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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 28th Jan; Simon Stanley-Ward Band / Mick Lynes
Sat 31st Jan; Hank Wangford
Sunday 1st Feb; Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel with The Hot Rock Pilgrims
Wed 4th Feb; Thin Wire Fence / The Cheating Hearts
Sat 7th Feb; Oh! Gunquit / Kingsize Slim / Newstargazers
Wed 11th Feb; The Strange Blue Dreams / Les Johnson and Me
Wed 18th Feb; NO SHOW
Sat 21st Feb; NO SHOW
Wed 25th Feb; Last Of The Barstools / Lewis & Leigh
Sat 28th Feb; The Cajun Dawgs / East Lonesome Drifters

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Simon Stanley-Ward Band

Wednesday 28th January

Simon Stanley-Ward Band / Mick Lynes

A 25-year-old Londoner in a cowboy hat may not be your go-to man for authentic Americana, but Simon Stanley Ward is sharp-witted and knowing (he has a song about affectations called 'American Voice'), and has a distinctive, high nasal voice that hits the spot more often than you'd expect on his self-penned country songs.

Hank Wangford

Saturday 31st January

Hank Wangford

If Daniel O'Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience, its dark and troubled grubby soul. Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for over 25 years, and his new album of waltzes 'Save Me The Waltz' is out now.

He has spread the word with his two ground breaking television series, Britain's first on Country music, "Big Big Country" and "The A to Z of C&W" and his books "Lost Cowboys" and "Hank Wangford Vol 3 The Middle Years". This messianic derailment onto the path of country music came from befriending and playing with Gram Parsons, ex-Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, in the seventies. This was at a time when Hank - as Dr Sam Hutt - was a rock 'n roll doctor. Many of his patients were from the world of rock music and the hippie alternative world. The Grateful Dead, the Who and the Rolling Stones were some of his clients.

It was when Gram Parsons came over to hang out in London with Keith Richards that Keith sent Gram with his wife to see Doctor Sam. Gram passed the country torch to Emmylou Harris and the Rolling Stones as well as to Doctor Sam. Since then Hank has fronted a series of hot country bands, aiming for country non-believers. It's not all misery. Some of his songs and stories are sad and some funny.

Hot Rock Pilgrims

SUNDAY 1st February

Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel

The Hot Rock Pilgrims plus support Doors 2.30pm

Tickets £8.00 Advance / £10.00 Door from

The Hot Rock Pilgrims are a brand new old-time/bluegrass supergroup featuring some of the most exciting young pickers in the South East of England.Dan Edwards is well known for his superb guitar and clawhammer work with bands such as The So Last Century String Band, Solid Gone, Amy Harrison & The Second Hand String Band and most recently with Ben Paley's Long Hill Ramblers. Hubert, Bruno and Sam have been making waves in England and Ireland with acclaimed Bluegrass/Irish fusion band Lands End.Together they will take you on a high-energy pilgrimage of Appalachian music and its descendants.

Thin Wire Fence

Cheating Hearts

Wednesday 4th February

Thin Wire Fence / The Cheating Hearts

Thin Wire Fence are a 5-piece rock-alt-country band from the south coast. Original songs combining distorted guitar and grizzled vocals, drenched in swathes of haunting and melodic pedal steel, give Thin Wire Fence their distinctive sound that can go from brooding to full tilt in the blink of an eye.

Coming straight from the wedding chapel, The Cheating Hearts bring you songs of love or being unloved and deliver the perfect soundtrack for your next break-up! They're a boy/girl garage rock'n'roll duo from St.Pauli, Germany. They have played shows from Poland to Portugal. Get ready for a raw hard driving beat, edgy strummed riffs, and dirty wild tunes.

Oh! Gunquit

Kingsize Slim

Saturday 7th February

Oh! Gunquit / Kingsize Slim / Newstargazers

Oh yes, they're back! Arguably the hit of last year's What's Cookin' Sunday Picnic, and described by our resident DJ Johnny Clash as 'a wonderful mix of B-52s meet Roxy Music', Oh! Gunquit are a 5-piece band concocting spunky rumble bop trash rock'n'roll. Tribal tom toms beat wildly and guitars twang, high-spirited vocals bawl and purr, and a seedy tenor sax wails for an extra slice of exotica. These neo-surf garage rockers bring back the sex of the B-52's, The Cramps, with some Link Wray & ESG thrown in for good measure. If you missed them at the picnic don't this time, if you saw them at the picnic you know where we are!

"That Link Wray riff, those blitzkrieg beats, that Roxy sax, her Karen O feet instantly began lashing out of their own accord", ARTROCKER.

Fat roots boogie and heavyweight acoustics since 2005. King Size Slim an explosive roots and blues guitar player moulding traditional standards and soaring own compositions with explosive musicianship and a unique vocal attack. A fat roots style and sound delivered live and direct. This music, percussive and dynamic in its nature, melodic and soulful in its heart, shouts loud and kisses sweet.

Newstargazers blend high-energy rockabilly with garage and soul.

Strange Blue Dreams

Les Johnson and Me

Wed 11th February

The Strange Blue Dreams / Les Johnson and Me

Fronted by the Hidden Masters/Shiverin' Sheiks Dave Addison, The Strange Blue Dreams bring you a night of dramatic pop and circus revelry; twanging, gramophoning, and twilight zone-ing; big songs and a lot of dancing. All the way from Glasgow, the international home-from-home of this kind of thing. A spooky musical backdrop of gospel, early rock 'n' roll, R&B, rockabilly and country.

Sun rockabilly, bluegrass, Scottish traditional, church hymns, Nashville pop, doo-wop, ragtime, American folk from Les Johnson And Me. Somewhere between gentleman Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash and Tenessee Ernie Ford with a distinctly Glaswegian twang.

Wednesday 18th February


Saturday 21st February


Last Of The Barstools

Lewis & Leigh

Wednesday 25th February

Last Of The Barstools / Lewis & Leigh

Last of the Barstools are a 6-piece indie/folk band with members hailing from the UK, Ireland, and Poland. They write character based songs, rich with harmonies and delicate instrumentation. The bands live arrangements are diverse and imaginative, drawing influences from Leanard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen to Bright Eyes and Arcade Fire. Their live shows have received some wonderful reviews in recent months and they have amassed a passionate and growing fan base in a short period of time. Their debut single ëDon't Let the Bad Guys Winí was released at the end of last year.

Lewis & Leigh are an alt-country/americana duo from London. Though they hail from Wales and Mississippi respectively, it was through their Nashville connections that Al Lewis and Alva Leigh met. They quickly bonded over their love of Whiskeytown, Gram & Emmylou and Jackson Browne. In a matter of weeks, their country-tinged folk songs tumbled out to form a life of their own, and suddenly Lewis & Leigh was born.

The Cajun Dawgs

East Lonesome Drifters

Saturday 28th February

The Cajun Dawgs / East Lonesome Drifters

A deep south gumbo of Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop, Rockin' Blues & Rockabilly authentically played on screaming accordion, twanging guitars, thumping bass and crazy drums. Music to dance, cry, fight and love to. Influences from Nathan Abshire, Al Ferrier, Beausoliel, and Rockin' Dopsey plus others met along the way too numerous to mention here...

East Lonesome Drifters are a five-piece outfit that plays a tribute to country, western swing and bluegrass. Acoustic arrangements of the more obscure tunes from the likes of Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Bob Wills, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Bill Monroe, Merle Haggard and other traditional influences. They'll take you down country paths of Americana with three part harmonies, fiddle, acoustic guitar, pedal steel and ukelele bass.

Coming up...

Sun 1st Mar; The Most Ugly Child @ The Union Chapel 2.30pm
Wed 4th Mar; Society / MC Hansen & Jacob Chano
Sat 7th Mar; Orphan colours / The New Madrids
Wed 11th Mar; The Hallelujah Trails / Sugar Magnolia
Wed 18th Mar; TBC
Sat 21st Mar; Little George Sueref
Wed 25th Mar; Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers / Don Gallardo
Sun 29th Mar; The Severed Limb @ The Union Chapel 2.30pm

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