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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

Sunday 13th July; Steven James Adams / Tout @ The Union Chapel 2.30pm
Wed 16th July; Michael Messer & Ed Genis / Sugar Magnolia
Friday 18th July; Little George Sueref
SUNDAY 20th JULY; The Leytonstone Festival What's Cookin' Sunday Picnic!
@ Henry Reynolds Gardens E11 12.00 to 8.00pm
Wed 23rd July; The Rainbow Girls / Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra
Wed 30th July; Benedict Rubinstein (The Mariners Children) & more
Sat 2nd Aug; The Snakes
Wed 6th Aug; The Benjamin Folke Thomas Band

The Detail

Sunday 13th July

Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel with; Steven James Adams / Tout, 2.30pm

£8 Advance / £10 Door, Tickets from www.store.unionchapel.org.uk

Steven James Adams is currently working on his first solo album, having made his name as songwriter/singer/guitarist with the highly-acclaimed skewed indie-country of The Broken Family Band, and more recently acclaimed indie rock band Singing Adams. He has gained a cult following for his catchy melodies, simple song structures and witty, dark lyrics. While, The Broken Family Band split up in 2009 and are never ever getting back together, State51 Conspiracy have recently released 'It's All Over: The best of The Broken Family Band'.

"An underrated national treasure", Q MAGAZINE.

Instrumental Americana band Tout have just released their 2nd album called, er, 'Second'. Making highly atmospheric instrumentals, creating cinematic soundscapes suggesting the open terrain and far flung landscapes, their country-tinged melodies combine a folk-rock inflection.


Michael Messer & Ed Genis / Sugar Magnolia

*The Black Oil Brothers have had to cancel.

Michael Messer is a virtuoso slide guitarist has performed some of the greatest roots & blues tunes ever produced. His playing encompasses the entire history of the blues but it is totally individual, and his haunting vocals oze authenticity and integrity. The American magazine, 'Spirit' listed Michael as one of the greatest slide guitarists ever alongside Duane Allman and Ry Cooder. There is way WAY too much to say about him, so check out...

"Michael Messer is one of the most important bluesmen in Britain and mightily relevant throughout the blues world. He has progressed from being an excellent technician - on the National Steel especially, to being in the vanguard of the 21st century blues. And that doesn't mean he has forsaken traditional values either. A beautiful amalgam of history and foresight; musicality and grit; blues, boogie and beats", BLUES MATTERS. "I haven't heard anything as lyrical and as perfect in a long time. I can well understand Michael Messer's mighty reputation as the current king of slide playing in this country", BLUES ALIVE.

Sugar Magnolia are Jack Day and Bryony Afferson with some country influenced cinematic balladry. Bryony is part of folk trio Troubadour Rose whose album 'Tell Me' was released this year to rave reviews. Jack's debut album 'The First Ten' received similar plaudits including being named Best Roots Album in Q Magazine



Little George Sueref

Down-home blues and sweet-voiced soul from Little George and his band. One of the UK's finest and unusual blues singers and "Harp Player Of The Year" award 3 times. George is one of that select few who are able to take their chosen influences and craft them into their own, strongly identifiable sound. In George's case this is a grit 'n' groove gumbo of wailin' Southern fried soul and down-home blues.

Sunday 20th July

What's Cookin's 7th Annual Leytonstone Festival Sunday Picnic

Henry Reynolds Gardens, Bush Road E11, 12.00pm to 8.00pm.

FREE (With a bucket collection...PLEASE BE GENEROUS!)

Paul-Ronney Angel & The Gypsy Hotel All-Stars / Miraculous Mule / Dan Raza & The Shrouds / Alan Tyler / Yngve & The Innocent / The Lucky Strikes / Oh! Gunquit / The Dog Roses / Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee

Celebrating the Leytonstone Festival with our 7th Annual What's Cookin' Sunday Picnic. Yes, it's the 7th picnic...can you believe it? Well you should, and the reason its the 7th year in a row is because its such a fantastic day, and you love it! Live music all day in the lovely surrounds of Henry Reynolds Gardens. Every year we have a smashing time, with lots of sun, happy dancing children, happy drunken parents, and demands we do it again! Real ales, Caribbean Punches, BBQ, and cakes will all be available, but feel free to bring your own picnic hampers, sarnies, blankets, suncream and/or brollies, strawberries & cream...and we'll supply the rock'n'roll!

Wednesday 23rd July

The Rainbow Girls (USA) / Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra (USA)

From California, Rainbow Girls formed in the bottom of a radioactive crater. The first two colors to explode grinning from the mud were Red and Yellow, who soon realized that in order to fulfill their destiny, they needed to find the rest of the colors and join together creating an Electric All-Lady Stomp-Folk Grand Band. Green was discovered practicing voodoo in a barn in Carpinteria, while Violet was drawn to the harmonious, soul lifting shrieks of a particularly festive Monday night ritual known as BEAN NIGHT. The four immediately took off on a gust of wind to Joshua Tree and Big Bear Mountain, travelling through Europe by the skin of their teeth, couchsurfing, playing music on the streets, staying in art squats and getting deported from London. When they returned, bursting with rock but lacking a drummer, Blue, carrying an entire drum kit around her body like a huge metal cloak, trampolined forth from inside a stand at the Farmers Market and Rainbow Girls was formed. They enjoy whiskey, skinny dippin and stomping large boots.

Marty O'Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, exploring the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O'Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins. Whether it be his original pieces, or his renditions of old American classics OíReilly tells his story through an old and soulful voice, propelled by a sense of authentic emotional adrenaline. When performing with his trio, The Old Soul Orchestra, O'Reilly is backed by Jeff Kissell on the double bass and Chris Lynch on the fiddle. Their versatile musicianship, and soulful chemistry help to expand O'Reilly's songs into pieces that drive like a ten pound hammer,or float like feather and flow seamlessly in-between.

Wednesday 30th July

Benedict Rubinstein (The Mariners Children) & more to be confirmed

Benedict Rubinstein is the new solo project of Benedict Rubinstein (The Mariner's Children, Peggy Sue). His songs are sparse with a delicate understatement. Lyrically he creates incredible confessional tales, often with an underlying darkness.

Saturday 2nd August

The Snakes (Full Band) / Boss Caine (Acoustic)

The Snakes, UK's new heroes of British country rock are back! Their eclectic new album 'The Last Days Of Rock'n'Roll' sees the band expanding on their established alt-country repertoire from Stonesesque country swagger through soulful Celtic folk to the dirty rock & roll of Mott The Hoople and Mink Deville, sharing a bottle of bourbon with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan along the way. It expands on its critically acclaimed predecessor 'Sometime Soon', with the added instrumentation of violin, sitar, saxophone and pedal steel, plus an appearance from Redlands Palomino's singer Hannah Elton-Wall.

Over the last 10 years, The Snakes have become known as the bad boys of alt-Country, with their guitar fuelled rock & roll, Uncut Magazine dubbed them as 'Muswell Hill's own Whiskeytown' following their appearance on Clubhouse Records' compilation CD, 'Divided By A Common Language - A Collection Of UK Americana'. Their debut album, 'Songs From The Satellites' brought them to the attention of legendary BBC Radio 2 broadcasters Bob Harris and Mark Lamarr, who both declared themselves fans of the band, with Mark Lamarr inviting them into the studio for a live session, having been particularly impressed by the dark, twang laden delights of live favourite 'I'll Be Around'. The 2nd album, 'Sometime Soon' brought further rave reviews including four stars in Uncut Magazine, along with repeated weekly airplay on Mark Lamaar's BBC Radio 2 show, as well as other national and international airplay.

Wednesday 6th August

The Benjamin Folke Thomas Band

The kitchen's favourite Swedish folkie returns to UK wish his band. This is a warm-up for Ben's appearance at the Cropedy Festival at the weekend.

It is six years since Benjamin Folke Thomas left the southern Swedish archipelagos to make his name on the London live circuit. He quickly found his feet; and his sound: An astonishing, explosive brand of Americana, delivered through supersonic guitar picking offsetting moody baritone vocals, like a cross between Robert Johnson and Warren Zevon. His live shows have attracted a dedicated fanbase and rave reviews, including Q Magazine ('stunning playing his finger-picking is the best you will ever hear') and The Guardian ('stands out like Oliver Reed at an AA meeting'), Sunday Times ('reminiscent of Greenwich Village circa 1965').

After this show we'll be having our usual summer break. Happy days!

Coming up...

Wed 3rd Sept; TBC
Sat 6th Sept; TBC
Wed 10th Sept; Morton Valence / Small Engine Repair
Wed 17th Sept; TBC
Sat 20 Sept; TBC
Wed 24th Sept; TBC

And then after this we'll closed and off on our summer holidays until Wed 3rd September.

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