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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

Sat 3rd Sept; The Fuzillis / Oh! Gunquit / Kiyoshi Nagata
Sun 4th Sept; Hank Wangford at the Union Chapel 3.30
Wed 7th Sept; The Blazing Zoos / The Verklempt Family
Wed 14th Sept; Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers / Jesse Terry (USA)
Sun 18th Sept; What's Cookin's Little Sunday Picnic 3.00 (TBC)
Wed 21st Sept; Thin Wire Fence
Sat 24th Sept; The Fast Camels / Dark Globes
Wed 28th Sept; TBC

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The Fuzillis

Oh! Gunquit

Kiyoshi Nagata

Saturday 3rd September

The Fuzillis / Oh! Gunquit / Kiyoshi Nagata

The word instr-o-mentals, rowdy saxes, raunchy guitars, and a wallet full of wild, cool and swingin' tunes. A five man tag team featuring the Gretsch fueled twang and grind of Dan Martin Jr, the rootin' tootin tenor sax twosome of Missy K and "Tmag" Maguire, the thunderous jungle rhythms of WJ Oake III and the boss of the bass, Mr Frankie Fuzilli. The Fuzillis... atomic age raunch'n'roll with a twist, you'll dance till your toes bleed.

Oh! Gunquit are a 5-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. These neo-surf garage rockers bring back the sexiness of the B-52's and The Cramps, with some Link Wray & ESG thrown in for good measure.

"That Link Wray riff, those blitzkrieg beats, that Roxy sax, her Karen O feet instantly began lashing out of their own accord", ARTROCKER.

Kiyoshi Nagata is a punk rock cowboy from Osaka, Japan.

Hank Wangford

Sunday 4th September

What's Cookin' Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel N1

Doors 3.30pm, Tickets £10.00 Advance / £12.00 Door

Hank Wangford Big Bass Combo / The Kitchen Drinkers / Charmian Simmons

If Daniel O'Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience,its dark and troubled grubby soul. Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for over 30 years and still has a devious twinkle in his eye! The King of UK country misery will be performing this show with his double bass line-up of Kevin Foster & Anna Robinson - double the bass and double the harmonies. And expect a waltz or two from Hank's latest album 'Save Me The Waltz'.

The Blazing Zoos

The Verklempt Family

Wednesday 7th September

The Blazing Zoos / The Verklempt Family

The Blazing Zoos are a country band from London, consisting of Andrew Mueller (vocals/guitar), Gen Matthews (drums, formerly of Jesus Jones), Jeremy Jones (guitar), and Lara Pattison (bass/vocals). They have been described by various well-respected critical journals as "phenomenally marvellous", "really rather good, in a barnstorming, country-punk sort of way", "more than capable" and "undoubtedly fun, but they also have depth". The Blazing Zoos confess to disappointment at the lack of reference to their rugged good looks, but assume this was taken as read.

Featuring members of Dan Raza & The Shrouds, Troubadour Rose, and The Hallelujah Trails the newly formed Verklempt Family promise a high quality roots stew. With Byrdsesque harmonies layered on lopsided time signatures and an unusual instrumental confection of bouzouki, cittern, mandolin, ubass and percussion, they make a racket somewhere between refracked Americana and the traditional music of alternative universes.

Bob Collum &
The Welfare Mothers

Jesse Terry

Wednesday 14th September

Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers / Jesse Terry (USA)

"Go West, young man", the cry went up of ages past. And they did. Except for one guy, who went East. And that's Bob Collum, who in trading the Tulsa prairies for the less fetching plains of Britain's surly southeast. Bob Collum makes a cool noise. How cool you ask? Well, it's kinda alt-country, a lot of rock & roll, add a smidgen of folk, and a dash of blues. Stick in a potent dose of guilt, a dollop of sin, a drop of salvation (just one drop), and equal measures of joy and sadness.

Jesse Terry is a singer/songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. Home is now the coastal village of Stonington, Connecticut, but Terry's music reflects an amalgam of influences, from Nashville to Laurel Canyon. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally onto a playlist of Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.

Sunday 18th September; 3.00pm - 7.00pm

What's Cookin's Little Sunday Picnic (TBC)

Some of What's Cookin's favourite acts help kick-off it's new outdoor sessions in the new beer garden at Leytonstone

Thin Wire Fence

Wednesday 21st September

Thin Wire Fence

Praised for their unique, edgy sound, original song-writing and dark lyrics, Thin Wire Fence deliver raw, distorted guitar, grizzled vocals, swathes of haunting pedal steel and psychedelic synth, taking you from fragile beauty to a full tilt wall of sound in the blink of an eye. With a dark intensity lurking just below the surface, Thin Wire Fence have been described by Americana UK as ìFive reprobates whose souls are lost, beyond redemption, but certainly worthy of your ears. Their distinct sound merges elements of Americana, fuzzed-out psychedelia and all-out rock, delivered through energetic and exciting live performances".

The Fast Camels

Dark Globes

Saturday 24th Septemer

The Fast Camels / Dark Globes

Glasgow's psychedelia popsters play an explosive blend of 60's influenced psychedelia, freakbeat and classic power-pop and have been turning heads on the live circuit in their native Glasgow since their formation in 2005. Imagine an intriguing mix of Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the Pretty Things psych-pop and small dollops of 'Forever Changes' period Love.

If The Fast Camels were a beverage, they'd be a cup of coffee laced with hallucinogens. Their sound can hit you between the eyes and induce headbanging or take those same said eyes, lift them towards the lights, and set the brain behind them whirling with swirling, psychedelic melanges of vocals and instrumentation. Their 3rd album 'Tales Of The Expected' is out now.

"Their songs remind me of Love in 1966.." JOHNNY ECHOLS (Love)

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.

Wednesday 28th September


Coming up...

Sat 1st Oct; WE SHALL OVERCOME Anti-Austerity Fundraiser
Sun 2ND Oct; Southern Tenant Folk Union / Paul Handyside @ The Union Chapel N1
Wed 5th Oct; Otis Gibbs (USA) / Hope in High Water / Eb Stewart
Sat 8th Oct; The Incredibly Strange Film Band
Wed 12th Oct; Reg Meuross / Dan Wilde
Sat 15th Oct; Steve White & The Protest Family & Guests
Wed 19th Oct; Ninetree Stumblers / Miranda Mulholland
Wed 26th Oct; NO SHOW!
Sat 29th Oct; The Diamond Family Archive

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