I had an enjoyable gig at Bramshott Place Retirement Village, Liphook this week. The audience had plenty of energy and were dancing and singing along!

This Friday, May 26, I will be a guest performer at The Swan, Farnborough for an evening hosted by the Tim Shez Band and also featuring The Wills.

I will also be back at Birdie’s, Farnham with a night of music on Friday, May 3, which will also feature Cajun Boogaloo, Bryony Heart and Francis Greene.

I posted about the damage to the building infrastructure and stealing of equipment at the Fiery Bird venue in Woking. They want to thank everyone who got in touch to offer their support – their Crowd Funder has raised over £4,000.

Repair works are underway and they will be reopening on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 for their Americana Festival of folk, country and blues.

Today (Thursday) is Lunchtime Jazz at the Farnham Maltings with guest saxophonist Sam Bullard. 1pm start. Tickets £10 on the door.

On Friday, April 26, Mark and Deirdre, a great folky/jazz guitar and vocal duo, will be playing at the Plume Of Feathers, Crondall. Also on Friday The Loft, Basingstoke has Florrie Ransom, Paul Alexander Low, Rag and Moan Men and Jonas & Jane playing. £5 on the door. 8pm. Bring your own beer and nibbles.

Guitarist Stefan Kotlartz will perform at Jazz at The Abbey is at Waverley Abbey this Sunday, April 28
Guitarist Stefan Kotlartz will perform at Jazz at The Abbey is at Waverley Abbey this Sunday, April 28 (Stefan Kotlartz)

This Sunday, April 28, Jazz at The Abbey is at Waverley Abbey, Farnham. Featured musician is guitarist Stefan Kotlartz who graduated from the London Centre of Contemporary Music in 2020. He's gaining a reputation as an emerging talent! Expect some jazz covering the works of Horace Silver, Miles Davis, Benny Golson and more. Ticket info: email [email protected]

Singer-songwriter Laura Loh has been in touch to tell me about a fundraiser gig she is organising for Citizens Advice, Rushmoor at the West End Centre in Aldershot on Saturday, May 3. The line-up is China Bears, Laura Loh, Briggs & Stark. Tickets are £10 (£5 young person). Visit www.westendcentre.co.uk for more details.

Grayshott Folk Club is back on Friday, May 10 at Grayshott Village Hall when special musical guests are Steve Wickham and Ray Coen. They will be travelling over from the West of Ireland to sing and play.

Tickets £18 from Des O’Byrne on 01428 607096 or Grayshott Post Office www.grayshottfolkclub.co.uk

Brian Player’s Folk, Roots and Acoustic music show is every Tuesday evening. It’s on at 8pm on Wey Valley radio and is on 101.1FM or online at www.weyvalley.uk

Email me at [email protected] to be included here in support of local live music in the Herald area, which includes Farnham, Alton, Haslemere, Bordon, Liphook, Petersfield, Woking and surrounding areas. Also include a possible photo for inclusion.

Gig guide (free entry and 8pm unless stated):

Thursday, April 25

Jazz Jam at Login Lounge, Camberley

Open Mic at Square Brewery, Petersfield

Open Mic at The Wheatsheaf, Farnham

Friday, April 26

Mark and Deirdre at the Plume Of Feathers, Crondall

3times7 at Login Lounge, Camberley

Saturday, April 27

Monday Music Club at Lancaster Hall, Send

Sunday, April 28

Jazz Brunch at Login Lounge, Camberley (1pm to 3pm)

Tuesday, April 30

Julie’s Open Mic at the Village Inn, Sandhurst

Unplug The Wood at Lion Brewery, Ash

Wednesday,May 1

GT Live Sessions at The Britannia, Guildford