The wonderful, wierd and wacky merry go-round world of What's Cookin' is currently at...

LEYTONSTONE EX-SERVICEMENS CLUB. An old haunt of the rock'n'roll kitchen. Its a nice function room, it has its own bar, and does real ale. And its cheap bar prices! Shows are normally EVERY Wednesday and the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month (and additionally the 5th Saturday if there is one). Doors open 8.30pm and we're normally done'n'dusted by 11.00pm-ish. As usual it'll be a free entry night with a collection to pay the musicians. PLEASE BE GENEROUS! Its the way we make the night work. Accompanied children aged 11+ allowed.

What's Cookin'...
Upstairs @ Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club
Harvey Road
Leytonstone, London E11 3DB

Leytonstone Underground (2 min)
Leytonstone High Road BR Station (10 min)

What's Cookin' SUNDAY SESSIONS @ THE UNION CHAPEL. The Sunday dates will vary so check the On The Menu page for what's happening. Doors open 2.30pm and we're normally finished by 6.00pm. These will be ticketed/pay on the door shows and prices will vary. Accompanied children aged 14+ allowed.

What's Cookin'...
Compton Terrace,
Upper Street,
Islington, London N1 2UN

Highbury & Islington Underground/Overground (2 min)
Essex Road Station (10 min)

Info on the lovely chapel here:

In Brief

Sat 18th June; Black Doldrums / Rauschenberg
Wed 22nd June; Marty O'Reilly (USA) / Andrew Duhon (USA) / Thomas & Theresa (USA)
Friday 24th June; Los Chicos / King Salami & The Cumberland Three / Thee Jezebels
Wed 29th June; The Roamin' Jasmine (USA) / Jesse Terry (USA)
Wed 6th July; The Uptown Toodeloo String Band / Amelia White & Dan Webster LEYTONSTONE FESTIVAL
Sat 9th July; Coral Creek / Society LEYTONSTONE FESTIVAL
Wed 13th July; Stick In The Wheel / Davy Willis LEYTONSTONE FESTIVAL
Sunday 17th July; What's Cookin' Sunday Picnic! LEYTONSTONE FESTIVAL

Wed 20th July; Speedbuggy USA
Wed 27th July; The Urban Pioneers
Sat 30th July; TBC

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Black Doldrums


Saturday 18th June

Black Doldrums / Rauschenberg

Neo-psychedelic, drony rock'n'roll, with grunge undertones and a bit of shoegaze from one of our favourite new bands. Influenced by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Kills, and even a bit of Bob Dylan, their thunderous rhythms, tribal beats, swirling guitars and bluesy riffs are quite a joy. They've gone down a storm in the kitchen with their recent support slots. This is their headlining debut at What's cookin'. Their debut album will be out after the summer.

Rauschenberg play 'hypnotic psych-rock'. Formed in 2013 their debut album is a rock'n'roll record you can dance to. A mix of short stabs with a post punk, dream pop garage feel and then longer space trucking motorik grooves. Influenced by the likes of MC5, My Bloody Valentine, The Cramps, Neu, Hawkwind, Stereolab, The Stooges, and the Stones.

Marty O'Reilly

Andrew Duhon

Thomas & Theresa

Wednesday 22nd June

Marty O'Reilly (USA) / Andrew Duhon (USA) / Thomas & Theresa (USA)

Marty O'Reilly's, who hails from Santa Cruz California, music feels familiar, but at the same time it feels new. It's blues but not blues, folk but not folk, soulful but not soul. His voice is beautiful and distinctive, his lyrics stark yet lush. This is a solo appearance from Marty, but you may remember his show at What's Cookin' a couple of years ago with his band The Old Soul Orchestra.

Andrew Duhon is a blues/folk songwriter from New Orleans, a teller of stories with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. He has released 3 recordings, the latest of which, "The Moorings", was nominated for a Grammy in 2014. He has toured solo for much of his career, and that troubadour element is certainly present, an usher of modern day folklore.

Thomas & Theresa both hail from Sulphur, Louisiana. They have been described as "an eclectic mix of Louisiana roots music, New Orleans Traditional Jazz, and Rhythm & Blues".

Los Chicos

King Salami
& The Cumberland Three

Thee Jezebels

Friday 24th June

Los Chicos (Spain) / King Salami & The Cumberland Three / Thee Jezebels

Madrid rock'n'rollers Los Chicos got together more than 15 years ago. They started building a soul country punk soul gospel machine that has being blowing out venues all over the world. They've recorded 5 albums and a stack of EPs. They jump around like monkeys on stage, with a killer twin brother guitar attack, an earthquake of a rhythm section and a mad frontman who seems to fly through and over the top of the speakers like Tarzan! Some of you might remember their legendary past performances at What's Cookin'. They have an easy recipe - Rock and Roll + Rhythm & Blues + Soul + Punk + Pub-rock + Country + Beer = PARTY!!! DON'T MISS!

London's R&B-punk sensation are making fun times where ever they go. With a repertoire encompassing many of the greats of the '50s and '60s you won't be able to help but move your feet. The King howls like Screaming Jay Hawkins with Bo Diddley chasing his coat-tail and with Andre Williams trying to offer up some of his bacon fat. This man never stops shakin' and twistin' and groovin' while the Cumberland 3 (former members of the Ulcers, Chinese Lungs and Parkinsons) play their own branded mix of vintage rockabilly desperate rock'n'roll and a bit of soul with fire, energy, gusto and fun! They have played all around the world, from Europe to Japan, USA, Australia, Turkey, China,...

The wind-swept, south-east coast of England brings forth Thee Jezebels, and not a moment too soon! Since Autumn 2014, they have built up a fan base through gigs both here and on the continent. Fuelled by the great Garage, Glam, Punk & British R&B Gods - they bring their brand of fuzzed-up, raucous, pub-rock'n'roll!

The Roamin' Jasmine

Jesse Terry

Wednesday 29th June

The Roamin' Jasmine (USA) / Jesse Terry (USA)

Formed on the streets of New Orleans, the Roamin' Jasmine bring a fresh sound to traditional jazz with tight 3-part horn harmonies and bluesy vocals. Their repertoire explores 1920's era speakeasy blues, vintage Calypso from Trinidad, seminal 1950's New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, and original compositions, all set to traditional jazz instrumentation with original arrangements. Through polyphonic collective improvisation inherent in their new homeland of New Orleans, the Roamin' Jasmine hold true to a great New Orleans jazz tradition while participating in its evolution with undertones of different eras and places.

Jesse Terry is a singer/songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. Home is now the coastal village of Stonington, Connecticut, but Terry's music reflects an amalgam of influences, from Nashville to Laurel Canyon. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally onto a playlist of Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.

Uptown Toodeloo String Band

Amelia White

Dan Webster

Wednesday 6th July


The Uptown Toodeloo String Band (USA) / Amelia White (USA) & Dan Webster

The Uptown Toodeloo String Band is a mostly acoustic project performing the music of the Grateful Dead infused with high-energy bluegrass jams and powerful vocals. The band is a fresh new project on the Colorado front-range, comprised of established Colorado players bringing a big sound and loyal audiences. Uptown Toodeloo features pickers from notable Colorado bands including Great American Taxi, DeadPhish Orchestra, Coral Creek and The Holler!. All the players are steeped in the tradition and music of the Grateful Dead. The Uptown Toodeloo String Band combines the best of foot-stomping bluegrass music with a psychedelic style and go deep in the jams where acoustic instruments ought not go.

Raised In Virginia, and based in Nashville, Amelia White cut her musical teeth in the New England area, in the same scene that produced Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna, and Aimee Mann. Her music has been described as hard rocking-folking alt-art country.

Dan Webster is a seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by sounds and story telling traditions of American and British Folk music (in it's broadest sense), Americana and rock'n'roll. Americana UK described him as "A Hybrid of Damien Rice, Seth Lakeman and Tom McRae".

Coral Creek


Saturday 9th July


Coral Creek (USA) / Society

Rocky Mountain Bluegrass & Americana Music from the Colorado Front Range. They have a big sound and a growing audience, playing high-energy shows that appeal to audiences across the bluegrass, blues and jamband spectrum, playing genre-bending original music and unique renditions of traditional bluegrass tunes and Americana classics. Two albums 'The Road Ahead' and 'Watch Me Fly', both produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, launched Coral Creek into the heart of the Colorado music scene. Their new album 'Coral Creek' is just released.

Society are a country rock band from West Sussex who specialise in gorgeous three part harmonies, echoing their love of West Coast, Laurel Canyon and the country rock music of the late sixties and early seventies. After a bit of a hiatus this is their first show at What's Cookin' for a few years.

Stick In The Wheel

Wednesday 13th July


Stick In The Wheel / Davy Willis / Dan Davies

"We play the music of our people. We sing in our own accents. We record in our kitchens and living rooms. This is our culture, our tradition"

Stick In The Wheel were fROOTS Magazine's Album of 2015 winners and voted one of the best folk albums of 2015 by MOJO Magazine. They are favourites of Tom Robinson on 6Music and XFM's Jon Kennedy (having recently recorded sessions for both). Featuring Ian Carter on dobro, Si Foote on percussion, Joolie Wood on fiddle, and Nicola Kearey and Fran Morter as singers, they specialise in distinctly London-centric, rarely heard traditional British folk songs. Their repertoire includes pieces up to 400 years old, and they seamlessly combine this deep link to the past with their own compositions. They have been featured on Radio 4's Womans Hour and Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show, and nominated for the Radio 2 Folk Awards for the past two years. Their music is sparklingly original, fiercely fresh and fearless in its attitude, definitely not to be missed.

"Stick in the Wheel are shaking up the English folk scene with their no-nonsense approach...great storytellers, mixing their own songs with old folk-scene favourites, now given a sometimes startling new lease of life", THE GUARDIAN. "A triumph", THE OBSERVER. "An exciting new band with attitude", BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS. "The hottest new folk band for ages", fRoots MAGAZINE.

Jim Jones &
The Righteous Mind

The Fuzillis

The Treetop Flyers

Bermondsey Joy Riders

Urban Voodoo Machine

The Lucky Strikes

Norton Money

Graham Larkby &
The Escape Committee

Sunday 17th July


12.00 - 8.00pm @ Henry Reynolds Gardens E11

(with aftershow party at Leytonstone Ex-services Club from 9.00pm)

Live music all day in the lovely surrounds of Henry Reynolds Gardens. It's our 9th year, and every year it gets better and better. Real ales, Caribbean Punches, BBQ, tea & cakes will all be available, but feel free to bring your own picnic hampers, sarnies, blankets, suncream and/or brollies...and we'll supply the rock'n'roll. This year our headliners are the mighty Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind.

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind / The Fuzillis / The Treetop Flyers / The Bermonsey Joyriders / Urban Voodoo Machine Marching Band / The Lucky Strikes / Norton Money / Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee

You've got it all, yer filthy gospel rock'n'roll, hootin'-tootin' honk'n'roll, country rock'n'roll, country soul, garage blues, good old pub rock, and...a marching band!

Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind
The Fuzillis
The Treetop Flyers
The Bermondsey Joy Riders
The Urban Voodoo Machine
The Lucky Strikes
Norton Money
Graham Larkby & The Escape Committee


Speedbuggy USA

Wednesday 20th July

Speedbuggy USA

Sweat and style are the high geared twin axles of Speedbuggy USA. They're one of the hardest playing bands in country music, putting their nitro-fueled brand on a genre that's been the soundtrack to American life for nearly 100 years. They arrived at their unique sound through the prism of experience, history and a love for some of the greatest music from country's past. Their inspiration comes from the hard twanging Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens and his Buckeroos, followed by Merle Haggard. A style of country music loud and proud enough to cut through the noise of roadhouses packed with blue-collar crowds out for a good time.

"Slip that bottom dollar from your chained wallet, unwrinkle it, and bet confidently that the twangin', sway-backed rockers of Speedbuggy USA will smoothly illustrate the real-country soul of rockíníroll", NO DEPRESSION.

The Urban Pioneers

Wednesday 27th July

The Urban Pioneers (USA)

From Albany, Texas, mix one part Texas fiddle and one part Tennessee banjo, add doghouse bass and a splash of guitar and you have a delicious cocktail for your ears known as the Urban Pioneers. This string band hammers out a variety of original songs that encompass old time hillbilly music, western swing, rockabilly, and even a few gypsy type songs for good measure. The Urban Pioneers visit What's Cookin' as part of a 30 date European tour which includes dates at the Ulster American Folk Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, and Summertyne Americana Festival.


Saturday 30th July



Sat 3rd Sept; TBC
Wed 7th Sept; TBC
Wed 14th Sept; TBC
Wed 21st Sept; TBC
Sat 24th Sept; The Fast Camels
Wed 28th Sept; Bonnie Dobson

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