Del’s going the whole Nine Yards

Del Bromham: Stables return this week
Del Bromham: Stables return this week

The Stables will welcome back ‘one of our own’ this Friday evening, when Del Bromham takes to the stage.

The best part of five decades have passed since the grand guitarist formed Stray as a whippersnapper, and we could fill the column inches with tales of yesteryear, no bother.

But we don’t need to, because even though he has enjoyed a relatively quiet period in 2013, he has still played Japan and last month released his current solo album, Nine Yards.

Earlier this week it dropped Stateside too.

“It has been selling units and getting play all over Europe,” says the chirpy player.

“It was originally going to be 10 songs, then it went up to 12, and now it’s at 14!” he laughs.

“It has gone out as a blues album really, but I wouldn’t say so, it’s acoustic, electric, a lot of things...I play everything on it except the drums,” Del says.

The disc has been issued through Angel Air Records and album starter The Ballad of JD in particular has been making lots of friends on the airwaves.

The album features guests from Beds-based blues mob Pearl Handled Revolver, and Cherry Lee Mewis, and those same faces will be joining Del, and the Stray boys for tomorrow’s Wavendon bash.

“The first set is gonna be songs from the Nine Yards album,” Del spilled, “The second set will be all Stray stuff .”

In 2o14 a live album, recorded in Tokyo, will help sate the ravenous appetites of Stray’s fan-base, and further live dates are promised.

For the moment though, Del has enough happening to keep his guitar in tune for – including a rather sweet gig supporting Mott the Hoople at one of their much anticipated reunion shows next month.

At the band’s invitation, Del will join Ian Hunter and Co. for their show at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Tickets sold-out instantly: “I knew the guys from back in the old days and Stray played together with Mott,” Del recalled.

And he can almost pinpoint the date:“I remember it well because I was chatting to Ian Hunter, and unless you were there at the time you would think he was a big head, but he wasn’t being.

“He said ‘I’ve been in the studio this week with David Bowie and he’s written us this song and we ‘re putting it out as a single. We are gonna be big.

“ you know, the song was All The Young Dudes, and it made ‘em big!”

Del will be joined by drummer Karl Randall, newbie Stray member Robbie Stewart-Mathews and those aforementioned guests for Friday’s show.

It’ll be a cracking night by a man who knows how.

Tickets are on sale at £12.50, and things get underway at 8pm.

Call and book on MK 280800.