As far as I can see there is not too much happening during this week, but then again I could be accused of not looking too deep, but here goes. Sunday 18th and if you like guitar playing then get over to Hitchin Folk Club for three exponents in the form of Clive Gregson, Andy Roberts and Mark Griffiths, who go under the name of 3 Boxes. All three artists are listed in Hugh Gregory’s book ‘1,000 Great Guitarists’ so we can be assured of some quality guitar playing. Tuesday 20th and if your instrument of choice is the voice then you may enjoy the vocal dexterity of acapella / beatbox group The Magnets as they return to The Stables in fine voice. Jumping to Thursday 22nd then there will be a first time visit to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for Kate Rusby and her band. You are always assured of a great night with Kate and her mix of traditional and original song and normally a few laughs from the Yorkshire lass, thrown in for good measure. Saturday 24th and it all comes at once. Over in Bedford at East West Promotions, they have Richmond Fontaine with support from Laura Gibson I can highly recommend this gig after their wonderful show last week in Oxford. Their first set is the complete run through of the current album High Country, a story come concept album about life in a small tree logging town, while the second set is a collection of older material, I didn’t think I would like this but it’s fast becoming one of my favourite gigs of the year.
Over in Buckingham there is a double headline event arranged by Empty Room Promotions from Slaid Cleaves and David Olney. It’s two years since Slaid’s last visit to Buckingham and he should have some new material to try out as well as the old favourites, he is here to promote his new live CD. David Olney is not only a singer songwriter but a published author too and his songs reflects this with his intelligent compositions that radiate an intensity and have earned a place as one of the most respected singer-songwriters in the world today. Acoustic Routes in Cambridge have an evening with the lovely Bella Hardy who no doubt will be singing and playing tracks from her self composed album Songs Lost and Stolen. Up the motor way to Northampton and The Royal and Dernegate have invited folks flavour of the month with The Unthanks and not content with their usual 8 piece band they will be joined on stage with Brighouse and Rastrick Band.
So that should keep you busy but dont forget to hunt around for any other events that might be happening.