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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 25th Nov; Legends Of Country / Mike Perrett
Sun 29th Nov; Treetop Flyers / Michael J Sheeny / Luke Tuchscherer @ The Union Chapel
Wed 2nd Dec; Morton Valence / Curse Of Lono
Sat 5th Dec; Snake Oil Rattlers / The Montgomerys
Wed 9th Dec; The Roamin' Jasmine (USA) / Jo Carley And The Old Dry Skulls
Wed 16th Dec; Miss Jackson and The Slap Ya Mama Big Band
Fri 18th Dec; Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind / The Sweat Christmas Special!
Sat 19th Dec; Steve White & The Protest Family / Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee

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Legends Of Country

Wednesday 25th November

Legends Of Country / Mike Perrett

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.

Heartfelt and uplifting with a truckload of chicken pickin' and country swagger thrown in. Their debut album, 'Talk About Country' cAMES OUT in July with twelve songs including the singles Jelly And Jam, Long Way Back From A Dream, Forty In The Spring and Talk About Country. It might not be country as you know it, but like Cowboy Jack Clement used to say, "I don't care what they call country. I care what I call country".

The Treetop Flyers

Michael J Sheeny

Luke Tuchscherer

Sunday 29th November

Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel, 3.30pm

The Treetop Flyers / Michael J Sheeny / Luke Tuchscherer

Doors 3.30pm £8.00 Advance / £10.00 Door

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The Treetop Flyers are all about country soul, lush harmonies, warm arrangements and billowing acoustic guitars, and a quintessential vintage West Coast sound. Their debut album 'The Mountain Moves is a record of hope, honesty and huge choruses, its universally reaching songs are strewn with sunshine-infused four-part harmonies, propelled by an irrefutable open-highway groove, paying it's dues to everyone from The Band and Neil Young by way of Little Feat and Fleetwood Mac.

"Debut album 'The Mountain Moves' is chock full of lush harmonies, warm arrangements and billowing acoustic guitars as fresh as a breeze looming in from San Francisco harbour", CLASH.

London cult icon Michael J Sheehy once fronted mid 90's rock band Dream City Film Club, who released three excellent albums on the Beggars Banquet label before he embarked on a solo career. Drawing upon his deep love of folk, blues, gospel and country, his well lived songs deal with the darker side of life while also managing to convey a resilient and wry sense of humour. Whilst Michael is one of music's best-kept secrets and a treasure to those in the know, he has built an extremely dedicated fan base over the years. His reputation boosted further with the inclusion of songs on soundtracks to the hit American HBO drama series "Deadwood" and more recently the Channel 4's "Masters Of Sex". With five solo albums under his belt Michael now focusses his talents on the ferocious blues/gospel power of the band Miraculous Mule, so this rare solo performance will be real treat.

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.

Morton Valence

Curse Of Lono

Wednesday 2nd December

Morton Valence / Curse Of Lono

Hailing from South London, Morton Valence have been in existence for nearly 10 years and whilst undergoing various incarnations along the way, the vocal pairing of songwriter Robert "Hacker" Jessett and Anne Gilpin has been the one constant. During this time they have released three critically acclaimed albums and have played live throughout the UK and Europe, including The Electric Picnic, the Reeperbahn Festival and recently headlining two sell-out shows at London's Union Chapel.

The release of 'Another Country', their fourth album, sees them producing their most cohesive work to date, the definitive "urban country" album and in a sense a culmination of 10 years work. Rather than a particular sound, style or look, urban country is about tapping into the spirit of the genre, with the song narrative as its core component, featuring real-life characters, unearthing the extraordinary in the everyday and dealing with the tribulations of the real world. This is the world Morton Valence inhabit, and the world they capture on 'Another Country'.

"...wrought and deeply stirring", **** MOJO. "Alluring and seductive", 8/10 UNCUT. "...a rich treasure trove of songs", **** Q. "Country is about the spirit, not the trappings, something understood by Londoners Morton Valence on their harrowing, cinematic urban country", THE GUARDIAN.

Dark and cinematic southern gothic rock'n'roll from Curse Of Lono.

The Snake Oil Rattlers

The Montgomerys

Saturday 5th December

The Snake Oil Rattlers / The Montgomerys

The Snake Oil 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.

More country rock from The Montgomerys. Hailing from Bristol their sound is a unique mix of three part harmonies, rowdy drumming and fuzzed out guitar solos, all at the heart of which lie catchy melodies; its roots rock'n'country twang played with a swagger.

The Roamin' Jasmine

Jo Carley And
The Old Dry Skulls

Wednesday 9th December

The Roamin' Jasmine (USA) / Jo Carley And The Old Dry Skulls

Formed on the streets of New Orleans, the Roamin' Jasmine bring a fresh sound to traditional jazz with tight 3-part horn harmonies and bluesy vocals. Their repertoire explores 1920's era speakeasy blues, vintage Calypso from Trinidad, seminal 1950's New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, and original compositions, all set to traditional jazz instrumentation with original arrangements. Through polyphonic collective improvisation inherent in their new homeland of New Orleans, the Roamin' Jasmine hold true to a great New Orleans jazz tradition while participating in its evolution with undertones of different eras and places.

The Old Dry Skulls play a mixture of originals, traditional music and weird covers all played their unique old time reggae country punk style. Imagine a British punk band playing a sleazy 1930's New Orleans nightclub, armed only with acoustic instruments from 1890's Tennessee and you are half way there.

Screamin' Miss Jackson
& The Slap Ya Mama Big Band

Wednesday 16th December

Screamin' Miss Jackson and The Slap Ya Mama Big Band

The 7-piece Miss Jackson and The Slap Ya Mama Big Band work through a variety of material, drawing influence from such diverse players such as early bluesman Casey Bill Weldon, Tampa Red and the wonderful Memphis Minnie, 20ís and 30ís jazz singers like Georgia White, Anita Carter or Lil Hadin, the western swing feel of The Texas Playboys and finally mixing all that up with the country folk of Doc Watson. Whether its their own original tunes or their own unique take on an early classic the energy and passion all seven have for the music is more than apparent.

Jim Jones
& The Righteous Mind

The Sweat

Friday 18th December

Christmas Special No.1!

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind / The Sweat


Singer and guitarist Jim Jones' distinctive musical history has spanned several incarnations, including The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. Now, with his new band Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, he is sailing further into dark musical waters in search of rare and exotic beasts with a country-edged darker psychedelic sound.

"Forthcoming single 'Boil Yer Blood' seals the deal. A filthy, swaggering rocker that circles in the same orbit as Grinderman", THE QUIETUS. "Evil", THE INDEPENDENT.

Garage rock'n'roll from The Sweat.

Steve White
& The Protest Family

Graham Larkbey
& The Escape Committee

Saturday 19th December

Christmas Special No.2!

Steve White & The Protest Family / Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee


The world's favourite east London semi-acoustic singalong political folk punk group. Led by songwriter Steve White, the Protest Family play a brash, witty, entertaining, often political brand of semi-acoustic folk/punk.

"Local folk-punk heroes Steve White & The Protest Family who are rapidly acquiring a reputation as one of the best bands to come out of East London for a generation. With lots of swearing", WALTHAMSTOW FOLK.

The Escape Committee's influences are drawn from early Faces, Stones, Byrds, pub rock, punk spirit, beer from the tap, football from the terraces, rusty Marshall amps, valves rather than transistors, Messrs Fender and Gibson, never having enough pedals, John Peel and Five Live, catching the bus home after the gig....

Coming up...

Sat 2nd Jan; The Fuzillis
Wed 6th Jan; Stick In The Wheel / Gemma Khawaja / Nancy Wallace
Wed 13th Jan; Jack Sharp & friends / MG Boulter & Samantha Whates / Soham De
Sat 16th Jan; The Lucky Strikes Leytonstone Festival Fundraiser
Wed 20th Jan; The Ugly Guys / Bob Collum & the Welfare Mothers
Wed 27th Jan; Evie Ladin & Keith Terry
Sat 30th Jan; TBC

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