Knights come charging to Stables

Yellow Sofa
Yellow Sofa

TURIN Brakes are a late addition to The Stables season, and arrive this evening, when they will no doubt dig into their current album Outbursts, writes Georgina Butler.

Another release is on the agenda and this date is one of a few random shows before the band hit the studio environment once more.

Turin Brakes have celebrated a decade of music making so plenty of tracks to choose from, and the occasional newbie is a big possibility.

Also tomorrow, but at 3pm, Julian Philips: The Yellow Sofa – A Live Performance will roll.

The story of love and loss, of betrayal and deception, of sex and a city, of wounded pride and attempted retribution is a new opera, penned for Glyndebourne, and delivered in English.

The performance lasts for an hour and a half, with no interval. A pre-show talk will begin at 2.30pm.

On Saturday, possibly the most entertaining group to come out of the 60s and 70s return to The Stables at 8pm for their annual concert.

The Barron Knights are a supremely talented showbiz phenomenon, known for their musicianship, their harmonies and their humour – originally formed not a million miles away, in Leighton Buzzard in 1959.

Despite having their own inimitable style, it is their humorous parodies that have brought this band their greatest success and they are keen to share their triumphs with their favourite venue.

Founder member Pete Langford said: “We can’t wait to get back to The Stables.

“It has to be one of the top venues for us.

“The atmosphere is terrific and when we walk on stage and look out to the audience we see so many folks we know so it is like doing a concert in your front room.”

Over on Stage 2 at 8.45pm on Saturday, enjoy a winter musical with a difference from award winning singer-songwriter Jane Taylor.

‘Mr Claus’ is about a down-and-out Santa who has lost his way in the high-tech ‘order online’ modern world.

Acclaimed guitar player and singer-songwriter Derrin Nauendorf will perform live on Stage 2 on Sunday – don’t spend the evening lounging at home when you could visit the snug of the Wavendon venue and catch a ‘songwriter of the highest order’ at his business.

On Tuesday, Babelfish (a collaboration between vocalist Brigitte Beraha and pianist Barry Green, with Chris Laurence on double bass and Paul Clarvis on percussion) perform as part of their UK tour to celebrate the release of their long-awaited album.

Be prepared for beautiful music – and the unexpected – as Babelfish create their unique sound.

Finally, embrace classic 1970s rock on Wednesday when Mostly Autumn arrive on the Ghost Moon Orchestra tour to promote their new album.

They have built their reputation through touring stheir diverse musical offerings.

Call the Box Office on MK 280800.

> Dates by Marcus Brigstocke, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Jenny Eclair, Beth Orton and Steve Harley are all sold-out this week at the venue.