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Subject: SEFAN 2012-09-05_01 THE STABLES Milton Keynes. Listings: October - December 2012



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Box Office: 01908 280800       Book online:

The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU

Tuesday 2 October, 8pm
Tickets ?17, ?19
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums interweave with layers of percussive soundscapes and delicate bamboo flute in a spellbinding display of precise choreography and sheer athleticism. Through years of rigorous touring as Europe?s leading taiko drum group, Mugenkyo have developed a gritty passionate style that is uniquely their own, retaining the traditional spirit of taiko yet creating a contemporary sound and a modern stage show that has captivated audiences everywhere?
?Drumming as an almost religious experience? Exhilarating to behold." The Glasgow Herald

Krar Collective
In association with Making Tracks
Sunday 7 October, 8pm
Tickets ?12.50, students ?9.50
Led by Temesgen Zeleke, a former star pupil of Ethiopian legend Mulatu Astatke, Krar Collective perform a rootsy yet contemporary take on traditional music from Ethiopia based on other-worldly modes and driven by hypnotic rhythms. The 6-stringed krar lyre is associated with the azmari minstrel tradition; in the hands of Zeleke it becomes a gritty, ancient rock guitar. Accompanied just by drums and fronted by the stunning, soaring voice of Genet Assefa, Krar Collective create a surprisingly big sound, leading one critic to name them ?The Ethiopian White Stripes?. With a varied repertoire from gentle ballads to high-energy dance tunes, Krar Collective are set to surprise and delight.
"Krar Collective rock."  fRoots
For and additional ?13 per person you can sample A Taste Of East Africa (vegetarian options available) served in Caf? in2. Please go to for menu details. Book in advance through the Box Office to reserve your table.

Bollywood Brass Band & Rafaqat Ali Khan
Wednesday 17 October, 8pm
Tickets ?16.50
Bollywood meets Brass meets Bhangra! The Bollywood Brass Band is the UK's pioneering Indian-style wedding band, playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of the most popular music in the world. Wielding saxophones, tabla, dhol drums and a colossal sousaphone, the BBB are one of the most colourful, joyful and exhilarating acts around. Six hot horns and four funky drummers blend the hottest Hindi film hits with riotous Indian wedding music and Punjabi beats.  The band offer a uniquely London take on the world?s most popular music, plus video projections from the original Bollywood films, and they?ve travelled the world, taking their colourful carnivalesque act to over 25 countries along the way.
?A sensory assault that oozed good humour and sent people noisily into the night.? Evening Standard
For an additional ?13 per person you can enjoy Curry Night here at The Stables (vegetarian options available) served in Caf? in2. Please go to for menu details. Book in advance through the Box Office to reserve your table.

The Old Dance School
Thursday 18 October, 8.45pm Stage 2
Tickets ?10 in advance, ?12 on the door
Birmingham's cinematic septet unleash their duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, wind and vocal harmonies and earth-shattering grooves in a genre-busting live show that leaves audiences breathless. Their 2008 debut Based on a True Story was  championed by BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris and five years, 50,000 miles, many dozen festivals and several trips to A & E later, their breakthrough album Forecast delivered a startling take on contemporary folk that is both firmly rooted and unashamedly forward-thinking.
"Classical quality, jazz imagination, folk sensibility, rock/roots energy... Masterful." The Scotsman

Blair Dunlop
Sunday 21 October, 8.45pm Stage 2
Tickets ?10 in advance, ?12 on the door
Initially it looked like Blair Dunlop would make acting his profession, but music took a hold of the lad and while still at school he played both the Cheltenham Folk Festival and the Big Session festival. For the next few years nothing stopped his progress as he appeared at big festivals in England and abroad. Last summer his second EP Bags Outside The Door was released, containing a number of fine songs and instrumentals and in February he appeared at the BBC Folk Awards as a nominee for the Young Folk Award. Blair is 20 years old.
"A star in the making." Chris While

The Eliza Carthy Band
Supported by Waterson & Oliver
Sunday 28 October, 8pm
Tickets ?18
Musician, singer, producer, multi-award winner and scion of a UK folk royal family, Eliza Carthy is one of the UK?s pre-eminent modern musicians.  On Eliza?s latest album Neptune (which Eliza and her band tour tonight) they propose a new style of modern British music. The style is aggressive and the strings play hard. Drums, bass, Hammond, accordion, fiddle, guitar, cello, piano? The performance is visceral, emotional, exciting and full-on.
?Effortlessly confident, wildly varied and almost impossible to categorise. Magnificent.? The Guardian

Horses Brawl
Tuesday 30 October, 8.45pm Stage 2
Tickets ?10 in advance, ?12 on the door
Horses Brawl?s fresh approach to folk hints at minimalism, free-improvisation and tradition. Unearthing fragments of lost or forgotten tunes, they reinvigorate them to create spellbinding new pieces. They?ve toured widely throughout the UK and appeared on BBC Radio 3?s Late Junction, In Tune and The Early Music Show. Their latest release Ruminantia has received excellent reviews. Horses Brawl are Laura Cannell (fiddles and recorders) and Andre Bosman (Indian Harmonium, guitar and acoustic bass guitar).
?Suffused with a bleak beauty? A powerful and absorbing experience.? Songlines

Thea Gilmore
Thursday 1 November, 8pm
Tickets ?18.50
We are lucky to have musicians like Thea Gilmore, musicians that want more from themselves and more from music than some pre-formed, whistle-friendly cud. Gilmore is that rare creature, an actual adult with a heart and a soul, a real person tackling the issues real people deal with every day. Unlike the rest of us, she tackles those issues with an utterly beautiful voice and songs that touch on folk, jazz, rock and Americana. Bruce Springsteen buys her records, and artistes ranging from Martha Wainwright to Mike Scott seek to collaborate with her.

Antonio Forcione
Saturday 3 November, 8pm
Tickets ?17.50
Multi-award winning, genre-bending guitarist-composer Antonio Forcione releases his new album Sketches of Africa in 2012. Inspired by recent tours throughout Africa, the new album showcases his compositions with local musicians who, together, evoke a joyous, spiritually beguiling homage to a continent still going through immense change. His first album in five years, Sketches of Africa is eagerly awaited by the legion of fans Antonio has built up over twenty years of composing, performing and thrilling audiences all over the world.
?One of the great acoustic guitarists.? The Guardian

Ralph McTell
Sunday 4 November, 8pm
Tickets ?21
Ralph McTell is an English singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar player who has been an influential figure on the UK folk scene since the 1960s. He is probably best known for the song Streets of London which has been covered by over a hundred artists around the world. From Clare to Here has proved almost as popular during a recording and performing career that?s still evolving.

In association with Making Tracks
Wednesday 7 November, 8pm
Tickets ?12.50, students ?9.50
Sad, funny, intense, bizarre, fascinating? Welcome to Melingo?s wry Bohemian universe - a fabulous, boozy, theatrical milieu where Tolstoy, Kafka, Piaf, Brecht, Waits and Cohen might find solace. Melingo walks the streets sniffing out poetry like a bloodhound, dances like a whip and sings like a scar. He studied at a Conservatoire but retains little of that institution, having spent the early 80s celebrating the sex, drugs and rock ?n? roll lifestyle and playing reggae, funk and rock. In the 90s he discovered the musical roots of his home country - tango. His deep grouchy voice and vividly sparse music well up from the world of tango in its early days, conjuring up undiscovered romanticism with the grating, Dada-like echo of a world stumbling on its last legs. A true tango original!
"The man who makes Tango seriously cool!" The Independent
For an additional ?13 per person you can enjoy A Taste of Argentina (vegetarian options available) served in Caf? in2. Please go to for menu details. Book in advance through the Box Office to reserve your table.

Thursday 15 November, 8.45pm Stage 2
Tickets ?10 in advance, ?12 on the door
Blackheart are the pioneering art-house folk duo that is taking the acoustic scene by storm. Their music defies categorisation, combining acoustic instruments and the voice of Chrissy Mostyn with effects, atmospherics and electronica to create a unique blend of intelligent acoustic rock. They create songs with piercingly sharp observations, beautifully crafted lyrics and powerfully driven melodies. In their four years together they have begun making waves with their songs used on major TV commercials, featuring as Radio 2 Spotlight Song twice and major tours.
"Taking the acoustic scene by storm." BBC UK

Friday 16 November, 8.45pm Stage 2
Tickets ?10 in advance, ?12 on the door
Derived from folk and singer-songwriter acoustic styles, the music of Heliopause has developed into the realms of subtle pop, creating epic soundscapes with elements of electronic backing tracks, soaring ethereal vocals, guitars and catchy melodies. Their personal, heartfelt style of songwriting constantly evolves. Sometimes a whispered word can be the loudest sound. The music of Heliopause reflects the ebb and flow of the tides, as layer upon layer combines to make a perfect sound forever.

Fred?s House
Saturday 24 November, 8.45pm Stage 2
Tickets ?10 in advance, ?12 on the door
Fred's House are an indie-folk quartet from Cambridge who are influenced by the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Dry the River and The Magic Numbers. The band has received airplay on BBC 6 Music, several live sessions on BBC Radio (Eastern Counties) and BBC Introducing. Fred?s House are enjoying a busy festival period including appearances at the Acoustic Festival of Britain, Cambridge Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party and Bestival to name just a few. Their second EP Looking Glass is out now.
?One of the brightest sparks on the Cambridgeshire music scene.? Hunts Post

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Friday 30 November, 8.45pm Stage 2
Tickets ?10 in advance, ?12 on the door

Two of the British folk scene?s most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean join us with a new album, Hidden People, bringing their mix of traditional, self-penned songs and covers back to the stage. They?ve graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat. With a story that includes music making with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn and Sea have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

Thursday 6 December, 8.45pm Stage 2
Tickets ?10 in advance, ?12 on the door
Moulettes are an alt.folk-rock band and have just released their second album, The Bear?s Revenge. Moulettes? charismatic, idiosyncratic brand of modern folk music ?incorporating elements of prog and alt.rock, pop and classical ? bewitched the crowds at Glastonbury, Bestival, Larmer Tree and Latitude where they played the BBC?s Late Junction stage.  The album has been garnering airplay from legends of British broadcasting including Bob Harris, Lauren Laverne and Cerys Matthews, and has received very good reviews indeed.
?The best music I saw at Latitude was by Moulettes.? The Independent

Koshka - Russian Winter, Gypsy Fire
Wednesday 12 December, 8pm
Tickets ?14.50
Gypsy super-trio Koshka  bring a seasonal flavour from Russia this December. Their vibrant, enthralling gypsy music, combining conservatoire rigour with sheer, dazzling gypsy flair (plus more than a touch of wit and innovation) is interspersed with tales and anecdotes giving an insight into the traditions of winter and Christmas in their native Russia. Koshka are breathtaking musicians, with a truly unique sound as their fiddles dance with the utmost precision and soar with stirring passion.
?Quite simply, this could be the finest violin you ever hear in your life.? Washington Post


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