More sounds than you could shake a bowl at!

Cara Dillon
Cara Dillon

IF it had been music, not food that Oliver had been craving, and if he lived within a stones throw of The Stables, he never would have muttered those famous words ‘Please Sir, I want some more,’ because the venue is teeming with sounds.

Look at this week’s enticements...

Courtney Pine is back this evening, with Europa.

In the major new work, Courtney ‘reflects the innovation and spirit of the continent of his birth, incorporating Gregorian chants with Scandinavian , Celtic, Spanish, Hungarian and Mediterranean melodies and rhythms.’

And Pine is consistently pioneering.

It’ll be worth checking in for.

Over on stage 2, Amy Wadge and Pete Riley will hold court.

Seven albums in, there will be no shortage of material from the girl that Bob Harris called ‘An irresistible, riveting perfomer...’

The Best Blues Brothers In The World...Ever! will bring the soul, rhythm and blues you expect on Friday night in the Jim Marshall Auditorium, while over on Stage 2, Kit Holmes brings gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle to the evening.

She has been likened to ‘Macy Gray meets Nick Drake,’ and her new album Driving Into The Blue hit the right note with The Guardian who said she has all the makings of a new British guitar heroine.

Virtuoso pianist Harry The Piano enjoyed major stints on the Big Breakfast as house pianist, and on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight show.

He will be taking requests to perform any song in any style, on Saturday night.

Here’s one for you, Harry: Angel of Death by Slayer, performed lounge-lizard style...

Stephen Fry is a fan too, and he knows a thing or too...

Saturday evening in stage 2 presentsThe Life of Birds tour, with Beautiful South’s David Rotheray on stage with Bella Hardy and Jim Causley on music that is a collision between Nashville and Whitby.

Yeah, it’s pretty unique!

Skip back a page and you’ll find David undergoing musical interrogation on City Nights.

There are Live Jazz Matters on Sunday morning. These Stage 2 affairs are a fantastic reason to leave the house for a couple of hours, and this week you get live music from Marlene Vanplank.

You’ll not find a cheaper ticket either – they come in at just £8 in advance.

The show begins at 11.30am, and seriously, don’t debate it, do it.

It’s a great session.

In the evening the Back To Basie Orchestra bring the expected, with tracks including Shiny Stocking, Easy Money and April in Paris sure to feature.

Then, strangely, the venue goes all quite for a whole 24 hours...

Tuesday’s date with Sarah Millican is sold out, so you can’t go to that if you’ve not already got a ticket, but you could still check Cara Dillon, due to let her folk-sweet vocal style loose on Wednesday evening.

Her current album Hill of Thieves is BBC Radio 2’s Folk Album of the Year.

Call the box office on MK 280800 and turn a week of drear to personal cheer.