Get your kicks from Larry’s licks!

Danny Bowes
Danny Bowes

A ZESTY new show is fizzing and sparkling its way to The Stables tomorrow when Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra showcase their finely-blended sound ‘In Concert’.

Conjuring memories of the glittering, glamorous days of the big band era, expect pulsating energy, and then some.

For an eclectic mix of blues, rock, funk and jazz, look no further than ground-breaking guitarist Preston Reed, also tomorrow, but over on Stage 2.

Blues-rock brilliance takes over with Larry Miller commanding the Jim Marshall auditorium on Saturday evening.

His career is on the up and up, and earlier this month he made took the third spot in the Classic Rock Present the Blues rag.

Not because the scribes like him, although they do, instead this poll was based on readers’ votes.

Fans of Gary Moore, Walter Trout and Joe Bonamassa need to move bottoms from the sofa and head over to the Wavendon venue to catch a man well in tune with his music.

They’ll want to keep their ears peeled moving forward too – a new live album will be here before summer, which is something to look forward to.

A fresh twist is given to the style of classical soul artists of the 50s and 60s when Midlands musician Leigh Coleman performs in Stage 2 on Saturday.

This young singer-songwriter has cleverly developed a style reminiscent of his idols – Michael Jackson, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra to name a few – but has maintained a strong sense of modernity.

Danny and Ben from rockers Thunder are opting to ‘do it again’ – returning to The Stables for another intimate evening of two-man mirth, music and musings, that is.

The pair will lift the lid on some of their hilarious on-the-road exploits and perform stripped-back acoustic versions of Thunder tunes, along with more of their favourite songs.

We saw them on their last visit, and it was a cracking night.

Suitable for those who want to hear classic Thunder tracks stripped back, and listen to stories of vomiting drummers...

Join them on Tuesday and let them cheer up an otherwise cold and dark January night.

Canadian folk trio The Once (named after a unique Newfoundland phrase that means ‘imminently’) are seizing the moment and returning to the UK stopping off on Tuesday.

From their beginnings as three actors who love to sing together, these Newfoundlanders have kept things uncomplicated, depending on the power of their voices and acoustic instruments to deliver their goods.

Hope and tragedy are intertwined in their music, whether they are singing an old lament from World War One, original songs that speak of love defeated or favourite songs from the artists who inspire them.

And lead singer Geraldine Hollett has an instrument of true rare power – she is a singer who can still a noisy room using only those vocals.

Accompanied by Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bouzouki, they create a perfect blend of voice and melody.

Finally, the lute will take a starring role on Wednesday when Elizabeth Kenny, widely regarded as one of the finest lutenists on the world stage, is joined by some of today’s most outstanding interpreters of 17th Century English song to form Theatre of The Ayre.

Want in to any of these?

Get on the blower and call MK 280800.