19 must-see musical performances

Con and Dec - The Bachelors, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, June 3. Photo: Contributed

Con and Dec - The Bachelors, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, June 3. Photo: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Our pick of the gigs, concerts and performances across Suffolk and Essex over the next week

Red Rooster, Euston Hall, Euston, June 1-3

Championing the very best in R ‘n’ B, Americana, blues, soul, roots and country, acts include Nick Lowe, JD McPherson, Nick Waterhouse, My Darling Clementine and more.

T-Rextasy, Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, Friday, June 2

This year is the 40th anniversary of Marc Bolan’s passing so a great time to re-visit all the hits and more.


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Helen Abbey, St Peter’s-by-the-Waterfront, Ipswich, Friday, June 2

Jazz By The Waterfront presents an all too rare Ipswich gig by this versatile Colchester-based singer.

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Guitarra Romantica, The Cut, Halesworth, June 2, 7.30pm, £14

Over the years a handful of classical guitar compositions have captured the public’s imagination. Robert Drury will perform these classics including Cavatina from the film The Deer Hunter, Recuerdos de la Alhambra and Romanza alongside some of his own compositions.

The Jazz of Dudley Moore, Hadleigh Town Hall, June 3, 8pm, £14

The Chris Ingham Quartet revisit the comedic genius’ 1960s jazz compositions in an evening packed with music and anecdotes.

Con and Dec - The Bachelors, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, June 3, 1.45pm, £18.50

The Bachelors had 18 hit records in the UK charts throughout the 1960s. In 1964, they put more records into the UK top 10 than The Beatles. Founder members Con and Dec Cluskey visit for an afternoon of musical memories.

Wild Willy Barrett, The Bank, Castle Street, Eye, Suffolk, June 3, 7.15pm, £10 adv/£12 door

With their unique musical style and irrepressible wry humour, Willy, John, Mary and Aurora are back in support of their new album French Connection. French singer Aurora Colson takes centre stage, supported by innovative arrangements performed on guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo and uilleann pipes.

Funky Voices, at St Peters by the Waterfront, Ipswich, June 3, 8pm

Essex and Suffolk’s largest community choir, Funky Voices, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Singers will be raising the roof to raise money for the local heritage centre. Expect music by the likes of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Jessie J and more.

Washing Machine, The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds, June 3, 6pm, £4 advance, £5 on the door

Following their sets at this year’s BurySOUND, Sudbury’s Stretch Soul Gang return. Support from Vaudevue, Telefunken, The Naked French and The Fifths.

Musical Memories, St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Martlesham Heath, June 3, 7.30pm, £8 adults, accompanied children free

The Orwell Singers’ summer concert features their favourite songs from their repertoire over the past 20 years. The programme will include music from Faure and Elgar, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber with Scottish reels and African folk songs.

Rod Clark, Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, June 3, 7.30pm

He will be joined by Steve Simpson and Graham Walker on guitar, Tim Marriot on drums and harmonies by The Rockettes.

The Button Band, Hotel Hatfield, The Esplanade, Lowestoft, June 4, 8pm, £7 (£6 concs)

This month’s Milestones Jazz Club concert welcomes guitarist and composer Andrew Button who’s leading his London jazz band on its first UK tour through originals that reflect the influence of Bill Frisell, John Scofield and Loose Tubes. This is their only East Anglian date on the tour which promotes their second album, Emilie.

Solstice, Colchester Arts Centre, Sunday, June 4

A contemporary British jazz sextet with their own brand of infectious music from around the world.

Leo Sayer, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Wednesday, June 7

After his sell-out show at The Apex last year Leo is back with another hit-laden concert.

From West End to One, One sixth form centre, Ipswich, June 7, 7pm, adults £6, children £4, family ticket (two adults, two children under 18) £15

Musical showcase featuring performing arts students staging solos, duets and ensemble performances of classic songs from popular shows like Legally Blonde and Bugsy Malone.

Tina Bridgman, 6 Cavendish Road, Clare, June 7, 7pm, £15

The concert will feature a set by her as well as her playing with members of The Perpetual Choirs. Park in the playing field on Harp Lane and look for the St Geroge’s Flag and WHP Banner. Early booking advised.

Chloe Reynolds, Ipswich Regent, June 7, 7pm

The singer-songwriter supports Anastacia on her Ultimate Collection tour. Her debut album Broken Beautiful reached number one in the UK Christian charts. Click here for our chat with Anastacia.

Juan Martin, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Thursday, June 8

One of the finest flamenco guitarists on the planet with a new show called Fire And Passion.

Bob Fox, Bredfield Village Hall, near Woodbridge, Friday, June 9

The latest Happy Sam event gives you a chance to get up close and personal with a British folk great.

Don’t miss our what’s on guide - in the paper ever Thursday - for more events.

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