Cleo’s garden souvenir

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Last year on a decidedly sunny afternoon (remember them?) in July, we pulled up a pew at a Music in the Garden session and was duly rewarded with a beautiful set of sounds.

Charlie Wood was the man at the keyboard and mic that day, and he is back in play, and on song, this Sunday afternoon.

This time around, Charlie will be joined by an expemplary line-up of musicians to play music lifted from his current album, New Souvenirs.

His mother-in-law, Dame Cleo Laine will put in stage time during set, from 2.30pm.

Her late addition to the bill will enthrall fans

Ahead of Charlie’s arrival, Music in the Garden will be graced by Emma Johnson in the show Clarinet Goes to Town.

Emma was a firm favourite of the late Sir John Dankworth, who showed his appreciation of her playing by composing several pieces for her.

This show Clarinet Goes To Town, sees Emma explore elements including regtime, cakewalks, popular song, habanera and Negro Spirituals, which fused together in this explosion of popular culture, reaching its climax with the King of Swing, Benny Goodman.

Emma will play for you on Saturday afternoon, from 2.30pm, and then on Sunday morning – at 11.30am – Mark Nightingale and Rob Fowler ‘play’ tribute to Gerry Mulligan.

His work as a composer, arranger, saxophonist and conductor meant that he played a pivotol role in the history of modern jazz and contemporary sounds.

Mark and Rob, the former playing baritone sax, the latter a terrific trombonist, are both acclaimed players.

Expect something special.

Meanwhile, a hop and skip away from the Wavendon gardens, its business as usual at The Stables.

Three-time Countdown champ, leader of the comedy-juggernaut that you know as The Horne Section, and all round-funnyman, Alex Horne has it all going on just now.

And he is fluttering by the venue this evening to share his current show Monsier Butterfly with you.

’Stupidly ambitious, logistically problematic and definitely dangerous’ Alex has described this as the show he has wanted to meet for a decade.

Rising star Jarrod Lawson will touch your soul with his soul tomorrow night.

We’re not sure how much of a bearing it is on his ace singability, but he is a blue-eyed boy too. Just sayin.’

Waterloo arrive on Saturday night.

This show is less about Napoleon and all about Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and AnniFrid, charting their rise to superstardom with that Eurovision winning hit.

How much Money, Money, Money will it cost. you ask?

Tickets are on sale at £21.

Last up at the venue this week, a returning favourite will be playing to the homecrowd.

Stray has been Del Bromham’s music-making vehicle for more than four decades, and along the way the rock mob has accumulated a catalogue comprising 11 studio albums and a clutch of live discs.

Support is coming from the blistering blues players Pearl Handled Revolver.

It’s a tasty package for £14.50.

Book in on 01908 280800.