Gongs galore and a whole lot more

Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson

IF you are looking for a night out, The Stables won’t be the place to head this evening – they’ve got nowt on.

The same can’t be said tomorrow though, when they open the doors to The Mods Band, who will be cranking out hits of the 60s by the artists you probably expect – The Kinks, Spencer Davis and Desmond Dekker among them.

Splash £17 and party like the weekend, because it will be...

A harmonica workshop will blow you over on Saturday, between 10am and 3pm, with tutor Con O’Neill.

The beginners course will cover the very basics of tune playing, chord-laying and blues improvisation.

If you want to play, you will need a 10 hole harmonica, of course.

Dig yours out and pop it in your pocket on the day, or purchase one upon arrival.

In the evening, the Antonio Forcione Quartet will play for you.

Fans of Forcione’s acoustic guitar virtuosity view him as the duke, the devil and the pope all rolled into one.

Technique and passion aplenty from 8pm,

While the Quartet dazzle in the Jim Marshall auditorium, Alex Cornish will be showing the fruits of his musical labour over on stage two, from 8.45pm

Until The Traffic Stops was written, played, sung and produced in his bedroom, and it did pretty darn good: well, three singles making the Radio 2 playlist, sessions on Radio 2, 6 Music and Radio 1 and a tour supporting Alison Moyet is hardly to be sniffed at, right?

Sunday and Monday are all quiet on The Stables front, and on Tuesday and Wednesday the main stage will belong to Richard Thompson.

Rolling Stone magazine call him ‘A perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist’ and the one-time Fairport Convention-er has had his material covered by David Byrne, Robert Plant, REM...and plenty of others.

A finalist in the 2011 BBC Folk Awards, he is already the recipient of the BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Current opus Dream Attic was also Grammy nominated.

Gongs galore, and musically a whole lot more.

The two shows are in aid of the Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd.

Reach for your plastic pals and go call MK 280800.