Hammond howling and Caravanning? It can only be a week at The Stables...

Roddy Woomble
Roddy Woomble

ANOTHER week brings another veritable feast of live produce courtesy of The Stables, and Caravan kick start things this evening....

It is more than four decades since they first made a noise, and forty years to the year since they issued their famous album In The Land of Grey and Pink, which is the reason for their appearance at The Stables this evening – a bit of an anniversary celebration.

The gig is all sold out, but we have got our mitts on a couple of other releases from the prog-rock types – reissues of 77s Better By Far and from 2003, The Unauthorised Breakfast Item.

To be in with a chance of taking a copy of each, send a postcard, together with your name and address to: Motorhome Music Competition, Citizen News Desk, Napier House, Auckland Park, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, MK1 1BU.

Closing date is Wednesday, October 19.

Moving back to the stage action and tomorrow night sees the return of celebrated instrumentalists The James Taylor Quartet.

Hardly spring chickens of the scene themselves, it is still scary when you learn that they have been howling at the Hammond for some 25 years. It really is that long...

On Stage 2 An Evening with Murray Lachlan Young beckons and promises bizarre ballads, saucy shanties and rattling good yarns.

The Times sum it up well enough, calling Murray ‘A Noel Coward for the Noel Gallagher generation.”

Fleetwood Bac will do the fairly obvious tribute thing on Saturday night, but that’s sold out.

Instead, we’ll glide into Sunday’s package of cool which starts at 11.30am with Live Jazz Matters and wraps up with Roddy Woomble, the Idlewild frontman who steps out in his own guise on Sunday night.

Aside from his position in the Scottish rock troupe, Roddy has carved out a tasty solo career as an engaging songwriter and performer.

Two solo albums have hit the racks so far – My Secret is My Silence and The Impossible Song & Other Songs.

He was also a key instigator in Before The Ruin, the 2008 opus that teamed him with Kris Drever and John McCusker.

The great news for fans of all his musical endeavours is that Mr Woomble will pluck from all of his catalogue at the show, Idlewild too.

A roaring talent with a guarantee of a touching show.

Support will come from Rachel Sermanni.

The Songs of Elvis Costello take us into the new week, with a female Costello impersonator, nonetheless.

They Call Her Natasha (But She Looks Like Elsie) will play all the classics – Accidents Will Happen, I Want You and, yep, Alison.

Natasha will erm, Pump It Up some time after 8pm.

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes will do their usual on Tuesday night, with a set of no-holds-barred, good time rock and roll, of course.

If you want something completely different, pop along on Wednesday for a sweet show from the classical side with the Lawson Piano Trio who will spill compositions from Mozart, Debussy and Brahms.

Also on Wednesday, Stage 2 will host the funny Screaming Blue Murder club.

Compere Andrew Bird will introduce rising talents Jen Brister and Andy White.

To book tickets for any of these shows, sell-outs aside, call the box office on MK 280800.