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

Wed 20th September; Summerhill / The Lucky Strikes / Rich Webb Band
Wed 27th September; Steve Hooker / Breadfoot (USA)
Sat 30th September; The Hot Snake Time Machine / Dark Globes
Sun 1st Oct; Reg Meuross @ The Union Chapel, 3.30pm
Sat 7th Oct; The Dials
Wed 11th Oct; The Dog Roses / Pepe Belmonte Band
Wed 18th Oct; John Craigie (USA) / Tom Blackwell
Sat 21st Oct; Oh! Gunquit / The Nurses
Wed 25th Oct; NO SHOW

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The Lucky Strikes

Rich Webb

Wednesday 20th September

The live stuff from 9.00pm SHARP!

Summerhill / The Lucky Strikes / Rich Webb Band

Legendary Glasgow via Camden country-rock janglers Summerhill are reuniting for a series of dates in support of their 30th Anniversary and the re-release of their classic debut mini-album 'Lowdown'.

Formed out of the ashes of Glasgow's Snakes Of Shake, who released two albums 'Southern Cross' and 'Gracelands & The Natural Wood' before heading South. Their first release was the 12-inch single 'I Want You' on the Rocket 5 label. Signing to Demon Records offshoot Diablo, they released the mini-album 'Lowdown' in 1988, featuring pedal-steel legend BJ Cole. They became the support band of choice for London dates by visiting paisley underground bands before being picked up by Polydor. Their major label debut 'West Of Here', had less of a country-rock influence and, after a desperate attempt by Polydor for a hit with a cover of the Stone' 'Wild Horses', the band split.

Summerhill will be joined by special guests and What's Cookin' favourites The Lucky Strikes and Aussie roots-rockers the Rich Webb Band.

Steve Hooker


Wednesday 27th September

Steve Hooker / Breadfoot (USA)

The rockabillyblues and soulman Steve Hooker is back in the kitchen! Steve still has the scars to remember his various bands by - The Heat (punk rock 'n' roll 1977), The Shakers (rhythm 'n' blues from hell 1982 - 1987), Boz and The Bozmen (glam rockabilly 1988) and Rumble (raw rockabilly 1994 - 1997). He also played and recorded with Wilko Johnson Boz Boorer, Levi Dexter. Geno Washington, Mr Maybellene, Chuck Berry, Steve Marriott, Johnny Thunders and Robert Gordon were happy to share stages with the rockabillyblues and soulman too.

Breadfoot was spawn of the East River Delta. He digs his whiskey neat and his coffee black. He is a one-man band whose idiosyncratic take on life and wide range of influences from The Carter Family and The Sherman Brothers to Tom Waits and X, fuels his unique brand of Tin Pan Americana. His most recent album 'Salvatella' is his most adventurous to date. It has been described by Americana UK as "... a refreshing alternative to some of the more archetypal Americana" And regarded by fRoots Magazine as "... beguiling and varied...well-crafted songs of love and loss... superior stuff and very charming."

A dynamic performer, Breadfoot has shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Malcolm Holcombe, Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, Langhorne Slim, The Decemberists, Richard Buckner, and Gary Lucas. He has been regarded as a cross between Roger Miller and Shel Silverstein and London Time Out describes his live show as "... gritty guitar picking and home-spun wisdom... a raconteur par excellence."

The Hot Snake Time Machine

Dark Globes

Saturday 30th September

The Hot Snake Time Machine / Dark Globes

Hot Snake Time Machine, as some of you will know, are mostly Simon Moor & Johnny O from The Snakes, playing a selection of obscure cover versions from yesteryear, days of yore and that, but this gig will also include the magnificent Dan Tilbury on drums! They'll be some covers, some Snakes songs and some Tommy Hale songs too, possibly.

Dark Globes play reassuringly downbeat, ego-free pop music, burying fragile songs under a fuzzy blanket of reverb, lit by a candle of jangle. A shy collective of Southenders, a mismatched coalescence of oddballs.

Reg Meuross


Sunday 1st October @ The Union Chapel 3.30pm

Reg Meuross / TriccaMcNiff

Tickets £8.00 adv / £10.00 door

Reg's clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of "Master Storyteller" and led Mike Harding to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as "one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced". Whether it's a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His ords and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. One of the most personal and political songwriters around today. Reg's new album 'Faraway People' is out now.

"Sounds like a forgotten American 60's classic songwriter, with echoes of early Dylan, Tom Paxton and Leonard Cohen", THE GUARDIAN. "Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered", THE TIMES. "Reg's composing and performing is not bound or influenced by trends or fashion or the need to make a display", PETE TOWNSEND.

Emma Tricca and Jason McNiff first met each other a number of years ago in the 12 Bar Club, a venue that they both played at and frequented looking for like minded souls. Brought together by their mutual appreciation of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, (Jason knew Bert and Emma knew John) they forged a friendship and made plans to one day record together. Well, they finally have with the album 'Southern Star'. If authenticity is the measure of a folk duo, TriccaMcNiff are out on their own.


Wednesday 4th October


One of the UK's best new folk groups return for a show at What's Cookin' prior to some major headline shows later in the year. Hence the need to keep it a bit on the quiet side. But kitchen regulars may know who I'm talking about.

"An exciting new band with attitude", BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS. "The hottest new folk band for ages", fRoots MAGAZINE.

The Dials

Saturday 7th October

The Dials

The Dials have been familiar faces on the Brighton music scene since 2002, playing their own peculiar blend of psychedelia, surf, folk and jazz garage. An early lineup emerged busking trad country numbers with banjos on the seafront, but when the band went electric in 2005 their demos were picked up by fan Mark Lamarr, who persuaded them to play a series of sessions for BBC Radio 2. Their eponymous debut album in 2007 showcased a bewilderingly eclectic collection of songs which somehow won the hearts of small pockets of radio DJs and listeners worldwide. Their showcase at NXNE in Toronto was described as "pure energy, hard-howling, Brit-infused honky-tonk".

After famously requiring a fire crew of nine to rescue them from a bank vault in which they had become trapped whilst recording 2009's 'Companions of the Rosy Hours', the band disintegrated in a whirlwind of passive aggression. After that they shut themselves away and began writing the album which would become the critically-acclaimed 'The End of the Pier' in 2013.

For the last three years, the Dials have been recording in UNKLE's Toy Room studio in Brighton with Ben Thackeray (Patti Smith, Nick Cave, My Bloody Valentine, Gruff Rhys) producing. Featuring pump organs, mandolins, Moogs, mellotrons, pastoral folk and Bavarian waltzes, 'That Was The Future' will be released on vinyl and CD on October 6th 2017. The band are still talking.

"Glides effortlessly between the harmonic swoon of The Byrds, the poppier elements of the Velvets and the child-like psych of Syd Barrettís Pink Floyd.", UNCUT MAGAZINE. "Imagine surf guitar king Dick Dale fronting Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd", Q MAGAZINE.

The Dog Roses

Pepe Belmonte

Wednesday 11th October

The Dog Roses / Pepe Belmonte Band

The guys in black! You know them, we love them, you love them! Catchy, addictive and twangy Anglo-Americana songs with a foot-stomping rootsy vibe, all propelled along by fiddle and mandolin. The Dog Roses are South London's most original country rockin' bluegrass sextet. Influences: Johnny Cash, The Clash, Elvis, Flatt & Scruggs, Stanley Brothers, Louvin Brothers, The Ramones, Hank Williams, The Beautiful Game, American Old-Time.

“An eclectic mix of uptempo folk, and jazzy blues”, TIME OUT.

Pepe Belmonte is a folk-blues guitar player and singer song-writer. He grew up in Co. Cork on the West coast of Ireland. His musical influence meanders through Irish, Malian and Hawaiian folk to the pre-war blues of Chicago along The Delta and down through the lyrical landscape of Dylan, Mitchell and Young. Mississippi John Hurt meets JJ Cale meets Nick Drake. With nostalgic and contemporary tones you will be transported to 70's deep swamp America, the Irish countryside and the streets of London on a wave of rock, folk and blues.

"Laid-back, rich and resonant voice merges with the band's relaxed and jazzy country-blues sound...showcase Belmonte's harmonica and guitar", THE MORNING STAR.

John Craigie

Tom Blackwell

Wednesday 18th October

John Craigie (Canada) / Tom Blackwell

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own. Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland Oregon performer, now resident in California, who Canadian press have dubbed, "the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg". His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. His latest album 'No Rain No Rose' caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson, and he soon found himself onstage for 12 shows during Jack Johnson's 2017 American summer tour. When John Craigie plays, it's one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. It's a musical journey that can't be denied.

"The record opens with the shanty-like Dylan-meets-Prine number 'Virgin Guitar', which displays Craigie's talent for understated singing coupled with poetic lyrics", THE PORTLAND TRIBUNE.

Tom Blackwell is a prolific singer songwriter and performer based in the North of England. His work is influenced by country, soul, blues, gospel & American folk music.

"Wonderful, heartfelt Music", BOB HARRIS.

Oh! Gunquit

The Nurses

Saturday 21st October

Oh! Gunquit / The Nurses

'Oh! Gunquit are a London based 5-piece rumble-bop, freakabilly band who concoct a brew of raw R&R, wild garage rock, and twisted surf-punk. They're named in part after a town in Maine USA which was an artists colony in the 1800's originally coined by the Abenaki Indians and in part to the idea of all guns quitting. Currently consisting of the hottest line-up to date this cosmopolitan creature contains members from Italy, USA, Colombia, Spain & UK. They offer a soundtrack to B-movies, road trips, and adventuring...their unique live gigs are a blur of howling vocals, horns, buzzsaw guitars, rumbling toms, and exotic rock'n'roll fun.

'Lightning Likes Me' out on Dirty Water Records is the band's 2nd album combining elements of psychedelic surf punk, sci-fi rockabilly, and future rock'n'roll. With tracks produced by Detroit legend Jim Diamond (the Sonics, Dirtbombs, Detroit Cobras, White Stripes etc) and at London's Space Eko studio (Jim Jones, Son of Dave etc) it's a somewhat denser and more experimental feel than their debut and still packed with killer songs with the same exotic wild vicious rock'n'roll music with which they've become known for.

"Oh! Gunquit are a refreshingly non-stop party of sound; a melting pot of rock n roll voodoo madness and pure unadulterated aural expression, perhaps the perfect soundtrack to a hedonistic road-trip yet to be made. Mixing The Cramps and The B-52's and putting their own stamp on it", VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE. "They call themselves Rumble-Bop which in some way does explain the fantastic sound they have", GIDEON COE BBC 6 MUSIC. "Strong purveyors of vicious & exotic raw pop music", ROUGH TRADE.

With influences including Andre Williams, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Jake Thackray, The Cramps, and The Sonics, The Nurses is the rockin' psychobilly, with a dose of crooning, side project of kitchen favourite John E Vistic.

Wednesday 25th October; NO SHOW!

Coming up...

Wed 1st Nov; TBC
Sat 4th Nov; Thin Wire Fence / Clockwork Carousel
Sun 5th Nov; What's Cookin' Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel 3.30pm
Wed 8th Nov; TBC
Wed 15th Nov; Errol Linton
Sat 18th Nov; The Fast Camels
Wed 22nd Nov; TBC
Wed 29th Nov; TBC

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