Oi! Oi! The Blocks are back

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Fiery, emotionally charged compositions are a given with fret-feeler Aynsley Lister, who returns to The Stables this evening.

Blues-based rock with plenty of bite tickle your interest?

Then this is the gig for you, so go on – cut loose and enjoy.

After all, it’s nearly the weekend.

Feast of Fiddles are up tomorrow night, but that’s all sold-out.

Still, there is still a treat waiting for some of you – Megan Henwood is live on Stage 2.

She will treat listeners to material from her debut album, 2011’s Making Waves, and the newbie Head Heart Hand.

Megan’s folk meets a dark but youthful slant puts her nicely in the ‘nu-folk revival’ bracket.

Jimmy Webb arrives on Saturday, a fella responsible for writing one of the greatest tracks of all time, and you don’t need to take our word for that – Wichita Lineman is renowned as a classic.

His influence has extended to many an A-lister – from Billy Joel and John Mayer to Keith Urban and Rumer.

Half a century since enjoying his first hit, and he remains a trailblazer among songwriters.

A night of songs and stories to thrill and amuse.

Stand-up comedian Andrew Lawrence has sold out his show Reasons to Kill Yourself, happening on Stage 2 the same evening.

There are Jazz Matters afoot on Sunday morning, and leading British double bassist Arnie Somogyi will be introducing his favourite recordings by bassist Charlie Mingus.

There’s a connection between Mingus and Arnie’s father, too.

If you want to know what it is, pop along at 11.30am when all will be revealed.

Now, here’s a real reason to be cheerful – The Blockheads are back on Sunday night.

The Blocks are one of the few bands that we could watch every night of the week and never be bored by.

Ian Dury’s cohorts in sound – now fronted by the late Dury’s pal Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey – are as engaging today as they were back in 1997 when the seminal New Boots and Panties album first caused a stir.

Tickets to see The Shires, the record breaking duo from Beds and Herts who went Top 10 last month with their debut album release, are all sold-out.

We know there are an awful lot of ticketless people who wanted in for this show, so we’ll move swiftly on and try not to cause any more upset.

OnTuesday night, prog rock pioneers Renaissance show up, and while they do their thing in the JimMarshall Auditorium, Stage 2 will be owned by Malinky vocalist and cellist, Fiona Hunter, who steps out with bandmate Mike Vass.

Get strung along on Wednesday with 4 Parts Guitar – including Giltrap, Etheridge, Carroll and Burley.

A little of what you fancy is a good thing, so go get some.

Call the box office on 01908 280800 or visit www.stables.org