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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

Wed 1st June; NO SHOW!
Sat 4th June; NO SHOW!
Wed 8th June; Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band / Jo carley & The Old Dry Skulls
Wed 15th June; Possessed By Paul James (USA) / Christopher Rees
Sat 18th June; The Fast Camels / 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)

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Wednesday 1st June


Saturday 4th June


Dana Immanuel
& The Stolen Band

Jo Carley
& The Old Dry Skulls

Wednesday 8th June

Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band / Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls

Dana Immanuel is a banjo-toting, whiskey-drinking, poker-playing singer-songwriter currently operating from a north London hideout from which emerges a sound more usually associated with the bayou, triple filtered through bourbon, washboard, and a touch of alt-country eccentricity. With the five-piece, all-girl Stolen Band, Dana has been getting feet stomping across the UK folk, blues, Americana and rock scenes. Dana's music reflects her eclectic influences, from Alice Cooper to Hank Williams, routed via the bluegrass turnpike around the township of alt-country, and her live shows with the Stolen Band are not to be missed.

Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls are a band play a mashed up style of Old Time, Alternative Country, Ska and Reggae influenced music. They take the music that had made its way from the British Isles and Ireland to America to become Old Time and Bluegrass and then drag it back through the Swamps of Southern USA, back to the UK via Jamaican dance halls and 70's punk establishments, giving it a whole new sound along the way.

Possessed By Paul James

Christopher Rees

Wednesday 15th June

Possessed By Paul James (USA) / Christopher Rees

Texan Konrad Wert came up with the Possessed by Paul James moniker as a way to channel the spirits of his late grandfather, Paul, and his father, James. Whether he is percussively stomping on an old wooden box, sawing a dusty fiddle, picking a banjo, or yelping a song as his head bobs and weaves from a seated position, fans are never under the impression they are seeing and hearing something of this earthly realm.

"The mix of roots and emotional electricity at a Possessed by Paul James show is akin to a live electric socket missing its cover as stripped wires spark with flickers of enthralling danger", PASTE. "One man folk wonder", NEW YORK TIMES.

Christopher Rees makes a long overdue return to 'What's Cookin' to perform a selection of material from his forthcoming new album ‘The Nashville Songs’ which he co-wrote in Nashville, USA with some of Music City’s finest songwriters. With 6 highly acclaimed albums already under his belt, Rees’s distinctive take on roots/Americana music has been championed by the legendary Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and MOJO Magazine, Editor-in-chief Phil Alexander.

The Fast Camels


Saturday 18th June

The Fast Camels / Rauschenberg

The Fast Camels explosive blend of 60's influenced psychedelia, freakbeat and classic power-pop has been turning heads on the live circuit in their native Glasgow since their formation in 2005. An intriguing mix of Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the Pretty Things psych-pop period and small dollops of 'Forever Changes' period Love, their brand of modern psychedelia successfully captures the uncertain climate of today by putting beautiful harmonies and minor chords on a sonic collision course, while injecting a bit of humour to raise the odd wry smile.

"One can hear the compositional influence of early Pink Floyd, sweet Byrds-esque harmonies, elements of thematic vastness and darkness reminiscent of The Cure, and the crisp undertow of 60s surf-rock", THE SKINNY. "Classic psychedelia brought sharply into the now with cutting lyrics, eerie sound effects and edgy guitar riffs", FREAK EMPORIUM.

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.

Coming up...

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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