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:

In Brief

Sat 18th Mar; thelightshines / Dark Globes
Wed 22nd Mar; Vera van Heeringen / John Wheatley
Wed 29th Mar; Kingsize Slim
Sat 1st Apr; John Murry
Wed 5th Apr; No show!
Wed 12th Apr; No show!
Sat 15th Apr; No show!
Wed 19th Apr; Case Hardin / Ida Wenoe
Wed 26th Apr; Ted Russell Kamp / Calico
Sat 29th Apr; Norton Money

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Dark Globes

Saturday 18th March

thelightshines / Dark Globes

thelightshines are ten hands bringing you shimmering jangles, sunshine harmonies, guitars, sitars and half-remembered memories, with influences taken from west coast pop, the paisley underground scene, melancholia, psychedelia, the blues, Indian classical music and folk.

"Honeyed dreampop with heavenly jangling guitars", . "thelightshines do an incredible job of walking the tightrope between jangly, psychedelic pop and some incredibly out-there trippiness", DISPATCHES FROM THE PANDA ROOM.

Dark Globes play reassuringly downbeat, ego-free pop music, burying fragile songs under a fuzzy blanket of reverb, lit by a candle of jangle. A shy collective of Southenders, a mismatched coalescence of oddballs.

Vera van Heeringen

John Wheatley

Wednesday 22nd March

Vera van Heeringen / John Wheatley

Vera van Heeringen's debut album, 'Standing Tall', was released in 2012 and marked a change of direction after nearly five years of touring as part of the brilliantly comedic New Rope String Band. With influences firmly rooted across the Atlantic, Vera writes soulful songs and tunes with lyrics and delivery speaking straight to, and from, the heart. A highly skilled instrumentalist, she has long been recognised for her graceful and restrained guitar playing, bringing the guitar a life in a way that's entirely her own. Vera has just released her second album, 'Proper Brew', which features a list of musicians who share Vera's musical aesthetic, including Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Rayna Gellert and Kris Drever, has received rave reviews.

"Contemporary Americana-roots-flavoured songwriting, and concominant playing of an eminently tasty variety, don't come much better than this", FATEA. "Not only can she write imaginative songs, she can play the acoustic guitar better than most", NO DEPRESSION. "An accomplished and thoroughly beautiful album", FOLKWORDS.

John Wheatley is frontman with country blues rockers Suburban Dirts.

King Size Slim

Wednesday 29th March

King Size Slim

Kingsize Slim returns with his heavyweight sound full touring four piece band. The big warm tones from his resonator guitar combined with a powerful and direct vocal style are the King Size Slim trademarks that define a truly heavyweight acoustic sound that shouts loud and kisses sweet. As a solo performer Kingsize Slim is hard for any audience to resist, tonight he is accompanied by the full rhythm section adding a new percussive edge built from the ground-up to incorporate an innate love of blues and folk music from around the world.

"Few artists create a distinctive sound but Kingsize Slim aka Toby Barelli has done just that...terrific stuff", R2 MAGAZINE.


Saturday 1st April

John Murry (USA)

Critically acclaimed American Singer/Songwriter John Murry was raised in Tupelo, MS, late of Oakland, CA and currently residing in Kilkenny, Ireland. John has completed work on his soon to be released new album 'A Short History of Decay', the brilliant and long-awaited follow-up to his spectacular solo debut 'The Graceless Age' and the acclaimed EP's "Califorlornia" "Perfume & Decay" and "John Murry is Dead". John's 2012 album 'The Graceless Age' was hailed by MOJO magazine and received a 5-star review, UNCUT called it a "masterpiece", both magazines included it in their Top 10 albums of the year, American Songwriter put it in their Top 5 of the year and The Guardian included it in their best of the year as well. His new album will no-doubt get the same rave reviews.

"Extraordinary, profound and moving..." THE GUARDIAN

Wednesday 5th April

No show!

Wednesday 12th April

No show!

Saturday 15th April

No show!

Case Hardin

Ida Wenoe

Wednesday 19th April

Case Hardin / Ida Wenoe (Denmark)

Much-loved UK band Case Hardin, fronted by enigmatic songwriter and vocalist Pete Gow. Case Hardin songs focus on the lives of dark, troubled souls, whose aspirations have been compromised, either by their own choices or by circumstance. Pitching Pete Gow as narrator, a voice for the underbelly of a corner of society too often ignored, the band can be low-key and they can rock'n'roll.

"One of the UK's most gripping, evocative and underrated singer-songwriters" CLASSIC ROCK

Clash Magazine described Danish singer/songwriter Ida's sound as being "bewitching acid folk with a deeply personal edge..." and The Guardian said that she "sounds like the young narrator of her own magical-malevolent fantasies...the kind of sound Edward Woodward might have heard downstairs in the local inn had the Wicker Man been filmed in a remote Danish village".

"A childlike fragility that makes the songs sound like whimsical folk for fairy tales with a sinister undertow", THE GUARDIAN.

Ted Russell Kamp


Wednesday 26th April

Ted Russell Kamp (USA) / CALICO (USA)

Ted Russell Kamp is an LA-based bass player, singer/songwriter and producer. He writes, records and travels the world performing his own country-roots Americana music from seven critically-acclaimed albums. His most recent album 'Flying Solo' is mostly acoustic solo performances, raw and bare bones, and many of the songs are in the classic singer-songwriter style of Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams.

"Terrific. Russell Kamp is a star on the rise in the tradition of Guy Clark", NO DEPRESSION. "A talented singer-songwriter with probing stories of real life, fueled by emotion, his poetic explanations are truly profound and deeply personal. His voice gets inside your bones, like John Prine with more air and less dirt", MAVERICK MAGAZINE.

CALICO is a Californian band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker which is shorthand for California country. Tightly harmonised songs exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons famously dubbed Cosmic American Music. Their debut album is 'Rancho California'.

"Americana is reborn in the spirit of Laurel Canyon and the spirt of the great songwriters (Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, etc.)", AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE.

Norton Money

Saturday 29th April

Norton Money

Norton Money are a harmony driven alternative-americana band with soul. The band was formed by musicians Dan Beaulaurier & Jeremy Mendonca in 2006. In the years that followed they performed extensively in the UK, USA and Europe. Now, after a substantial hiatus they have decided to perform again with with the help of drummer Jamie Shaw and bassist Anna Robinson. Their self-titled debut was released in March 2007 and the follow-up, 'Double EP', recorded at the renowned Union Chapel and at Dan's flat, was released July 2009. The band is currently performing and working on new material. The release of their 3rd album is imminent. Whether the music is swingin', two steppin', or a will leave you altered and "smash your barn doors wide-open and paint em red on the way out"!

Coming up...

Sat 6th May; Galley Beggar
Wed 10th May; B,ton Bleu (France) / Rachel Dean & Tim Gray (USA)
Wed 17th May; Hope In High Water (Album Launch) / Robert Chaney & Laura Tenschert
Sat 20th May; Thin Wire Fence / Charlie's Angles / Snakerattlers
Wed 24th May; Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls (Album launch) / Paul-Ronney Angel
Sat 27th May; TBC
Wed 31st May; TBC

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

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