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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: www.unionchapel.org.uk

In Brief

Wed 23 Apr; Morton Valance / Tout
Sat 26 Apr; Oh! Gunquit / Cowbell
Wed 30 Apr; Trent Miller & The Skeleton Jive / Sugar Magnolia
Sat 3rd May; Joe Buck Yourself / Peg Simone / Billy Vincent
SUNDAY 4th May; Sunday Sessions In The Bar @ The Union Chapel;
Florence Joelle / Paul-Ronney Angel 2.30pm
Wed 7th May; The Severed Limb / The Dalston Devil Trio
Wed 14th May; Morgan O'Kane / Ash Gray
Sat 17th May; The Treetop Flyers / Special Guests
Wed 21st May; King Automatic / JD Smith
Wed 28th May; NO SHOW!
Sat 31st May;Brainiac 5 / Simon Onions / Son Of Buff

The Detail


Wednesday 23rd April; 8.30pm

Morton Valance / Tout

Sublime moody electronic country duetting and late night bar-room melancholy, with a touch of indie sweetness, from the Nancy Sinantra & Lee Hazlewood / Handsome Family influenced Morton Valence. Their second album 'Me and Home James' was described as a collection of urban country songs which gained great critical acclaim including 4 stars in Mojo magazine, and it is indeed a little gem. They are currently working on 3rd album '10 Country Classics' due for release later this year. The last time we presented Morton Valence was at their sold-out show at The Union Chapel, when they were on tremendous form.

Over the years they have been through various line up changes, but the focus has always been Anne Gilpin and Hacker. A good band usually happens by chance, as if the hand of God puts 4 or 5 characters together and through osmosis the band is born. After stuggling for years with various rhythm sections, Daryl Holley and Joe Udwin (of the Crimea) just seemed to appear out of nowhere and everything effortlessly fell into place, and well, that was that. The final piece of the puzzle and the absolute cherry sauce on the cake is the lap steel guitar of Alan Cook.

Making a What's Cookin' debut, instrumental Americana band Tout have just released their 2nd album called, er, 'Second'. Making highly atmospheric instrumentals, creating cinematic soundscapes suggesting the open terrain and far flung landscapes, their country-tinged melodies combine a folk-rock inflection.

Saturday 26th April; 8.30pm

Oh! Gunquit / Cowbell

Oh! Gunquit are a North London based 4-piece band concocting spunky rumble bop trash rock'n'roll. Tribal tom toms beat wildly and guitars twang, high-spirited vocals bawl and purr, and a seedy tenor sax wails for an extra slice of exotica. Songs about Tigers, Cherries, and Killers were recorded in the bands' cellar with Sam Bam Leadfoot on drums/vox Manchine guitar/vox, Dr Zoom on Sax and Wanda Slazzy on vocals & occasional trumpet. These Neo-surf garage rockers bring back the sexiness of the B-52's, The Cramps, with some Link Wray & ESG thrown in for good measure.

Cowbell are our very very favourite garage soul rock 'n' roll duo. Their songs combine a lyrical charm and ease with a sound that's full-bodied and powerful in spite of their stripped-down set-up. They take their influences from both sides of the Atlantic with a love for both the output of U.S labels such as Stax, Motown and Sun and for British sixties R'n'B bands such as The Small Faces, The Kinks and The Zombies. Their 2nd album is due anytime soon.

"Highway-hitting, LSD invoking", ARTROCKER. "Shoves you directly into the midst of a dirty garage rock gig at The Marquee in 1968", THE 405. "One of the best live bands Iíve seen in a long time", CHRIS HAWKINS BBC 6 MUSIC.

Wednesday 30th April; 8.30pm

Trent Miller & The Skeleton Jive / Sugar Magnolia

Italian by birth but now residing in London, Trent Miller's original mix of gothic and Americana has seen the singer-songwriter gain a growing cult following since he first brought his music to England in 2006. His debut album "Cerberus" was released in 2009 on his own Hangman Records label and contained fourteen self composed songs performed by Trent alone and gained wide acclaim receiving substantial press coverage and airplay. 2nd album "Welcome To Inferno Valley" was released in 2011, and again was favorably received by the press. Q Magazine described it as a "darkly underground mix of hangovers, anguished love, mournful blues and lonesome country" and the Daily Mirror said "fans of Gene Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark will recognize a kindred spirit in his glowering meditations and steely worldview". Trent's 3rd album 'Burnt Offerings' was recorded at Chris Clarkeís Reservoir Studios and is released this month. It represents a step forward from his country & folk roots towards a more modern, electric oriented sound strongly influenced by legendary 80s bands like Gun Club and Thin White Rope and will be released by Bucketfull of Brains. Trent's new band The Skeleton Jive features many familiar faces from London's country rock scene.

Sugar Magnolia is the new collaporation between Jack Day and Bryony Afferson with some country influenced cinematic balladry. Bryony is part of folk trio Troubadour Rose whose album 'Tell Me' was released this year to rave reviews. Jack's debut album 'The First Ten' received similar plaudits including being named Best Roots Album in Q Magazine.

Saturday 3rd May; 8.30pm

Joe Buck Yourself (USA) / Billy Vincent

One of the men responsible for helping to revitalize the hallowed ground of lower Broadway in Nashville in the mid 90's. Joe Buck Yourself is the pseudonym of this American musician from Murray, Kentucky. The once anti-Nashville based Joe Buck gained notoriety as the guitarist of Th' Legendary Shack Shakers. As Hank III's villainous sideman onstage, the snarling upright bass player became infamously recognizable. He was also a member of Williams' punk-metal project Assjack However he is now 'a bona fide evil motherf**king one man band'. This unique blend of hellbilly punk rock isn't your grandma's hillbilly music. This will be a memorable night in the rock'n'roll kitchen!

Billy Vincent, a band whose lyrically sharp songs recall the likes of Ray Davies & co, with Strummer & Jones lurking in the shadows. Their heavy hearted songs, soaked with wry humour, also display a healthy affection for more Western climes - Neil Young, Wilco and Nirvana amongst the influences evident. With a critically acclaimed album and a string of EPs under their belt; a commitment to delivering live evidenced by the growing reputation that surrounds them, and new releases in the offing, 2014 holds great promise for Billy Vincent.

SUNDAY 4th May; 2.30pm

Sunday Sessions In The Bar @ The Union Chapel

Florence Joelle / Paul-Ronney Angel

Tickets £6.00 adv / £8.00 door Available at www.store.unionchapel.org.uk

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 cityís 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.

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.

Wednesday 7th May; 8.30pm

The Severed Limb / The Dalston Devil Trio

The Severed Limb are a young six-piece band from London who play roots influenced music for a contemporary audience. Their skiffle-style line up includes washboard, guitars, double bass, drums and accordion. Their music has been championed by Steve Lamacq and Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2, Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music, John Kennedy on XFM, Andrew Weatherall on XOYO, and Dave Gorman on Absolute Radio. Steve Lamacq invited the band into the famous BBC Maida Vale Studio to record four tracks for a BBC 6 Music session. The band have also performed live on Clive Anderson's 'Loose Ends' radio show on BBC Radio 4. In May 2012 The Severed Limb performed at the Royal Albert Hall, supporting Imelda May who personally invited them to play. In September 2013 as part of BBC Radio 4's British New Wave season several Severed Limb songs were used to soundtrack Robert Rigby's acclaimed dramatisation of Alan Sillitoe's 1958 novel 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning'.

"I do love their records!" Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. "Rampant and joyful...an infectious mix of rock and roll styles playfully twisted", Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music. "Storming!" - The Independent.

The Dalston Devil Trio play sleazy ragtime oompa! A mash-up of sousaphone/tuba, banjo, and 8-string lap steel guitar serve up a spicy jazz gumbo of songs by Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong and The Clash amongst others.

Wednesday 14th May; 8.30pm

Morgan O'Kane (USA) / Ash Gray

Every so often, just when you think the well is dry and the tradition is dead, you are gratefully reminded that there is still water down there and that the tradition was only sleeping. Morgan O'Kane from Charlottesville, Virginia is one of those reminders. A virtuoso banjo player, shouter and activist now based in New York City, Morgan recalls two other transplanted legendary southern artists; Reverend Gary Davis and Aunt Molly Jackson. Like the Reverend, Morgan honed his skills making a living as a busking street artist. Like Aunt Molly, he has kept his connection to his Appalachian home and its issues, taking part in the campaign to ban mountaintop removal mining, which destroys the land and the people who live on it. While Morgan O'Kane clearly knows his way around the old tunes, he is more interested in creating his own. That's how the tradition survives, new songs being created on old foundations.

Saturday 17th May; 8.30pm


Treetop Flyers / Special Guests

With their quintessential vintage West Coast sound, it's fitting that Treetop Flyers recorded their outstanding country soul debut in the canyons of Southern California. Though based in London, the British five-piece swapped urban England for the picturesque beaches and rolling hills of Malibu in order to record their debut album "The Mountain Moves". Ostensibly named after the Stephen Stills' song "Treetop Flyer", the band's name also references the similarly titled low altitude American pilots who fought in Vietnam. Whilst heavily influenced by the 70's sounds from the West Coast their debut album also betrays an admiration of the British folk sounds of the 1970s.

"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. "Sounding fresh, vibrant and full of great innovative ideas, they allow a host of influences, both of particular acts and songs merge with their own music", Americana UK. "Treetop Flyers are in it for the long haul", MOJO.

Wednesday 21st May; 8.30pm

King Automatic (France) / JD Smith

King Automatic finds inspiration in Jamaican Rocksteady, Rhythm'n'Blues, Bebop and the tribal drumming of West Africa to mention only a few of the ingredients of a truly exotic rock'n'roll musical cocktail. Starting out in the mid-1990's as the drummer of the legendary French Punk band Thundercrack, King Automatic took a radical turn at the beginning of the new Millenium and introduced a new dimension to the sound of one-man bands. He began to sample and loop organ, guitar, harp and percussion sounds live on stage to create a truly sonic soundscape. With his new album "In The Blue Corner" now appearing on Voodoo Rhythm Records, he has taken his vision to the next level and has created an even more diverse record than his previous two - he has once and for all left behind the shackles and confinements of traditional Rock'n'Roll and his journey has led him to exciting places - mesdames & messieurs join King Automatic on his unique odyssee and explore the Rock'n'Roll of the world!

Wednesday 28th May


Saturday 31st May; 8.30pm

The Brainiac 5 / Son Of Buff

The Brainiacs were a Cornwall-based psychedelic punk band, who came to prominence in 1978 with the 'Mushy Doubt' EP, a favourite of the late DJ John Peel. The EP featured great songs like 'Vegetable' which packed a Pistols-type punch with more esoteric leanings. The set's centre piece was 'Endless River', a West Coast-sounding number that drew very favourable comparisons with vintage Country Joe & the Fish. The band played many action-packed live shows both in London and down on the peninsula (including the infamous 4th July Independence Day concert at the town hall in Launceston), and released another 7" before splitting in 1980. A further single and an album were posthumously released and are now collectors' editions. They've just released a compilation 'When Silence Was Sound' which comprises the band's 7-inchs along with sole long-player World Inside, all produced in the late 70's by Hawkwind drummer Martin Griffin.

The Brainiacs can rock out like the Yardbirds and the Move but follow smoke trails laid down by figures as diverse as Sun Ra, Lee Perry, Funkadelic and seminal West Coast acts like Spirit and Skip Spence to create their own inimitable sound.

"Sun Ra, done in the style of Quicksilver Messenger Service or Man. Like finding something you never knew you lost", WIRE MAGAZINE. "A heady blend of west coast psych-rock and vibrant ë60s vocal harmonies", KRIS NEEDS, SHINDIG.

Son Of Buff are two-man power-trio Ben Floyd & Lance Baldock from Southend On Sea. They deliver sharp, direct, loud and dirty drums and guitar noise informed as much by US underground rock as garagey blues and punk. Formed in the hallowed halls of Southend's notorious drinking den The Railway Hotel, Son Of Buff is a collision of early Sabbath, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Pixies and the Melvins. Son Of Buff's debut album 'The Scum Also Rises' is out now on the Stovepony label.

Coming up...

Sun 1st June; Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel with Dan Raza & The Shrouds / Davey James
MONDAY 2nd June; Sam Baker ADVANCE ONLY! Tickets atwww.wegottickets.com
Wed 4th June; The Corn Potato String Band / Hubert Murray
Sat 7th June; The Fast Camels / The Hanging Stars
Wed 11th June; Adrian Glynn (TBC) / Dennis Ellworth
Wed 18th June; Dan Beaulaurier
Sat 21st June; TBC
Wed 25th June; Delaney Davidson

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