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

Sat 24th Sept; The Fast Camels / Dark Globes
Wed 28th Sept; Miranda Lee Richards / The Most Ugly Child / thelightshines
Sat 1st Oct; WE SHALL OVERCOME Anti-Austerity Fundraiser 7pm
Sun 2nd Oct; Southern Tenant Folk Union / Paul Handyside @ The Union Chapel N1
Wed 5th Oct; Otis Gibbs (USA) / Hope in High Water / Eb Stewart
Sat 8th Oct; The Incredibly Strange Film Band
Wed 12th Oct; Reg Meuross / Dan Wilde
Sat 15th Oct; Steve White & The Protest Family / Sergeant Buzfuz / Fishwife's Broadside
Wed 19th Oct; Miranda Mulholland (Canada) / Ninetree Stumblers
Wed 26th Oct; NO SHOW!
Sat 29th Oct; The Diamond Family Archive

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The Fast Camels

Dark Globes

Saturday 24th September

The Fast Camels / Dark Globes

Glasgow's psychedelia popsters play an explosive blend of 60's influenced psychedelia, freakbeat and classic power-pop and have been turning heads on the live circuit in their native Glasgow since their formation in 2005. Imagine an intriguing mix of Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the Pretty Things psych-pop and small dollops of 'Forever Changes' period Love.

If The Fast Camels were a beverage, they'd be a cup of coffee laced with hallucinogens. Their sound can hit you between the eyes and induce headbanging or take those same said eyes, lift them towards the lights, and set the brain behind them whirling with swirling, psychedelic melanges of vocals and instrumentation. Their 3rd album 'Tales Of The Expected' is out now.

"Their songs remind me of Love in 1966.." JOHNNY ECHOLS (Love)

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.

The Most Ugly Child

Miranda Lee Richards


Wednesday 28th September

Miranda Lee Richards (USA) / The Most Ugly Child / thelightshines

Miranda Lee Richards grew up in San Francisco. She got her early professional start in the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and that led to her subsequent appearance in seminal documentary DIG! 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'. Since then she has collaborated in the studio or on stage with Tricky, Tim Burgess, Neil Halstead, Tyler Hilton, Harper Simon, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Quarter After. Her current album is "Echoes of the Dreamtime".

"Cloaked in rich Byrdsian country...arriving at psychedelia's higher plane", MOJO MAGAZINE.

It started with a young man with a wise old head, who seemed possessed by the spirits of the great country singers of the past, writing and singing to ease the heartache. Centered around the songwriting partnership of Daniel Wright & Stevie-Leigh Goodison, who have been likened to some of the legendary country duos of yesteryear, they're as comfortable on a festival stage as in the smallest of real ale taverns the bands live shows have captivated audiences across the UK and received kind praise from the likes of Ian Siegal, Mark Radcliffe and Chas Hodges. This will be an acoustic show from the band.

thelightshines appear in their singular incarnation to bring a blend of charmed psychedelic English folk, drawing equally from Spaceman 3 and Nick Drake. Shimmering loops and whispered vocals abound.

Thee Faction

Michael J Sheehy

Steve White

Saturday 1st October; Doors 7pm / 1st act 7.30pm sharp!


Anti-Austerity & Pro-Community Fundraiser

Entry by donation £5.00 minimum

In aid of Sally's Kitchen and Leytonstone Food Bank

Thee Faction / Michael J Sheehy / Steve White & more!

Child poverty, food banks, benefit sanctions, bedroom tax, cuts to disabled support, carers in crisis, soup kitchens, rough sleeping, homelessness, mental health crisis, payday lenders. Why do these things exist in one of the richest economies on earth?

We Shall Overcome is a movement of musicians, artists, activists and community organisers who are angry about the human costs of austerity policies but who want to do something practical to help those affected. For one week from 3th-9th October they're encouraging people to organise gigs and events that will get direct help to those in their local communities which have been adversely affected by austerity policies.

There will be 100's of shows all over the country, make sure you're at one of them...SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY...A raised fist and a helping hand!

Southern Tenant Folk Union

Paul Handyside

Sunday 2nd October

The Southern Tenant Folk Union / Paul Handyside

What's Cookin' Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel N1

Doors 3.30pm, £10.00 Advance / £12.00 Door,

One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union have just released their seventh album and since starting out in 2006 have toured their exciting live show all over the UK, Ireland, Netherlands & Germany.

An all acoustic band with banjo, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, percussion & harmony vocals they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmospheric folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2 and made live appearances on BBC One TV, RTE TV, and Radio 4ís Loose Ends. Praise in The Sunday Times, Guardian, Irish Times and Independent has seen the band light up the folk music scene. Artistically successful, award winning and with an exciting live act worked around a single microphone they have performed at Celtic Connections, Orkney Folk Festival, Belladrum & The Electric Picnic and sell out arts centres across Europe.

"Music of delightful invention, slipping in and out of genres with a surprising deftness", THE IRISH TIMES. "Offering an alluring Scottish folk/old-time string band mix, it's still stamped with a provocative charm that makes it an effective slow burn, beautiful recording quality, subtle arrangements and involving, melancholic songs are powerfully persuasive", MOJO.

Otis Gibbs

Hope In High Water

Eb Stewart

Wednesday 5th October

Otis Gibbs (USA) / Hope In High Water / Eb Stewart

Otis returns to the UK with a suitcase of new songs from his new album "Mount Renraw" which he will be previewing tonight along with perennial favourites from his now expansive back catalogue. Otis is from Wanamaker, Indiana and now lives on Mount Renraw in East Nashville.

Hope In High Water are a duo whose distinctly British take on acoustic Americana has captivated audiences across the UK. The pair incorporate folk, blues and country into their compositions, delivering what Rock'n'Reel Magazine describe as 'exuberant songs performed with passion and intensity'. Inspired by the LPs of Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and Howlin' Wolf - Josh and Carly seek to reinterpret American sounds of the 20th century for 21st century Britain.

A guitarist turned singer songwriter, Eb Stewart is a Texas native raised in the tradition of Texas country music. He's making a name for himself with his own music, a melody driven blend of Americana and honest to goodness country and western. He describes it, "It's in the blood I guess. My mom sang in the choir, my dad played old Texas fiddle music and my grandfather taught me to play guitar on Jimmy Rogers, Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb songs. When I started writing my own songs it was just pure country, almost like I had no choice. It's just what comes out of me".

The Incredibly Strange Film Band

Saturday 8th October

The Incredibly Strange Film Band

Caution! May contain scenes of gratuitous funkiness!

In a world of over-rated movie and tv soundtrack tribute acts, it would only take one band, one group of dedicated musicians to step forward and challenge bland mediocrity, one group of badass musicians who know it was time to get funky! This Autumn one band will offer themselves up as saviours of the genre, one band who will get you dancing in the aisles! This Autumn What's Cookin' presents...The Incredibly Strange Film Band!

The Incredibly Strange Film Band is a London-based 10-piece exclusively playing film and TV themes from the 1960s-present day. Their line-up includes a percussionist, a four piece brass section plus a special guest 'Diva'. The eclectic set ranges from familiar, funky foot stompers such as Pulp Fiction's Jungle Boogie and the Theme from Shaft, to more obscure lost gems such as the Enter The Dragon and Shaft in Africa themes to the complex, near unplayable Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 to the more lighthearted theme from Sesame Street and the kitsch Doris Day hit "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps". The band performs music from some of the greatest composers of the 20th century including Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, John Barry, Laurie Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and David Shire.

Reg Meuross

Dan Wilde

Wednesday 12th October

Reg Meuross / Dan Wilde

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 words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

"Sounds like a forgotten American 60s classic songwriter, with echoes of early Dylan, Tom Paxton and Leonard Cohen", THE GUARDIAN.

Dan Wilde is a singer-songwriter with a story to tell. Songs that make every word count. His 3rd album 'Rhythm On The City Wall' has just been released.

Steve White &
The Protest Family

Sergeant Buzfuz

Fishwife's Broadside

Saturday 15th October

Steve White & The Protest Family / Sergeant Buzfuz / Fishwife's Broadside


Steve White & The Protest Family are East London's favourite folk punk political sing-along band. They may not be safe enough for the major labels, but they're definitely got something to say, and they're going to say it, with wit, a certain brash charm, guitars, banjos, mandolins and,moments of four-part harmony. Their's is a revolution that'll have you tapping your foot and smiling from ear-to-ear. Thinking too, if they have their way.

Sergeant Buzfuz are a seven-piece whose musical style has been referred to as indie folk,psychedelic pop and anti-folk.They take their name from a character in The Pickwick Papers

Fishwife's Broadside sing songs of LIFE, LOVE, LOW WAGES, CORRUPTION AND CONNIVANCE, and they sing them from the HEART.

Miranda Mulholland

Ninetree Stumblers

Wednesday 19th October

Miranda Mulholland (Canada) / Ninetree Stumblers

Great Lake Swimmers Miranda Mulholland is classically trained on violin and in voice, a versatile performer and in high demand as a fiddler and singer covering a wide range of styles. Miranda can be heard on records by Justin Rutledge, Sarah Slean, Cowboy Junkies and NQ Arbuckle to name a few, and her debut album 'Whipping Boy' was released to critical acclaim.

Born a hundred years late and 4000 miles too far East, The Ninetree Stumblers dredge up nuggets of the Old Weird America from the crackly grooves of 78RPM shellac. Three multi-instrumentalists from Bristol, the band trade guitars, banjos, fiddles and more, clambering from song to song through shows that set Moonshine-fuelled hoedowns against sombre Baptist hymns, cockeyed ragtime and sweetheart waltzes.

Wednesday 26th October, NO SHOW!

The Diamond Family Archive

Saturday 29th October

The Diamond Family Archive

Described as Psych-folk, Freak-folk, Alt-folk, Laurence Collyer is a reclusive British artist who writes, records and performs music and folk-song using the moniker The Diamond Family Archive. The Diamond Family Archive are currently releasing records, tapes and CDs through a handful of labels including Dinosaur Club (USA), Tired Trails (USA), A Beard of Snails (Denmark), and Bleeding Hearts Recordings (UK).

Coming up...

Wed 2nd Nov; TBC
Sat 5th Nov; Luke Tuchscherer Album Launch
Sun 6th Nov; Steven James Adams / MG Boulter Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel N1
Wed 9th Nov; Henry Priestman / Loved Up Les
Wed 16th Nov; Paul McClure
Wed 23th Nov; The Rosellys / Hannah Rose-Platt
Wed 30th Nov; King Harvest And The Weight

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