Hat and Cara are the perfect Fitz at The Stables

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A double-Grammy award-winner is live at The Stables tonight, June 5.

Toumani Diabate is regarded by many as Africa’s finest instrumentalist.

Proving the ‘like father, like son’ motto is true, he will be accompanied at play by his son, Sidiki.

They will perform music from the Malian griot tradition of storytelling.

The show starts at 8pm, but start your evening even earlier if you like – by indulging in a pre-show meal at the Wavendon venue, with A Taste of West Africa. Vegetarian options will be available.

Symphonic rock rules on Friday night, with The Enid who will spend their time in lights, digging up gems from their 70s sounds before bringing things into the present with music from their most recent album, Invicta.

On the tenth anniversary of his death, The Edwin Starr Band pay musical tribute to their departed soul sensation with the memorial concert.

It was the protest classic War that made him, and took him travelling in sound.

Edwin was born in Nashville, but passed away in Nottingham, in a country where he was regarded as a hero on the Northern Soul scene.

Edwin’s band The Team will be fronted by Edwin’s brother, Angelo, himself a singer and multi-instrumentalist.

Special guest at Saturday’s show will be another Northern Soul ace, singer Lorraine Silver.

A skip and a hop away from the Jim Marshall auditorium, in the cosy den that is Stage2, Jim Kirkpatrick will pick up the guitar and play.

He is a recent year guitarist for FM, has toured with Thea Gilmore and appears on her discs, and will dish out the style that has made him an in demand session artist.

Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes return on Sunday evening – our second double Grammy award-winner to hit The Stables this week.

The guitar great has stepped out at the Clapton Crossroads festival three times, the last occasion last year at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Eric likes him, and said so: ‘...he is a great, great player, fluid, lyrical and free.’

The Paperboys arrive on Tuesday evening. Nope, it’s not a troupe of our Citizen delivery boys moonlighting as singers. In fact, it’s a band of fused folk, Celtic and bluegrass sounds with pop and rock to roll with.

Expect added horns and Afro-Mexican grooves at no extra cost....

Another familiar face is back for another set on Wednesday evening – guitarist-composer Antonio Forcione will be live with his quartet – with percussion, acoustic bass and cello making up the set.

Our choice for gig of the week is Hat Fitz & Cara, a delightful duo whose current album of delicious fracture, Do Tell, is making our ears happy.

He is the Australian blues man with a rough exterior (and a beard that most men only wish they could cultivate), and she is the petite Irish lady with the sweet voice that we wish we could have.

She has toured with artists including Jamiroqui and Corinne Bailey-Rae and is a bit handy with washboards, drums, a tinwhistle...as you do.

Put these two together, and it is very much a case of opposites attract – the duo are now joined not just in musical matrimony, but in the traditional sense as well.

It’s a great release, and will be a gig to match in the small warmth of Stage 2.

Guitar and Bass magazine get it right, commenting that ‘this shabby hill country blues oozes cool.’

Long may it continue to ooze!

For tickets call MK 280800.