 29 June, 8.00pm
John Coghlan was Status Quo’s drummer for more than a decade. After leaving in 1981, he put together new bands Diesel and Stranger, before forming John Coghlan’s Quo in the late 1990s. The current line-up consists of John on drums, Mick Hughes from NWOBHM boogie band Predatür on guitar, Rick Chase on bass and vocals and Rick Abbs on guitar and vocals. If you enjoy a combination of long-lost classic album tracks and many of Quo’s greatest hits, then a John Coghlan’s Quo gig is a must.

Gilmore & Roberts
Saturday 29 June, 8.45pm
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) released their debut album in 2008. Since then the duo have toured Canada and Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals and won accolades for their genre-spanning work. They released their fifth studio album, A Problem Of Our Kind, in October last year.


The Stable’s latest brochure, covering June to October’s concerts, events and workshops, has just been published.