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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

Sat 3rd Oct; 'WE SHALL OVERCOME!' Miraculous Mule/Steven James Adams/Alan Tyler/Jack Sharp/Steve White & more
Sun 4th Oct; Benjamin Folke Thomas / Siobhan Parr @ The Union Chapel 3.30pm
Wed 7th Oct; Beverly Smith & John Grimm
Wed 14th Oct; The Vaga Band / The Hog Renderers
Sat 17th Oct; Harry Violet & The Sharks / The Shades
Wed 21st Oct; The Delta Jacks / Anna Lucas & The Wonders

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Saturday 3rd October



Miraculous Mule / Morton Valence / Alan Tyler / Jack Sharp (Wolf People) / Steve White & more!

Over the weekend of 2nd/3rd/4th October WE SHALL OVERCOME is organising a series of over 200 shows around the country with the purpose of uniting in the face of government austerity policies which are impoverishing many. The shows are to show solidarity and to offer practical help to those affected by these unfair and cruel austerity policies - supporting local foodbanks and other projects designed to get help directly to people in need. You can get more info on the We Shall Overcome weekend and find out about other shows at;

Rock'n'roll-infused spirituals, stripped down acapella gospels, psychedelic wig outs and dangerous blues from Miraculous Mule. Urban country tales from the city with Morton Valance. Folk from Wolf People's Jack Sharp. Country blues from one of the UK's best singer/songwriters, Rockingbird's frontman Alan Tyler. Political folk punk in your face from Steve White, who will have a Protest Family member or two along with him. All the performers support the aims of WE SHALL OVERCOME and will be donating their services free.

Entry will be by donation and we are asking for a minimum of £5.00, but we would encourage you to pay as much as you can afford! All monies raised will be passed to local Leytonstone groups - Leytonstone Food Bank, Eat or Heat, and Sally's Kitchen. It would also be great if you bring along some food stuff to pass on as well. For example - Cereal & Porridge, Tinned meat, Tinned fish, Tea/Coffee, Tinned vegetables and fruit, Tinned soup, Jams and spreads, Rice and Pasta, Long life milk and juices, Nappies, Toiletries.

Benjamin Folke Thomas
& Band

Sunday 4th October

Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel, 3.30pm

Benjamin Folke Thomas & Band / Siobhan Parr

Doors 3.30pm £8.00 Advance / £10.00 Door

Tickets from

Benjamin Folke Thomas brings his take on folk country back to north London. Benjamin Folke Thomas and his band return to the UK in September for their second eleven-date UK tour this year. The tour takes the band around the UK and brings them back to their adopted north London homeground on Sunday 4th October for the Sunday Sessions at the Union Chapel Ben built a substantial following in north London where he lived for nearly seven years. Since he relocated back to his native Sweden, north London gigs have been rare and the band's recent tours and festival appearances to promote their latest album 'Rogue State Of Mind' have taken them around the UK entertaining new audiences.

Ben is an electrifying performer whose characterful and resonant vocal style is complemented by highly accomplished finger-style guitar. He is also an inspired and mature songwriter with influences including Warren Zevon, Leonard Cohen and early Dylan. His songs are marked by sensitivity and originality. He is lucky to count legendary radio presenter Bob Harris amongst his fans. Last year, he travelled to Nashville with Whispering Bob as part of a BBC Introducing initiative. "Ben can really hold an audience", Bob says, "so catch his show if you can and enjoy his instrumental virtuosity, sophisticated songwriting, and passionate vocals".

Country blues from Siobhan Parr. Siobhan has been performing her heartfelt music since the age of fourteen, encouraged to do so by her parents, whose 60s & 70s eclectic record collection inspired her. At seventeen, she sang lead vocals onan Alabama 3 song 'Bulletproof' from their album 'Power In The Blood'. That same year she signed a publishing deal with 4AD Music. Since then she has toured extensively around the UK and Europe, supporting artists as diverse as Evan Dando, Damien Dempsey, Roddy Frame, Jimmy Cliff, Glenn Tilbrook and The Magic Numbers.

Beverly Smith &
John Grimm

Wednesday 7th October

Beverly Smith & John Grimm

One of the most respected guitar players in old time music today, Beverly Smith is also in demand as a singer, fiddler, and dance caller. John Grimm is an award winning fiddler and multi-instrumentalist who has played with many old time bands such as The Georgia Mudcats, The Georgia Potlickers, and Rural Radio Company. John and Beverly live in the mountains of North Georgia in the beautiful little town of Dahlonega, in Lumpkin County. For the past 25 years, John has owned and operated the towns music store, Vintage Music, home to a unique assortment of instruments and a gathering place for local musicians. Since 2010 they have been performing together at festivals, concerts, workshops and dances across the country and abroad. Their performances feature traditional country duets and a sprinkling of newer pieces. They choose their songs well, and clearly have spent a great deal of time searching through the archives of rural american folk music. Their traditional songs and tunes reveal a deep familiarity with and great love for the genre. From haunting archaic banjo and fiddle tunes to raucous hillbilly singing they display an ease that sounds nothing but genuine. Beverly has previously performed in the kitchen with Carl Jones, and Alice Gerrard, the indisputable Queen of Old Time Music.

The Vaga Band

Wednesday 14th October

The Vaga Band / The Hog Renderers

The Vagaband are an 8-piece band from Norfolk. Among the instruments they play are fiddle, mandolin, pedal-steel guitar, clarinet, flagelhorn, banjo, squeezebox and piano. They play original song-based roots music - a soulful mix between country blues and gypsy jazz. They've amassed a following across the UK festival scene and beyond. Appearances include Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Croissant Neuf & Maverick Festival. The Vagabandís strength as a live force is the result of a well-oiled touring act who cut their teeth during early years as a street band. New album 'Medicine For The Soul' is out now.

Acoustic finger-picking delta blues from Nottingham duo The Hog Renderers.

Harry Violet &
The Sharks

The Shades

Saturday 17th October

Harry Violet & The Sharks / The Shades

Harry Violet & the Sharks play dark, sax-driven rock and roll. Mixing dive-bar jive and 12-bar stompers with nightmarish grooves. Inspired by the darker shades of British rockers like Vince Taylor and Johnny Kidd, the band's original material is brewed up with influences from early Psychobilly to The Lounge Lizards, mixed with a cocktail of Jay Hawkins' screams, Tom Waits' growls and a hiccup or two from Charlie Feathers.

The Shades are a hardworking five piece rhythm'n'blues/rock'n'roll group from Dublin. They take inspiration from artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Chuck Berry and The Yardbirds, The Shades are on their way to bringing this raw rock'n'roll sound to the mainstream.

The Delta Jacks

Anna Lucas &
The Wonders

Wednesday 21st October

The Delta Jacks / Anna Lucas & The Wonders

The Delta Jacks play country blues and raucous rockabilly, sounding like a royal rumble wrestling match between Johnny Cash, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Howlin' Wolf, Elvis, The Violent Femmes, and a few other they treasure deep within their twisted souls.
The Delta Jacks

Rootsy country blues from Anna Lucas and her crack band, featuring BJ Cole, Dave Morgan, Planetruth, and Rebecca Wilson.

Wednesday 28th October


Coming up...

Sun 1st Nov; Hank Wangford's Big Bass Trio / Amelia Curran @ The Union Chapel
Wed 4th Nov; TBC
Sat 7th Nov; No show!
Wed 11th Nov; Franc Cinelli / Son of Kirk
Wed 18th Nov; Porchlight Smoker
Sat 21st Nov; Lynched / Stick In The Wheel
Wed 25th Nov; TBC
Sun 29th Nov; What's Cookin' Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel

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