Into classical greats? Rootsy folk? Beautiful balladeering? Whatever your taste, there's probably something for you in and round Milton Keynes in the coming week...
Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles
Tingewick Hall, October 29
Erin Rae walks the line between old-school folk and modern Americana, creating a sound that nods to her influences while pushing ahead towards something new. It’s music that breathes, filled with pedal steel, vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, bright bursts of melody and plenty of space. It sounds nice, don’t you think?
Benjamin Bloom’s Last Man on Earth
The Stables, October 28
A rock event like no other, where live rock concert meets musical, circus, cabaret and cinema.
The show tells the story of how the world went mad with greed and the unlikely hero who stepped up to save the day. It features original music by Benjamin.
StevieNimmo & Ben Poole
The Stables, October 27
As one half of Scotland’s Nimmo Brothers, Stevie Nimmo has been a respected figure of the blues and roots world for more than15 years. Ben Poole is a player on the rise who has already made an impact with some of his heroes including Jeff Beck,
the late Gary Moore and John Mayall...and he’s still only 27 years old!
MK Gallery, October 27
A triple bill of music makers arrive at MK Gallery this evening, with Marisa Anderson, Laura Cannell and Bad Body out to capture your ears. Marisa channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition, with fluid, emotional, and masterful deliveries.
Clare Teal & her Trio
The Stables, October 29
Forgetting the Big Band and Hollywood Orchestra for a moment, award-winning singer and Radio 2 presenter Clare returns to the venue with just piano, bass and drums for backing. Expect to hear everything from swing to sublime ballads in an eclectic set that will also feature music from her new album Twelve O’Clock Tales.
The Stables, November 1
Steve Harley is back on the road with his Acoustic Trio line-up, accompanied by longstanding Cockney Rebel members James Lascelles and Barry Wickens.
A show full of hits including Judy Teen, Make Me Smile and the latest single Ordinary People is promised from the trio.
Polymnia with Lesley Garrett
Church of Christ the Cornerstone, October 29
To mark their 10th anniversary, MKs chamber choir Polymnia are holding a charity gala concert this Saturday – and Britain’s best-loved Soprano Lesley garrett is putting in an appearance!
“We are absolutely thrilled that Lesley has found time in her busy schedule to come to MK and join us for this very special evening,” said choir secretary Gina Johnson.
“She will be performing some of her favourite songs and joining the choir to sing iconic music by Mozart, Verdi and John Rutter together with some well-known songs from musicals.” Over the past few years Polymnia have performed their eclectic mix of classical, traditional and modern choral music across the UK and Europe, and they wowed at Stadium MK performing at the Rugby World Cup to an audience of 30,00o.