Nashville duo strike a chord

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A late, but great addition to The Stables billing is this evening’s show by Nashville duo Striking Matches, writes Leisure editor Sammy Jones

Small screen viewers who kept their eyes and ears trained to More 4’s smash hit drama Nashville will already have made their acquaintance.

They were responsible for some of the key numbers in the show.

Striking Matches unleashed their debut album Nothing But the Silence earlier this year – production was handled by T Bone Burnet.

A new single Trouble Is As Trouble Does is being readied for release in a couple of weeks and they’ll sizzle with that track tonight.

It’s a certainty.

The Demon Barbers XL will be delivering the goods from current album Disco At The Tavern, tomorrow.

New to their fold? Go along expecting trad acoustic songs but with a taut rhythm section and you’ll not be surprised.

Saturday night might be alright for fighting elsewhere, but at the Wavendon venue it’s a time to bang on the glam with Ultimate Bowie paying musical tribute to the man they call David.

Ed Blaney is the thin white duke, and will sing you through Bowie’s career – from the early times (Starman) and through to China Girl.

Amy Wadge & Pete Riley will be operational on the other side of the venue with two albums of collaborative produce to cut from (namely Rivers Apart and Afterglow) and if they want more, they’ve both got substantial works in their respective solo careers to delve into.

Doors open at 8.45pm and make sure to be inside by that time – support is coming from Joe Miles.

He studied for a year at The British School of Motor Racing, but it didn’t ignite the same passion in him as music did, so he upped a gear and opted to become a full time singer-songwriter.

Music has always surrounded and absorbed him though, so the transition from car to stage was hardly surprising – his grandfather was British jazz legend Terry Lightfoot, and his mum is singer Melinda.

Terry passed away in 2013, and Joe’s fourth EP, Home Sound is being released on what would have been Terry’s 80th birthday – next Thursday.

Every one of those EPs has been written with Amy Wadge, who has been mentoring him for the past 18 months or so.

Sunday sees the Wavendon venue welcome back an old friend; Digby Fairweather.

The stalwart jazzer and his Half Dozen are on the road with their new show The Swing’s the Thing, a celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Expect swinging songs, Latin jazz and chosen pieces from both the Great American and British Songbooks.

A perfectly cheerful way to see out the week.

Gary Delaney will hold court on Stage 2, with his show Purist.

Unsurprisingly, tickets to see the Sony Award winner and Mock the Week regular at word play have all gone for the Sunday night show.

No drama though – he will return to Stage 2 on Monday night for a second helping of Purist.

Expect jokes aplenty, but don’t expect narrative, themes or a voyage of self-discovery.

If you cringe easily, perhaps rethink buying a ticket.

Everyone else, embrace the man Chortle called ‘the Picasso of puns.’

Half a century at work and Ralph McTell is still hard at his craft – embracing his audiences with evocative storytelling and great guitar playing.

Will his Monday night Marshall auditorium show include the Ivor Novello winning Streets of London?

If we had some, we’d lay money on it.

Virgil & the Accelerators rock up on Tuesday evening with a set of now familiar high-energy blues rock.

Perfectly formed, and brilliantly buzzy.

Scottish singer-songwriter Emily Smith will folk things up with material from her heralded 2014 release, Echoes.

The lass has used the opus to return to her first love of traditional song, while also setting in motion a bold new phase in her music, one that Emily has christened ‘a new Scottish sound.’

Dana Fuchs wraps up another week, with a Wednesday evening visit.

She has been compared to Janis Joplin, quite possibly for her role in the off Broadway show Love, Janis – where she played the tragic singer.

Not sure where the comparisons to Mick Jagger originated, mind you...

Dana also starred in Across the Universe, playing Sadie in The Beatles musical movie.

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