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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 24th June; Miranda Lee Richards / Arborist / The President Lincoln
Wed 28th June; Sam Baker NO TICKETS LEFT
Wed 5th July; The Roamin' Jasmine / Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer
Sat 8th July; Leytonstone Orient Fans Trust Fund Raiser
Sun 9th July; Martin Carthy (Info:Ring 07904 210218)
Wed 12th July; Massy Ferguson / Hymn For Her
Sat 15th July; Chris Cacavas (Green On Red) / Edward Abbiati & The Dirty Devils (Italy) The Lucky Strikes / Hakan 'Hawk' Soold (Sweden)
Sun 16th July; WC All-dayer from 2.00pm Danny George Wilson /Don Gallardo (USA) / The Alan Tyler Show / Treetop Flyers / Luke Tuchscherer Kingsize Slim / Steven James Adams & more!
Wed 19th July; The Freeborn Brothers (Poland) / Hannah Aldridge
Wed 26th July; Moonshine wagon (Spain)
Sat 29th July; Portable Radio

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Miranda Lee Richards


The President Lincoln

Saturday 24th June

Miranda Lee Richards (USA) / Arborist (Acoustic solo) / The President Lincoln

Miranda Lee Richards grew up in San Francisco, getting an early professional start in the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and that led to her subsequent appearance in seminal documentary DIG! in 2004. Upon moving to Los Angeles to persue a career in music, Miranda landed a record deal with Virgin Records, who released her debut album, 'The Herethereafter', in 2001. Since it's release, the singer has collaborated in the studio or on stage with Tricky, Tim Burgess (Charlatans), Neil Halstead (Mojave Three), the Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lovetones, The Quarter After, and the Alexandria Quartet. Her full-length sophomore effort, 'Light of X' was released in 2009 on Nettwerk Records. Her third full-length album, 'Echoes of the Dreamtime', was released worldwide on Invisible Hands Music in 2016, and her latest record album "Existential Beast" is due to be released this month.

"Glorious sun-dappled cosmic country and psychedelia from the one-time Brian Jonestown Massacre associate. Like Mazzy Star blinking into the morning light", MOJO.

The spare singing of Belfast's Arborist main man Mark McCambridge, together with the economy of his lyrics, which dwell on success and failure and the passing of time, bring to mind Leonard Cohen or Bill Callahan. It says much for Mark that it only took an invitation to persuade Kim Deal to join him on debut single 'Twisted Arrow'. Debut album 'Home Burial' was released to much critacal acclaim.

"Acoustic warmth and world-weary depths", THE GUARDIAN. "A staggering debut of depth and substance", MOJO.

Leytonstone's own The President Lincoln (Nine Mile Records) have been described by Americana UK as 'inventive and brilliant'. The 6-piece has spent the past year touring with The Posies and recording their forthcoming album 'Pilgrims & Aliens'.

Sam Baker

Wednesday 28th June

What's Cookin' Special

Sam Baker (USA) (Tickets SOLD OUT)


The Roamin' Jasmine

Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

Wednesday 5th July 8.30pm

The Roamin' Jasmine (USA) / Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

Formed on the streets of New Orleans, The Roamin' Jasmine transport you to various New Orleans music worlds of the past re-imagined into the present. 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.

Harmony duo Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer whose voices complement each other in a way that is redolent of some of the greatest musical partnerships, their playing styles intertwine beautifully and the songs they write combine traditional storytelling with a modern twist that will leave you humming them for days. They recently showcased at The Americana Music Association UK 2017 conference and awards in London.

Saturday 8th July Doors 7.30pm


Leyton Orient Fans Trust Fund Raiser

Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee / The Dog Roses / Steve White


From LOFT..."This gig is a benefit for the Leyton Orient Regeneration Fund. All money raised will go to the fund. The football club has endured three years of mismanagement by the current owner, Francesco Becchetti that has resulted in Leyton Orient being relegated out of the football league and undergoing two High Court Hearings over unpaid bills. The fund will be used to try and help restore the club once the current owner has gone. The Leyton Orient Fans' Trust continues to fight for the survival of Leyton Orient Football Club."

Martin Carthy

Sunday 9th July Doors 7.00pm


Martin Carthy / MarisaJack&Davy / MG Boulter

Folk music legend at What's Cookin' introduction necessary!

ADVANCE BOOKING ONLY! (Info:Ring 07904 210218)

Massy Ferguson

Hymn For Her

Wednesday 12th July 8.30pm


Massy Ferguson (USA) / Hymn For Her (USA)

You know only good things can come from a band that named itself after a farm-equipment company. But Seattle's Massy Ferguson is not as hayseed as you'd expect. Their songs are steeped in the classic Americana of the Uncle Tupelo, the Jayhawks, and the Backsliders. Rich with imagery of highways, truck-stop coffee, whiskey, road-weariness, and bad motels, Massy Ferguson make cinematic roots music about the blue-collar aspects of their nation.

"First and foremost, Massy Ferguson are a rock band raised on crashing guitars and a driving beat but are not afraid to mix in a bit of refined country to shape their music in true American tradition", THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH.

Punksy folksy airstreamy country bluesy grassy waynesy lucy take you on a hayride to hellsy. Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as "Hell's Angels meets the Amish".

Chris Cacavas

Saturday 15th July, DOORS 7.30pm


Chris Cacavas (Green On Red) / Edward Abbiati & The Dirty Devils (Italy) / The Lucky Strikes / Hakan 'Hawk' Soold (Sweden)

A very special night is planned with the London debut of Chris Cacavas (from the legendary Green on Red) and Ed Abiatti (from Italy's premier Americana outfit, Lowlands) playing songs from their superb album "Me and the Devil". They will be supported by What's Cookin' favourites The Lucky Strikes, and kicking-off will be the Plastic Pals main man Hakan "Hawk" Soold kicking off the evening.

Collaborations can cross oceans and cover land masses, from East Coast to West, but when former Green On Red keyboardist Chris Cacavas upped sticks for southern Germany, he hardly reckoned to find a writing partner so close at hand. A straight drive down through Switzerland and over the Alps to Italy brought him to the door of Edward Abbiati of the country's premier roots band Lowlands. Six months later, the pair presented the fruits of their labour in the form of "Me And The Devil". The songs were recorded in five days in an old barn outside the northern Italian town of Pavia, and features the collective talents of Cacavas, Abbiati, Bob Dylan, Giant Sand and Warren Zevon drummer Winston Watson, and Marah and Jason Molina alumnus Mike "Slo Mo" Brenner.

The Lucky Strikes are long-term kitchen favourites. Formed in 2006 they have been described as "blues/ garage/ americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin', heavin' rock and roll", which they think fits pretty well. Following their self-titled debut album the band released a number of concept records, "The Chronicles of Solomon Quick", "Gabriel Forgive my 22 Sins", and "The Exile and the Sea", the latter a project to recount the folk stories and local legends of the Thames coast where they live.

And a very welcome return to London for Hakan "Hawk" Soold, frontman of Sweden's Mott, Television, and Paisley Underground influenced garage rockers The Plastic Pals, playing electric solo, and maybe more!

Danny George Wilson

Don Gallardo

The Alan Tyler Show

Luke Tuchscherer

Steven James Adams

Sunday 16th July 2.00pm


What's Cookin' All-dayer!

Sorry, no Sunday Picnic this year, but to make up for it we're doing an all-dayer at the club.

Danny George Wilson / Don Gallardo (USA) / The Alan Tyler Show / Treetop Flyers / Luke Tuchscherer / Kingsize Slim / Steven James Adams & more!



Freeborn Brothers

Hannah Aldridge

Wednesday 19th July

The Freeborn Brothers (Poland) / Hannah Aldridge (USA)

From Poland, live music performance connected with crazy theatre and weird circus. In their own words...The Freeborn Brothers say 'we wanna bring you chaos! We wanna give you fun! We wanna take you for a trip to our world where gypsy heart meets american folk, where melodies and energy means more then anything else before! the Freeborn Brothers are here to give you relief in hard times, to put smile on your face and sweat a lot! There latest album is 'Gypsy Hobo Trash Grass'. I suspect we might like this band a lot.

Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Alabama Music Hall of Famer Walt Aldridge, who is one of the most prolific songwriters of the modern musical era. With sounds ranging from blues in the Mississippi Delta to the dusty, dixieland jazz sounds from New Orleans, the musical stylings of Muscle Shoals on up to the primitive roots of American Country music, Hannah Aldridge leaves no inspiration or influence untapped.

Moonshine Wagon

Wednesday 26th July

Moonshine Wagon (Spain)

These Hispanic Hellgrass hombres stir up old-time into a frenzied mix of cow-punk hoedown. Double-bass, fiddle, banjo and guitar, layered with Basque infused English, giving a unique vocal style that forces the listener to hoof out and holler!!

Portable Radio

Saturday 29th July

Portable Radio

Taking influence from the Todd Rundgren, McCartney, Carole King, Brian Wilson, and a host of ace popsike groups and hidden gems like Emitt Rhodes, Sagittarius and Ned Doheny, Portable Radio make glorious pop music that lives in the pocket between power-pop, and psych. They like choruses and making catchy music. It's an exercise in music that's upbeat.

Portable Radio are recording their debut album, and those that have seen their workings-out have mentioned people like Left Banke, Al Jardine, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and Wings. As yet untitled, it'll be released on the fabulous You Are The Cosmos recordings.

Working with the band, be it live or in the studio, are some good people too, Robyn Gibson from The Junipers, Jim Noir (as himself), Ian Smith from Alfie and The Beep Seals and more! They're setting out to play their debut shows in July, promoting their single "Seven Hills/Could I Be The One?". They're Portable Radio, they make music, with no static at all.

Coming up...



Wed 30th August; Nelson Bragg / Duncan Maitland / Anny Celsi & friends

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