Charlie looks forward to his Stables return

Looking ahead to his Stables date - Charlie Landsborough
Looking ahead to his Stables date - Charlie Landsborough

HAZEL O’ Connor returns to The Stables this evening, with The Bluja Project and their spring tour, Blondes on Fire.

Joining her for an eclectic mix of new O’Connor originals and timeless classics will be virtuoso saxophonist Clare Hirst and pianist-vocalist Sarah Fisher.

When not playing in the live, the band have been working on their second album.

It is tribute time this Friday night, with Ultimate Bowie taking a trip down David’s musical lane.

The real Bowie has shifted an estimated 196 million albums in his career, first making a connection with his adoring public when he delivered the space-age mini-melodrama Space Oddity...way back in 1969.

Ultimate Bowie will take the listener from Starman to Let’s Dance, and everything else you expect to hear from a real star, man.

On Stage two, Storm Warning lead the way with a tasty blend of contemporary blues, rock and jazz.

Their style is their own, but their influences are sweet and wide-ranging – from Pink Floyd to the alluring guitar work of Robben Ford.

‘Soulful gut-bucket groove that’s half-hard at times, half good-time-all-the time...they delve deep into breezy jazz, fiery rock or smoky R&B, but the blues always call them back,’ reckon Classic Rock.

If that sound is calling to you, they’ll be on stage at 8.45pm.

There are Drumming Workshops on Saturday, with Conga Part 2 set to beat a path for those aged 15 years and up, between 10am and 4pm.

The course will cost you £32, and the drums come from Natal Percussion.

There is no shortage of things to do in Milton Keynes on a Saturday morning, but this is the only event where you will learn about complex conga drumming, palm and finger movements and rudiments...

Charlie Landsborough, above, returns on Saturday for a nice blend of wide-ranging music and captive anecdotes, on the penultimate date of his UK tour.

The ever favoured performer has a new album in the racks too, and we have copies of Love, in a Song to give away.

To bag a copy we want to know the name of his recently released autobiography.

Pop your answer, along with your name, address and daytime telephone number to: Charlie Comp, Citizen Newsdesk, Napier House, Auckland Park, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, MK1 1BU.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday, April 13.

An Audience with Imran Yusuf is Sunday night’s attraction, as the star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow enjoys stepping out on his debut solo tour.

Strong language and adult material is a given, and so it is over 16s for this particular show.

Wishbone Ash are always a popular draw at our Wavendon haunt, and on Monday the pioneers of twin-guitar rock make a return as part of their world tour.

Will they play Blowin’ Free?

Quite possibly.

Eddi Reader is up on Tuesday night, but if you’ve not yet bought your ticket for the event, your only hope is by calling the box office for returns – the date is a long-time sold-out for the former Fairground Attraction, erm attraction.

Liane Carroll is last up this week.

The multi award-winning jazz lady has toured and recorded with artists including Gerry Rafferty, Sir Paul McCartney and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

But in the current climate, it is all about her new CD, Up and Down which switches from heart-wrenching ballads to hard swinging standards.

You can do that when you are as good as she is.

Joining her for the performance will be bassist Roger Carey and drummer Mark Fletcher.

Tickets are £14 and show time is 8pm.

For bookings, call MK 280800.