The Sisters are coming...the Secret is out

The Secret Sisters, at The Stables this evening
The Secret Sisters, at The Stables this evening

THE Stables has a colossal number of artists ready to stream through the doors and spread a little cool this week, but you are unlikely to catch The Secret Sisters, whose gig this evening is long sold-out.

Laura and Lydia Rogers are The Secret Sisters, and this tour features other equally snug, cool venues like London’s Bush Hall and Oran Mor in Glasgow.

Ticket holders can expect a truly intimate date by a duo who roused an audience of millions when they appeared on Jools Holland’s heralded Hootenanny, and more recently they hit the road with Ray Lamontagne.

T Bone Burnett took on role of Executive Producer on their self-titled debut album: “I have been making music for over 40 years and The Secret Sisters album is as close to pure as it gets,” he says.

“Listening to them sing, you hear in their voices a sound that is timeless and of the moment.

“You hear the rural American music from the 1920s and a reverence for every musical genre this country has produced...I’m thrilled to be involved in presenting them to the world.”

You can call the box office for returns, but it’s a slight chance...

Also live and plucky this evening, Simon Mayor & The Mandolinquents, Britain’s first modern mandolin quartet, topped off with the voice and mandobass of Hilary James.

In the 1930s, mandolin orchestras reigned supreme, and things are turning in their favour once more. Infectious humour and lively reels from 8pm.

James Hunter performs tracks from his current opus The Hard Way, tomorrow evening.

Nominated for a Grammy in 2006, he has also opened dates for Etta James and Aretha Franklin with his deep soul sensation.

“One of the best voices and best kept secrets in British R’n’B and soul,” says Van Morrison.

On Stage2, the National Harmonica League Spring Special hosts workshops between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, followed by a jam session from 8.45pm.

Tickets for the whole caboodle are a reasonable £26.

On the Main Stage, Cerys Matthews will hold court. The 6 Music presenter has recently been a part of Goldie’s inspiring BBC2 series, By Royal Appointment.

Incredibly, the show aired in a prime time Saturday night slot and genuinely encouraged new talent to flourish. What a novel idea...and what a stunning amount of talent they unearthed.

As for her own material, new opus Explorer will hit racks on Monday.

The Chris Barber Band roll in next.

In 2010 jazz trombonist Chris celebrated his 61st year as a bandleader – he formed his first Barber New Orleans Band in 1949, when he was just 19 years old.

Now show us another with such fabulous talent and staying power. Yeah, we know, you are struggling to.

Thousands of recordings, and 10,000 concerts down the line and the Barber brilliance is still jazz-tastic. What a man, what a band. See them on Sunday night.

On Stage 2, Gigspanner, the current project from violinist Peter Knight, will throw folk, classical, baroque and swing into the works, with ‘life-enriching versions of British traditional music and song.’

Over to Sir Terry Pratchett: “Peter can spin the world on his bow,” he says.

There is a double-bubble on Tuesday – Irish songwriter Kieran Goss is live and solo in the Jim Marshall auditorium, while on Stage 2 The Paris 1940s promises an intricately arranged cocktail of jazz, swing, samba, pop and experimental indie and rock covering artists from Stevie Wonder to Pixie Lott, and Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga. Unique and unexpected.

Wednesday has keyboard ace Brian Culbertson, out on the live trail in support of album number 12, or, to put it his way, XII.

On Stage 2, Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell deliver kitchen sink dramas and tales of the heart.

Call the box office on MK 280800.