A hoot of a time with the comedy orchestra

Nosey devils - that's Rainer Hersch's Classic Comedy Orchestra
Nosey devils - that's Rainer Hersch's Classic Comedy Orchestra

THERE are only single tickets left for the return of Fairport Convention to the Stables this evening.

But that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The folk-rock legends are still pulling punters and releasing quality albums, writes Sammy Jones.

Although fans do have to wait a little while to get their fill – current opus Festive Bell was their first release in four years.

The Wavendon date comes at the tail end of a comprehensive UK tour, and celebrates the 40th anniversary of their 1971 folkrock opera Babbacombe Lee.

If you don’t know the impressive story, go for a google!

Hey Boy! Hey Girl! has nowt to do with the Chemical Brothers, but everything to do with Ray Gelato, Kai Hoffman & The Ray Gelato Giants Orchestra.

Tomorrow’s show celebrates the magic of the boy-girl duets from the American songbook – Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off, Baby It’s Cold Outside and I’m In The Mood For Love should all tickle your ears

Ray has an armful of awards stating his worth, but just how good is he?

Let’s ask Jools Holland: “He plays what he means, and means what he plays!” chirped Mr Music, which is good enough for us.

Rainer Hersch’s Classic Comedy Orchestra, that’s them looking all red nosed on the right, are up on Saturday night.

Apparently, even if you can’t tell a string vest from a string quartet you’ll get on just fine with this mob.

Demented musicians with a cocktail of comedy and classical music, they will put a spring in your step. We can all be March Hares!

Shlomo: Mouthtronica is an acclaimed beatboxer ready to lead you on a musical mash-up.

The only instrumentation comes from his mouth, a microphone and a loop sampler.

It would be far easier to tell you what he can’t do, rather than try to impart all that he can – and he has worked with some big names, including Bjork, Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn.

Gomez fella Ben Ottewell steps out alone on Monday evening, on the back of his debut solo opus Shapes and Shadows.

The collection is stripped back, simple and pure.

Support at the show comes from The Robot Heart.

Barbara Dickson returns on Tuesday evening, with a career four decades long from which to choose a set, and seeing out the week, I Fagiolini step up .

The vocal ensemble specialise in early music as well as the contemporary, and they’ve been bringing the harmonious for a quarter of a century.

This show includes a new commission based on one of the 16th century’s most flamboyant poets, Torquato Tasso.

>Over on Stage 2, jazz singer Orla Murphy will cut loose her voice on Tuesday night.

This show is her Stables debut, and she will use the date to showcase material to feature on her forthcoming second album.

Orla has been compared to Nina Simona and our own Dame Cleo Laine.

What great ‘company’ to be in.

Call for bookings on MK 280800.