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Peter Donegan joins the Lonnie Donegan band at The Stables this evening, to pay tribute to his father, known to the rest of us as The King of Skiffle.

Peter will be performing classic numbers by Lonnie including Putting on the Style, Have a Drink on Me, and Pick a Bale of Cotton.

Expect a full fill of skiffle, blues and jazz from 8pm.

The Strange Doors step up on Friday night, paying tribute to The Lizard King and co. with a show so authentic in look, feel and playability that one NME hack who caught them live put pen to paper and said they ‘...look so convincing that I start to forget we’re not about to interview the actual Jim Morrison...’


Not only are this mob the UK’s most authentic tribute to L.A’s lost rock aces, but they are Milton Keynes-based too. This is their first date on local soil since 2012, and it’ll be aided by ‘great costumes, authentic instruments, psychedelic projections and sets crafted through years of experience.’

You’ll also get ad-libbed poetry, a singer writhing in true JM form (while letting loose his rich baritone voice), crisp organ precision, bluesy slide guitar and powerful, yet subtle drumming.

The ceremony starts at 8pm and tickets take £15 from your allowance.

All tickets to see Texan native SaraBeth at play are a longtime sold out, which is a shame for those of you too slow off the mark – this country vocalist, Dallas born but currently making her name in Nashville is a wee bit special.

The same can be said of her sidekick for this show, Glen Mitchell.

He is a Brit who made a move to music city back in 2001.

Since then he has toured with many of the region’s finest players.

Hear why they all want him on their side, from 8.45pm.

SarahBeth told us that those of you holding tickets can expect a tasty night: “It’s going to be a three-piece acoustic, intimate show.

“You can expect some stories behind the songs, with a lot of energy.

“You’ll hear a lot of my original tunes, but I always throw in some of my favourite cover songs as well.”

Making their return visit all the way from the Blue Mountains of Australia will come The Spooky Men’s Chorale on Saturday night.

It’ll be hair-raising Georgian harmonies, immaculate ballads and vaudevillian nonsense all the way, as they cut loose their combination of musical sensibilities, cavernous vocal chords and extreme silliness.

Bonkers and brilliant, they are.

The last time that Sunday’s headliner hit the hard things at The Stables, we were in the house to watch Ginger Baker at his craft.

And his really is a craft.

He’s had his battles, has the former Cream and Blind Faith hard-hitter, documented all too well in the recent year ‘once seen, never forgotten’ screen filler Beware of Mr Baker . At time painful to watch.

But when he takes up position at the drum kit, Ginger is still very much the rabid beat-checker.

If you go along expecting to be taken back to Cream’s heyday – White Room, Strange Brew, I Feel Free par example, forget it – the clue is in the band name; the Ginger Baker Jazz Confusion.

It’s a return to Baker’s jazz roots (he once tried out for a place in Sir John Dankworth’s band, you know) and an exploration of innovative fusion.

Tickets are all gone, as they should be, but a call to the box office in case of any returns can’t hurt, can it?

Call 01908 280800.