Sandi’s Flesh and Blood

Martyn Joseph
Martyn Joseph

THREE times Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Matraca Berg brings her atmospheric, emotionally transparent classic country songs to The Stables this evening.

Her latest album, The Dreaming Fields, chronicles the journeys women take – plumbing down into the depths of their humanity – through songs which are unique in their ability to touch every listener.

Matraca is not about fast, loud or shiny, but rather the drift and tides that lives actually move through.

If you are after a mix of great tunes from the worlds of blues, funk and beyond, look no further than The Ben Smith Band, tearing up Stage 2 from 8.45pm tonight – complete with a healthy amount of live improvisation.

Tomorrow, Welsh-wonder Martyn Joseph returns to the Wavendon stage.

Martyn, below, is a driven performer who writes, sings and plays from the heart, and you can hear how he does it by taking a copy of his new album, Songs For The Coming Home.

Aside from his spectacular compositions and live performances (we witnessed one such gig when he supported Suzanne Vega – he really is a performer to saviour), Martyn is patron of Olney-based charity, Advantage Africa, who will have a stall in the foyer at the show.

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Long live Latin rock as Viva Santana present their celebration of the music of the legendary Carlos Santana on Saturday.

This seven-piece rock explosion consists of dedicated musicians who recreate the sounds and atmosphere of Santana’s music with passion, soul and acute accuracy, as they should.

Saturday also sees one of today’s finest acoustic guitarists inspiring audiences, over on Stage 2.

Daryl Kellie will leave you swearing that there was more than one man and a guitar on the stage as he breezes through multiple interweaving instrumental parts, hammers out his unique brand of guitar based percussion and sings with his usual heartfelt warmth.

We love a good anniversary tour and Sunday – and Monday – sees the world’s definitive Eagles tribute band, Talon, celebrating 15 years of 8pm.

Tickets are gone for Sunday, but available for Monday.

Classic songs of yesteryear are given a revamp when acoustic guitarist Peter White works his magic on them – check out his mix of original songs and quirky covers on Tuesday, at 8pm.

Sandi Thom, below, has just released her fourth studio album, Flesh and Blood, which is nothing like that tune she is famed for – you know the one about hair, flowers and wishing she was a punk rocker.

“The people that only know me from Punk Rocker won’t recognise me on this album,” she admits.

The album was produced by Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson who said it was a pleasure to work with her.

And what about that title, Flesh and Blood?

“I am and forever will be a freedom fighter, an activist, a big hippy....If I feel passionate about it, I sing about it and I write about it.

“There are not enough songs in the world right now that are uplifiting and uniting,” she says.

“Now I ain’t Dylan, but I’ll give it my best shot!

“Even if it strikes a chord with a few people that’s enough.

“That’s all it takes to start a revolution!”

Support is coming from local singer songwriter Steve Winch, who will doubtless be pushing his own album at the show, Small Town Adventures in High-Fi.

He has been called a cross between Bob Dylan and Billy Bragg, albeit in more colourful language!

Get seated nice and early and support the local side.

Call MK 280800 for info or to book.