The Wonder of Stevie
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder with mesmeric vocalist Noel McCalla and award-winning saxophonist Derek Nash.
Noel’s career began in the 1970s with the highly acclaimed band Moon, with whom he recorded two albums for Epic Records. When Moon disbanded in 1976, Noel released a solo album, ‘Night Time Emotion’ produced by Trevor Rabin. Shortly after, he toured America with Sniff and the Tears, where his voice became integral on the hit single, ‘Driver’s Seat’.
In the early 80s, Noel formed his own band (Contact, latterly renamed McCalla) with whom he released two albums ‘Push and Pull’ and ‘Got From the Smoke’.
It was Noel’s long association with the brilliant Morrisey Mullen Band that earned him acclaim as “one of Britain’s best Soul Singers”(Blues and Soul Magazine) and, for more than 19 years, Noel’s searing, soulful vocals were featured with the iconic Manfred Mann’s ‘Earth Band’. He also provided vocals on Mike Rutherford’s highly acclaimed album, ‘Smallcreep’s Day’, and is often featured with jazz funk band, Mezzoforte.
Derek has played with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004 and is also a member of the Ronnie Scotts Blues Explosion.
He has won several British Jazz Awards throughout his career fronting Sax Appeal, his Acoustic Quartet, the funk band Protect the Beat and latin band Picante.
Derek has performed live, on record and on television with Gregory Porter, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Amy Winehouse and many more.
Tickets £22.50 in advance and £27.50 on the door.
Please note there are no physical tickets for this concert. When you book online your name is added to an attendee list that is used at the venue on the night of the performance.
This Grade I listed church, which dates from the mid 13th Century, overlooks the street in the centre of our village. The medieval architecture provides a spectacular backdrop to our musical events. The chancel contains an internationally famous collection of medieval brasses commemorating the de Cobham family.
The church is open daily during daylight hours and is well worth a visit in its own right together with the adjacent medieval College which was built by the de Cobham for the priests, who were appointed to say masses for the family members buried in the church.