Travellers joy for traditional Emily

The traditional meets the contemporary with Emily Smith
The traditional meets the contemporary with Emily Smith

A SPARKLING evening of foot-tapping and traditional jazz is in store at The Stables this evening, with the arrival of scene stalwart Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band, writes Gemma Voakes-Pearson.

The man that gave us Stranger on the Shore in 1961 is still hitting the road to cut it loose on stage, and still sitting pretty just inside the Top 60 best selling records since the charts began.

It is undoubtedly one of the best tracks in there too!

In these economically hard times, The Stables is holding its own, and this is the first of this week’s sell-outs.

Try for returns. but don’t get your hopes up.

The box office is also bereft of tickets for The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, who make for a memorable viewing.

There are still tickets to see the equally talented Ola Onabule on Sunday evening.

His seventh album, Seven Shades Darker, will be hitting retailer shelves in the near future, and we’re guessing the recording process was easier for him than for many other artists – that’s the beauty of having your own recording studio and your own label...

Ola is a really talented singer-songwriter and his style reaches out in many directions.

Expect to hear ballads at one end, and funk at the other, with the sound of sixties and seventies blues thrown in too.

Tickets are a bit of a bargain for this one – at fifteen quid a pop.

Emily Smith (right) arrives on Wednesday with a bag full of contemporary Scottish folk music style to empty out.

Her blend of the traditional with the decidedly modern has to date seen the light of day across four albums, including the current crop, found on Traveller’s Joy, which was launched last month at Celtic Connections.

Much of her recent material has been inspired by her travels last year, blended with material sourced from the travelling people of Scotland.

To date, Emily’s achievements include winning BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Music of the Year Award, opening for Richard Thompson on his UK tour and showcasing her style on Songs of Praise.

Tickets won’t hurt the finances too much either, starting at £12.50.

If you don’t fancy the music, how about the comedy?

On Stage 2, the Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club will be out to make you show your pearly whites in the name of giggling.

Andrew Bird will compere, and Kent Valentine and Susan Murray will drop the one-liners.

Tickets are a tenner in advance, £12 on the doors.

Call the box office on MK 280800 .