Gem of a gig with Blake

Blake: Stables show
Blake: Stables show

Brit-award winners Blake are back at The Stables on Thursday evening, the start of a two-day residency at the venue.

The vocal trio – Humphrey, Stephen and Ollie – have five albums worth of material from which to source a set list, including of course, the current opus Starting Over.

The release fuses some awesome original moments with a collection of classy covers by artists including Macca and Bob Dylan.

Blake won’t be alone for these Wavendon dates, mind.

There will be some familiar faces joining them for the musical ride.

Students from Diamond School of Performing Arts choir, a familiar sight in Milton Keynes, are lending their voices to the shows.

Blake have a keen interest in giving a platform to choirs.

All three members played with groups and choirs throughout their childhood.

“We three all owe our careers, our success and the opportunity to travel the world, to the choirs that first let us sing with them as young children and teenagers,” said Humphrey.

“Singing within a group helps build confidence and without a doubt leads on to some people stepping forward to take on solo singing careers.”

Said Stephen: “I was never sure of whether I had a good enough voice to sing in public, but within the safety of a choir, surrounded by supportive friends, I was able to find my voice and enjoy using it.

“Community choirs and school choirs are undoubtedly the real-life alternative to waiting and praying for an audition on X-Factor, which may or may not lead to anything.

“Choir keep it real.”

And Diamond School are ready for their starring role: “Our students are thrilled to be singing with Blake at The Stables,” said leader Lucy Mann, “The venue holds a special place in our hearts and to be singing here again is such a privilege – one we are all looking forward to very much.”

Join the three chaps Terry Wogan describes as ‘a trio of surpassing musical brilliance,’ from 8pm, with special guest Camilla Kerslake.

And please, let’s give them an amazing welcome, because these dates are the last on their current UK tour.

Let’s show our appreciation.

> There is only one more live show at the venue this week, and it’s Saturday’s session in the company of The Diamond Decades, a live celebration of the songs and music of Neil Diamond.

Diamond truly is a musical gem, with a gargantuan body of work spanning more than five decades, and tunes like America, Cherry Cherry, Love on the Rocks, Sweet Caroline, Forever in Blue Jeans, Hello Again...

Diamond carat class with JJ Jones starring as the big man himself.

To book tickets call the box office on MK 280800 or visit www.stables.org