Sugar & Spice and all things nice

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THERE is loads to be getting on with at The Stables this week, music hounds...

Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazz Band return this evening, still going strong half a century since Acker’s Stranger on the Shore single topped the charts in the US, the UK and Down under.

He’s not about to take it easy any time soon either – still playing strong in his 80s. When it comes to staying power, he has it.

On stage 2, playful, literate, folk-infused pop band Laish will play, with support from Emma Gatrill.

Tickets are on the thin side for The Searchers, behind chart successes including Sugar And Spice, Sweets For My Sweet and Needles and Pins tomorrow night, but you could opt to see Dan Raza at work, over on stage 2.

Leighton Buzzard-born Dan will let you listen to tracks from his debut album of warm acoustic roots-rock.

And it really is a case of ‘welcome back’ for the fella – the chap was one of the first players to make use of the petite performance space when it first opened.

In recent years he has stage-shared with Chris Farlowe, toured Europe with Joan Armatrading, toured Texas with Slaid Cleaves and found a fan in the mighty Neil Young, who has given big airtime to one of our Dan’s tracks on his Living with War website.

Not bad, is it?

What do you think, Mary Gauthier?

‘Incredible...a wonderful songwriter,” she says.

Bolan tribute T-Rextasy are all but sold out at the haunt, but stage 2 players Mawkin would still like to see you.

Settle back and prepare for some instrumental roots, wild melodies and frenetic fiddling.

There are Live Jazz Matters to look forward to on Sunday morning, from 11.30am, before Camille O’Sullivan hosts the evening session at the Wavendon venue.

Expect ‘fire, ice, darkness, joy and pure passion’ from the chameleon-like performer.

Singer-songwriter Paul Brady shows up on Tuesday night.

The Irish success has had artists including Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Tina Turner and Carlos Santana cover his tracks.

Must be the luck of the Irish, we s’spose...along with an overdose of talent.

Comic songs will fall with style and humour from scene stalwart Richard Digance on Wednesday night, and tickets are £16 if you fancy catching the chap wrap up another week at the haunt.

Call for tickets on MK 280800.