So here we go, Sunday 24th some song, some comedy, some fun then Richard Digance as Hitchin Folk Club is for you. Tuesday 27th at The Stables are four musicians, known throughout the Irish folk world Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn and John Carty but collectively they are known as Patrick Street and they bring a little bit of Ireland to Buckinghamshire.
Over at Rowell Charter Inn in Northampton there’s a chance to see US guitarist / singer Janet Robin. Janet played two great shows earlier in the year one in support of Dead Rock West at Tingewick Village Hall and the previous evening at The Ent Shed in Bedford, I can highly recommend checking this show out. Thursday 29th Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion Band will be playing The Civic Theatre in Bedford for East West Promotions. Sarah is part of the fold dynasty, her father being Arlo Guthrie and grandfather Woody Guthrie but along with her husband Johnny Irion they have been carving out their own musical identity and this is their first visit to the UK in sometime with a band.
Friday 30th with Fascinating Aida already sold out at The Stables my actual recommendation in the form of Rebecca De Winter is also close to doing the same so don’t delay. Rebecca will be playing as a trio and in support of her fabulous CD Higher Skies (Sad Songs), which will no doubt be on sale on the night. Although not mentioned of The Stables web site support for the evening will be from another Bedford based group, Dynaphone Records, who I suspect will play as a duo. This is another band to watch and already have a fine body of work from prolific song smith and front man, Andrew Smith, don’t delay this will sell out..
Saturday 1st October Empty Room Promotions have what is a great double bill of music at The Bullingdon in Oxford. First up is the amazing Brian Houston, a big favourite of the promoter and the audience, though this will be the first time the promoter as booked him in Oxford. Renowned for playing up to as many as three and a half hours, Houston is a gifted and charismatic showman who leaves his audience baying for more. Whether opening for a big name or headlining his own show, Brian Houston is doing what musicians were born to do. Making real music and giving the people the night of their lives! Peter Bruntnell Band is also no stranger to the promoter having played Empty Rooms second every show back in 2002 he has also returned on a few more occasion over the past 10 years. Promoting his new CD ‘Black Mountain UFO’ sees Peter finally making the great pop album he has always threatened to produce. It mixes West Coast harmonies with the requisite dab of psychedelia, all delivered in a characteristically British fashion. Please watch the promoters web site on this one, it is possible this show might have to be cancelled, due to the fact that the advance ticket sales have been less than expected, a timely reminder to encourage people to book tickets in advance for any show so the independent promoter can gauge that their event is a viable proposition
* 27/9/2011 Update – As feared the Peter Bruntnell / Brian Houston gig has now been cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales, so remember buying them early helps promoters know they have a viable show.