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 22nd Nov; The Lords Of Thyme / John Stammers
Wed 29th Nov; Penny Black Remedy / Margo Cilker
Sat 2nd Dec; The Barker Band / Tom Bull
Wed 6th Dec; Christopher Rees / Anne & The Hacker
Wed 13th Dec; Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers
Sat 16th Dec; Big Joe Louis
SUNDAY 17th Dec; Michael Chapman (Ticket show!)
Wed 20th Dec; The Future Shape Of Sound
Sun 31st Dec; NYE! Little George Sueref

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The Lords Of Thyme

Wednesday 22nd November

The Lords Of Thyme / John Stammers

No one can tell you what traditional English music is without tying themselves in handkerchief knots, but you know it when you hear it. The Lords Of Thyme are traditionally English in the same way that Pentangle or Fotheringay were traditionally English, but also in the same way that Julian Cope undoubtedly is. A hazy, blissed out, ancient and modern country of the strangest imaginations.

The Lords Of Thyme's latest release "a fried odyssey" called 'Pellets' is out now on Sunstone Records.

"A dreamlike sound that can only be described as traditionally English", SHINDIG MAGAZINE. "A sheer delight", R2 MAGAZINE.

Penny Black Remedy

Margo Cilker

Wednesday 29th November

Penny Black Remedy / Margo Cilker (USA)

Since being formed in 2006 by singer/songwriter Keith M Thomson, The Penny Black Remedy have been proudly defiant in the face of categorisation, focusing instead on utilising their shared love and passion for all forms of music from around the globe to create a wholly distinctive and unmistakable sound all of their own. The resulting symbiance of darkly comic, unpretentiously intelligent and catchy songs, and their exhilarating live shows, have been wowing audiences and promoters alike across both the UK and Europe, building a loyal following of dedicated fans as a result.

New album 'Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations' is out now.

"Dynamically primed arrangements blend music hall, folk, ska and Balkan influences in a swishly calibrated fashion", UNCUT. "Electic 4-piece with elements of punk, folk and ska...but underneath something dark lurks", VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE.

Margo Cilker is a young songwriter out to seek her fortune in the old-fashioned way. The last two years of travel and touring solo have led her to the Rocky Mountains, the Basque Country and always back home to California for a spell. Her sweet yet urgent voice will quickly lead the audience to hear what she's fixed on sharing.

The Barker Band

Saturday 2nd December

The Barker Band / Tom Bull (Ramshackle Union Band)

The Barker Band are a West London folk rock band With their love for George Jones, Black Sabbath and everything in between offering up a unique mix of folk bluegrass, rock and blues. The band have been making music together for the last ten years, gaining support from the likes of Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, as well as playing a wide range of festivals, from Glastonbury and Bestival to South by South West, in Texas.

This group of long time friends featuring twins Jake & Sam Barker. It was through invading their dad's record collection that Sam and Jake's musical curiosity led them from the Carter Family to Fairport Convention, Black Sabbath, The Dillards and traditional English sea shanties. The band's previous albums have always twisted and turned their way through various music genres, blending their diverse influences, yet always retaining their distinctive signature Barker Band sound and feel. There must recent album is 'The Land We Hold Dear'.

"Sounds like no one else", Q MAGAZINE.

Christopher Rees

Anne & The Hacker

Wednesday 6th December

Christopher Rees / Anne & The Hacker

Christopher Rees is a solo artist, singer, song writer, multi-instrumentalist, band leader, producer and record label director. To date he has released six albums. With the rustic traditions of Americana, country, blues, gospel and rock'n'roll his touring activities have included appearances at Green Man Festival and End Of The Road Festival. He has recorded radio sessions for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and toured the UK with Eli Paperboy Reed, Alejandro Escovedo, Wanda Jackson and John Cale. His latest album "The Nashville Songs" which he co-wrote in Nashville, USA with some of Music City's finest songwriters is out now.

"A spit and sawdust holler that's as close to a Southern hell-fire preacher as you can get hailing from Cardiff. Very,very good", MOJO.

Anne and Hacker have performed under a number of different guises, most notably forming the centre-piece of Morton Valence, having released 5 critically acclaimed studio albums, with appearances at the Union Chapel, festivals such as The Electric Picnic and of course regulars at What's Cookin'. But after more than a decade of Morton Valence shenanigans, Anne and Hacker have finally decided to take the plunge and 'go duo', with a new album of new material entitled 'Escape', scheduled for release early next year.

Anne & Hacker's new stuff is a dizzy confection of vocal harmony and classicist songwriting, imagine Sonny and Cher trying to hitch a ride to Calexico, getting picked up in the desert by Leonard Cohen, jumping out at the north end of Upper Street before heading directly for the west coast of Psychedelia.

This return visit to What's Cookin' will be Anne & Hacker's debut performance in this current incarnation, and quite possibly the beginning of a fantastic new adventure.

Hipbone Slim &
The Knee Tremblers

Wednesday 13th December

Hipbone Slim & The Knee Tremblers

Hipbone Slim and the Kneetremblers take rock'n'roll, rhythm'n'blues n whatever you want to call it n and give it their own unique stamp and energy. They have somehow captured the true essence of rock'n'roll in a way that very few have been able to do in a very long time. The band is led by the ubiquitous Sir Bald Diddley, a man who has been described as "Britain's string king" in reference to his wild and fiery guitar style, influenced by Bo Diddley, Link Wray, Chuck Berry, and Dick Dale. Drummer Bruce "Bash" Brand is one of Britain's, if not the world's, finest rock'n'roll drummers. He has played in cult happenings such as the Milkshakes, Headcoats, Holly Golightly and the Masonics, whilst also managing to find time to work with the Pretty Things, Downliner Sect, Wreckless Eric, Mungo Jerry and make two albums with Link Wray along the way. The line-up is completed by Cheesecake, a raging old ted & leading conspiracy theorist! ex Bluecats, Carlos & the Banditos, Dave Viner, Riot Rockers etc etc... The Bald Bomber is back in the kitchen!

Big Joe Louis

Saturday 16th December

Big Joe Louis

Big Joe Louis was born in Jamaica and came to the UK in the 1970s. In the early nineties he shot to prominence as one of the UK's foremost blues performers, fronting the Big Town Playboys and later his own Blues Kings combo. Big Joe has won multiple nominations through the years with British Blues Awards for best vocalist, guitarist, and band categories, winning the vocalist category in '93 and '94. He'll be appearing with 3 piece band, specialising in rocking blues and Mississippi Delta blues.

"Jamaican Blues guitar supremo...", THE GUARDIAN. "...a timeless experience for anyone's eardrums...", IRISH TIMES.

Michael Chapman

Sunday 17th December 7.00pm (TICKET SHOW!)

Michael Chapman

Advance tickets £13.00 TICKETS

Michael Chapman is known as one of the UK's best finger picking style guitar players. As part of a continuing musical lineage that includes the likes of Ralph McTell, John Martyn, Davey Graham & Bert Jansch. Chapman first became known on the British Folk Circuit in 1967. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material, he established a reputation for intensity and innovation. Signed to EMI's Harvest label he recorded a quartet of classic albums (which have all recently been reissued by cult USA label Light in The Attic.) LPs like Rainmaker and Wrecked Again defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound. The influential album Fully Qualified Survivor, featuring the lead guitar of Mick Ronson and Rick Kemp's bass, was John Peel's favorite album of 1970. Survivor featured the Chapman "hit", "Postcards of Scarborough", a characteristically tenderly sour song recounting the feelings of nostalgia and regret.

After the release of Wrecked Again, Chapman parted company with Harvest, choosing to sign to Decca's subsidiary Deram, where he altered course somewhat, adding electric guitar and harder rhythms to his work. Several albums were released on Deram during the early to mid 1970's including one produced by Memphis legend Don Nix. Recording for numerous smaller record labels, and playing the folk and club circuits, the 1980's was a quieter time for Chapman. He continued to make recordings that straddled musical genres and pushed his guitar playing to the fore, but had neither the profile nor sales of the previous decade.

The late 1990's onwards represented a period of continued rebirth for Chapman. He embraced the "elder statesman" role and enjoyed critical acclaim for albums like Navigation, Dreaming Out Loud and Still Making Rain (a wry pun title that looked back to his debut album). With the 1997 release of Dreaming Out Loud, Chapman was releasing albums at the rate of one every two years, while attracting high praise from the likes of Thurston Moore and Supergrass. A decade later and Chapman is still going strong. Michael's most recent album "50" embraced past and present, with guest artists including celebrated British folksinger Bridget St. John and gifted indie rock guitarist Steve Gunn, received 5 star reviews from The Guardian, Uncut, The Wire, and album of the month in MOJO.

"Alongside the album's end-of-days feel there is also a valedictory mood, the sense that, as with Blackstar and You Want it Darker, here is a man closer to the end than the beginning, haunted by memories and auguries, and communicating something of their uncanny twilight power", MOJO.B

The Future Shape Of Sound

Wednesday 20th December

The Future Shape Of Sound

Crime gospel and primitive blues from The Future Shape Of Sound who draw their influences from artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Clara Ward Singers, Slim Harpo, and Hasil Adkins. They're spearheaded by producer, and highly skilled hat-wearer Alex McGowan, along with Stuart "Lodekka" Dace, whose gloriously chequered career has seen him play sax on the classic Primal Scream album "Screamadelica", be member of Mo' Wax band Deep Joy and work as Head of Design at Chrysalis Records. They're joined by a revolving cast of musicians from their loyal congregation of followers.

Somewhere in the uncharted backstreets east of East London exists a forgotten orphaned modern day Dickensian dirt road where a raggity community of crack hookers, drug dealers, hobos jungling up in scrapped motors, chariot healers, and bewildered residents exist side by side with musicians and sky-pilots of different persuasions attending the streetís mosque, African and Amish community churches. In that road stands a building without a doorbell or a sign that houses producer Alex McGowan's (aka Captain Future) Space Eko East Recording Studio, which some say is really just like another church: The Church of Rock'n'Roll.

Frequented by a loyal congregation of followers of the radically non-violent religion of Music, this recording studio is the home of productions for Jah Wobble, The Tiger Lillies, Son Of Dave, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, Sister Cookie, Big Joe Louis, Tricky, Martina Topley Bird, Stewart Copeland, Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan, DJ Scratchy, and many more.

Little George Sueref

What's Cookin' New Year's Eve! 8.30pm-1.00am (TICKET SHOW!)

Sunday 31st December

Little George Sueref

Advance tickets £13.00 TICKETS

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! The only way to spend an old year's night!

Coming up...

Wed 3rd Jan; TriccaMcNiff / The Ugly Guys (Acoustic)
Sat 6th Jan; The Lucky Strikes
Wed 10th Jan; Florence joelle
Wed 17th Jan; Jack Grace
Sat 20th Jan; TBC
Wed 24th Jan; TBC
Jan 31st Jan; TBC

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