No slap, but plenty of Tickell at The Stables

Kathryn Tickell

Kathryn Tickell

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MARC Almond is a voice that spans the pop years, and he has produced some of the most memorable, engaging and timeless pieces.

Songs like Tainted Love, The Days of Pearly Spencer and Something’s Gotten Hold of my Heart are as awesome today as they were on the date of issue.

Whether out in his own guise or guesting with others (remember that Campbell Park show with Jools Holland a couple of years back? A cold night, warmed by their combined talent), a gig with Almond (below) is always special.

Which, sadly for you lot without tickets, is too bad – tonight’s Stables show is all sold out....but he is playing at Bedford’s Pad on October 17

Jazz ace Euge Groove has given smooth jazz fans six smooth jazz discs, and achieved a string of radio number ones along the way.

His ace ability is frequently called upon by other giants in their field, and to that end Euge has played with Tina Turner, Elton John, Joe Cocker and Heart.

This date forms a part of his debut UK tour, and while he gets busy in the Jim Marshall auditorium, stage 2 will be occupied by Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys.

Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, this duo have put two albums in the racks, both warmly received for their unfussy, but perfectly formed deliveries.

In a change from the usual, the Wavendon music house presents sound and physical comedy on Saturday afternoon.

At 2pm, greet Mr Honk & His Sad Trombone.

Honk is a cheery chap with a sunny disposition and a spring in his step, but that trombone of his will only play the blues...through mishap and adventure, he sets about getting to the heart of the matter in this show which is perfect for little mites age five years and up.

The production lasts for an hour – the perfect running time for little folks.

On Saturday night, Nearly Dan are back to do the Steely Dan tribute thing and a day later the Eagles tribute is go – when Talon present Farewell 1.

Not only for one night can you get flighty, mind, because Talon will be back to play it all over again a day later.

Sunday’s show is all sold out, but the band return on Monday and there are a few tickets left for that date.

Moving into the new week and on Tuesday night Kathryn Tickell (far right) will let her voice loose over on stage 2.

It’ll be something of a family affair for the performer though, with three generations on the stage with her.

As a leading exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, her work is rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria.

Tickets are £18 for this one.

A late, but very welcome addition to the programme of events this week falls on Wednesday, and it is comedian Craig Campbell on call.

When not snuggling up to cute dogs, as on the cover of this GO! Section, the beardy-boy takes his humour to the streets with gusto.

He plays shows more often than dogs make wee-wee friends with lamp-posts (we’re continuing the canine theme, that’s all)...that’s a lot of shows!

Last year he supported acid-tongued ace Frankie Boyle on a 120 date tour, and this new city date is part of his own mammoth headline stint.

When complete, he will have clocked up plenty of miles – with 94 shows in all.

You can’t call him a slacker, but you will call him a funny boy when you watch him bring the grins.

Will he be decked out in his beloved ‘I love cheese’ T-shirt though? We Brie-lieve so...

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