what's cookin' this month...

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: www.unionchapel.org.uk

In Brief

Sat 11th Oct; The Most Ugly Child / Thin Wire Fence / Mr Plow
Wed 15th Oct; Orphan Colours / Balloon Ascents
Sat 18th Oct; The Bikini Beach Band / The Action Men
SUN 19th Oct;The Union Chapel doors 2.30;
Wed 22nd Oct; The Alan Tyler Show
Wed 29th Oct; NO SHOW

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The Most Ugly Child

Mr Plow

Saturday 11th October

The Most Ugly Child / Thin Wire Fence / Mr Plow

Special 3 act triple bill!

The Most Ugly Child are a five piece country americana band from Nottingham Brought together by a mutual appreciation of country and bluegrass music. Their debut album "A Wicked Wind Blows" is out now.

"This is a spectacularly odd album as at face value it looks and sounds like a traditional British Folk album, but with a bluegrass or even hillbilly sound at its heart", NO DEPRESSION.

Murderbilly, Gothic Country. Americana Noir. Just three of the terms sort of useful in sort of describing the music of Leeds based Mr Plow. Mr Plow (the man) is (in equal measure) tall, surprisingly cheerful, stylishly shirted and impressively quiffed. Mr Plow (the band) are about to release their 3rd album "Not The Beginning, Not The End".

"Forty minutes of killing fields, death and redemption. Lovely stuff indeed", BLABBER & SMOKE.

Thin Wire Fence are from the south coast and play original songs combining distorted guitar and grizzled vocals, drenched in swathes of haunting and melodic pedal steel, that can go from brooding to full tilt in the blink of an eye.

Orphan Colours

Wednesday 15th October

Orphan Colours / Balloon Ascents

Orphan Colours are a London country soul outfit put together by singer/songwriter Steve Llewellyn. Having been involved in the success of UK country/folk outfit ahab, Steve was keen to continue where ahab had left off after the group decided to hang up their instruments. The band consists of founding ahab member Dave Burn and the band's remaining members; Steve Brookes (Drums) and Oscar Lisshagen (Keys/Percussion). The guys are joined by London session player Graham Knight (Bass) and Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott (Lead Guitar).

Balloon Ascents are a five-piece band from Oxford, with influences ranging from Mogwai, Tame Impala and Radiohead to Neil Young and The Beatles. Playing misty-eyed melancholia over psychedelic beats with JJ Cale inspired groove.

Bikini Beach Band

Saturday 18th October

The Bikini Beach Band / The Action Men

The UK's Kings of Surf-Noir instrumentals The Bikini Beach Band are purely & simply the best band you can get for a party! Flamboyant surf guitar instrumentalists twanging their way through original retro classics and contemporary hits - imagine Kylie, Radiohead or Nirvana in a Pulp Fiction style. Their wild costumes, crazy dances and deadpan humour never fail to get the audience smiling, singing and dancing with glee. The True Story of The Bikini Beach Band began begins with one man, Jesus C. Escovedo, guitarist, revolutionary, ladies' man and 1956 All-Mexico Surfing Champion. Forced by his political beliefs to flee from his homeland, he escaped by stowing away on a cruise liner with only a guitar, a Hawaiian shirt and an autographed photo of Duane Eddy.

Hallelujah Trails

SUNDAY 19th October


with The Hallelujah Trails / Simon Stanley Ward

Doors 2.30pm, £8.00 advance /£10.00 door, Tickets from store.unionchapel.org.uk

London-based Americana quartet, The Hallelujah Trails promises to leave a melodic imprint on your musical psyche-whether you like it or not!

Now attracting and delighting audiences wide and far with both a laid-back as well as upbeat modern take on bluegrass and americana in addition to which there are now more rock'n'roll elements, rousing and barnstorming. Last years debut LP admirably recorded completely analogue took the guys'n'gals to another level of consummate and truly exquisite, authentic harmonies from yet more Bay Area cats and English Belles. Proving themselves a sterling, class live act and rocking packed houses with their upbeat, West-Coast harmonies and tripped-out, bitter-sweet Post-Country lyrics. Expect them to raise the roof and smash the barn doors wide-open and paint 'em red on the way out!

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.

Alan Tyler

Wednesday 22nd October

The Alan Tyler Show

Rockingbirds frontman Alan Tyler, along with Fiddlin' Jim Morrison (Lost Sons of Littlefield) and Patrick Ralla (The Rockingbirds), present an evening of country music and song The Alan Tyler Show. The show mines Alan's extensive repertoire of original songs recorded variously by The Rockingbirds, The Lost Sons of Littlefield, and his other solo records. With Jim Morrison on fiddle and mandolin and Patrick Ralla providing vocal harmonies, additional guitar and banjo, the trio deliver neat renditions of songs by many of Alan's favourite country artists, including Waylon Jennings,Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. The show also includes many of Alan's unreleased "River Songs" which explore London's country heritage; the hidden waterways and the "fields beneath" which enrich and breathe life into England's capital city. A varied evening of English country music The Alan Tyler Show!

"Tyler is one of the best songwriters of his genre and era", TIM PERRY - THE INDEPENDENT.

Wednesday 29th October


Coming up...

Sat 1st Nov; The Dreaming Spires / thelightshines
SUN 2nd Nov; Otis Gibbs @ The Union Chapel
Wed 5th Nov; Rick Shea / The Good Intentions
Wed 12th Nov; The Ramshackle Union Band
Sat 15th Nov; TBC
Wed 19th Nov; TBC
SUN 23rd NOV; The Epstein @ The Union Chapel
Wed 26th Nov; Reid Jamieson & Carolyn Victoria Mill (Canada)
Sat 29th Nov; Miraculous Mule

For all the latest developments please phone 07904 210218 or email Ramblin Steve

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