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Robert Vincent

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IT’S twenty years since former sweet factory security guard and versatile singer/organist John Shuttleworth took the comedy world by storm, writes Georgina Butler.

Now he is stopping off at The Stables tonight to contemplate a few of life’s puzzlements – Which is better, city life or country living?

Supermarket or village shop?

Or is it better to sit in your shed and count the cobwebs?

If you are fortunate enough to have a shed...

Take inspiration from the London Community Gospel Choir tomorrow at 8pm when they take us through their 30 year journey with their exceptional vocal talents.

The immensely talented Chrystina Tomlin is a singer/songwriter with attitude and lyrics that shoot straight from the hip – catch her tomorrow on Stage 2.

Get acquainted with Fred’s House on Saturday (Stage 2) as the indie-folk quartet from Cambridge showcase their quirky, catchy tunes with the vocal harmonies of singers Vikki Gavin and Griff Jameson.

A special screened performance of Handel’s greatest opera, Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) grants the operatic masterpiece by the Glyndebourne Opera Company a wider audience on Sunday.

It’s a long one – five hours with a one hour lunch break and a few intervals between the acts.

Also on Sunday, brilliant comic Stewart Francis brings his new show to us – but if you haven’t already got tickets, the one-liners won’t reach your ears – it’s sold out.

Tuesday sees the charismatic Mud Morganfield delivering his own individual mojo touring with his top blues band (following in the footsteps of his dad, ther undisputed king of the blues, Muddy Waters).

Meanwhile a triple headliner awaits over on Stage 2 – Ben Salter, Emma Stevens and Robert Vincent offer a mixed bag of musical treats.

Robert Vincent is the searingly honest Liverpudlian singer-songwriter whose mix of folk, rock and country is like a Scouse Springsteen.

Born in 1981 into a house that rang to the sounds of Johnny Cash, The Beatles and Pink Floyd, Robert knew before he was five years old that he wanted to be a musician.

His compassionate and perceptive songs channel this early drive and his latest album – Life in Easy Steps – will be released on January 28 next year.

The final goody for this week comes from Martin Barre, the legendary rock guitarist who toured the world with Jethro Tull for 43 years.

He has put together a band called New Day to play classic music from the Tull catalogue.

They will rock The Stables with all the past hits – and a few newbies – on Wednesday. Call MK 280800 to book.