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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' 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.
The Cajun Dawgs / The Blazing Zoos
A deep south gumbo of Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop, Rockin' Blues & Rockabilly authentically played on screaming accordion, twanging guitars, thumping bass and crazy drums. Music to dance, cry, fight and love to. Influences from Nathan Abshire, Al Ferrier, Beausoliel, and Rockin' Dopsey plus others met along the way too numerous to mention here...
The Benjamin Folke Thomas Birthday Revue
with Simon Onions / Beans on Toast / Jack Day / Laura & Lorraine / Greg Harrisburg / Simon Stanley-Ward & more!
Benjamin will be packing himself back off to Sweden at the end of March, which means we'll not be seeing as much of the lovely guitar-pickin' folk-singin' barman. So be sure come along and help him celebrate his birthday and give a great send-off to a true What's Cookin' leg-end!
Mark & The Clouds / Stiv Cantarelli & The Silent Strangers
Following on from the success of last year's 'Black Music / White Music', which Vive Le Rock magazine declared was "destined to become a seminal classic", Italy's finest punk-blues atom-splitters Stiv Cantarelli and the Silent Strangers return to these shores to work on their second album with producer Pete Bennett. Expect razorblade guitar riffs, outer space sounds, large doses of swamp blues and massive injections of never hided post punk roots.
Mark and The Clouds play a blend of timeless, catchy and powerful psychedelic pop. Led by Instant Flight frontman Marco Magnani, they eschew the Flight's prog leanings for a more Stonesy swagger without forsaking a deep love of psychedelic rock & folk or an unerring knack of landing a killer hook.
Scowlin' Owl / Maria Byrne
Scowlin Owl are an female folk band, low on twee but big on drama and vocal harmonies. Their 'strange folk' is influenced by storytellers from the classic (Dylan, The Band, The Roches) to the contemporary (Decemberists, Midlake, Villagers). The band have been playing in and around London for the past year, including Wilderness 2013 festival in Oxfordshire and Soundtracks Festival in east London. Any story or concept which inspires them may become a song - the 2011 tsunami, macabre preachers, the Japanese John Wayne, squirrels and inter dimensional travel in North London.
"Exquisite harmonies...dark, haunting, ethereal", Maverick Magazine. "A bewitching vocal delight", Americana UK.
Maria first came to people's attention last year when she recorded live sessions with both John Kennedy at XFM and Janice Long at BBC Radio 2. Radio play from Jo Whiley (BBC Radio 2) and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) followed. Maria is an Irish singer-songwriter, originally from Cork who now divides her time between there and London. Her uniquely phrased lyrics are based on intuitive slants on affairs of the heart.
"Incredibly catchy, absolutely gorgeous", Janice Long BBC Radio 2. "Quite beautiful", Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1.
Florence Joelle / Davey James
Blues merged with gypsy jazz exotica and sprinkled with a hint of rockabilly. Florence Joelle, the songstress with a style all her own and a subconscious colonized by vintage American tunes, sings of things that go bump in the night. Paris-born, she was bred on jazz at home, and on the music of the city's streets - the Gypsy art of Django Reinhardt, bal musette, and North African rai.
"Her music has a heady, jazzy swing of the hips, the sultry tango of 'I'll Come Running' the perfect soundtrack to any Martini-fuelled, Mad Men-themed party", Q Magazine. "It's her voice that smacks you around the head. It's utterly unique", Pick Of the Week, Tom Robinson's Show, BBC 6 Music.
With his acoustic blues licks, old school fingerpicking style, along with a husky voice, Davey James delivers a unique sound. Taking influence from the old Delta Blues guitar players and inspired by the poetic lyrics of Townes Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen, he has acquired an approach to songwriting that has a true grit and rawness to it, with his band giving it a swingin' groove.
Reg Meuross / Paul Handyside @ The Union Chapel 2.30pm
Tickets £8.00 adv / £10.00 door, Available at store.unionchapel.org.uk
Winner of Best Male Vocalist Award at the 2013 by FATEA Awards and described by Time Out as "One of Britain's finest Singer Songwriters". In a career that began with The Panic Brothers his duo with Richard Morton, Reg then went on to form The Flamingos who featured ex Graham Parker guitarist Martin Belmont & Bob Loveday from The Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Then in recent years he was a crucial member of Hank Wangford's band, The Lost Cowboys. In 1996 he released the critically acclaimed CD "The Goodbye Hat" and was nominated for several music awards, including best song for "Ring around the Roses". It wasn't followed up until 2004 with the album that really established Reg as a singer/songwriter "Short Stories". Reg's writing, performing and acting credits include work with people as diverse as the French Composer Vladimir Cosma, Nick Lowe; Not The Nine O'Clock News, Robbie Coltrane, Chris Difford, Charlie Dore, Gary Clark, Lenny Henry, Jeremy Hardy, and Paul Merton. His must recent album is "Leaves and Feathers".
Paul Handyside was singer songwriter with eighties indie darlings HURRAH! who had releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records. The HURRAH! back catalogue has recently been re-released on Cherry Red Records and they feature on the recent compilation 'Scared to Get Happy - A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989'. He released his debut solo album 'Future's Dream' in 2007. His new album 'Wayward Son'is according to MOJO shows a "rootsy acoustic troubadour with a masterful grasp of his craft". Paul's music blends elements of americana, almost hymnal pop and traditional folk.
The Green Rock River Band / Serious Sam Barrett
The Green Rock River Band is not a new band. They have been around for years writing and shaping their sound, assembling the right blend of musicians and instruments, experimenting with arrangements at festivals, bars, big theatre stages, community fairs, rehearsal rooms and pubs. What they have created is a hybrid of old time sounds that universally connects with audiences all over, a sound that has echoed throughout decades of music history, in music hall, Americana, folk tradition and jazz. All this blended with a contemporary sound. Modern songwriting and original arrangements for 21st century audiences wanting to connect with a music that runs a little deeper, a little more primitive than the clean over produced sound of modern folk and pop. A Green Rock River Band show will promise loud, brash string band music; banjos, fiddles, guitars and washboards all over-scored by melodic trombone and soaring three part harmonies.
Country folk blues and holla-billy from kitchen regular Serious Sam Barrett. Sam draws on a vast range of traditional forms to create his own unique sound. His songwriting contains echoes of the great blues masters but also of American folk and country artists such as the Carter Family. But being from Yorkshire he of course follows in the English folk tradition, he also draws heavily on English, Irish and Scottish folk music and arranges his own unique versions of traditional songs. Yorkshirecana is the word he uses to describe his sound and it suits him down to the ground.
Dan Raza & The Shrouds / Huck
Dan Raza has established a considerable reputation on the UK singer songwriter and folk roots scene. His distinctive approach has led to him supporting Joan Armatrading, Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon and Alejandro Escovedo at concerts throughout the UK and USA. He also had a song, Every Little Dog endorsed by Neil Young when Shakey chose it for his 'Living with War' website. Of mixed British and Indian heritage, Dan grew up in the UK. His songs glow with a strong sense of place, bearing an enigmatic wistfulness at their core. His debut album released 2012 was produced by Charlie Hart (Ronnie Lane, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton, Mose Allison) and features appearances from Geraint Watkins, BJ Cole, and Steve Simpson.
Huck is side-project of Humphrey Astley, bass player with solid WC faves The Epstein. This will duo show from Huck, but we'll hopefully have the full Huck experience along in the future.
The Hightown Crows / Paul-Ronney Angel (Solo)
From the blue rinsed boneyard of the South Coast, witchdoctors of Boogaloo, the Hightown Crows play raw rockin' blues, a mixed bag of of country, blues and rockabilly music. Lets call it Crow-a-billy. First time back in the kitchen for nearly 2 years. Come on, lets dance!
Frontman and songwriter for the London 11 piece Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop'n'Stroll outfit The Urban Voodoo Machine as well as host of the legendary Gypsy Hotel Club. P-R Angel makes a rare solo appearance at What's Cookin' armed only with an acoustic guitar, a kazoo, a blues harp and some brand new songs he is dying to play live for the first time
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