Charlie Wood & New Memphis Underground go Southbound

Charlie Wood
Charlie Wood

Dame Cleo Laine’s garden will turn from a den of tranquility into a buzzing music venue once more on Saturday, as the Music in the Garden season continues.

Charlie Wood & the New Memphis Underground will liven up the morning slot, from 11.30am.

“I think he is doing material largely from an album called Southbound which is all his own material but RnB influenced jazz,” says Mrs Wood, Jacqui Dankworth.

The pianist vocalist has a taut line-up with him: “Karen Sharp is on Tenor who is much loved by the festival audience, Mark Nightingale, Chris Allard is my guitarist, and Dudley Phillips is my bass player…he’s nicking all my musicians!” she jokes.Drummer Nick France is from Cambridge…”It’s a great band if you like RnB, soul and jazz…”

Southbound was a 1997 release by Charlie, which has recently been re-issued.

A few standards are promised too.

Tickets are £12 in advance, £13 on the doors.

Or why not splash £23 on a day ticket, which will also allow you to get some Classic Kicks at 2.30pm.

Classical Music magazine call this collective ‘genre-bending’ and they certainly run the gamut of music – from opera to folk, Bach to Xenakis, and tango to jazz...

O Sole Trio, an Operatic Trio based in the Big Apple are joining with violin, accordion, piano, bass and percussion for the fullsome affair.

Tickets for Classical Kicks on their own are £15.

Waltz of the Flowers, from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is presented on Sunday, courtesy of the violin virtuoso Peter Fisher.

The summer session will also feature Strauss’ Roses from the South, Crisantemi by Rossini and similar suited pieces.

Tickets are £15.

Call to book yours on MK 280800.