Don’t get the Blues, go get the band!

Juan Zelada
Juan Zelada

THERE are only a handful of standing tickets available for this evening’s show by The Blues Band at The Stables.

If you want to talk about longevity, talk about it with these fellas – they formed in 1979 and are still going strong, with a pile of releases left in their wake.

Close to twenty albums have made it in the racks to date, so there is no shortage of material for this bash.

Martyn Joseph has been around a while himself: this year is his 31st at releasing satisying sounds.

Tom Robinson is a fan: “One of the most charismastic and electrifying performers in Britain today,” he says. See Martyn tomorrow.

On stage 2, The High Llamas will create an uplifting experience for both themselves and those of you pinning your ears to their style.

Check the new album Talahomi Way.

The Barron Knights always deliver the goods at their annual Crimbo show, and these dates always sell-out before the band takes the stage, so to speak.

Let The Barron Knights replace pre-festive drear with lots and lots of cheer on Saturday.

The smile bringers will be live from 8pm.

Albert Niland leads over on Stage 2.

Niland spent three years as the guitarist for the Riverdance phenomena, and for his new work has submerged himself in the world of gypsy flamenco.

The passionate flamenco guitar sound influences heavily....

Make early tracks to the venue on Sunday, for the opportunity to discuss all things with like minded individuals, at Jazz Matters. The John Dankworth founded sessions run from 11.30am to 1pm.

On Sunday, hard hitter Carl Palmer arrives.

The former Emerson, Lake & Palmer ace will mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the multi-million selling ELP opus Pictures at an Exhibition by playing the album in its entirety.

A few other ELP numbers will sneak in during the evening too.

See this blonde fella, below?

He is Daniel Sloss, aka The Joker.

On Monday evening, Scotland’s ‘hormone-ridden, half-man, half-Xbox comic prodigy’ will be bringing his funnies to the Jim Marshall auditorium.

Kai Humphries will support, and you can help yourselves to a plate of the funnies from 8pm.

Shh...can you hear Voices at the Door?

Midwinter Songs & Carols tells the story of the Christmas song– with tales of squabbling choirs, composers, collectors and controversy, delivered in a words and music programme of perfect unaccompanied harmony singing and historical detail.

While they warm the main stage, in Stage 2

Wendy Nieper & John Etheridge will deliver a set of jazz sweetness.

Both have been critically acclaimed for their deliveries, and together you get twice the quality.

Not bad for a tenner.

Comic fella Simon Evans doesn’t mince his funnies, so expect a no-holds barred set to unravel on Wednesday evening.

He is also the writer of choice for Dara O’Briain, Sean Lock, Marcus Brigstocke and Lee Mack...and that’s not all of ‘em.

Go see the REAL funny man on the main stage.

Spanish singer-songwriter Juan Zelada, that’s him on the left, will rule on Stage 2.

His name is a total buzz word on the London scene just now, and he has already snagged a Radio 2 Single of the Week for Breakfast In Spitalfields.

Call and organise tickets quickly.

Give the box office a ring on MK 280800.