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

Wed 19th Oct; Miranda Mulholland (Canada) / Ninetree Stumblers
Wed 26th Oct; NO SHOW!
Sat 29th Oct; The Diamond Family Archive / thelightshines
Wed 2nd Nov; The Vaga Band
Sat 5th Nov; Luke Tuchscherer & The Penny Dreadfuls / Brother Tupelo
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 & The Local Heroes
Wed 23th Nov; The Rosellys / Hannah Rose-Platt
Wed 30th Nov; King Harvest And The Weight / The Roves

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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 / thelightshines

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).

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.

The Vaga Band

Wednesday 2nd November

The Vaga Band

The Vaga Band are an 8-piece from Norfolk. Among the instruments they play are fiddle, mandolin, pedal-steel guitar, clarinet, fl¸gelhorn, banjo, squeezebox and piano. They play original song-based roots music - a soulful mix between americana, blues, jazz and rock. The Vaga Band's strength as a live force is the result of a well-oiled touring act who cut their teeth during early years as a street band. While able to record quality-produced albums, onstage the band's personality comes to the fore.

"The Vagaband: wandering minstrels that are, as Gilbert and Sullivan would have had it, "a thing of shreds and patches, of ballads, songs and snatches", FLYING SHOES.

"Gloriously eclectic and touches all the bases to make something unique", R2.

Luke Tuchscherer &
The Penny Dreadfuls

Brother Tupelo

Saturday 5th November

Luke Tuchscherer & The Penny Dreadfuls / Brother Tupelo

Luke Tuchscherer is a Bedford-based singer/songwriter. He sings and plays drums in acclaimed alt country band The Whybirds, who have released three studio albums to date. Luke and producer Tom Peters went into the studio to record what would become his debut solo album,'You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense' - a title lovingly borrowed from Charles Bukowski. Upon release, the album attracted universal critical acclaim. The album was voted second best album of the year in Americana UK's reader's poll. He formed a backing band called The Penny Dreadfuls featuring himself on vocals and acoustic guitar, Dave Banks (guitar), Tom Peters (drums), Steve Woodward (guitar), Rob Butterfield (bass) and Bob Peters (keyboards). His surname is pronounced Tuck-Shearer, and his 2nd solo album is due very soon!

A gospel howl and a scream for the end of days. Brother Tupelo delivers a one man sermon kicked up from the sea and brought crashing down onto dry land with stripped back guitars and ominous vocals.

Steven James Adams

MG Boulter

Sunday 6th November

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

Steven James Adams / MG Boulter

Doors 3.30pm, £8.00 Advance / £10.00 Door ; Tickets

Indie powerhouse Fortuna POP! has released 'Old Magick', the second solo album by Steven James Adams, former songwriter/singer/guitarist from the critically acclaimed Broken Family Band. 'Old Magick' is proof that Adams's gift for marrying exceptional lyrics with inescapable earworms is very much intact. With minimal instrumentation, 'Old Magick' is, in part, a reaction to Adam's first solo outing 'House Music', an album recorded featuring an array of musical friends, including members of bands as disparate as pop-rockers The Vaccines and folk-idols Lau.

The Guardian says "you'd struggle to find a British songwriter of the last 15 years who's had such consistently good reviews. A genuine entertainer, a truly gifted songwriter, and perhaps the closest thing there is to a British Bill Callahan". Adams has produced a high watermark of a record in 'Old Magick', proof that his reputation is deserved.

After being forced into hibernation by a long winter, Lucky Strikes frontman Matthew Boulter emerged with his second album of glorious, gentle, life-affirming songs last year. 'The Water Or The Wave' features eleven original songs, conceived on the road at various folk club and festival shows throughout the past year and given life beside the grassy marshland and mudflats of his South Essex home on the Thames Delta.

Henry Priestman

Wednesday 9th November

Henry Priestman / Loved Up Les

A rare gig in the capital for Henry Priestman!

In 2009,Henry Priestman (who wrote all those hits for The Christians in the 80's,and Yachts' songs in the 70's) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD "The Chronicles of Modern Life" to critical acclaim,and singles from the album (including "Grey's The New Blonde") made it onto the Radio 2 playlist. Proper Records released "The Last Mad Surge of Youth", in 2014 and it garnered Henry the best reviews he's had in 36 years of releasing records, and in 2015 a live 21 track DVD was released, "Settle Down", covering songs from his 38 years in the music biz.

Here's what they said about the new album:

"It's absolutely brilliant...he's found his voice!", BOB HARRIS RADIO 2. "Compares favourably to Ray Davies. These are heart-warming self-assured songs from a man confidently declaring that he's not done yet", UNCUT. "Clever crafted songwriting full of proper tunes & grown-up words a clever, wily, literate writer", R2. "It's all bound by Priestman's song-writerly craft: some things age cannot whither", Q. "A lovingly crafted album his fourth act might be his best", CLASSIC POP.

Paul McClure

Wednesday 16th November

Paul McClure & The Local Heroes

Paul McClure is a singer songwriter from Rutland, England. Known for his intimate, story telling concerts Paul's characters and story lines - in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way - though lyrically often brutally honest, nearly always allow the humorous side of any situation come forward. Paul will be with his backing band, The Local Heroes.

"Rutland Troubadour, aka Paul McClure. A master of the intimate setting, his dry wit and engaging personality allied to some great songs are making him a significant player on the UK roots scene" - AMERICANA UK / R2.

The Rosellys

Hannah Rose-Platt

Wednesday 23th November

The Rosellys / Hannah Rose-Platt

In 2015 The Rosellys signed to Clubhouse Records (Redlands Palomino Co, Cale Tyson, Don Gallardo) and released their first full band album "The Granary Sessions", gathering praise from musicians, critics and audiences alike. They have toured extensively across the UK, Australia and America - notably the Southern States where San Antonio, Texas has become their second home. Influenced by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, it is clear The Rosellys have an absolute love for Americana music.

"A brilliant band and a good example of that crossover where Britain meets America and it makes a very special sound indeed", RALPH MCLEAN BBC RADIO ULSTER.

Hannah Rose-Platt is an enchanting singer-songwriter, guitarist and storyteller. She recorded her debut album Portraits in Nashville last year where she worked with some of the industry's leading names, Grammy award-winning musicians Mark Fain and Stuart Duncan.She warmly builds characters like an author, penning songs that almost eavesdrop on other people's lives.

"Hannah Rose Platt is a young, north of England Emmylou Harris in the making", SID GRIFFIN.

King Harvest
And The Weight

The Roves

Wednesday 30th November

King Harvest And The Weight / The Roves

With sensibilities hailing from a pre-punk era, where songwriting reigned supreme, KH&TW take seemingly disparate elements of '60s pop and '70s rock and neatly package them into concise, brawny morsels of garage-rock fire. But what they do is no cloying exercise in classic rock nostalgia. KH&TW's infectious melodies, sun-dappled hooks and uplifting choruses channel a freewheeling spirit that has never gone out of style. 'Maps' their debut album has just been released on Harbour Song Records (also home to The Lucky Strikes).

"King Harvest & The Weight deal in power pop gems that fit neatly in line with Steely Dan, Rival Sons and all sorts of other people who worship at the shrine of grace and melody", CLASSIC ROCK. "Loud and intense!", LOUDER THAN WAR.

Rock'n'roll with a country blues edge from The Roves.

Coming up...

Sat 3rd Dec; The Witchdoktors / Big Girls
Sun 4th Dec; Michael J Sheehy / Williem Vincent @ The Union Chapel
Wed 7th Dec; The Ugly Guys
Sat 10th Dec; John E Vistic Rock'n'Roll Soundsystem / Bridport Dagger / The Snake Rattlers
Wed 14th Dec; TBC
Sun 18th Dec; Stick In The wheel / marisajack&davy @ The Union Chapel
Wed 21st Dec; The Lucky strikes
NEW YEARS'S EVE Sat 31st Dec; The Bermondsey Joyriders & more! (Ticket show £10.00 adv)

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