Gifford’s Wilderness

Steve Gifford: Stables return
Steve Gifford: Stables return

Lucy Kaplansky stage steps at The Stables this evening.

The singing talent is a dream fusion of country, pop and folk styles, and whether she is covering classics by artists including Gram Parsons, singing staples by Lennon and McCartney or cutting loose with sweet, self-penned originals she wont fail to wow.

All seats are long gone for Miles Jupp tomorrow night, but if you are feeling down in the mouth about missing out, reach for the credit card and call the box office right now – thanks to overwhelming demand, Miles has been booked in for another date on Tuesday, March 11.

Bedfordshire-based Steve Gifford returns tomorrow too, with a set in the intimate confines of Stage 2.

He is launching his fifth album, Beaudesert, The Beautiful Wilderness, although a fair few fans will have tipped their ears to some of the material at the venue already - Steve supported Shawn Colvin at the venue during her UK tour.

Ben Walker, nominated for two BBC Folk Horizon Awards, occupied the production chair for the recording process.

“I was looking for somebody who specialised in producing singer-songwriters of a folk roots and alt-country genre...we met up in a coffee bar in Kings Cross and the following week we were sifting through 30 rough takes of completed songs,” Steve recalled.

For tomorrow’s show, his seventh appearance at the Wavendon haunt, Steve will be joined by his cousin, international cellist Helen Fielding for the first set, with a full-band set up for the second half.

For more on the album and Steve’s live plans click over to www.stevegifford.co.uk

Tickets for The Christians, once described as ‘The Temptations in ripped jeans,’ apparently, are nearly all out.

The band behind tracks like Forgotten Town are currently celebrating their quarter century in the business. That’s dedication for you.

Rock fans might want to check out Snakecharmer on Sunday night - a six-part anthemic machine that set out to play ‘twin-guitar based rock the way it’s meant to be played.’

And, if anyone can, it’s this lot – comprising members who have done time in Whitesnake, Wishbone Ash and Ozzy Osbourne’s band.

Thunder drummer Harry James will be sitting at the kit too, bringing the cheeky factor to the fore.

Tickets are £19.50 and £21.50. Get calling and book your preferred on MK 280800.