The Misfitz top The Stables bill

Charles Francis, founder of The Misfitz

Charles Francis, founder of The Misfitz

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ASIDE from being a legendary guitarist, John Williams also has a fondness for the Stables – he helped friends John Dankworth and Cleo Laine in the setting up of the original venue a little over 40 years ago.

Then it was about brush-strokes in a desperate bid to get the venue ready for opening night, followed by guitar strokes as he returned for the opening gala.

Tonight he is back on the familiar turf, this time with John Etheridge.

Each guitarist will perform a solo set before uniting for a specially commissioned piece by the composer Paul Hart.

Tickets are extremely thin on the ground now, but do make that call to the box office. You might just strike it lucky.

Classical strings meet boho gypsy jazz in a tasty sounding delivery by Jane Taylor tomorrow evening.

Her last two shows at the venue have been played to full-houses.

With tickets at £10 a pop, this could be number three to reach maximum capacity.

Music will be lifted from her new opus Compass...

Expresion Cubana are a lively bunch, and their salsa-jazz twists get the blood pumping and the floor grooving – lucky the Stables has arranged for a special dance floor to be installed for this event.

Get the Cuban feel and a Cuban fill if you splash £13 extra and go enjoy a taste of the region in Cafe in2, pre-performance.

New-city band The Misfitz take centre stage on Saturday night.

Charles Francis (above) formed the covers troupe some five years ago – a music fan with an ambition to raise a packet for charity.

He has done just that in the years since, with an amazing amount in the region of £50,000 now working where it counts thanks to his efforts, and those of his band mates.

In a cruel twist of fate, Charles has been diagnosed with malignant brain tumours, but is fighting on.

Saturday’s show is a tribute dedicated to an amazing man whose charitable efforts will have made such a difference to so many people.

Charles – who also worked extensively as a volunteer for MK Hospital, plans to join the band for a couple of numbers at the show: “Charles is such a strong person and he wants to show the world that, as debilitating as the symptoms are, as well as the effects of his treatment, he is fighting it every step of the way,” his wife Clare said.

“He has continued to play his guitar every day since being diagnosed and he’s been looking forward to The Stables event so much.”

Monies raised from the show will be split three ways – recipients are Willen Hospice, breast cancer charity Bosom Pals and The Stables Next Stage appeal.

Take a ticket, help sell it out and make Charles proud.

There are Live Jazz Matters on Sunday morning, and in the evening comedian Jeremy Hardy will take control.

Tommy Castro’s date at the venue on Monday has been cancelled, but you can still catch up with Feast of Fiddles on Tuesday, part of a 14-date tour by some of Britain’s top fiddlers, including Peter Knight from Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention member Chris Leslie.

Chas N Dave wrap up the week, but Wednesday’s show is a long time sold-out...

Call with bookings on MK 280800.