The Stables: What’s on this week

The South: Stables appearance
The South: Stables appearance

At The Stables, another plump week of productivity will spring into actionon Thursday with Scottish Celtic types Iona making a return, and they’ll thread rock, folk, progressive and ethnic elements into their busy sounds.

Steve Howe is bringing his esteemed trio out to play for you on Sunday, with their own crossbreed of music inspired by the recordings of Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Smith, and the music of Yes to the fore.

Every last ticket for comedy flavour Henning Wehn has been snapped up, but there are still some left for singer-songwriter Jenna Witts, who arrives on Friday evening.

Those who like it erm, heavier, meantime, should invest in a ticket for the return of Vampires Rock, on Saturday night.

Join Baron Von Rockula (yes, really) and a cast of cracking voices and players, as they rock n roll you through music by Meat Loaf, Guns n Roses, Poison, Rainbow and too many others to mention – but you get the idea.

Over on Stage 2 on Saturday night, Sara Spade will deliver her inventive lyrics and bewitching melodies – the same ones that attracted the ear of festival organiser and DJ Rob Da Bank.

One lady, one voice, one ukulele, from 8.45pm.

The two Martin’s – Taylor and Simpson, arrive on Sunday night to cut loose their expertise, and award-wnnning jazzer Martin Taylor and slide guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson have it by the bucketload.

Simpson has been nominated more times than any other artist in the BBC Folk Awards – 23 times in 11 years.

Expect a decidedly harmonious night.

The Royal Southern Brotherhood hold court on Sunday evening, with a blinding selection of blues rock.

The new week brings a change in tack, thanks to Adriano Adewale and Benjain Taubkin who rock up on Tuesday.

“A superlative Brazilian duo,” reckons Jazzwise, and heck, they should know!

The South, featuring former members of The Beautiful South, arrive on Wednesday, playing as part of their Sweet Refrains autumn tour.

Keen to move things forward, but not at the expense of long-time fans, the collective will provide a mix of established favourites and spanking new tracks for the date.

Call MK 280800 to book.