Andersen still has the Blues for you

Matt Andersen
Matt Andersen

THE Acoustic Gathering will play at The Stables in Wavendon this evening, three esteemed players who, between them have worked with artists including Fairport Convention, Robert Plant, Roy Orbison and the Albion Band.

All tickets to see Nancy Griffith tomorrow evening are gone, but the kids can still enjoy Saturday at the venue, with classic story The Owl and the Pussycat.

‘A nonsense adventure for 3-7 year olds and their families,’ is how The Stables calls it.

There are two chances to take a pew and get in your kids good books – choose 11.30am or 2pm.

In the evening, funny fella Richard Herring will be holding court.

In the last 12 months, Richard has enjoyed (and quite possibly endured) a whopping 94 date tour of his show Christ on a Bike: The Second Coming, but in the here and now it is all about the critically acclaimed current road trek, What is Love Anyway?

‘This show is a heart-warmingly honest and personal examination of the romantic (and not so romantic) adventures and misadventures of one of the UKs most prolific comedians, as well as a geniune attempt to define this mysterious, debilitating, evil and wondrous emotion.’

You’ll get plenty for your money.

Over on Stage 2, Jennifer Crook will blend vocal ability with some sensational harp and guitar playing as she dances musically across contemporary folk, pop and Americana.

Former Cream ace, bass man Jack Bruce returns to the venue a year after his last two night stand, for more of the same, on Sunday and Monday.

Tickets are all gone for the first night, scant availability for the second date...

On Tuesday, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham will bring a traditional taste of Scottish music to the fore, while on Wednesday night Canadian bluesman Matt Andersen will promote his new opus, Coal Mining Blues, on Stage 2.

The pull of music has been around him since he was a wee nipper.

“Perth-Andover’s a really small, family-orientated community,” Matt says. “My dad’s worked as a logger pretty much his whole life. But there’s always been music around: My grandfather played fiddle, my mom plays piano in church.

“Most of my cousins have had bands at some point.

Matt has traced a blues path from Clapton to B.B. King and rolled back the years to the Mississippi Delta leaders: “What really hit me most about the blues was its total honesty,” he says.

Join Matt on the penultimate date of his UK tour from 8.45pm.

Tickets can be booked on MK 280800.