WHAT'S ON: THE STABLES AT A GLANCE
Wavendon venue The Stables has a typically eclectic couple of weeks ahead for you – from alt-rock to classic jazz, modern jazz to folk and from tributes to hot newbie talents. Here’s your rundown of those fluid, obscure and essential acts taking to the stage this month in the Jim Marshall Auditorium, and in the snug of Stage 2… Ireland’s ‘folk band of the year’ The High Kings bring their majestic selves to the haunt to see in the new week (April 14), let them lift you with their skills as multi-instrumentalists and rousing fusion of tracks new and old. Deborah Bonham, sister of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham, is back at The Stables on Tuesday (April 15), and if you’ve seen her before, you’ll need no nudge to attend. Vocally ace and with an ability to tackle a variety of styles, she is an engaging, passionate singer, and one with plenty of her own pedigree. Last summer she went on the road with Bad Company – opening up for Bad Company stateside on their 40th Anniversary tour. This date is part of her Spirit tour, promoting the current album by the same name, which features a certain harmonica appearance by Robert Plant. Fancy a fiddle? Why settle for just the one when you can have a feast of them on Wednesday (April 16). Feast of Fiddles includes members of Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Show of Hands and Battlefield Band, and together they’ve fiddled aplenty - the folk-rock institution now has half a dozen CDs under their collective belt. The music stops on Thursday (April 17) and the humour starts, with Paul Chowdry, star of Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week bringing the funnies as part of his new tour, PC’s World. Take a seat and smile your way through his take on the fine art of attracting a woman, non-existent customer services …and the 1980s. No prizes for guessing that Friday’s (April 18) No Jacket Required date is a Phil Collins Tribute. ‘I Can’t Dance,’ Phil sang, but you’ll struggle to remain seated with classics like Invisible Touch and Easy Lover set to figure. Elio Pace arrives on Saturday (April 19) to dig deep into the Billy Joel Songbook, Uptown Girl, Piano Man, Just The Way You Are…you know the sort of thing. Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of blues legend Muddy Waters, and over the past couple of years, Mud has been dishing out Chicago blues before appreciative audiences all over the world. On Tuesday (April 22) he will bring a natural showmanship to the stage and deliver songs of his own engineering, alongside classic tracks from his father’s repertoire. From Kansas City comes Krystle Warren on Wednesday (April 23). One scribe for The Observer saw her in the live, and was knocked out by her abilities: ‘…Warren’s talents are extraordinary. She has an octave-hopping voice that glides between languid and urgent, and music that hovers between funk, folk and jazz, between Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone…she’s the real deal.’ Acker Bilk makes another stop at the haunt on Thursday (April 24). The jazz ace has been at his craft for well over half a century, and he’s in the record books too – in 1961, his ‘signature’ tune Stranger on the Store simultaneously sat at the top of the singles charts in both the UK and the US. Prog-rock stalwarts Curved Air play for you on Friday (April 25) with classic numbers like Vivaldi, Marie Antoinette and Back Street Luv. Original members vocalist Sonja Kristina and drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa are still in the ranks. More of the funny factor for you on Saturday (April 26) with the fishy sounding Richard Herring and his show, We’re All Going To Die! He’ll be bringing answers to questions like ‘Is death a tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in?’ and ‘Are we snuffed out or forced to endure eternity without bodily pleasures?’ Death is inevitable, so let’s laugh in its face while our hearts still beat, he encourages. At least being a comedian and not a drama professional, if he corpses onstage, it’ll only embellish the show! Alt-rockers Panic Room promote their current album Incarnate with a date on Sunday (April 27), and bold grandeur, spine-tingling beauty and gutsy raw power is promised. The Kyle Eastwood Band make a well overdue return on Monday (April 28). And the name is not merely coincidence – Kyle is the son of Hollywood royalty Clint Eastwood. He is also an awesome bassist, both in the electric and upright moulds, and is at the top of his game, which is dealing in modern jazz. Fancy a bite to eat at the venue? Book in for the pre-show pizza/pasta event for a few quid more than the usual ticket price. Ask for details when booking. The Temperance Seven will be under the lights on Tuesday (April 29) with a wonderful mix of jazz classics from the past, original compositions and novelty numbers. The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon Box office: 01908 280800.