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Twenty years have passed since the world of entertainment lost Vivian Stanshall, but his contribution to both music and comedy shines on.

The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band anchor is remembered at The Stables tomorrow evening, when Mike Livesley delivers a terrific recreation of Viv’s script for radio, Sir Henry at Rawlinson End.

Mike & his cobwebbed musicians will be breathing life into Stanshall’s manic, classic, surreal but fond masterpiece of quintessential English comedy.

Stephen Fry is one of many supporters, and said: “All lovers of Sir Viv and the Bonzos will wheeze out a chuckling and sobbing thank you to a great and good man.”

G2 Genesis return for a two night stay this Friday and Saturday night.

Two different sets of vintage era Genesis will be aired over the nights, but if you don’t already have a ticket, you’ll not hear either – both shows are sold-out.

Blair Dunlop will be at work over on Stage 2.

He followed the ‘achingly beautiful’ debut delivery Blight & Blossom with his 2014 release House of Jacks, should you wish to check in with his sounds ahead of the show.

Pete Brown – son of Joe – rocks up for a Stage 2 date on Saturday evening, and he is ‘borrowing’ his Dad’s musicians for the show too.

Nashville artist Richard Collins, bassist Mike Nichols, drummer and singer Phil Capaldi, and producer ace Peter Brown (on lap steel and guitar) will make for a heady mix of players.

Their name?

It’s the Newgrass Cutters, obviously.

Lutes & Ukes: The Wolves of St. Elvis Play Shakespeare is a string consort like no other, and the musical first is yours to enjoy on Sunday evening.

Four lutes andfour ukuleles set to work on a joint mission to ‘convert fans of the baroque theorbo and the contemporary electric cigarbox ukulele to a shared cultural experience.’

Expect a harmonious night when the two sets of instruments blend into a harmonious one, with a promise to stretch strings and credulity beyond belief.’

Scottish jazz artists Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock team up for Tuesday’s date at the Wavendon haunt, with tracks being lifted from their trio of acclaimed albums – Bezique, Symbiosis and the Whispering of the Stars.

Last up on the main stage this week, Only Men Aloud will put their unique twist on classic tracks like Mr Blue Sky and Ticket to Ride.

The Classical Brit award-winning mob who enjoyed a starring role at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games will also debut new material at the show.

While the Welsh wonders hold court in the Jim Marshall Auditorium, Stage 2 will be warmed by the sounds of Gigspanner.

You can call them folk, but that is a mere part of their explosive story.

Expect atmospheric interpretations of traditional British ballads and tunes, as heard on their current album.

Another week, and another eclectic menu from the venue which does it the best.

Call to secure your choices on 01908 280800 or visit www.stables.org