HBQ’s journey through sound

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The Heritage Blues Quintet fire up at The Stables this Thursday evening, setting the musical bar exceptionally high for the week to follow, writes Sammy Jones.

‘The grit of low-down country and urban blues to the bold brass of New Orleans; the hand-clapping, hustle and bustle of gospel to fiery postmodern, jazz-infused horn arrangements; the haunting cries of work songs to pulsating drums that reach back to the roots of it all..’

HBQ have it all, by the bucket-load.

Grammy-award winning blues drummer Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith is the harness on this stallion of sound, which is infused by harmonica virtuoso, Frenchman Vincent Bucher, and some of NYC’s heaviest horn players who have worked with everyone from Springsteen to Wynton Marsalis.  

This gig is going to be a real winner, and one that takes you on a musical journey ‘down Highway 49 from Clarkesdale to New Orleans, journeys across the Middle Passage, takes us from chain gangs and juke joints, to orchestra pits and church pews, and even back to porches.’

Up in support, MK’s own Josh Chandler Morris, who has a new EP to promote.

Tired is out now on Harsh Realm Records – lend your support.

On Friday evening, Counterpoise arrive with Baritone Donald Maxwell.

Together they will deliver the

American Dream, in an evening of words, music and dance.

Expect to hear work by Gershwin, Dizzy Gillespie and ‘tango master’ Astor Piazzolla.

On Stage 2, Pete Firman – star of BBC One’s The Magicians – will be thrashing out new jokes and tricks ready for his next show.

If you want him to work his magic, so to speak, on you, tickets are £10 and the show begins at 8.45pm.

Saturday night is Abba night at the Wavendon venue.

This musical marvel for fans of Sweden’s biggest export has actually been pieced together by the original director, producer and choreographer of the award-winning West End musical Abbamania – it even stars the original Frida from the London cast.

It has been 40 years since the Eurovision-winning Waterloo was released, and this is a suitably celebratory event.

Meantime, on the other side of the venue, Stage 2 presents Dan Whitehouse, Anja McCloskey and Rebecca De Winter – three rising singer-songwriters with decidedly contrasting styles.

On Sunday, Dougie Maclean presents his unique blend of lyrical, roots-based songwriting and instrumental composition.

Seriously talented, his work has been justly rewarded – with two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC2 Radio Folk Awards, and an OBE.

That’s one mantelpiece piled decidedly high.

His songs have been covered by a wealth of artists too – from Paolo Nutini to Amy MacDonald and Mary Black to Ronan Keating.

Dougie’s delivery is the last show at the venue this week, so dig in, or sit tight for a few days...

Call the box office on MK 280800 to book tickets for your most favoured.