The Stables Summer Series

Hylands Park - Chelmsford

The Stables Summer series is a run of exclusive gigs set in the historic stables area in Hylands Park which dates back to 1818.

Come and join us for live music, food and drink and celebrate the summer at this wonderful spot. We have performances from Shephali Frost, Beans on Toast, Andy Bell, Sunchaser, Black Pines, Jamie Williams and the Roots Collective and many more. Drinks will be available at the Hot Box bar inside the Stables Cafe, where you can expect spirits from near and far and beer from local breweries.

Tickets available below -

20th May - Shephali Frost // Buy Now

21st May - Beans on Toast // Buy Now

19th June - Andy Bell // Buy Now

17th July - Black Pines // Buy Now

21st August - Sunchaser // Buy Now

18th September - Jamie Williams and the Roots Collective // Buy Now

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Shephali Frost // 20th May 2022

Shephali Frost is an Indo-British vocalist, poet, composer & sound artist living in Chelmsford, UK. A trained Indian classical singer, she is known for her distinct rendition of Urdu & Sufi poetry from South Asia.

The two-year lockdown saw her bringing eight years of research into ancestral music from the 13th to the mid-21st century India, Pakistan, Persia & Afghanistan with modern British jazz, culminating into a new and unique repertoire called, ‘The inheritance of Love’. As a student of world history & a peace-activist, her work has emerged from a deep interest in the shared evolution of world cultures and human heritage.

Her collaborators on this journey are a group of diverse & extraordinary musicians –
Zak Barratt on Saxophone
Samuel Hollis on Double Bass
Max Stanton on Piano
Richard Nolan on drums
Waheeb Husaini on Indian Tabla & Percussion.

Shephali is also an award-winning screenwriter & film maker. After two collections of poetry in her mother tongue, Hindi, she has just finished a collection in English, which forms the basis of her under-production album, ‘A Night of Halves’ with Southend based composer & percussionist Trevor Taylor


Beans on Toast // 21st May 2022

Essex born folk songwriter ‘Beans on Toast’ is an extremely unique performer. Twisting an age-old genre with a D.I.Y. approach and contemporary concerns has earned him the title of a cult figure who tells it like it is. A festival favourite (he’s played Glastonbury every year since 2005) and a prolific writer and performer. He’s written and recorded 14 albums and he’s played every bar, club, venue, pub, festival, party and honky-tonk you can think of.

He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues. Political protest songs for the modern-day, honest and open Love songs. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think with no holds barred honesty and quick wit.

He’s constantly writing, recording and releasing music and puts out a new album each year on 1st December, which happens to be his birthday. Each album recorded with a different producer and musicians, over the years he’s worked with the likes of Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), Frank Turner, Kitty and Lewis Durham (Kitty, Daisy & Lewis).

On top of making music, Beans has released two highly acclaimed books, Drunk Folks Stories (2018) and Foolhardy Folk Tales (2021); both collections of tour stories, festival high jinx and insights into the life of the musician. He also often directs his own music videos and along with his wife and muse, Lizzy Bee, they run Beans’ own record label, carving his own path to be a one-man band of the modern age.

He tours constantly and has gigged and played festivals all over the world. The Beans on Toast live show is both an unpredictable and memorable experience. A singer, songwriter and storyteller his self-deprecating quality is not something you often see, but it breaks down the barrier between musician and audience, creating a sense of equality.

“Protest songs peppered with optimism”  - The Guardian

"At times like this we need more people like Beans on Toast"  - The Skinny

"brimming with energy and infectious charm" - Clash

“Cult legend and all round hero” - Louder than War



Andy Bell // 19th June 2022

Andy Bell is a musician and DJ. He plays guitar with Ride, makes solo albums as Andy Bell, puts out electronic music and produces remixes under the name GLOK, and performs live instrumental gigs under the name ANDY BELL SPACE STATION, as well as DJ’ing.

He’s an ex member of Oasis, Beady Eye, and Hurricane #1. As guitarist or bass player, he's also appeared live with Pink Floyd, The Creation, Talk Talk, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and has appeared on record as guitarist for Andrew Weatherall, and recently as bass player for Du Blonde. As GLOK he has remixed MAPS, Bon Voyage, Pye Corner Audio, Ganser, The Flamingods, Ride, Franz Kirmann, Herman Kristoffersson, Bdrmm and C.A.R. among others.

ANDY BELL SPACE STATION was born in 2020, during lockdown, when Andy started a residency at a coffee shop called Lo-Fi that opened up in Crouch End, North London, where he lives. As a way of reaching people with some form of live music, Andy started streaming performances from the empty coffee shop, playing electric guitar along with reworked versions of backing tracks from his various musical worlds. This is an ongoing residency, but didn’t have a name until Andy was asked by Stereolab to support them at a recent gig, which meant he had to think of a name for it. The music comes from GLOK, Andy's solo material, and unreleased stuff too - the backing tracks are deconstructed and extended in a way that makes them easy to improvise over. The gigs are instrumental - like a DJ set with live guitar.


Black Pines // 17th July 2022

Blending influences from alternative, rock, pop and blues, Black Pines have crafted a distinctive sound, rich with gritty guitars and a vocal powerhouse reminiscent of Buckley and Cornell.
Backing the tremendous response of their breakthrough singles ‘Heaven’s Son’, ‘Power’ and ‘Hope’ in 2020, the band are set to drop their much anticipated debut EP, with bluesy lead title ‘Chains’ paving the way, followed by enchanting anthem ‘Fire and Stone’. Inspired by the sounds of Nothing But Thieves, Royal Blood and Muse, this EP is set to be a bold addition to the bands arsenal.
SUNCHASER (21 of 22)

Originally formed in 1996, Sunchaser was a collaboration between Neil Robinson and Sam Edwards to produce and record a track for the acclaimed JTI album 'Scored one nil'

They recorded a funky upbeat version of the Sportsnight theme tune which became one of the favourite tracks of the album and was played on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM on numerous occassions.

Neil at the time was the long serving drummer for The James Taylor Quartet who continued to work with them until mid 2007 and since then has continued to session for many other well known artists including Tom Jones, The Sugababes, Mica Paris, Jamelia, Tony Hadleigh, David Mcalmont,  Roy Ayers and The Sound Stylistics to name a few. 

Neil has also played at many major international Jazz festivals including Nice, New york, North Sea jazz festival in Holland , Rio, Singapore and  Bankok and most recently a week at the Blue Note club in Tokyo. 

Sam is also a seasoned session musician, composer and arranger who is involved with many projects and is the keyboard player for The Real Thing. He has also worked with many artists including Rose Royce, Odyssey, JTQ , The Crissy Lee Quartet and The Tony Evans Orchestra and is a sort after session musician on the local Jazz scene.

Move on 20 years and Neil and Sam, who have always had a passion for rare groove and funky soul jazz, decided to reform Sunchaser to become a live act to perform the music they love with adrenaline fuelled enthusiasum inspired by great Artists such as Blue Mitchel, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Bobby Lyle, Grant green and Herbie Hancock.

Andy Staples on Bass was an obvious choice  for Neil and Sam to complete the Rhythm section. Having both worked with him on numerous occassions over the years his groove and feel sits perfectly for the style that the music evokes. Always busy and also a major force on the local Jazz scene, Andy has also worked with The Real Thing, Jason Rebello and Sean Maguire and is a member of Derek Nash's 'Picante' latin band.

Long term friend, Zak Barrett, was then invited to complete the line up on Tenor saxophone. Zak's playing truly makes the whole project come alive. A highly experienced Jazz musician who organises and runs the well established jazz club at the Bassment in Chelmsford has worked alongside Mick Hucknall, Narada Michael waldon, The Foundations, Ashley Slater and Bernie Marsden. He has also had great success with his own band 'The Fellowship' playing internationally in the US and Europe.

After 20 years, Sunchaser will be back in the studio to record an EP which will be available soon.

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Jamie Williams and the Roots Collective are Jamie Williams on vocals & rhythm guitar; Dave 'The Hat' Milligan on lead guitar; Jake 'The Dude' Milligan on Bass & James Bacon on drums. They exist on an imaginary tightrope stretching between Tom Petty & The Rolling Stones. Settled into the current super-tight line-up after many years and hundreds of shows the band is now on fire, playing their own style of Country Blues, Rock & Americana at festivals, venues, clubs & pubs including a couple of rapturous nights at London's legendary 100 Club, their ethos is always to have fun and make sure the crowd does too.  This is not a band that stands onstage staring at their (red) shoes.

They’ve shared line-ups with likes of Wilko Johnson, The Blockheads, The Darkness, The Pretty Things, Los Pacaminos, The Quireboys, Dr Feelgood, the Yardbirds, Eddi Reeder & the Animals to name a few.

Jamie is a prolific writer of accessible songs that people love; songs good enough to hold their own in a solo acoustic setting, which really light up when the band add their own brand of energy & musicianship to the arrangements.

Jamie Williams & the Roots Collective are like the classic touring bands of the 70s: they are almost a travelling circus; a dysfunctional family of a band. They're tight without being boringly slick; leaving just enough rough edges to become one of the most exciting and fun 'originals' live bands on the circuit today.  Their ethos is ‘it's not just a gig, it's a night out’.  This is a band who love to entertain people and to make them smile; to inspire them to dance and sing along.

With lots of UK & international air play, the band is gathering a worldwide following of loyal fans some of whom travel a great distance to see them play.