Kimmie’s ‘deceptive simplicity’

Kimmie: Stables date
Kimmie: Stables date

Chris Norman, one-time lead singer with Smokie, pops up at The Stables on Thursday evening.

Smokie aside, and he has worked with Abba lady Agnetha, and came up with the 1982 World Cup song, This Time.

Late last year he recorded his first album in five years, There and Back, which he will doubtless delve into at the show.

No surprises for the set list on Friday night when T.Rextasy come to play as part of their I Love to Boogie tour.

Officially endorsed by Bolan’s family, the band have been delivering Marc’s music for the past two decades.

At the time of writing all the seating had been snapped up, but balcony standing was still available.

Kimmie Rhodes will be live on Stage 2, with support from Jolie Goodnight and Gabe Rhodes.

Texan lass Kimmie has had her songs recorded by Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd and Mark Knopfler, but on her current album Covers, she is the one giving her interpretation of timeless tracks.

As for her golden own material though, we’ll let Mojo have their say: ‘Her songs have a sweetness and deceptive simplicity that sets them somewhere between old love songs and hymns..’ they reckon.

As for that supporting artist Jolie?

That’s Kimmie’s daughter, who has hopped on board the gig to promote her first release, Say Goodnight Gracey.

The Woburn Sands Band return on Saturday evening, with a programme stretching from classical to jazz, and pop through to brass band originals, in the 53rd concert in the Drakeloe Series.

Stage 2 has Birdie Jackson and The Arbour taking hold with their affable folk managing to be beautiful, ethereal, dark and powerful all at once.

Unique is an oft-used word, and seldom used in context, although we are assured that when used in the same breath as Birdie Jackson it is never truer.

The brilliant Sandi Thom is back on Sunday night. Her current album, Flesh and Blood, saw the blues-turned player working with The Black Crowes, but then Sandi is used to the pedigree factor – after all, her long time boyfriend is guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

The Ivor Novello Award Winner will be wowing on the main stage from 8pm, and we strongly advise you to take a pew and enjoy a listen.

On Tuesday, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham make their Scots folk drop off.

The duo have been at play since 1988 and been decorated with awards for their musical efforts since.

Furthermore, Phil has been named as one of Scotland’s 25 most influential people...

The Sound of the Blue Note will rule on Stage 2, with classic compositions by Sonny Clark, Woody Shaw and Wayne Shorter being aired during the set, from 8.45pm.

Last up this week, An Evening with Suzy Bogguss.

She enjoyed a platinum selling, award-winning career in country, and is now a Grammy Award winning folk artist.

Talent, eh?

Some people have it by the bucket-load.

Her new album, Lucky, features songs penned by Merle Haggard.

Tickets for all dates can be booked by calling the box office on the usual number, MK 280800.

KIMMIE RHODES, left: Stage 2 performance