Match made in musical heaven

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Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra present their tribute to the 70th anniversary of the end of World Two this evening, writes Sammy Jones.

They will play the songs and the swing numbers that lifted spirits during the turbulent years.

The orchestra has previously been employed for four years at The Ritz, six at The Savoy and is now bringing dances to the fabulous Café de Paris.

In other words, this collective know what to do, and do it better than most!

Four decades or so since leaving Procol Harum and Robin Trower is still playing hard - he plays to a sell-out crowd tomorrow night, with support from fast-riser Joanne Shaw Taylor.

You might have missed out on the live front, but last month Robin released the new album, Something’s About to Change, so you can get your mitts on a copy of that and soak up his latest blues-soaked intensity.

Over on Stage 2, American singer-songwriter Tia McGraff will be sharing the fruits of musical labours that have just been issued on her new opus, Crazy Beautiful.

Join the lady with the ‘voice stolen from angels’, from 8.45pm.

On Saturday night, Mariana Sadovska will be at work on Stage 2, and according to the official blurb she crosses all borders: ‘archaic midsummer night invocations, wedding songs and migrant chants from remote villages of rural Ukraine all take a singular turn and transmute into contemporary sound that spans folk to avant-garde.’

Before watching the singer, actress and composer at play you can enjoy a taste of Eastern Europe at Cafe in2, if you like.

If you fancy that – for an addition price, of course – book in advance on 01908 280832.

Hazel O’Connor will play for you on Sunday evening, and joining her on the soulful introspective dip into her portfolio will be saxophonist Clare Hirst and Sarah Fisher on Keyboards.

It’s all quiet on The Stables front on Monday, but Tuesday will be a good ‘un – with the arrival of Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.

The husband and wife music-makers – referred to by one national newspaper as ‘English folk’s Buckingham-Nicks’ – are back at the fore with the current album Tomorrow Will Follow Today.

The duo returned to the scene for the first time in a decade back in 2012, with the CD Hidden people.

Prior to the release Sean toured the world with brother Seth’s band, while Kathryn raised the couple’s twin daughters.

The artistic streak has been passed on to the children too – google the video for the Child Owlet track and you’ll see the results of their clever creativity.

Lakeman, who has recently produced albums and material for artists including The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner and Bellowhead was at the helm of Tomorrow Will Follow Today, naturally.

Kathryn and Sean make beautiful music, and it’s music with substance, telling stories, sharing advice and asking questions.

It’s music that reaches that spot. You know, that spot....

Hattie Briggs will support.

A little over a year ago, Hattie cut loose from Oxford University – ditching a Russian degree to launch her music career.

Since then the 21-year-old has flourished; her music has found itself on the small screen, and on Radio 1, 2 and 6 Music.

Recent single Old Eyes features jazz ace Alec Dankworth too. Of course it was Alec’s parents John Dankworth and Cleo Laine who founded The Stables. There’s always a link in music!

Over on Stage 2, Jonny and the Baptists will Rock the Vote, with their new show blending songs, satire and silliness.

They’ll tackle the big issues ahead of the May 2015 election, and with politicians now officially ranked below estate agents in the public’s trust, it’s a desperate bid to find at least one good reason to vote.

Oh, and in an era when our purse is being hit by more and more costs for less returns, these guys are doing their bit to redress the balance - first time voters pay only a fiver for their ticket.

Join them and help find the funny, from 8.45pm.

Last up this week, it’s a welcome return from Courtney Pine with Song (the ballad book), featuring pianist Zoe Rahman.

Reach for that plastic pal and dial the box office on 01908 280800.