Music around MK: your guide to the week ahead

Carmelo Luggeri and Kiki Dee play at The Stables
Carmelo Luggeri and Kiki Dee play at The Stables

Into classic pop? Ska-punk? World-beating country? Whatever you're into, there's probably something for you in and around MK in the next few days...

Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri
The Stables, Wavendon, November 19
With a repertoire stretching back an incredible 50 years, there will be no shortage of material when Kiki Dee makes her welcome return to The Stables this weekend.
She will be joined by musical partner Carmelo Luggeri and promises material covering the whole of her incredible career – from her days working as a backing singer for artists including Dusty Springfield to that worldwide smash with Elton John, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.
But it won’t be a show only dealing in fantastic nostalgia – Kiki will keep it in the current too, playing material from her latest album with Carmelo, A Place Where I Can Go.
“You might be surprised at how eclectic our music is! “ Kiki told us. “Please come and taste our musical journey!”
Tickets are selling fast – book now at

Junction 14 Ladies A Cappella
November 19, Shenley Brook End School
“You don’t need to be able to write music, and no singing experience is necessary,” say the group who are extending a warm welcome to interested ladies to pop along and see what they are all about this Saturday, between 10am and 4pm.

The Jellycats & All Tied Up
MK11, November 18
If you intend on popping along to catch ska-punkers The Jellycats in play at the Kiln Farm venue, make it along nice and early to see MKs own cheery noise sorts All Tied Up – this is their last date of 2016.
They’ll need your input too – they are recording the set for a live EP.

Jools Holland & His Rhythm Orchestra
Northampton Derngate, November 17
Musical master of ceremonies Jools returns, this time with special guests The Selecter‘s Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson, and the astounding vocals of Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall with the rich soulful tones of Beth Rowley.

The Shores
Northampton Derngate, November 23
Country duo The Shires have made music history by signing a ground-breaking record deal with the Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group, and their second album My Universe is the fastest-selling UK Country album ever. Not bad for a lass from Shefford!

Bedford Esquires, November 19
The odd-pop outfit are back in play with a tour of intimate venues. These dates mark their return to the stage after a studio lock-in working on material for their second album, set for release in the new year. This is one of the first time fans will be able to hear the new tracks. “We’re excited to see how everyone will react,” the band say.

James Kirby
MK11, Kiln Farm, November 21
“If there was a prize for sheer steel and determination ...he would win it hands down.”
And James Kirby is nothing if not dedicated to his art: “I gave up everything, a secure job, a nice apartment, relationship and time with family and friends to follow a dream...” Come on, James deserves your support, folks.