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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 27th Jan; Evie Ladin & Keith Terry / The Twisty Turns
Sat 30th Jan; The Snake Oil Rattlers & guests / Limozine
Wed 3rd Feb; The Alan Tyler Show
Sat 6th Feb; Trent Miller / Newstargazers
Sunday 7th Feb; The Barker Band @ Sunday Sessions at The Union Chapel
Wed 10th Feb; The Ragged Out String Band / Paul McClure
Wed 17th Feb; NO SHOW!
Sat 20th Feb; The Bermondsey Joyriders / Black Doldrums
Wed 24th Feb; Legends of Country / Al Shields

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Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

The Twisty Turns

Wednesday 27th January

Evie Ladin & Keith Terry / The Twisty Turns

Known as a driving force behind San Francisco's Stairwell Sisters, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections. Evie started playing banjo at the age of 8, clogging since age 5, and is fluid in these traditional Appalachian arts, even as she brings an urban edge and contemporary vision to her own stories, and deep interpretations of old songs. This is a very welcome return for Evie & Keith...they did a memorable show for us back in 2014.

Keith Terry is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. A pioneer in contemporary Body Music, Keith produces large-scale intercultural collaborations and educational outreach. With Evie Ladin he brings a cinematic ear to playing bass as tonal percussion, with bells, box, body and toys.

"Evie Ladin is a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve" SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE. "Using any surface for its rhythmic possibilities, Keith Terry claps his hands, rubs his palms, finger-pops, stamps his feet, brushes his soles, slaps his butt and belly, pops his cheek, whomps his chest, skips and slides, sings and babbles and coughs, building his music out of a surprisingly varied register of sounds and clever rhythmic variations" VILLAGE VOICE. "You don't often hear words like "traditional," and "authentic" paired with "innovative" and "unique," but Evie Ladin & Keith Terry have brought them together brilliantly...the result is truly a high point in new old-time music" FOLKWORKS.

The Snake Oil Rattlers


Saturday 30th January

The Snake Oil Rattlers & guests / Limozine

A very special quick return for t'Rattlers!

The Snakeoil Rattlers, where the swamp meets the road. London based renegade country band relaying whiskey driven country rock'n'roll, featuring members from The Rockiningbirds, The Redlands Palomino Company, and Foghorn Leghorn. Unlike the snake oil salesmen of the past The Snakeoil Rattlers will never sell the ladies and gentleman of the audience short, but still share the cure-all-ills remedy of raw entertainment.

Limozine are a true Rock 'n' Roll band from London. They have released four albums, Car Crash Casino 2007, Evil Love 2010, Full Service 2012 and You've Been Limozined 2013.

"Spritual descendants of The Cramps, Stooges and Ramones", TOM ROBINSON BBC6 MUSIC.

The Alan Tyler Show

Wednesday 3rd February

The Alan Tyler Show

Rockingbirds frontman Alan Tyler, along with Fiddlin' Jim Morrison (Lost Sons of Littlefield) and Patrick Ralla(The Rockingbirds), present an evening of country folk music and song - The Alan Tyler Show. The show mines Alan's extensive repertoire of original songs recorded variously by The Rockingbirds, The Lost Sons of Littlefield, and his other solo records. With Jim Morrison on fiddle and mandolin and Patrick Ralla providing vocal harmonies, additional guitar and banjo, the trio deliver neat renditions of songs by many of Alan's favourite country artists, including Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. The show also includes many of Alan's unreleased "River Songs" which explore London's country heritage; the hidden waterways and the "fields beneath" which enrich and breathe life into England's capital city. A varied evening of English country music - The Alan Tyler Show!

"Tyler is one of the best songwriters of his genre and era", THE INDEPENDENT.

Trent Miller


Saturday 6th February

Trent Miller & The Skeleton Jive / Newstargazers

Trent Miller hails from just outside Turin in Northern Italy though now resides in London. Since first arriving here in 2006 his fusions of folk, rock, goth and americana have seen him attract a growing following. His debut album 'Cerberus' was released in 2009 on his own Hangman Records label. It quickly gained wide acclaim, receiving substantial press coverage and airplay. He returned with a second collection of arresting country-folk "Welcome To Inferno Valley" in 2011. Q Magazine described it as a "darkly underground mix of hangovers, anguished love, mournful blues and lonesome country" and the Daily Mirror declared "fans of Gene Clark and Townes Van Zandt will recognise a kindred spirit in his glowering meditations and steely worldview". Trent's latest album "Burnt Offerings" reflects a step towards a more modern, electric-oriented sound, strongly influenced by such totemic bands as The Gun Club and Thin White Rope.

Newstargazers blend high-energy rockabilly with garage and soul and are one of our favourite new bands.

The Barker Band

Sunday 7th February

What's Cookin' Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel

The Barker Band / Sam Beer / Dan Raza

Doors 3.30pm Tickets £8.00 Advance / £10.00 Door TICKETS

The Barker Band are a West London folk rock band With a love for George Jones, Black Sabbath and everything in between, the band offer up a unique mix of folk bluegrass, rock and blues. Their new album, their 6th, "The Land We Hold Dear", which has a English 70's folky sound, is dedicated to the memory of founder member Lenny Barker, father to Jake and Sam Barker.

"Sounds like no one else", Q MAGAZINE. "While they cover all the usual themes that traditional folk music is expected to, for every accepted nod to folk there are two twists and turns that you'd never expect", PENNY BLACK MUSIC.

Double support from Treetop Flyers guitarist Sam Beer and Dan Raza, both in solo mode.

The Ragged Out String Band

Paul McClure

Wednesday 10th February

The Ragged Out String Band / Paul McClure

Take a swig of Moonshine and put on your dancing shoes for some good time mountain music. The Ragged Out String Band play hard-driving Old-Time, early bluegrass and Americana, underpinning traditional fiddle tunes and songs with energetic and creative rhythms. Brought together by a shared love of fiddle music and fun times the band are Andy Quelch, Guitar; Emily Smith, Fiddle; Joe Aukland, Banjo; Will Collier, Upright Bass. Expect fiery fiddle tunes and songs backed up by driving banjo, guitar and bass. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

Paul McClure is a singer and songwriter from Rutland. The passing world is the fodder for Paul's characters and story lines in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way. New album 'Songs For Anyone' is out now on Clubhouse Records. You may remember Paul from The Hi & Lo who used to play for us back in the Sheep Walk days.

"An upbeat and enjoyable collection of songs", COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE.

Wednesday 17th February


The Bermondsey Joyriders

Saturday 20th February

The Bermondsey Joyriders / Black Doldrums

London-based Rock'n'Roll trio, who have released three albums, the latest being 'Flamboyant Thugs'. Claiming all the credentials of a bonafide '77 super group, The Bermondsey Joyriders is a band pooling the hard-won experience and history of three veteran punks. Founding members Gary Lammin and Martin Stacey cut their teeth in the Joe Strummer-produced Little Roosters and Generation X precursors Chelsea respectively, whilst recent recruit Chris Musto is a sticksman of some credentials - having previously played with Johnny Thunders, Joe Strummer and Nico, to name but a few! More than the sum of their impressive punk rock heritage however, The Bermondsey Joyriders have won praise for splicing those sounds from suburbs with raw blues and Lammin's slide guitar, emerging with a sonic signature that is undeniably all their own.

"Unique spin on punk-blues", CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY. "See 'em at all costs!", VIVE LE ROCK MAGAZINE.

Legends of Country

Al Shields

Wednesday 24th February

Legends of Country / Al Shields

Legends Of Country are a band formed by Jof Owen from The Boy Least Likely To. Inspired by a long standing love of country music and memories of growing up watching Pebble Mill and listening to Johnny Cash and George Hamilton IV, their songs combine a classic country sound with an honest and unmistakeable English indiepop charm. Their debut album "Talk About Country" which is getting regular plays on Radio 2, 6 Music, and Absolute Radio, is out now.

"One of the most charming debuts we've heard all year", THE LINE OF BEST FIT. "Manages to successfully anglicise Nashville's ability to universalise heartbtreak", UNCUT. "A very shrewdly observed overview of modern day living and a lesson in life", FATEA.

Al Shields is an Edinburgh-based songwriter, with influences rooted in old-time country, folk and blues music. Originally from the small Scottish island of Bute (where he grew up on a healthy diet of country and folk music from his mother's record collection), Al moved to Edinburgh in 2005, and is a founding member of indie outfit Ardentjohn, with whom he has enjoyed independent success. Their debut album "On The Wire" garnered very favourable reviews in mainstream music press, with Uncut magazine describing the band as "refreshing new arrivals". With the band on hiatus, Al returned to his musical roots, recording and touring his country-tinged solo album "Slow Burner", and gigging regularly with his band The Wilted Roses.

"Songs about bad work, bad luck and bad lovin' show his ability not only to evoke the spirit of the lone bluesman, but also to pen some mighty fine tunes into the bargain", EDINBURGH SPOTLIGHT.

Coming up...

Wed 2nd Mar; The Delta Jacks / Tom Blackwell
Sat 5th Mar; The Hanging Stars / Tomorrows Bacon
Sunday 6th Mar; Martin Newell & The Hose Pipe Band @ The Union Chapel 3.30pm
Wed 9th Mar; James & The Ultrasounds
Wed 16th Mar; TBC
Sat 19th Mar; TBC
Wed 23rd Mar; Serious Sam Barrett / Luke Whittemore
Wed 30th Mar; NO SHOW!

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