A NEW year brings a new slew of greatness at The Stables, which launches this Friday evening with The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and their show, Carry on Swinging.
A humdinger of a night that pulls perfect musical moments from the vaults marked ‘Miller’, ‘Basie’ Dorsey’ and ‘Sinatra’, with plenty more besides.
A ‘robustly enjoyable evening of tuneful entertainment’ promise those in the know.
Tickets are a tad over £20.
On Saturday, the musical spin goes firmly into the blues rock, with the return of Larry Miller, below.
To date, Miller has released half a dozen records that have gained him fans and critical acclaim en masse.
But where did the ace guitarist first get the blues, so to speak?
“My moment of inspiration was seeing Rory Gallagher live,” he says.
“I had never seen anything like it.
“So loud, so gloriously on the edge of total mayhem, yet Rory was still totally in control.
“How could I not do this too?
“Like Rory I’d work under my own name, with a band.
“I’d do all the writing, singing, producing, playing and leading.”
He uses only the best tools for his craft too – so that’s Les Paul, Fender and Telecaster guitars and Marshall Amps, naturally.
“Like many guitar greats, I have used Marshall for years as it gives me exactly what I need for my live shows and I am proud to be sponsored by Marshall,” he added.
“He’s the fieriest, fruitiest, ballsiest blues rock guitarist you’re ever likely to hear,” reckon Classic Rock Magazine.
And if you head to this Stables bash, you’ll hear more than most too – Larry will be playing material from his new, forthcoming opus, On The Edge.
Fans of the fabulous Joe Bonamassa and late, great Gary Moore will love this stuff.
Tickets are £14.50, show time is 8pm.
Over on Stage 2, Joanna Eden will let you hear what she is made of.
Described as the UKs answer to Diana Krall,she plays to promote her new album Falling Out of Grace.
Splash £12 on the doors and enjoy the intimate show.
There are Live Jazz Matters for the taking on Stage 2 on Sunday morning, from 11.30am and tickets are £8 in advance for some of that.
Things are all quiet on the Stables front on Monday, but Tuesday evening delivers Canadian duo Madison Violet, above, who return to the fray with their fifth long-player – The Good in Goodbye was released earlier this month.
The album is an open diary of their personal and professional experiences together as friends and musicians, and captures their growth and musical maturity.
It is a stunning opus, full of beautifully crafted deliveries.
Hardworking girls Brenley and Lisa spend up to eight months a year on the road, and their efforts are being rewarded – in 2009 they won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, they’ve picked up a gong for Vocal Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and in 2010 they took the JUNO Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Gongs galore!
Tickets are £12.50 for the gig, and give them an extra warm welcome – it’s the first date of the tour, after all.
Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan is gaining cool fans left, right and centre –from Jamie Cullum to Gilles Peterson, and he appears at the Wavendon venue on Wednesday night.
But we aren’t going to tell you any more about that date right here.
Mainly because he’s answered our Cue and Play questions back a page on City Nights!
Flick back to read that, and call MK 280800 to book tickets to any of the aforementioned shows.