The Doc will see you now

As Chris Barber edges closer to his 67th year as a bandleader (yep, really) he brings his Big Band back to The Stables this evening.

An ace in the pack of the traditional jazz and blues movement, his ensemble will entertain with a wide repertoire featuring everything from New Orleans to blues to later 1920’s Ellington material.

Tickets are all gone, but try for returns if you are desperate to sample the sounds.

The Misfitz are back on The Stables stage tomorrow night, to swell the charity coffers in memory of the band’s founder, Charles Francis.

Charles passed away from cancer in September 2011, but was himself a huge charity supporter – and raised more than £50,000 through the band’s activities before falling ill.

The band is carrying on with the music, and the charity drive, at his request.

“While we are paying tribute to Charles, this is going to be a fun, upbeat concert, with plenty of audience participation and will be a true celebration of everything that Charles has given to the band,” The Misfitz promise.

The MK ensemble will deliver upbeat covers by artists including Fleetwood Mac, Deacon Blue and The Killers, and monies raised will be split between Willen Hospice and the Brain Tumour Charity.

Show your support, folks.

Grammy nominated Americana country player Will Hoge is up on Stage 2, but tickets for the Nashville-dweller have been sold out for ages.

Was it really 30 years ago that Shakatak hit the charts with Down on the Street?

It surely was.

This band of Night Birds are still in flight though, and make their return to these parts on Saturday night, for those who want a jazz-funk fill.

Her voice was beautiful, but her story tragic.

On Sunday Karen Carpenter is celebrated with the show, Voice of the Heart.

Carole Gordon fills the musical shoes of Karen, and the Blues Jeans Band and singers join her for a live roll through The Carpenter’s sterling body of work.

Doc Brown’s name began circulating at the start of the new millennium when he popped up in Camden, earning his stripes as a battle rapper.

A few years down the line, and he caught the eye of Mark Ronson, working in Ronson’s live band for a while.

Success in comedy and drama followed – including roles in Miranda and Law and Order, and Ricky Gervais’ brilliant series, Derek.

Say ‘What’s Up Doc?’ and he’ll tell you; he arrives at the venue on Tuesday night, with his current show The Weird Way Round, cutting loose his unique take on life, love and lyricism.

Take one album, two men and too many instruments, and you’ve got the basis for Wednesday’s show, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells for Two.

Usually a considerable entourage is necessary to take the reins and recreate the masterpiece in the live.

Not so with this show – the Aussie duo will endure a perspiration inducing performance playing all 20 instruments between them.

If you can’t make Wednesday’s date, the boys are back next Thursday (September 10) for a second session.

To book tickets call the box office on 01908 280800 or visit