Bernie’s in!

Bernie Marsden
Bernie Marsden

The Songs of Patsy Cline launches another week of marvellous music at The Stables.

This evening’s show – paying tribute to one of country music’s most favoured artists –features cast members from the West End show Patsy.

Following the loss last month of George IV, George V will now join Ireland’s Queen of Country Sandy Kelly for the show.

Dare we say you’ll be crazy to miss this? We just did.

Blues-busting talent Bernie Marsden is back at his local venue on Friday night.

The man has rock pedigree, but that much you know already without us trotting out the usual Whitesnake and Purple stories.

All you need to know is that this show will see Bernie and his band deliver ‘an eclectic mix of deep blues, classic shuffles, funk and country, ‘ with cuts taken from his recent album, Shine.

Speaking of local talents, Woburn Sands Band are also back this week.

Saturday’s session will veer from classical to jazz and pop.

Brass band brilliance from the unbeatable bunch.

A moving evening of sounds will roll out on Sunday, when clarinettist Emma Johnson pays tribute to John Dankworth, joined by John’s wife Cleo Laine, John’s Quintet and the Warren Zielinski String Quartet.

The programme will feature a wide-ranging selection of material either written or arranged by John.

Turkish Delight and Experiments with Mice will figure among the pieces.

It’s been a while since Nerina

Pallot has been on The Stables stage, but the Ivor Novello and Brit award nominated singer-songwriter has been far from idle.

Indeed, in 2014 she set herself the challenge of producing a new EP every month.

The most recent of these, Small Things, was released on September 30.

We first saw Nerina more than a decade ago when she was on tour with Joseph Arthur.

And, just as he does with his own material, Nerina is handcrafting the artwork for each of her releases too.

Support at the date is coming from critically acclaimed artists Jodie Marie and Samuel Taylor – a couple of blues vinyl-obsessed musicians.

The debut EP ‘Tilt The Moon’ was issued in August.

Joan Armatrading performs in the Jim Marshall Auditorium on Tuesday and Wednesday evening, but those dates have been sold out for months and months.

If you do have a ticket though, get ready for a treat: “I want these concerts to be a special, lively interactive one to one experience,” Joan said.

“I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.”

> Stage 2 belongs to Andy Zaltzman this evening.

The British-based half of the global hit topical podcast The Bugle stops off with his interactive new show Satirist for Hire for you.

The Bugle – which he produces with John Oliver – is a worldwide hit with in excess of 200,000 downloads per episode!

Andy has been inviting audience members to send in their satirico-queries in advance of the shows, whether a general grumble or a specific bleat.

Then Zatzman will butter the political hot potato to order and serve it back to the sender at the show of their choosing.

This is going to be quite a night...

My Darling Clementine will revisit classic country duets made famous by Johnny and June, George and Tammy and Dolly and Porter tomorrow night, while the Hitman Blues Band deliver on Tuesday night, and from the world of folk, Martha Tilston arrives on Wednesday evening.

For bookings call 01908 280800.