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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

Wed 2nd Sept; The Ugly Guys / Margo Cilker Band (USA)
Sun 6th Sept; Jack Sharp (Wolf People) / M.G. Boulter & Samantha Whates UNION CHAPEL
Wed 9th Sept; Wes McGhee / Hollywood Knightz
Sat 12th Sept; I'm Suzy / Sterling Roswell / Mark Wynn
Wed 16th Sept; The Barker Band / Ramshackle Union Band
Sat 19th Sept; The Sweat / The Franceens / The Ferriday Fireballs
Wed 23rd Sept; The Hot Rock Pilgrims / Josh Chandler Morris & Carly Slade / David CW Briggs
Wed 30th Sept; To be confirmed...

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The Ugly Guys

Margo Cilker Band

Wednesday 2nd September

The Ugly Guys / Margo Cilker Band (USA)

The Ugly Guys are legendary Kursaal Flyers Paul Shuttleworth and Vic Collins on lead vocals and pedal steel, who first played together back in 1969 in Cow Pie, a band inspired by the country flavoured rock music coming out of California at the time from the likes of The Byrds and Gram Parsons' Flying Burrito Brothers. They are joined by former Jerry The Ferret guitarist Steve Oliver and Bob Clouter, Mickey Jupps' original Orioles and Legend drummer. The line up is completed by Andy Farrell on bass. Andy has played with Paul in the past as well as being in bands such as the Hamsters and Eddie & the Blizzards.

The band name comes from a Kursaal Flyers' song: "The pretty faces came and went....but the Ugly Guys played on and on and on....". Their latest album is "Still Twenty-Five in Your Head".

Margo Cilker is folk singer/songwriter, California-raised, but currently resides in South Carolina. Her music is influenced by the likes of John Prine, Kate Wolf, Lucinda Williams, John Denver, The Band & Neil Young.

Jack Sharp

M.G. Boulter

Samantha Whates

Sunday 6th Sept 3.30pm

Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel

Jack Sharp (Wolf People) / M.G. Boulter & Samantha Whates

Doors 3.30pm £8.00 Advance / £10.00 Door

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Jack Sharp is the guitarist/singer with highly acclaimed pscyh-rock band Wolf People, but he has recently developed a keen side-interest in discovering, singing, and interpreting old folk songs.

Folk harmonies and picking from Lucky Strikes frontman MG Boulter & Samantha Whates. They both hail from coastal towns, so naturally their folk songs are based around maritime and seaside themes.

Wes McGhee

Wednesday 9th September

Wes McGhee / Hollywood Knightz

If you really do judge a man by the company he keeps, you have to take Wes McGhee very seriously indeed. Ask around in Austin, Texas and they'll tell you he's the real thing - a great songwriter, musician and entertainer whose talents are undisputed, whether as band leader, guest musician or solo artist. Given that they know a bit about music in Texas, that marks Wes McGhee as special. A Wes McGhee show is likely to include pretty well every major branch of 'roots' music you can name - from blues, Tex-Mex, rock n roll and pure honkytonk to powerful, evocative and lyrical songs in the best singer-songwriter tradition - all seamlessly meshed together by a great band, some of whom have been with Wes for over twenty years.

Over the years Wes has worked with many Texas legends, including Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmour and Alvin Crow. In 1984 he became the first non-Texan to be awarded a Songwriter's Recognition Night by the Austin Chronicle at Austin's famous Soap Creek Saloon, where he also recorded his seminal live album, 'Thanks for the Chicken'. His overflowing CV includes spells as a record producer (for Freddie Krc, Ponty Bone, Texan poet Roxy Gordon, singer-songwriter Terry Clarke and Irish singer Joe Giltrap) and as a guitar-playing guest on albums by the likes of Kimmie Rhodes, Richard Dobson, Randy (RC) Banks, Heather Myles and Billy Swan.

Wes is currently recording a new album due anytime soon, but in the meantime you time wanna check out his 3CD retrospective 'Bead Mountain, Bad Roads & Borders'.

Together California legends Rob Campanella and Chrystof Certik make up the post-tour Joel Gion/Brian Jonestown Massacre moniker of Hollywood Knightz. Rob Campanella is an LA institution in his own right, producing and playing with bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Tyde, the Mystic Braves, Dead Meadows, as well as his own band The Quarter After. Chrystof Certik is a San Fransisco legend who's played with everyone you've ever heard of as well as the ones you haven't. A must see guitar player who masters everything from the mandolin to the banjo to Clarence White style flatpicking. His own projects including the much missed and overlooked Winter Flowers. Expect folk, country, psychedelia, West Coast style tunes and a few original tunes.

Sterling Roswell

Mark Wynn

Saturday 12th September

I'm Suzy / Sterling Roswell / Mark Wynn

With no deluded notions of grandeur (or fans).'I'm Suzy' work under a constantly changing banner of names, often covering songs by themselves from a different era. Context is all. Their previous incarnation (Fat Girlfriend) was described as post punk new wave garage psych pop. Who knows what we will be described as this time.

Rosco aka Sterling Roswell will be playing songs from his new long play record album 'The Call Of The Cosmos'. Sterling Roswell is the former drummer and multi-instrumentalist with Spaceman 3. After leaving Spacemen 3, he joined The Darkside in 1989 alongside Spacemen 3 bandmate Pete Bain and recorded three albums with the band, "his songwriting and voice recalls a solar-fried Bobby Gillespie, an artist he no doubt originally influenced with the Spacemen 3. Elsewhere, there's truly psychedelic excursions into outsiderdom which come off like The Seeds mutating ever larger into lysergic-dipped monsters."

"Think Lee Hazelwood produced by Joe Meek - perfectly realised and revealing a commercial side to Roswell previously unheard/viewed through the lens of Syd Barrett and Kevin Ayers", MOJO.

Mark Wynn is a pop star because if John Otway can say he's one, why not Mark Wynn. John Otways roadie pinched the last can of Mark Wynn's rider at a gig in a basement beneath a cinema that was once independent and now isn't but still playson the fact that it is. Mark Wynn has been paid real cash money for pretending to be Iggy Pop, Ronnie Barker and that bloke out of Sleaford Mods, in places such as Dewsbury, Heckmondwicke and Caerphilly (Mark was paid 200 pounds for slurring into a microphone at the cheese festival).

"Raggedy, warts and all, off the cuff, intentionally half-baked, and charming: utterly self-effacing and unpretentious, it's the antithesis of, well, pretty much everything, although it is, arguably, tantamount to creative and commercial suicide", WHISPERIN'N'HOLLERIN'.

The Barker Band

Ramshackle Union Band

Wednesday 16th September

The Barker Band / Ramshackle Union Band

The Barker Band are a West London folk rock band With a love for George Jones, Black Sabbath and everything in between, the band offer up a unique mix of folk bluegrass, rock and blues. Their new album, their 6th, "The Land We Hold Dear", which has a English 70's folky sound, is dedicated to the memory of founder member Lenny Barker, father to Jake and Sam Barker. It's great to have the Barker Band back in the kitchen!

"While they cover all the usual themes that traditional folk music is expected to, for every accepted nod to folk there are two twists and turns that you'd never expect", PENNY BLACK MUSIC.

The Ramshackle Union Band are a harmony driven folk & blues four piece. With sumptuous vocals, bracing guitar, banjo, bass and drums, the outfit have become well known for their rousing live performances, and are now well on the way to cementing themselves as one of Britain's leading purveyors of old time folk & blues.

The Sweat

The Franceens

Saturday 19th September

The Sweat / The Franceens / The Ferriday Fireballs

Are you hotter than July? If you canít stand the heat and are ready to burn baby burn! Do you wake up in a cold sweat with the taste of fire on your tongue? Is there smoke on the water causing steamy windows? Have you been recently shot down in flames? Would you like hot fun in the summertime? Want some burning love and are willing to play with fire? Then this offer is for you! A once in a lifetime, never to be bettered deal! It's garage rock'n'roll from The Sweat!

The Franceens are a 3 piece garage punk band from York. They are known for their ferocious, engaging live shows, constant gigging, and their high-energy garage punk music.

"Ferocious and precise, the York trio have a penchant for ripping the roof off the venue. One the best live shows in the UK currently", ANTIPOP.

Primitive rock'n'roll kicks from The Ferriday Fireballs.

The Hot Rock Pilgrims

Josh Chandler Morris
& Carly Slade

Wednesday 23rd September

The Hot Rock Pilgrims / Josh Chandler Morris & Carly Slade / David CW Briggs

The Hot Rock Pilgrims are a brand new old-time/bluegrass supergroup featuring some of the most exciting young pickers in the South East of England.Dan Edwards is well known for his superb guitar and clawhammer work with bands such as The So Last Century String Band, Solid Gone, Amy Harrison & The Second Hand String Band and most recently with Ben Paley's Long Hill Ramblers. Hubert, Bruno and Sam have been making waves in England and Ireland with acclaimed Bluegrass/Irish fusion band Lands End.Together they will take you on a high-energy pilgrimage of Appalachian music and its descendants.

Josh Chandler Morris and Carly Slade are a duo from Milton Keynes, whose distinctly British take on acoustic Americana has captivated audiences across the UK. The pair incorporate folk, blues and country into their compositions, delivering what Rock'n'Reel Magazine describe as 'exuberant songs performed with passion and intensity'. Inspired by the dark modal sounds of American traditional music, the pair create something steeped in tradition, whilst also retaining a relevance to their urban surroundings.

Off-centre and poetic Jansch-like chord patterns from left-field folk player David CW Briggs.

Wednesday 30th September

To be confirmed...

Coming up...

Sat 3rd Oct; 'WE SHALL OVERCOME!' Miraculous Mule/Steven James Adams/Alan Tyler/Jack Sharp/Steve White & more
Sun 4th Oct; Benjamin Folke Thomas / Siobhan Parr @ The Union Chapel 3.30pm
Wed 7th Oct; Beverly Smith & John Grimm / Mary Webb
Wed 14th Oct; The Vaga Band
Sat 17th Oct; Harry Violet & more
Wed 21st Oct; TBC
Wed 28th Oct; TBC

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