THREE musicians, who might not get mobbed if they walk down the street but whose music is immediately recognisable, will take to the stage for Rock Against Cancer and are likely to bring the house down.

For Paul Carrack, who turned down a gig in America with Eric Clapton to play in a field at the back of a village pub near Devizes, Baz Warne from The Stranglers and Russell Hastings who sings and plays guitar with From The Jam have promised to delight their audience with songs everyone will know.

Carrack, who is credited by those in the know as being one of the UK's great singer songwriters and musicians will be singing classics he has written such as How Long, Love Will Keep Us Alive and Over My Shoulder.

He is looking forward to being at the Kings Arms in All Canning and revealed that if concert organiser John 'Grubby' Callis had not got in early he would have been with Clapton in the States on May 26.

He said: "I have known Grubby from my time with Mike And The Mechanics and he has been trying to get me to play Concert At The Kings for several years but I could never fit it in to my schedule.

"This time he got me to commit early and then Eric contacted me and I had to turn him down. But it probably doesn't do me any harm to look as if I am in demand."

He is often quoted as saying that he never liked the idea of being famous but this week he said he was pleased that the tours with his band that includes his son Jack on drums have gained a huge following.

He admits that back in the day he enjoyed a bit of a wild rock n roll style life but said that these days life is much calmer. He said: "You have to slow down a bit as you get older."

Baz Warne, who has been part of the Stranglers line-up since 2000, is no stranger to Devizes. The guitarist has played solo acoustic sets at both The Bear and the The Lamb and has fond memories of the town.

He is also a mate of Andy Scott from the Sweet who lives in All Cannings and was one of the founding members of the Concert At The Kings. At the moment he is living near Bath working on new material for the band.

He said: "I have friends in Devizes and have done a few under the radar gigs in the towns since I have been with the Stranglers." He said he was pleased to be supporting the concert which raises huge amounts for cancer charities and was expecting to enjoy the informal atmosphere.

He said: "Some of the huge festivals such as Glastonbury can be a bit like a prison camp once you are inside. I am looking forward to a nice, easy atmosphere in All Cannings."

Like Paul he expects the band to please the audience with its biggest hits originally performed by Hugh Cornwell but there may also be the chance to show off a few new numbers.

He also says the band has calmed down a lot since it gained a reputation as being wild. A few glasses of champagne is now the way they calm down after a show.

Baz was a huge Stranglers fan in his teenage years but Russell Hastings considered Paul Weller something of a god so it is incredible that the former Jam singer is now a friend.

He said: "When you are with him, you have got to make sure it is like a daily occurrence, nothing really special. But the fact is when Paul walks into a room, the room knows Paul has walked into it. It is not just Paul that walks in. There is a whole presence. He really has got charisma."

But after 11 years of working with Bruce Foxton and singing songs made famous by Weller that he no longer has to pinch himself to make sure he is not imagining it.

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