A SPECIAL anniversary show is being staged at The Elgiva in Chesham. Solid Gold Country Legends celebrates 80 years of great country music, and features songs by renowned artistes from Hank Williams to Dolly Parton and Willy Nelson to Shania Twain.

The show has an all-star cast with lavish costume changes, and backing provided by the Outlaw Country Band, which boasts some of the UK's finest country musicians.

Songs you will hear include Billie Jo Spears's Blanket On The Ground, Johnny Cash's Ring Of Fire, Dolly Parton's Jolene and Kenny Rogers's Lucille.

what? Solid Gold Country Legends where? The Elgiva, St Mary's Street, Chesham, HP5 1HR when? Saturday, April 30, 8pm cost? £17, concessions £16 call: 01494 582 900 visit: www.elgiva.com

Holiday crafts experience

AN EASTER crafts and gifts show at Hyde End promises to keep all the family occupied during the holidays.

The event runs from Good Friday until Easter Monday in heated marquees in Chesham Road.

Watch skilled British craftsmen at work, have a go at throwing a ceramic pot and enjoy the opportunity to buy handmade gifts, including jewellery, fashion items, ceramics, art, textiles and wooden furniture.

Britain's leading hardened fabric sculptor, Susan Long, will be displaying her latest creations and Martin Stephenson will be crafting contemporary hardwood furniture designs.

A coffee shop and food hall will be offering a tempting array of homemade fare to eat in or take home. For the children, there will also be Easter bunny hunts, face painting, a mask-making workshop and a bug hunt.

what? Craft and gifts show where? Chesham Road, Hyde End, Great Missenden, HP16 0RG when? April 22 to 25, 10am to 5pm cost? Adults £3.50 online, £5 on door, children £1, under-fives free visit: www.easternevents.com

Laughs on Good Friday

FANCY a laugh this Easter? Then head to Chesham United Football Club for this month's comedy event.

The evening will be headlined by Eddy Brimson (pictured), who hails from Watford.

He has a list of TV credits that includes appearances in The Bill, Casualty, Absolutely Fabulous and EastEnders, in which he played a hard-nosed villain who turned over Frank Butcher's car dealership.

The evening will be opened by Scottish funnyman Neil McFarlane, with Londoner Chris Norton Walker taking the middle lsot.

The compere is Dave Thompson, who plays Tinky Winky in the children's TV programme Teletubbies.

what? Chesham Comedy Club where? The Chess Suite, Chesham United Football Club, Amy Lane, Chesham, HP5 1NE when? Friday, April 22, 8.30pm cost? £10 in advance, £12 on door call: 0845 519 4015 visit: www.cheshamcomedy.com

Pop legend tells his story

JOIN a journey through the life and times of 1960s pop icon Gerry Marsden. Gerry and The Pacemakers topped the charts for much of the decade with hits such as How Do You Do It, Ferry Cross the Mersey and the legendary anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.

The band continues to tour extensively with the show Gerry Cross The Mersey.

It promises Gerry's greatest hits, mixed with anecdotes from his many years at the top.

what? Gerry Cross The Mersey where? The Elgiva, St Mary's Way, Chesham, HP5 1HR when? Friday, April 29, 8pm cost? £19, concessions £18 call: 01494 582 900 visit: www.elgiva.com

Choirs combine to perform a Bach masterpiece

GREAT Missenden Choral Society is performing JS Bach's wonderful St Matthew Passion at St Mary's Church, Amersham, tomorrow (Saturday).

Bach's masterpiece is a musical setting of the Passion story. It falls naturally into a succession of short scenes, appropriately separated by arias, ariosos, duets and accompanied recitatives, plus chorales which complete and comment on the action.

This performance (in English) is a collaboration with Buckingham Choral Society. The two choirs will be accompanied by St John's Chamber Orchestra. The conductor is John Cotterill.

Soloists include Thomas Hobbs in the role of Evangelist and Frederick Long as Christ, with Ruth Jenkins (soprano), Rosie Aldridge (mezzo), Tim Lawrence (tenor) and Thomas Faulkner (bass-baritone).

what? Great Missenden Choral Society where? St Mary's Church, Church Street, Amersham, HP7 0DB when? Saturday, April 16, 7pm cost? £15, concessions £7.50 call: 01494 890 088