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

SUN 23rd NOV; The Epstein @ The Union Chapel
Wed 26th Nov; Luke Tuchscherer & The Penny Dreadfuls /
Reid Jamieson & Carolyn Victoria Mill (Canada)
Sat 29th Nov; Miraculous Mule / The August List
Wed 3rd Dec; The Corn Potato String Band / Jim McShee
SUN 7th Dec; Peter O'Brien's 75th Spectacular 4.00pm to 10.00pm with...
Danny George Wilson with Chris Clarke & Paul Lush / Wes McGhee / Starry Eyed & Laughing / The Turning
Wed 10th Dec; The Curst Sons / TG Elias
Wed 17th Dec; The Coal Porters / Anna Lucas
Sat 20th Dec; Little George Sueref

The Detail

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SUNDAY 23rd November

Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel


£8.00 Advance / £10.00 Door Tickets from store.unionchapel.org.uk

The Epstein started life back in 2006 when singer/songwriter Olly Wills started playing open mic nights with guitarist Jon Berry under the name The Epstein in the back rooms of pubs in Oxford and London. The band gradually developed into a fully fledged country rock band and recorded their debut album 'The Last of The Charanguistas' in 2008 which went on to win the accolade of Editors Choice in Rolling Stone magazine and led the band to a prime slot on the acoustic stage at Glastonbury Festival. Since then the line up of the band has evolved to include producer and keyboard player Sebastian Reynolds and they have grown from being a traditional, roots Americana band to incorporate ambient electronica, Morricone style orchestral backings and sweeping, windswept, widescreen blues. The Epstein strike a perfect balance between pop songwriting and rich, innovative arrangements.

Their must recent album 'Mumurations' was released last year. Recorded over 14 months in London, Oxford and Bremen Germany, 'Murmurations' is a departure from the raw, live sound of their previous releases and captures the band at their most majestic. As frontman Olly Wills says "We wanted this to be grand, to be sweeping, to be epic and to be cinematic inscope." Job done then!

"The realisation of years of promise. It constitutes a fantastic body of work, with light and dark woven together with intricate skill", BBC INTRODUCING.

Luke Tuchscherer

Reid Jamieson & Carolyn Victoria Mill

Wednesday 26th November

Luke Tuchscherer & The Penny Dreadfuls / Reid Jamieson & Carolyn Victoria Mill (Canada)

Singer/songwriter Luke Tuchscherer, of alt-country band The Whybirds, has launched a solo project off the back of a new album 'You Get So Alone At Times That it Just Makes Sense'. Reflecting the more acoustic side of Tuchscherer's songwriting featuring, confessional songs, storytelling and social commentary, the record has attracted universal critical acclaim. Luke will be performing with his band The Penny Dreadfuls.

"Tuchscherer's ability to create such an engaging collection of sad songs and waltzes should ensure that You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense will be a contender for an appearance on any year-end list", AMERICANA UK. "An impressive collection of 12 well-crafted songs, it's an excellent debut that reminds us of Ryan Adams' Heartbreaker in its thematic and emotional impact, a great compliment indeed", R2 MAGAZINE. "Luke is a terrific lyricist who gains a deep sympathy for his songs' leading characters, although it is not just the power of the lyrics. His warm evocative vocal style has a natural dramatic quality and the arrangements couldn't really be improved upon. An outstanding album that contains absolutely no filler", AMERICAN ROOTS UK.

Vancouver's Reid Jamieson shines his light with an incredible voice, therapeutic lyrics, and a magical way with melodies. Reid has been compared to male KD Lang and Roy Orbison's long lost son. He will be performing with songwriting partner, and real life partner, Carolyn Victoria Mill.

"Toronto boy kicks Josh Rouse's ass crooning indie-soul-country classics all of his own making...your life will be better with this music in it", AMERICANA UK.

miraculous mule

the august list

Saturday 29th November

Miraculous Mule

Nothing comes from nowhere. The mule, the miracle plough-puller, the humble and mighty tiller of the earth, is blessed and cursed with a dubious origin. Likewise, though their nativity was in London in the latter half of the last century, these Anglo-Irish honkeys know that their souls were forged further back and farther west. Fallen into hell's ditch, baptised in brimstone, reborn in the devotion of African-American Gospel, the pain of penitentiary work songs, the jittery stomp of hillbilly rock. Sonically their songs range from rock'n'roll-infused spirituals, stripped down acapella gospels to lengthy Hendrix-esque psychedelic wig outs and dangerous blues..New mini-album 'Blues Uzi' is out now on Bronzerat Records.

The August List are boy/girl two-piece who play 'backwards country-porch folk' with a rock 'n' roll attitude. Acoustic guitars, kick drums, harmonicas and their voices are deployed with verve on songs that take in life, love, death and making merry.

The Corn Potato
String Band

Wednesday 3rd December

The Corn Potato String Band (USA) / Ryan O'Reilly

Part of their 'Light and Fluffy' Winter Tour, and featuring three award-winning multi-instrumentalists, the Corn Potato String Band play real American Appalachian folk music. The band have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico. They are all multi-instrumentalists who are dedicated to continuing the traditional fiddle and banjo music and dance of the Central Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers, they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and cover many different antiquated styles including ballads, ho-downs, country rags and southern gospel.

Ryan O'Reilly and his band have been on the road for the best part of a decade. Honing their craft on the streets and in the bars of North America and Europe, in the process they've earned and lost band members, money and court cases, bruised and broken bones, instruments and relationships. Ryan's music has a widescreen ambience that nods to Americana, Irish folk and rock'n'roll, lyrically exploring every nuance of a life well-travelled.

Birthday Boy

Danny George Wilson

Wes McGhee

Starry Eyed
and Laughing

The Turning

Sunday 7th December

Peter O'Brien's Birthday Spectacular! Leytonstone Ex-services Club

4.00pm to 10.00pm (1st act 5,00pm)

Danny George Wilson with Chris Clarke & Paul Lush / Wes McGhee & John Gordon /
Starry Eyed & Laughing / The Turning

A cracking bill of the new and the not so new put together by Peter to celebrate his 75th(!) birthday. Please note doors for this are 4.00pm with the first act on 5.00pm. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER!

Country soul from Danny George Wilson, in tow with a couple of Champs.

Blues, Tex-Mex, rock'n'roll and honky tonk from Wes McGhee.

12-string jangle from Starry Eyed & Laughing.

The Turning take influence from the British beat music of the 60's, Motown and Freakbeat.

The Curst Sons

Wednesday 10th December

The Curst Sons / TG Elias

A gallon of bluegrass, a quart of the blues, a pinch of rockabilly, and a dash of hell fire! The Curst Sons have been playing their powerful stripped back take on early American traditional music since 1998. Performing mainly original material with a few distinctive arrangements of traditional songs they have released five albums on their own Curst Mountain label, played venues ranging from tiny country pubs to festival main stages, and recorded two live sessions for Mark Lamarr on BBC Radio 2.

"Got everybody jumpin'...a great band", JOHNNIE WALKER BBC RADIO 2. "Their biggest appeal is that they manage to stay true to American folk musics rich lineage, while throwing in enough curve balls to p*ss off the folk puritanicals", AMERICANA UK. "Their unique rugged version of American roots music has a delightfully dirt-road quality to it", R2 MAGAZINE

Manchester based singer songwriter TG Elias is a prolific writer and performer with a distinctive, subtle and powerful voice. Drawing from gospel, country and blues, Elias pairs timeless melodies with candid tales and life stories, served up with a searing lyrical bite and an understated raw emotion. He has recently finished recording his third album, 'Tyrone The Gun' in Nashville due to be released early 2015.

"Wonderful, Heartfelt Music", BOB HARRIS. "A talent as big as the sky", R2 MAGAZINE.

Coal Porters

Wednesday 17th December

Bluegrass Xmas Special!

The Coal Porters / Anna Lucas

Lead by all-round entertainer, man about town,and ex-Long Ryder, Sid Griffin's Coal Porters are one of the best acoustic bluegrass bands in the UK. The Coal Porters claim to be the world's first 'alt-bluegrass' act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world being featured on NPR's Morning Edition in the USA and having recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. The Coal Porters have five albums available. Their most recent, 'Find The One', was produced by folk-rock legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton.

Firmly established on the UK and European touring circuits and possessors of their own sound the Coal Porters are an acoustic act with attitude. Their live show is polished yet passionate and second to none. Check them out soon and get ready for the ride of your life!

"A feast of highly crafted ensemble playing", UNCUT. "The audio equivalent of a feel-good movie", MOJO.

Little George

Saturday 20th December

Blues Xmas Special!

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 Chicago blues. Little George is always a joy!

Coming up...

Sat 3rd Jan; TBC
Wed 7th Jan; TBC
Wed 14th Jan; TBC
Sat 17th Jan; Co-Pilgrim / Olly Wills
Wed 21st Jan; The Flying Mules
Wed 28th Jan; Simon Stanley-Ward Band (TBC)
Sat 31st Jan; Hank Wangford

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check out the cd's "what's kickin... vol 1", 'What's Kickin'...Vol.2', 'What's Kickin'...Vol.3'
and our latest release 'What's Kickin'...Vol.4'

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