Dillie’s Keane to impress!

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Turn the box on and there he is, Romesh Ranganathan. The man with the best beard this side of ZZ Top has been popping up all over the small screen lately.

Not that we mind any, we are a fan of the funny man.

And so are you guys – his show at The Stables this evening was sold out even before the venue printed its new season brochure. If you don’t have a ticket for his Irrational show, you’ll not be getting in.

It’s the almost same deal for Dillie Keane tomorrow night.

Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and then send it to the cleaners for pressing.

Oh, and she’ll share her recipe for chutney with you too.

She’s nice like that.

But tickets are in that small area somewhere between ‘few’ and ‘none’ at the box office.

On Stage 2, Findlay Napier invites you to settle back and engage with his flavoursome folk, as can be found on the album VIP: Very Interesting Persons.

Support is coming from The Black Feathers, who issued their debut album Soaked to the Bone at the tail end of last month.

The Gloucester-based, award-winning duo peddle Americana, and having toured Germany, Holland and the States, they are taking flight and going back to the US, spending May and June travelling the states.

Hendrix tributers Are You Experienced? rock up on Saturday night, and deliver the goods with a certain flair.

Joanna Eden’s Joni & Me show is all sold out, but the lady who spent eight years developing and coaxing the voice of a certain Sam Smith is running an workshop, From Singer to Artist, with some availability: “I love Sam Smith’s voice,” Joanna said, “I am biased of course, having taught him, but I’ve always loved the wide variety of tones he has and the way his natural warmth and sweetness shine through his voice.”

Developing singer-songwriters should do themselves a favour and check in for this special opportunity, running from 2pm.

A mix of presentation, talk, discussion and vocal warm-ups will feature, as Joanna walks through the pressures of insecurities, celebrity culture and financial pressures.

Panic Room will be in play on Sunday with a set bursting with ‘music of grandeur, beauty and devastating grooves.’

Five albums down and the band will be looking to make their half dozen, following a summer touring schedule.

Their track Satellite recently made fans Stateside with plenty of playability when the 30th Anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster was marked.

Before they were chart busters for tracks like Living on the Ceiling and Blind Vision, Blancmange were actually peers of dark electronic masters like Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle.

And that more aggressive minimalism is at play again on their new album Commuter 23 which has just been released.

Join them for a mix of the old and the new, on Monday.

Dave Kelly & Maggie Bell are reunited in play and the Stone the Crows voice box and The Blues Band fella will be putting folk, rock, country and gospel into their set on Tuesday.

Stage 2 will be driven by Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock.

Marry is a singer-songwriter who just happens to be part of a folk dynasty to boot – her mother is Lal Waterson, and her cousin is Eliza Carthy.

Her new album Two Wolves is a collaborative piece with David and delivers a suite of melancholy, poetic songs.

Last up is Wednesday’s session with Andrew Roachford. His late 80s smash Cuddly Toy is still one of the best sounding pieces from the era, but he has done plenty between then and now, most recently being last month’s album release Encore, which gives his unique interpretation of some classic oldies, numbers like Sly Stone’s Family Affair and Bill Withers’ Grandma’s Hands.

To book call 01908 280800.