Successful Des-ign at The Stables

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It’s great being a hotly-tipped, much-touted new talent – as is the case with The Shires and Ward Thomas.

With firm support from Radio 2 and critical acclaim for their live appearances, the two Home Counties acts wrap up their current co-headline tour at The Stables this Thursday evening, playing their British Country class before a capacity crowd.

Still available at the time of writing though, are tickets to see funny-fella Jason Byrne in his current tour, You Name the Show.

Strong language and adult material is expected...if you can handle it, Jason would love to see you on Friday night.

The Steve Nimmo Trio go live with an electric, no-holds-barred format for you on Stage 2.

Or maybe you would rather make a connection with The Barron Knights on Saturday, when they return for their annual Stables visit.

Famed for their funny tunes, there is actually a whole lot more to Leighton Buzzard’s finest...and they’ve quite the history.

It was after watching the Barron Knights at work in Aylesbury Town Hall in 1961 that a young Bill Wyman was inspired to buy a guitar.

The BKs were also the only band who toured with both the Stones and the Beatles.

They hold the record for the most performances at London Palladium too, with a whopping 334 shows at the legendary venue!

The Barron Knights also introduced Reg Dwight to The Beatles at Abbey Road studios when he was their session player. Everyone knows that Reg became Elton John and the rest is history.

The Barron Knights will spice their show, Soundtrack of our Lives with lots of those classic tracks (and they enjoyed more than a dozen hit singles), and a few newbie numbers for you too.

On Stage 2, Keith James will command with a dynamic and emotional collection of Dylan Thomas’ most cherished poems set to music...

Moulettes – who have shared stages with Mick Jagger, Nick Cave and Seasick Steve – are up on Sunday evening.

Joining the pop-folk-rock rabble at play will be Heg & The Wolf Chorus.

The Bristol-based band of folkers have a new EP in the racks this week.

A Tale of Sailors is a ‘gorgeous tale of the sea...part modern folk conceptualisation, part homage to ages old shanty tradition.’

All tickets to see Katherine Ryan on Monday have gone walkies from the box office, but there is still availability for Buddy Holly and the Cricketers on Tuesday...with Holly at Christmas. You see what they did there, right?

On the same night, Stage 2 presents the AJ Brown Trio.

A real legend of the small screen crops up on Wednesday night, with the return of the inimitable Des O’Connor.

He’s a rare commodity in this era of fast-fame and reality rubbish – he’s a real performer, a total entertainer.

As such, our Des (pictured below) has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in an industry famous for its cut-throat attitude.

Des landed his first television show in the UK in 1963 and has starred in a mainstream TV show every single year since then – more than anyone, anywhere in the world!

Last up this week, two-time Grammy nominated Kim Richey will be in the Stage 2 snug.

Her voice is so pure, critics say ‘it literally aches with life’s truths.’

Book by calling 01908 280800.