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Across The Border: Nov 28 – Nov 6

It’s back, our (mostly) weekly look at what’s going on outside of Northampton in our surrounding counties. Lots and lots of gigs to choose from over the next week or…

It’s back, our (mostly) weekly look at what’s going on outside of Northampton in our surrounding counties. Lots and lots of gigs to choose from over the next week or so, hence we’re only going with basic listings this week to keep things relatively simple.

Some gigs to consider include Squeeze man Chris Difford who is heading to Esquires for a rare solo gig, folk stalwarts Steeleye Span who are playing two nights at The Stables in MK, garage give piece Avalanche Party and if pop punk’s your thing – get to MK11 for WSTR.

HEALTHY JUNKIES, TOKYO TABOO, YER MUM, POLLY P
Thursday, November 28
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8

PETTY CRIMINALS
Thursday, November 28
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

EDGAR BROUGHTON
Thursday, November 28
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £12

SUMO CYCO
Friday, November 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI
Friday, November 29
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £20

CHRIS DIFFORD (SQUEEZE) & BOO HEWERDINE (THE BIBLE)
Friday, November 29
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £22.50

HENRY AND THE BLEEDERS
Saturday, November 30
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £8

THE BARRON KNIGHTS
Saturday, November 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £21.50

FOREST OF FOOLS
Saturday, November 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8:45pm, tickets £10

SKINNYMAN
Saturday, November 30
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

LES MCKEOWN’S BAY CITY ROLLERS
Sunday, December 1
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £25

LUCY WARD
Sunday, December 1
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10

AVALANCHE PARTY
Sunday, December 1
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

MAXWELL STRING QUARTET
Monday, December 2
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50

STEELEYE SPAN: 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Tuesday, December 3 & Wednesday December 3
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £30

BLEED SOMEONE DRY
Wednesday, December 4
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5

GOD COMPLEX, CREAK, DARKEST DAYS
Wednesday, December 4
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

THE PETE WYLIE SHOW
Friday, December 6
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £16.50

WSTR
Friday, December 6
MK11, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

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Across The Border: Nov 14 – Nov 21

We’re sorry – we missed a week and this week’s a little late. Life etc. However, here’s your weekly round up of what’s going on at our favourite places across…

We’re sorry – we missed a week and this week’s a little late. Life etc. However, here’s your weekly round up of what’s going on at our favourite places across the border. Some cracking options if you’re looking to leave to Northants for your music fix this week.

THE ROOM
Thursday, November 14
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
The Room was formed in 2010 by Andy Rowe along with Martin Wilson and Steve Anderson from neo-prog rock band Grey Lady Down. Recent history had seen the band tucked away in the studio, writing and recording their third studio album Caught By The Machine. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10.

THE COSMIC DEAD / THEE TELEPATHS
Thursday, November 14
Esquires, Bedford
Much loved psych rockers The Cosmic Dead are a quartet from Glasgow who share their music through good vibes and better vibrations. Known for their improv, chaos strewn, Buckfast smashed against the wall take on space music, they have roamed from Roadburn to Las Vegas, Dundee to Bangalore with each album offering a meditative window into a certain time and space. Their eighth album – Scottish Space Race – is out now. Support is by Kettering’s Thee Telepaths. Doors 8pm, tickets £8.50.

JOHN OTWAY
Friday, November 15
Esquires, Bedford
John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona. Teaming up with Wild Willy Barrett in the early 1970s, the pair’s first single. Gypsy / Misty Mountain was a dedication to the fortune teller who had assured Otway that fame and stardom was just around the corner. Esquires is a solo show. Doors 8pm, tickets £10.

LIFE
Friday, November 15
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Life’s second album, A Picture Of Good Health is out now. The LP was produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Everything Everything, Depeche Mode) and mixed by Claudius Mettendorfer (Parquet Courts, Yak, Weezer) and follow’s their self-released debut Popular Music which was included in Radio 1’s best albums of 2017. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

STEREO MC’S
Saturday, November 16
Esquires, Bedford
Stereo Mc’s formed in mid 80’s, inspired by electronic music and early HipHop. They pressed up their first 12” vinyl and started an independent record label called G Street Records which released many UK hip hop artists and signed US acts such as Jungle Brothers. Shortly after they signed to Island/4th and Broadway records and released their first LP and toured extensively Their third LP Connected was released in 1992 and became a worldwide hit with the title track becoming one of the best known songs. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.

THE WOODENTOPS
Saturday, November 16
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
The Woodentops are a national treasure. Propelled into the arena by John Peel in the early 1980’s and furthered by Rough Trade they produced a slew of high energy singles that leapt out of the radio. One of the stand out albums of the period, Giant, led to one of the best live LP’s of all time Hypnobeat Live. A cut from this album Why Why Why is the principle crossover anthem of the second summer of love that brought the club movement of the late 80s. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £14.

KING PURPLE
Sunday, November 17
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
YUK is back at the Craufurd Arms with headliners King Purple. The Corby quartet released their latst single Warning Signs in September which fillowed the EP Time Alone. Support is by Cusp, Basement Strippers and .Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5.

CLARK TRACEY QUINTET
Sunday November 17
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Clark Tracey has had a long history of finding young talented musicians and presenting them in a professional environment. This latest group formed at the beginning of 2018 is no exception and has even been tipped as his best line up for several years. Their debut CD, No Doubt, was well received and showcases the best of young jazz in the UK. Doors 11:30am, tickets £14.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN ILLSLEY
Monday, November 18
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Along with Mark Knopfler, John was a founder member of the legendary band Dire Straits who, during their time together, sold more than 120 million albums. The evening will feature classics from the Dire Straits catalogue and also include a Q & A led by Paul Cummins (ex-Dire Straits management). Doors 8pm, tickets from £23.

LARKINS
Monday, November 18
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Alternative quartet Larkins’s latest single Not Enough came out in September and follows Live At The Albert, Manchester which was released earlier this year. For fans of Everything Everything and Foals. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

JACK LUKEMAN
Tuesday, November 19
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Jack Lukeman is an Irish singer-songwriter, performer, raconteur and a whole lot more besides. A platinum-selling, critically acclaimed artist in his homeland, in recent years Lukeman has devoted more of his time to winning a growing fanbase in the UK and abroad. He is currently promoting his latest LP Magic Days. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £15.

MSRY
Tuesday, November 19
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Hailing from the city of dreaming spires, Oxford, usually reserved for academics and purveyors of knowledge, MSRY plays exactly as the name suggests – misery infused hardcore. Comprised of foru people who have a reckless abandon for their own well-being on stage and a need to rage harder and faster than anyone else. Their six-track EP Loss was released this month. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5.

TAV FALCO’S PANTHER BURNS
Wednesday, November 20
Esquires, Bedford
Raised in rural Arkansas, Tav Falco embarked on his long and distinguished musical career upon arriving in Memphis in the mid-1970s. Teaming up with local music legend Alex Chilton in 1978, the duo formed Tav Falco’s Panther Burns. Panther Burns thrived on the early 1980s music circuit. Despite Chilton’s exit from the live lineup in 1984, Panther Burns carried on and the band’s current discography includes ten studio LPs and numerous EPs, live albums, and compilations. Artists who have cited Panther Burns as an influence the Skids, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jack Oblivian, and The Gories. Falco’s current album, Cabaret of Daggers, was released to fervent reviews in November 2018. Doors 8pm, tickets £12.50.

CLT DRP
Wednesday, November 20
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
CLT DRP sit somewhere between EDM inspired electro-punk and quasi-satirical female pop. Described by Dork Magazine as ‘Brighton’s best kept secret for the last year or so’, their latest single Speak To My is out now. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £6.

JOHN POWER
Thursday, November 21
Esquires, Bedford
With a career spanning decades in the industry in both The La’s and Cast, John Power is back in the region for a solo show at Esquires. Cast’s first three records, all released in the late 90s all featured in top 10 of the UK album charts, shifting about a million copies between them. After a hiatus, they returned in 2011 with the LP Troubled Times and 2017’s Kicking Up The Dust. Support is by Tara Milton. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £16.

POLY-MATH
Thursday, November 21
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Poly-Math are an instrumental prog/math band based in Brighton and London and have been a mainstay at avant-garde music Festival ArcTanGent since 2013. New single Sensors In Everything which came out this month, followed last year’s LP House Of Wisdom/ We Are The Devil. Supporyt by Body Hound. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

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Across The Border: Oct 30 – Nov 6

As we power towards the end of the year, the gigs keep coming thick and fast. Here’s our weekly round up of what’s going on outside of Northamptonshire in our…

As we power towards the end of the year, the gigs keep coming thick and fast. Here’s our weekly round up of what’s going on outside of Northamptonshire in our surrounding counties which there’s still tickets available for.

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH
Thursday, October 31
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
A Pale Horse Named Death siphon strangely blissful melodies from apocalyptic heavy metal awash in swells of cavernous gothic keys and grunge songcraft. The New York quintet released their long awaited third full-length album When The World Becomes Undone in January. Doors 7pm, tickets £12.

SISTERAY
Friday, November 1
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Sisteray met when they collided in the mosh pit at a Libertines gig and soon discovered their shared love for The Smiths, Velvet Underground, The Clash and The Replacements. They have played up and down the country, performing pop-up guerrilla gigs, organising their own club night and have played roof raising sets at Camden Rocks and the Isle of Wight and Reading and Leeds festivals. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW & THE LOW RIDERS
Saturday, November 2
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Andy Fairweather Low shot to fame as lead singer in Amen Corner singing massive hits like Gin House Blues, Bend Me Shape Me and If Paradise is Half As Nice. A hugely successful solo career followed with Wide Eyed And Legless being the biggest International hit from his three solo albums. Together with his band Andy will be playing songs from across his career. Doors 8pm, tickets £25.

MICHAEL MONROE
Saturday, November 2
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Former Hanoi Rocks Frontman Michael Monroe is in the UK in support of his band’s new LP One Man Gang. The band’s all-star line-up features former Hanoi Rocks and New York Dolls bass player Sami Yaffa, guitarists Rich Jones and Steve Conte and drummer Karl Rockfist. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £22.50.

JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
Saturday, November 2
MK11, Milton Keynes
James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for more than 25 years. The band’s relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk and boogaloo funk of the 1960s and 1970s. They are one of the most important jazz-pop crossover outfits in British music. Doors 8pm, tickets £20.

LAZYBONES
Sunday, November 3
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Lazybones are one fuzzy bass guitar, amplified organ and drums, creating a trashy, unapologetic, to-the-point sound, comparable to the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and Slaves. With initial singles championed by all the usual suspects across the music press, Lazybones released their debut EP Bang! Bang! in February. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7,

HIMALAYAS
Sunday, November 3
Esquires, Bedford
Himalayas are an indie / garage rock band from Cardiff with a cinematic sound and style featuring heavy guitar lines, dual vocals and huge anthemic hooks. In the past year they have played both Reading and Leeds, Festival no. 6, SXSW, The Great Escape, Live at Chelsea, Isle of Wight and many others. Their latest single The Masquerades was released in October and this is the band’s first headline UK tour. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

VISTAS
Tuesday, November 5
Esquires, Bedford
Edinburgh’s Vistas are fresh off a tour with Circa Waves and have been surging to the forefront of the indie-rock scene over the last few years with a steady stream of catchy singles leading to extensive praise from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 6 Music, DIY Magazine and Clash Magazine. The Scottish trio have become known for their brand of colourful and energetic guitar-based indie pop and are quickly beginning to show their universal appeal. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.50.

THE DELINES
Tuesday, November 5
The Stables, Milton Keynes
The Delines second album The Imperial was released in January and took three years to finish while vocalist Amy Boon recovered from a serious car accident. She is joined by keyboard/horn player Cory Gray, pedal steel player Tucker Jackson and a bunch of Richmond Fontaine band members, namely Sean Oldham, Freddie Trujillo and novelist Willy Vlautin. Doors 8pm, tickets £19.50.

LUCY SPRAGGAN
Wednesday, November 6
Esquires, Bedford
It’s proving to be another hugely successful year for Lucy Spraggan. The singer songwriter released her fifth studio album Today Was A Good Day in May played Glastonbury and SXSW, toured Europe and Scandinavia with Melissa Etheridge and completed her own US and UK headline tours. Now she’s out on the road as part of a mammoth 32-date UK tour. Doors 7pm, tickets £18.

HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN
Wednesday, November 6
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Award-winning Austin, Texas-based Hot Club of Cowtown may be the world’s most globe-trotting, effervescent string trio, whose joyful sound blends the traditional Western swing of the American southwest with European hot jazz influences of the same era. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

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Across The Border: Oct 23 – Oct 30

Thinking about leaving Northamptonshire for you gig fix this week? Here’s some of the good things going on at our favorite places nearby. Our pick of the bunch, She Drew…

Thinking about leaving Northamptonshire for you gig fix this week? Here’s some of the good things going on at our favorite places nearby. Our pick of the bunch, She Drew The Gun at Esquires. 

BLANKET
Thursday, October 24
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Blanket started as a bedroom project from Bobby Pook and Simon Morgan. Later recruiting Steven Pellatt and Matthew Sheldon to form a live show. The EP Our Brief Encounters was released in 2017 to critical acclaim and the following year they released their debut LP How To Let Go. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

HAYSEED DIXIE
Thursday, October 24
Esquires, Bedford
Legendary bluegrass kings Hayseed Dixie are returning to Esquires. Their last performance at the venue sold out weeks in advance but tickets are still available. They released the live album It Happened So Grassed! Last year. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.50.

CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH: THE FAREWELL TOUR
Thursday, October 24
The Stables, Milton Keynes
This year country music legend Charlie Landsborough is retiring from touring to concentrate on writing and recording music. However, he’s embarking on an extended tour of the UK which is heading to The Stables. Doors 8pm, tickets £28.

CATHOLIC ACTION
Thursday, October 24
Esquires, Bedford
A product of Glasgow’s famously fertile music scene, Catholic Action mix big tunes and massive melodie. Their debut album In Memory Of was packed with glam guitar solos and huge choruses. A new album is planned for next year, so expect a sneak peak of new material. Doors 8pm, tickets £7.

BRIDGES
Friday, October 25
Esquires, Bedford
Last seen at Esquires supporting Slow Readers Club, Bridges combine poetic lyricism with anthemic soundscapes. Support by China Bears who released the single Sunday at the end of May. Doors 8pm, tickets £8.

WINTER MOUNTAIN
Friday, October 25,
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Described as a rootsy songwriter with an extraordinarily soulful voice, Cornwall-born Winter Mountain has released two critically acclaimed albums with a third on the way. Doors 8:45pm, tickets £10.

SHE DREW THE GUN
Saturday, October 26
Esquires, Bedford
She Drew The Gun make impassioned, hypnotic and darkly ornate psych-pop built around the lyrically evocative songwriting of singer-guitarist Louisa Roach. Under the moniker, the Wirral native started playing solo gigs with a handful of songs in 2014 and recruiting band members along the way. Their latest album, Revolution Of The Mind was released last year. Doors 8pm, tickets £12.

WILLY PORTER
Saturday, 26 October
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Willy Porter blurs the line between indie folk and rock with his finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared stages with the likes of Jeff Beck, Tori Amos and Paul Simon. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

TRANSMISSION
Saturday, October 26,
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
2019 is the 40th anniversary of Joy Divisions’ album Unknown pleasures. Transmission will be playing the album in all its entirety as their first set, with a second set of the band’s iconic classics. Support is by The Venus Fly Trap. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10.

LIFE OF AGONY
Tuesday, October 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Life of Agony is a hard rock/metal crossover band from Brooklyn. Best known for their debut album River Runs Red, they have shared stages with the likes of Metallica, Black Sabbath and Slipknot and sold more than one million records worldwide. Doors 7pm, tickets £22.50.

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Across The Border: Oct 16 – Oct 23

After a two-week absence (sorry – life etc…), Across The Border is back with a brief run down of some of the best gigs going on in our surrounding counties…

After a two-week absence (sorry – life etc…), Across The Border is back with a brief run down of some of the best gigs going on in our surrounding counties in the next seven days. Our personal -picks, go to either Henge or HMLTD. Or both, or more. 

THYLA
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Thursday, October 17
Brighton dream-pop outfit Thyla’s EP What’s On Your Mind was released to critical acclaim, drawing comparisons To Wolf Alice and Cocteau Twins. They have recently shared stages with the likes of Rolling Blackout CF and Dream Wife. Their latest track Only Ever is out now. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

LADY NADE
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Friday, October 18
Lady Nade is touring in support of her new album Safe Place which combines soul, jazz blues, roots and folk-pop. This Bristolian singer-songwriter has been likened to a fusion of musical greats, bearing the velvet tones of Joan Armarading and Nina Simone and adding a heady, folk-jazz splash of John Martyn for good measure. Support is by Chloe Wilson. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

HMLTD
Esquires, Bedford
Friday, October 18
London based five-piece HMLTD recently released their new single Loaded. They meld glam punk and electro with 80’s influences. Loaded is a story of self-deprecation, self-aggrandisement and self-commodification. They have been described as one of the most exciting and visceral live acts to have broken out of the UK scene in recent years. Support is by Drug Store Romeos. Doors 8pm, tickets £10.

JAWBONE
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Saturday, October 19
Beginning as a collaboration between Paddy Milner and Marcus Bonfanti, Jawbone quickly become a band with a unique sound. Band members have previously played with the likes of Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Van Morrison and Robert Plant. They release their self-titled LP last year. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £15.

FEET
Esquires, Bedford
Monday, October 21
Feet released their debut LP What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham this month and are out on their biggest UK tour to date. Recently see playing live on Soccer AM, the indie five-piece from Coventry’s new single Petty Thieving is out now. Support is by The Courts. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.50.

LOGAN MIZE
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Tuesday, October 22
Playing polished but muscular contemporary country music with an extra portion of rock n’ roll guitar, Logan Mize is a singer, guitarist and songwriter who was born in Clearwater, Kansas. Mize came from a family with roots in country music. In 2009 he released a self-titled LP. His latest record Come Back Road was released in 2017. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £15.

SOFT MACHINE
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Tuesday, October 22
Soft Machine are one of the greatest UK avant-garde / jazz-rock bands and their work continues to be name-checked by today’s experimentalists. The band comprises of John Etheridge, Roy Babbington, John Marshall and Theo Travis. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.

WAYNE HUSSEY
Esquires, Bedford
Wednesday, October 23
Perhaps best known as frontman of goth-rock originals The Mission, Wayne Hussey has also played in The Sisters Of Mercy and Dead Or Alive and toured the world with everyone from The Cure to Gary Numan and Iggy Pop and more. At this gig he’s going to be chatting about his life and playing songs that have soundtracked it, marking the release of his new autobiography Salad Daze.
Support is by Evi Vine. Doors 8pm, tickets £22.

HENGE
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Wednesday, October 23
Intergalactic ravers Henge are embarking on their latest adventure, The Cosmic Dross Experiment Tour. The aim of these experimental gatherings is to explore the potential of Cosmic Dross to alter psychological and physiological states in human beings. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13.

THE PITMEN POETS
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Wednesday, October 23
Following a sold-out UK tour in 2017, the four Pitmen Poets are back for their final tour. Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse Songman Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham and Durham songwriter Jez Lowe individually and collectively celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word. Doors 8pm, tickets £20.

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Live review: Music Of Cream

Music of Cream The Stables, Milton Keynes October 8th 2019 It’s true of any music, be it rock or classical, that if it’s not performed live it will die and,…

Music of Cream
The Stables, Milton Keynes
October 8th 2019

It’s true of any music, be it rock or classical, that if it’s not performed live it will die and, with the sad passing of Ginger Baker, that makes the Music of Cream even more vital.

The Music of Cream are more than just a tribute band, featuring Kofi Baker [Ginger’s son], Malcolm Bruce [Jack’s son] and Eric Clapton’s nephew Will Johns, this trio have a pedigree in their own right. And that’s immediately evidenced when they take to the stage and launch into ‘Politician’. Garnered a heroes’ welcome the band forsake costumes and other novelties preferring to rely on their musical chops to recreate the Cream experience and undoubtedly each member has inherited some musical talent. ‘Badge’ follows and what really makes this show special for the aficionado is the inside stories that pepper the set (Ringo Starr’s contribution to ‘Badge’ a prime example) and they’re told with comedic flair. It’s a set tailor-made for the fan with less obvious album cuts like ‘Sleepy Time Time’ and ‘SWLABR’ nestling next to ‘White Room’ which is extended into a free form blues jam and takes us up to the interval.

Returning after a short break with a trio of blues cuts including ‘I’m So Glad’ and ‘Crossroads’ finds each band member vying for the audiences attention [in a friendly way] so much so that they take on the cloak of a power trio and it certainly sounds like there’s more than three people on stage. Just days after the death of his father Kofi plays stoically and ‘Toad’ is the perfect vehicle for his drum solo. Against footage of Ginger beating the skins Kofi delivers a 15 minute masterclass which is rewarded with a standing ovation. Set closer ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ positions Cream as proto-metal, the missing link between the British R&B boom and Led Zeppelin, and if further proof is needed about the validity of Music of Cream, this is it. In the live environment they expose what a multi-faceted creature Cream was, from the neo-psych of ‘Pressed Rat and Warthog’ to the blues of ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’ to the glorious pop rock of ‘Sweet Wine’; Music of Cream bring these nuances, often buried on the studio recordings, to the surface. Will Johns plays with some of his uncles prowess on the well deserved encore ‘Spoonful’, and ensures all present leave sated.

Peter Dennis

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Across The Border: Sept 23 – Oct 2

We were doing so well – but it’s only a day late. Here’s this week’s gig round up of what’s going on at some of our favourite venues across our…

We were doing so well – but it’s only a day late. Here’s this week’s gig round up of what’s going on at some of our favourite venues across our border which we think you should have your eyes on.

MARTIN SIMPSON
Thursday, September 26
The Stables, Milton Keynes
More than 40 years after he recorded his first album Golden Vanity, Martin Simpson is renowned as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

THE PALE WHITE
Friday, September 27
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Following support slots with the likes of Sam Fender, Foals and The Amazons, a run of sold out Northern dates, huge festival slots across the country and acclaimed releases, Newcastle indie-rock outfit The Pale White are headlining The Craufurd Arms. Their latest single Unnatural is out now. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

TRASH KIT
Friday, September 27
Esquires, Bedford
Trashkit released their new album Horizon earlier this year and have previously shared stages with the likes of Deerhoof and The Ex as well as playing at Stewart Lee’s ATP Festival and at Thurston Moore’s 60th birthday party. For fans of The Raincoats, The Slits, Marnie Stern and rhythmic guitar music. Doors 8pm, tickets £7.

COLLAPSED LUNG
Friday, September 27
MK11, Milton Keynes
Collapsed Lung gained prominence with their hit football anthem Eat My Goal. Support at MK11 is by Wah Wah Club and Candidates. Doors 8pm, tickets £6.

SMITH & BREWER
Friday, September 27
The Stables, Milton Milton Keynes
Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer met at an event organised by Joan Armatrading for the acts she had chosen to support her on her 2015 tour. Since then, they have performed across the UK, notably as the support act to 10cc and Ralph McTell. They recently finished work on their debut album, Another Shade Of. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

PULLED APART BY HORSES
Sunday, September 29
Esquires, Bedford
Leeds’ alt rock four piece Pulled Apart By Horses will be road testing material expected to feature on their fifth album on this short UK run of dates. The band’s latest LP The Haze was released in 2017. Support by Baba Naga and Faces Of Eve. Doors 8pm, tickets £11.

MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS
Sunday, September 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Ian Guillermo and Dudes, Jacobi Maro, NOVA, LestWeForget, Longbottom Leaf and Cerberus will all be playing at this charity gig which is raising money for Musicians Against Homelessness. There will also be food stalls including AVegetativeState. Doors 2pm, tickets £5.

MAN
Monday, September 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
With roots firmly planted in the fertile ground of the South Wales rock scene, Man were formed in 1968 and, pausing for a brief intake of breath in the late 1970s, have continued as a recording and gigging to this day. 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the band. Expect some old classics and new songs with a new studio album also scheduled for release. Support is by Edgar Broughton. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

TIDES FROM NEBULA
Wednesday, October 2
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Warsaw trio Tides From Nebula kick off their UK tour in support of their new album From Voodoo To Zen which is out this month. Support is by Tides Of Man. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

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Across The Border: Sept 18th – Sept 25th

Here’s our now regular Across The Border weekly round up of what’s going on at some of our favourite venues in neighboring counties. VICTORS Thursday, September 19 The Craufurd Arms,…

Here’s our now regular Across The Border weekly round up of what’s going on at some of our favourite venues in neighboring counties.

VICTORS
Thursday, September 19
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Leeds based four-piece Victors blur the lines between 1980’s synth pop, indie rock and atmospheric electronica. Forming in 2016, Harry Irving, Simon Appleson, Leon Davies and Dominic Brooks have been featured on BBC Radio 1, Spotify Weekly Discover and had tracks playlisted in Topman / Topshop stores. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £6.

CLIVE CARROLL
Thursday, September 19
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Expect a night of medieval lute music, Spanish guitar classics, Delta Blues and hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt, through to the Beatles. Having started playing guitar aged nine, Carroll graduated from Trinity College with a First Class Honours Degree in Composition & Guitar and is now regarded as one of the leading acoustic guitar players in the world. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER
Friday, September 20
Esquires, Bedford
From deepest darkest Surrey and with a decade of gentlemanly catterwalling under his belt, Mr B brings you Chap-Hop, re-acquainting hip-hop with the Queen’s English. His legendary live recitals have earned him plaudits, largely from top shelf gentlemen’s quarterlies. Support is by Thomas Benjamin Esq who went stratospheric earlier this year, with his single No More F’s To Give hitting several viral video channels, racking up tens of millions of views and propelling his album into the charts. Doors 8pm, tickets £10.

HANNAH SCOTT
Friday, September 20
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Hannah Scott performs contemporary folk music and is picking up a loyal following thanks to her distinctive voice, strong melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. She has found her musical home with creative partner Stefano Della Casa and their well-received album Pieces Of The Night was released in 2018. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

THE TOTAL STONE ROSES
Saturday, September 21
Esquires, Bedford
We don’t regularly feature cover acts on New Boots, but The Total Stone Roses are the UK’s leading tribute act to the seminal band. They will be marking the 30th anniversary of the band’s self-titled debut by playing it in full. Doors 8pm, tickets £13.

THE VELVETEERS
Saturday, September 21
Esquires, Bedford
The Velveteers are an American Rock trio from Denver, Colorado that is the epiphany of punk with the aggressive sound and grungy wisdom that transcends through 21-year-old guitarist and lead singer Demi Demitro and her two drummers. Through fuzzed out guitar riffs and thunderous drums they lure their audience with vibes that come right out of a classic horror flick. In 2018 the band released their self-titled debut EP and have since been busy on the road touring. Support is by Coldharbour and Joyland. Doors 8pm, tickets £10.

STEVE WINCH & THE INCEPTION
Saturday, September 21
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Inspired by mod fashion and culture, punk attitude and 1960s melodies and harmonies, Steve and the boys are a retro-fuelled, high octane shot of adrenaline. Expect an evening of catchy, killer tunes married to insightful lyrics covering life, love and everything in-between. Doors 8:45pm, tickets £12.

ROYAL SOUTH
Sunday, September 22
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Combining southern twang, a British accent and three-part harmonies, Royal South mix country and bluegrass influences with acoustic contemporary sounds. The trio of SaraBeth, Glen Mitchell and Vickie Vaughn are Individual artists in their own right, with chart topping songs, Grand Ole Opry performances, industry awards, a fiercely loyal social media following and world tours between them. Doors 8pm, tickets £16.00.

PAUL GILBERT
Tuesday, September 24
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Acclaimed American guitarist Paul Gilbert is co-founder of the hard rock band Mr. Big and a founding member of the now-defunct heavy metal band Racer X. He’s heading to the Craufurd Arms as part of his Behold, The Electric Guitar tour. He has previously been named among GuitarOne magazine’s Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time and Guitar World’s 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £22.50.

THE LEISURE SOCIETY
Tuesday, September 24
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Even before you get to the music there’s plenty to pique one’s interest with The Leisure Society. Main-man Nick Hemming began his career in shoegaze band The Telescopes and shared a further outfit with Paddy Considine and Shane Meadows. They’ve had two consecutive Ivor Novello nominations for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, and have enjoyed the endorsement of everyone from Guy Garvey to Brian Eno. Their long-awaited fifth album, Arrivals & Departures, was released this year. Doors 8pm, tickets £16.

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Across The Border: Sept 11th – Sept 18th

Three in three weeks! Across The Border is well and truly back. Here’s what we think you should be considering going to see at venues in our neighbouring counties in…

Three in three weeks! Across The Border is well and truly back. Here’s what we think you should be considering going to see at venues in our neighbouring counties in the coming days.

GRYPHON
Thursday, September 12th
The Stables, Milton Keynes,
Prog rockers Gryphon are headlining The Stables. Since their last appearance at the venue, the band have released the LP ReInvention, a studio album of new material and their first for more than 40 years. Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £18.50.

CHILDCARE
Friday, September 13th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
London’s softcore-psych quartet Childcare head to the region next week for two gigs, the first at the Craufurd Arms. Childcare are on the road touring in support of their debut album Wabi-Sabi. They were formed by Ed Cares, formerly one of West London’s most in-demand male nannies. Cares enlisted bassist Emma Topolski, guitarist Rich Le Gate and drummer David Dyson to complete the group. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

JOE BROWN
Friday, September 13th to Sunday, September 15th
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Rock‘n’roll legend Joe Brown is out on his 60th anniversary tour and playing three nights at The Stables. His Very Best Of album achieved Gold Record Status and was on the UK charts for eight weeks staying four weeks in the Top 20. Ten years ago, he celebrated with a sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall and his Ukulele Album caused a similar stir breaking new territory for Joe. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £33.

SARA SPADE
Saturday, September 14th
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Hailed as ‘Britain’s New Age Vintage Nightingale’, Sara Spade brings her new show to The Stables on Saturday. It will feature songs from her latest album and selections from early 20th century music. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

SOLSTICE
Saturday, September 14th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
More prog – this time in the form of progressive folk rockers Solstice who are heading to the Craufud Arms for a hometown gig. They recently played at The Secret Widget Festival and New Day Festivals. Their latest LP Prophecy was released in 2013. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8

SPEAR OF DESTINY ‘ONE EYED JACKS’ 35TH ANNIVERSARY
Saturday, September 14th
Esquires, Bedford
Spear of Destiny are returning to Esquires to play their classic LP One Eyed Jacks in full.
With the exception of a few songs, all of the songs had been played by the original line-up for nearly a year prior to the LP’s recording and the record remains a classic in Kirk’s back catalogue and a firm fan favourite. Doors 8.00 pm, tickets £19.

CHILDCARE
Sunday, September 15th
Esquires, Bedford
The second of this week’s gig by Childcare, this time the quartet are at Esquires and will be joined by Jeana and Among The Citizens. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

DEITWEILER
Sunday, September 15th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Deitweiler are launching their new single How Can I Make A Difference on Sunday as well as playing other new material. Support by Leopard Rays. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5.

ED ARM
Wednesday, September 18th
MK11, Milton Keynes
Eduardas Armonas is an award-winning guitarist from Lithuania, based in the UK. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, he performs regularly in London and across Europe. He will be playing with the venue’s house band who also host a jam session in the second set. Doors 8.30pm, free.

VICTORS
Thursday, September 19th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Leeds based pop / electronic quartet Victors have been busy playing festivals this summer and are now out on a UK tour which is heading to Milton Keynes. Their latest single I’ve Been Missing You was released in June. Support is by Jeana and Garden. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £6.

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Across The Border: Sept 4th – Sept 11th

Across The Border is back with its second edition in consecutive weeks! If you didn’t see last week’s, it’s same idea as before – we love NN, but there’s great…

Across The Border is back with its second edition in consecutive weeks! If you didn’t see last week’s, it’s same idea as before – we love NN, but there’s great venues across the border who are putting on cracking gigs which deserve shouting about.

Fewer gigs this week, but here’s what you should have your eyes on outside Northants over the next seven days.

VALIS ABLAZE
Wednesday, September 4th
Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Valis Ablaze set out to provide an intriguing alternative to the progressive metal norm, low end grooves juxtaposed with soaring vocal lines, and atmospheric synths, all driven by intricate rhythm work and growling bass. Their sophomore album, Render was released in July. Support by Derange. Doors 7.30pm, Tickets £8.

IAN W BROWN
Thursday, September 5th
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Former pig farmer and Ivor Novello Award nominee Ian W Brown is headlining The Stables. Daniel Mays plays a better-looking version of him in the Fisherman’s Friends film and Gregor Fisher’s downtrodden manager character in 2003’s Love Actually may have been based on how he transported an ex-prog rocker to the top of the Christmas charts in real life in 2001, but folk’s favourite former farmer and secret hit maker Brown is on tour playing some of the songs which have graced the charts and many more that haven’t. Doors 8pm, tickets £10 in advance.

THE OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB – LP LAUNCH
Friday, September 6th
Esquires, Bedford
The Ouse Valley Singles Club are launching their new LP Gammonista at Esquires. The five-piece band use sounds and traditions of 1950’s skiffle combined with the energy of punk and a splash of rub ‘n’ dub reggae to relay hilarious folk-like story-telling within their infectious songs, often crossing the parameters of what is deemed to be socially acceptable. Support is by Skimmington Ride. Doors 8pm, tickets £8.

KARIBOW
Friday, September 6th
Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
KariBow play neo-progressive melodic rock, with shades of Marillion, reflecting AOR giants such as Toto, Journey and Asia. With a string of award-winning albums, their latest LP Supernatural Foe Rebirth was released this year. Support by This Winter Machine. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £15.

THE DEKKERTONES
Saturday, September 7th
Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Members of Nine-piece ska reggae rocksteady band The Dekkertones have been involved in the ska scene for more than 30 years. Since forming in 2013, they have supported the likes of The Neville Staple Band The Dualers. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10.

CREAM OF THE CROP – PUNK ALL-DAYER
Saturday, September 7th
Esquires, Bedford

Dozens of acts will be playing at the Cream Of The Crop All-dayer at Esquires on Saturday. Music is across two floors and will feature Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Infa-Riot, The Crack, East End Badoes, Arch Rivals, The Angry Agenda, Guitar Gangsters, The Warriors, Rat’s Nest, Murdaball, Jack The Lad, Feckin Ejits, Charred Hearts, Hazard, The Tendons, Dogtown Rebels, Terminal Heads, Out Of Order (Both British and Canadian bands), Bleach Boys, Subculture, The Mistakes, Spring Park, Johnny & The Mental Breakdowns and L.O.A.D. Doors 1pm, tickets £27.50.

GORDON GILTRAP
Sunday, September 8th
The Stables, Milton Keynes.
The recipient of an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honour List for services to Music and Charity, legendary British Guitarist Gordon Giltrap is headlining The Stables. Over five decades, Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft. He will be playing songs from his latest album, The Last Of England. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

DOUGIE MACLEAN
Wednesday, September 11
The Stables, Milton Keyes
Dougie MacLean is one of Scotland’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters and a national musical treasure. His performance during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with Kylie Minogue and Lulu was viewed by more than one billion people worldwide. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.50.

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