Music around MK: your guide to the week ahead
From punk to classical, there's something for pretty much everyone in and around Milton Keynes in the next few days...
Richie RamoneCraufurd Arms, December 2A real life Ramone is coming to town this Friday evening, so we trust you’ll all be rushing to The Craufurd Arms for a raucous night of sounds. And there will be plenty of Ramones staples figuring among the set list – after all, Richie sat at the drum kit for more than 500 shows with the band. He has got a cracking little night lined up for you. “We do a high energy set that will leave you exhausted but still wanting more,” he said.“ You will hear songs off my latest album Cellophane, as well as songs I wrote for the Ramones, and of course a couple of classics from their extensive catalogue. I also come out front right after the show to meet the fans, take pics and sign whatever they like. “I think it’s important to say hello to everyone and not run away and hide. “It’s the least I can do...”www.thecraufurdarms.com
The Barron KnightsThe Stables, Wavendon,December 3The band is back with their highly acclaimed show Soundtrack of our Lives. Lots of new songs, beautiful harmonies and even more fun. Rolling Stone Bill Wyman said: “The Barron Knights changed my life”...that says it all for one of the UK’s most famous groups.www.stables.org
Sean TaylorThe Stables, December 4Sean is one of the most exciting and hard-working names on the roots and blues scene. The response to his most recent album The Only Good addiction Is Love was sensational – on BBC Radio 2 it has been played by Bob Harris, Paul Jones and Mark Radcliffe.www.stables.org
The James Hunter SixThe Stables, Wavendon,December 1The man Mojo says is the UK’s greatest soul singer is back with his debut, Hold On! Reviews have been emphatic: Uncut calls it “Dynamite rhythm and blues...an absolute belter if you like R&B raw, red-blooded and defiantly vintage”.www.stables.crg
Joanna Eden Quartet - Jazz at The MoviesThe Stables, December 4 at 11.30amA sell-out at Ronnie Scott’s from 2013 to 2015, Jazz at the Movies play festive favourites from the silver screen as made famous by Ella, Eartha, Frank, Dean, Bing and a whole gang of swingin’ cats. Expect vibrant music and droll presentation!www.stables.org
Seth LakemanNorthampton Derngate, December 3Seth has successfully steered English folk music into the mainstream with high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums over the last 10 years including the 2014 Top 20 hit Word of Mouth, the Mercury-nominated Kitty Jay and the gold-selling release Freedom Fields.www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Milton Keynes SinfoniaChrysalis Theatre, Willen, December 3Milton Keynes Sinfonia presents an evening of exciting music by European composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Bartok, Ginastera and Dvorak. Special guest is celebrated Welsh harpist Gwellian Llyr.To book tickets call on 01908 377518.