Jack Bruce, Joe Brown and Suggs at the Alban Arena

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CONCEIVED in 1993 for a one-off show, Feast Of Fiddles will be performing at The Alban Arena next Tuesday, April 2.

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the folk-rock musicians in the current band are joined by all past performers.

In total there will be 13 fiddles, two drummers, a three-piece brass section, four guitars, keyboards, harp and an accordion.

The show will be in three parts with a set from the current band and a set of guest features before the full ensemble hits the stage for the finale of Feast of Fiddles arrangements.

Special guest and MC is Richard Digance and the show begins at 7.30pm.


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Tickets are £22.50 available from the box office on 01727 844488 or online at www.alban-arena.co.uk

The Boy With Tape On His Face is a stand-up with no talking, mime with noise and punchlines without words.

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He will be appearing at the Arena at 8pm next Wednesday, April 3, where he will stage a gunfight, battle Darth Vader and bring John Lennon back to life and more.

Last year he sold out his entire 750-capacity venue in a month-long run at the Edinburgh Festival ending with winning the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award. He has also appeared at The Royal Variety Performance and BBC2s Comedy Prom with Tim Minchin.

Tickets are £15.

Madness frontman Suggs takes his one-man show, Suggs My Life Story In Words & Music, to the Arena at 7.30pm next Thursday, April 4.

The death of Suggs’ beloved cat on his 50th birthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew. It takes him back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970’s Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of 18.

Musical accompaniment and uncalled-for interjection comes from Deano, his loyal manservant-cum pianist.

Suggs is part of one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970s and the early 1980s 2 Tone ska revival and Madness continue to perform with their most recognised line-up of seven members.

One of their most memorable performances was the closing ceremony at the 2012 Olympics and more recently this month Madness brought the curtain down on BBC Television Centre with a concert outside the building.

Tickets are £24.50.

Another rock’n’roll icon comes to the Arena stage on the following night, Friday, April 5.

Joe Brown is appearing from 7.30pm with his five piece band including his son and record producer Pete Brown,

One of the first UK session men, his early career highlights include playing guitar with Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash and other US stars when they came over to Europe.

His Very Best Of album achieved a Gold Record for 120,000 sales and was on the UK charts for eight weeks, staying four weeks in the Top 20. In September the same year his 50th anniversary was celebrated with a sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall.

His new CD The Ukulele Album has been well received and several of the tunes from it appear on the evening together with classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk and rock’n’roll.

Tickets are £23 and £25.

Rounding off the week is a visit from the man hailed as one of the most powerful vocalists and greatest bassists of all time.

Jack Bruce and His Big Blues Band are coming to the Arena at 7.30pm next Saturday, April 6.

In 1993 Jack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream and the band had a tremendously successful reunion in 2005.

Jack composed most of Cream’s hits, including I Feel Free, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room and many others during the band’s career.

In the spring of 2011 Jack formed The Big Blues Band and had a sell-out tour of the UK. He has been playing major summer festivals all over Europe with his band as well as being invited to play in Australia and Brazil with them.

Tickets are £28.50.

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