Mixying things up

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From the Jam Acoustic will be live at The Stables this evening, with former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton teaming with Russell Hastings for a stripped-down night of nice produce.

And in their time, The Jam attacked the Top 40 charts no less than 18 times, so there are heaps of his to choose from – That’s Entertainment, News of the World, Going Underground, Beat Surrender, The Eton Rifles...you know the tracks.

Bruce will also cut loose material from his new solo album, and a question and answer session will swell proceedings.

Tickets to see The Manfreds on their Hits, Jazz and Blues tour tomorrow are all gone, so we’ll move swiftly on.

Brilliantly engaging duo Mark Grist & MC Mixy will be engaged in word battle over on Stage 2, as their national tour, Dead Poets Death Match continues.

This is a double act with plenty of boom, a two-some with some blindingly good banter.

Mark and Mixy fuse spoken word with hip hop and their fiery displays are as smart as they are quick.

They are adaptable too – and have performed in nightclubs and secondary schools, and from festivals to formal dinners. Mark became Poet Laureate of Peterborough in 2008, and Edinburgh Fringe Slam Champion in 2010.

And he still find time for the classroom too – working as an educational assistant.

Mixy is a rapper turned poet, and his freestyle and performance has led to commissions for Newsnight, BBC3 and Oxfam.


Sparks will fly as the audience choose the competitors and decide the winner during their show.

Want to see Sylvia Plath take on Ted Hughes, or Rabbie Burns against Byron?

This is your chance.

Saturday’s Supersonic 70s Show blends the goodness of glam with pop perfection.

So that’s everything from T-Rex and the Sweet to Queen and The Carpenters.

Catsuit Wondergirl Janey Bombshell will keep the show, and the songs, rolling.

On Stage 2, Blues boys Absolution will be making their Wavendon debut.

The trio have two albums in the racks (Dusty Road is the current one), and another following before the year end.

If you are partial to a bit of Bonamassa, Free and Gallagher, you’ll be well served at this show.

All tickets to see see Albert Lee at the venue are sold-out, but you can still book for cellist turned songwriter Anne Janelle on Stage 2 on Sunday night.

The elegance of her classical training meets fearless curiosity, as she creates songs steeped in the rich traditions of folk, pop and blues.

Soft Machine play on Tuesday night.

Former members of the avant/jazz-rock band will be joined by saxophonist Theo Travis for the date.

Stage 2 attraction The Saw Doctors Duo: Lee Moran and Anto Thistlethwaite has been fully booked for ages, but there’s a special night still with availability on Wednesday.

Peggy Seeger decided to toast her 80th birthday by taking to the road on a 16-date UK tour, joined in play by her sons, Calum and Neill MacColl.

“The boys asked what I wanted for my birthday,” Peggy said.

“I said it might be my last tour so I wanted them to join me. “How many other families are able to request and give a similar gift?”

Peggy’s 22nd solo album, Everything Changes was released last year, and the folk queen, feminist icon, political activist and eco-warrior (she’s a busy lady) hasn’t let up since.

Her late husband, Ewan MacColl penned the beautiful track First Time Ever I Saw Your Face about Peggy, for any trivia collectors among you.

Expect nothing short of assured excellence.

Peggy will deliver, no question.

Book your ticket by calling 01908 280800.