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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

Leytonstone Festival Shows
Wed 1th July; Legends of Country / Luke Tuchscherer & The Penny Dreadfuls
Wed 8th July; Stick in the wheel / Vincent Cross (USA) / Gemma Khawaja
Sat 11th July; Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules / The Dublo
Wed 15th July; Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
Sunday 19th July; Leytonstone Festival What's Cookin' Sunday Picnic
@ Henry Reynolds Gardens E11 MIDDAY-8.00pm
Festival over but the beat goes on
Wed 22nd July; Delaney Davidson (New Zealand) / Robert Chaney
Sat 25th July; The Lucky Strikes / Newstargazers
Wed 29th July; The Treetop Flyers

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Legends of Country

Luke Tuchscherer
& The Penny Dreadfuls

Wednesday 1st July


Legends of Country / Luke Tuchscherer & The Penny Dreadfuls

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 indie-pop charm.

"Their songs remind me of Love in 1966.." Johnny Echols (Love)

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. Luke will be performing with his band The Penny Dreadfuls.

Stick In The Wheel

Vincent Cross

Wednesday 8th July


Stick In The Wheel / Vincent Cross (USA) / Gemma Khawaja

The highly acclaimed Stick in the Wheel play the music of the people. They sing in their own accents. They record in their kitchens and living rooms. This is their culture, their tradition. Quite simply one of the best folk acts in the UK at the moment. They were nominated for two awards in this year's Radio 2 Folk Awards - Best Emerging Act and Best Traditional Track. They will be one of the highlights of the festival!

"The hottest new folk band for ages", fRoots magazine. "A real discovery", TOM ROBINSON, BBC6MUSIC.

Vincent Cross is a song poet whose catalogue of critically acclaimed albums draw from the purest of mountain springs to urban Americana. A truly international troubadour, he was born in Dublin, raised in Australia and is now based in New York City.

"Cross has a way with aphoristic old-time vernacular", NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY.

Gemma Khawaja is a folk musician drawing on traditional melodies and folkloric customs both unaccompanied and with guitar.

Daniel Meade &
The Flying Mules

The Dublo

Saturday 11th July


Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules / The Dublo

Roots, Bluegrass, Boogie Woogie and Honky-Tonk from this rising star and his top band!

Daniel Meade made a huge impression with his debut album "As Good As Bad Can Be" in 2013 attracting much radio exposure, including a coveted BBC Introducing Session. It wasn't long before he travelled far and wide, honing his skills and opening for acts such as Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Watson, Diana Jones, Vikesh Kapoor and the award winning Sturgill Simpson with whom he completed two nationwide tours in support with his band The Flying Mules.

New album √ęKeep Right Away√≠, was produced by Morgan Jahnig of Old Crow Medicine Show with guest spots from Diana Jones and Shelly Colvin. Its an exciting, diverse and very self-assured album that draws on the ghosts of all of his influences, from Hank Williams, Big Bill Broonzy and Jerry Lee Lewis through to the more contemporary throes of Old Crow Medicine Show and Justin Townes Earle.

Old friends of the kitchen, The Dublo play filthy blues boogie,gospel,rock'n'roll.

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
The Tea Pad Orchestra

Wednesday 15th July


Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra are one of the hardest working bands in the UK roots circuit... with thousands of touring miles under their belts, they have earned themselves a sizeable fan base in the UK, Europe and beyond. Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or "North Eastern Swing" as they've coined it.

Their style is more eclectic than most, influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of "razor-sharp" solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern. The songs are penned by Rob Heron, a crazy fool for country music and a full time dandy-cowboy. His songs are full of character, satire, and good old fashion hollerin'.

"That's one hot band right there!", HUEY MORGAN BBC RADIO 2. "Infectiously good-humoured...Rob Heron evokes the spirit of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt with a quintet that shuffles and boogies with panache", UNCUT MAGAZINE.

King Salami &
The Cumberland Three


The Severed Limb


Steven James Adams

Big Girls

Simon Stanley Ward Band

Graham Larkbey
& The Escape Committee

Sunday 19th July

LEYTONSTONE FESTIVAL 8th What's Cookin' Sunday Picnic

@ Henry Reynolds Gardens E11, Midday-8.00pm

FREE with a bucket collection...please be generous!

King Salami & The Cumberland Three / The Severed Limb / Oh!Gunquit Steven James Adams / Simon Stanley Ward Band / Big Girls / Cowbell / Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee & more!

Live music all day in the lovely surrounds of Henry Reynolds Gardens. It's our 8th year, and every year it gets better and better. Real ales, Caribbean Punches, BBQ, tea & cakes will all be available, but feel free to bring your own picnic hampers, sarnies, blankets, suncream and/or brollies...and we'll supply the rock'n'roll!

King Salami & The Cumberland Three

up-tempo party stompin' rhythm'n'blues played according to the basic principles of the old London school of Trash. Their sound is crude like the guitar of Link Wray. In their short existence they gathered a large following of party freaks worldwide that are doing The Mojo Workout with them hypnotized worldwide. King Salami & the Cumberland 3 have toured all around Europe, Australia, Japan, China and the USA. New album is "Cookin'up a Party".


Cowbell play garage/soul/rock n roll and write songs that 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 and B bands such as The Small Faces, The Kinks and The Zombies.

The Severed Limb

Skiffle rock'n'roll, gypsy ska, cumbia, and rhythm'n'blues from Severed Limb. With several BBC Radio sessions under their belt, fans include Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe, Gideon Coe, and John Kennedy at XFM. In May 2012 The Severed Limb played to a full house at the Royal Albert Hall opening for Imelda May. Dance music pioneers Hot Chip named them in their "dream festival lineup" alongside Kraftwerk and Aphex Twin. They got that right!


Oh! Gunquit are a 5-piece band concocting 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. These neo-surf garage rockers are B-52s meet Roxy Music at a party thrown by The Cramps!

Steven James Adams

After The Broken Family Band & Singing Adams, Steven James Adams continues to produce brilliantly emotive music. Its always a pleasure to have this handsome young man in the kitchen. His debut solo album 'House Music' is out now.

Big Girls

These ex-Fabulous Penetrators play confused little popular songs with guitars and drums and bass and all by confused amateur popular stars in their pyjamas from the basement of a Hackney Japanese restaurant. Featuring fumbling hits on hot topics such as the metric system, dreams of cats, rock formations in the west of Ireland, the future in long hair and the rise and fall of the milk float.

Simon Stanley Ward Band

Simon Stanley Ward is a sharp-witted and knowing singer with a distinctive and unique high nasal voice that hits the spot on his self-penned country folk songs.

Graham Larkbey & The Escape Committee

The Escape Committee are local boys who play pub rock like its 1975 and they're an annual fixture at the picnic!

Delaney Davidson

Robert Chaney

Wednesday 22nd July

Delaney Davidson (New Zealand)/ Robert Chaney

Singer-Songwriter, Noir Protagonist, Promotional Coyote, One-Man Band, Production Svengali. Part wandering minstrel, part traveling salesman, one foot on the stage and one in the road. Six solo albums out and always one on the way. Tours and performances in seventeen countries, across oceans and continents. Awards here. Collaborations there. A non-stop whirlwind. Enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Delaney Davidson both defines and commands his own unique realm in the shadowy musical world some call "Country-Noir" or "Gothic Americana", others "Alt-Country", but most simply indefinable. He's a hardworking miner of rich and varied musical ores from all over the world, a mad alchemist who produces wondrous new elements out of whole cloth. But whatever he does, whoever he is, both music fans and mysteries seem to swirl around him like mist.

It must be something peculiar in the water in his land-of-origin, because vexing questions tend to arise with regularity around Delaney Davidson. He says he comes from New Zealand, but really, where did this guy come from? Six years in Australia, Six Years in Switzerland, 10 Years on the road. And though he's earned a bunch of country music awards, it's a good bet most traditional country music-lovers have never heard anyone like him before.

His inspirations range from Hank Williams and Howlin' Wolf to The Birthday Party, from Johnny Cash through Suicide to Buster Keaton. Revelling in the darker side of things, Davidson's lyrical content dredges up classic murder ballads, songs with a deep insight into the human condition, and hypnotic trance takes on old blues classics. All liberally laced with an abiding sympathy for human quirks, failure, foibles and triumphs. His rumpled stage persona combines an unconventional and unforgettable voice with a wry and twisted sense of humour. His performances are full of the unexpected, as likely to feature beer-hall antics and pantomime, as dance contests and audience participation, and they often leave jaws agape in their wake.

"A rattling, twanging celebration", THE INDEPENDENT. "Sublime...raw and original", BLUES & SOUL MAGAZINE. "Davidson's music is a force to be reckoned with... if justice prevails, his time has come", NO DEPRESSION.

Robert Chaney is an American performing artist, heir to the songwriting tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams, and Judee Sill. 'Cracked Picture Frames' is his highly anticipated ten-track debut is out now. Written in the bleached out swamps of South Florida and recorded in London, 'Cracked Picture Frames' is a hard-core and stripped-down survey of ballad, blood, and bone.

"Sharp, intelligent, thoughtful and moving", FOLK RADIO UK.

The Lucky Strikes


Saturday 25th July

The Lucky Strikes / Newstargazers

The Lucky Strikes formed in 2006 and I guess they might have played for us more than any other band. They have been described as "Blues/ Garage/ Americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin", heavin' rock and roll', which they think fits them pretty well.

Following their self-titled debut album the band released a number of concept records, The Chronicles of Solomon Quick (2009), Gabriel Forgive my 22 Sins (2011) and The Exile and the Sea (2013), the latter a project to recount the folk stories and local legends of the Thames coast where they live. The Lucky Strikes maintain a busy touring schedule and have played as diverse places as the Southbank Centre in London to a boat in Bristol. Their music has featured on a variety of TV shows in both the USA and UK and in the summer of 2013 they worked with the Old Trunk Theatre Company to produce the multi-arts production, The Vagabond Diaries.

"Dark and dirty Americana to chill your soul from the rock n roll wastelands of Essex - inspired buy Tom Waits, The Band and Neil Young", CLASSIC ROCK.

Newstargazers blend high-energy rockabilly with garage and soul.

The Treetop Flyers

Wednesday 29th July


The Treetop Flyers

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.

Coming up...

Wed 2nd Sept; TBC
Sun 6th Sept; UNION CHAPEL
Wed 9th Sept; Wes McGhee
Sat 12th Sept; TBC
Wed 16th Sept; TBC
Sat 19th Sept; The Franceens / The Sweat
Wed 23rd Sept; The Hot Rock Pilgrims
Wed 30th Sept; TBC

For all the latest developments please phone 07904 210218 or email Ramblin Steve

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