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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 29th Apr; New Stargazers / Davey James
Wed 27th May; No Show!
Sat 30th May; The Hanging Stars / Big Girls
Wed 3rd June; Kingsize Slim Band / The Walkervilles
Sat 6th June; The Fast Camels
Wed 10th June; The Alan Tyler Show
Wed 17th June; The Lords Of Thyme / The Forty Elephant Gang
Sat 20th June; Thin Wire Fence / Dan Shears & The Velveteen Orkestra
Wed 24th June; Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue (USA)

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Wednesday 27th May

No Show!

The Hanging Stars

Big Girls

Saturday 30th May

The Hanging Stars / Big Girls

The Hanging Stars were an epiphany visited upon the rain soaked air of England's green and pleasant land, becoming whole, tangible and real in the Californian desert. There they formed there mix of lush harmonies, cosmic americana and tuneful folk creating something halfway between the Mississippi and the Mersey, the desert's beating sun and the dark skies of London. Their sound is something timeless and yet somehow new, simultaneously nostalgic and prophetic. They vary in number, yet wherever they go they carry the rain and the sand with them. Their debut single is a double A side 'Golden Vanity' / 'Floodbound' out now on lovely 7" vinyl.

Big Girls (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.

Kingsize Slim

The Walkervilles

Wednesday 3rd June

Kingsize Slim Band / The Walkervilles (USA)

Fat roots boogie and heavyweight acoustics since 2005. King Size Slim an explosive roots and blues guitar player moulding traditional standards and soring own compositions with explosive musicianship and a unique vocal attack. A fat roots style and sound delivered live and direct, his music, percussive and dynamic in its nature, melodic and soulful in its heart, shouts loud and kisses sweet. A potent combination of guitars, percussion and vocal performed with passion and belief. Performing around 150 solo shows a year, and in the wake of his second album 'Milk Drunk', Toby has become a "must see" act on the alternative blues circuit as well as at established venues and festivals around the UK.

The Walkervilles are a Motown influenced group from Windsor, Ontario. The three piece combines Pat Robitaille's unforgettable sultry voice with ex-Michou members Mike Hargreaves and Stefan Cvetkovic, who add thick layers of gospel influenced harmonies and rhythms. The group's short existence has sparked excitement as their original songs have a freshness and sensitivity to classic soul. Song vary from the effortless and upbeat to the groovy and soulful, carrying messages of struggle and hope from the heart of economy-torn North America. The soul is strong, the grooves are hoppin, keep your eyes on...The Walkervilles!

The Fast Camels

Saturday 6th June

The Fast Camels

Glasgow's psychedelia popsters playing an explosive blend of 60's influenced psychedelia, freakbeat and classic power-pop has 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. Alternatively - at times, concurrently - ethereal and driving, their sound can hit you between the eyes and induce headbanging or take those same eyes, lift them towards the lights, and set the brain behind them whirling with swirling, psychedelic mÈlanges of vocals and instrumentation.

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

The Alan Tyler Show

Wednesday 10th June

Rockingbirds frontman Alan Tyler, along with Fiddlin' Jim Morrison (Lost Sons of Littlefield) and Patrick Ralla (The Rockingbirds), present an evening of country folk music and song The Alan Tyler Show. The show mines Alan's extensive repertoire of original songs recorded variously by The Rockingbirds, The Lost Sons of Littlefield, and his other solo records. With Jim Morrison on fiddle and mandolin and Patrick Ralla providing vocal harmonies, additional guitar and banjo, the trio deliver neat renditions of songs by many of Alan's favourite country artists, including Waylon Jennings,Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. The show also includes many of Alan's unreleased "River Songs" which explore London's country heritage; the hidden waterways and the "fields beneath" which enrich and breathe life into England's capital city. A varied evening of English country music The Alan Tyler Show!

"Tyler is one of the best songwriters of his genre and era" THE INDEPENDENT

The Lords Of Thyme

Wednesday 17th June

The Lords Of Thyme / The Forty Elephant Gang

From the Southern English Midlands come The Lords of Thyme. With an eye towards the crystalline acid folk of Pentangle and rougher hue of Trees.

The Lords of Thyme were formed after Circulus alumni Joe Woolley, Tali Trow and Pat Kenneally decided to record together. Sharing a love of esoteric folk, psych and progressive music, the trio emerged from their sessions with a clutch of surprisingly accessible tunes recorded with sensitivity, humour and verve. After recruiting folk songstress and Belle of London City Michelle Griffiths on vocals and penning more material, the quartet released their debut EP and limited edition 7' single titled 'Proud Maisre'/ 'If I was a Bird' lovingly mixed by John Wood (Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, John Martyn) through Sunstone Records. The group have since travelled up and down the UK delighting folk fans old and new with their shimmering swaying sounds, and collaborating with folk legend Bonnie Dobson on the Shirley Collins Inspired album to much acclaim.

Forty Elephant Gang are a rousing and innovative acoustic four piece from East London. Their songs relay tales of heartbreak, misdeeds and revelry, presented with rich harmonies on a textural musical canvas. Blending genres from folk, acoustic, americana, bluegrass, and a bit of pop.

Dan Shears &
The Velveteen Orkestra

Saturday 20th June

Thin Wire Fence / Dan Shears & The Velveteen Orkestra

Thin Wire Fence are a 5-piece rock-alt-country band from the south coast. Original songs combining distorted guitar and grizzled vocals, drenched in swathes of haunting and melodic pedal steel, give Thin Wire Fence their distinctive sound that can go from brooding to full tilt in the blink of an eye.

Dan Shear's music has been described as "folk noir", it's a mainly acoustic based, although some of their new material is a little harder hitting with a mix of carnivalesque Eastern European folk and bluegrass/rockabilly guitar tones.

Gal Holiday and
the Honky Tonk Revue

Wednesday 24th June

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue (New Orleans) /
Wild Bill & The Lost Knobs (Austin TX)

In an era of country music made shiny and plastic, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue stick to sincerity when they write with a sense of humor the real-life stories of broken down rigs and hard luck on the road. To some it may seem unlikely that this classic honky tonk band calls New Orleans home. To others whoíve heard them it may come as no surprise that they flourish in a town where tradition in every genre is paid respect with high caliber musicianship.

Since their inception the band has been led by the captivating Vanessa Niemann, an attractive songbird armed with powerhouse vocals and serious songwriting. Since leaving behind her childhood days of running barefoot with a tambourine in the Appalachians, Vanessa keeps true to her mountain roots in the swamps of New Orleans with her no-nonsense sound--albeit with a few more tattoos and better footwear.

The band keeps their country cadence with bass player and music director David Brouillette, once a small-town Louisiana boy whose first start in the music industry began with lobbying a local pizza parlor to let him play and promote shows on Saturday nights. Though his days in rural Louisiana are long gone, like Vanessa, Dave also stays true to his roots with his characteristic honky tonk-style rhythm that keeps the crowds dancing. Armed with these real-life backgrounds, Vanessa and Dave have made Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue a vehicle to keep country dancehall culture alive while paying homage to classic honky tonk greats such as Hank Williams, Connie Smith and Webb Pierce. Their journey of almost a decade continues to evolve through their original compositions which dominate their most recent release, Last to Leave.

Last to Leave is their third album, funded by fan support and hard work. This grass roots spirit--combined with quality musicianship--have earned them the Big Easy Award (2008, 2009) and the Best of the Beat Award (2010). Theyíve also placed third on the FAR Charts (Freeform American Roots Music) and top 100 on the AMA Charts (Americana Airplay, Americana Music Association). Last to Leave was released for the first time nationally at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where the band opened for Lyle Lovett. They also look forward to their first international tour in Germany in August. But youíll still find them playing at various local haunts where you can buy a $2.50 beer and dance a honky tonk twostep.

Keeping alive a purely American musical genre deserving of tribute, with both their interpretations of classic country and original compositions of real life stories, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue are not to be missed.

Wild Bill has been keeping Austin TX weird since 2004, playing and writing for a variety of some of the most interesting underground bands in town. He now plays rowdy southern rock and country with his band, the Lost Knobs. Representing his roots of country and folk, Wild Bill adds punk rock influence and hip hop beats that make his music standout in a city known for unique individualism.

Coming up...

Wed 1th July; Legends of Country / Luke Tuchscherer & The Penny Dreadfuls Leytonstone Festival
Wed 8th July; Stick in the wheel / Vincent Cross (USA) / Gemma Khawaja Leytonstone Festival
Sat 11th July; Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules Leytonstone Festival
Wed 15th July; Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra Leytonstone Festival
Sunday 19th July; Leytonstone Festival What's Cookin' Sunday Picnic @ Henry Reynolds Gardens E11 Midday-8.00pm
Wed 22nd July; Delaney Davidson (Australia) / Black Oil Brothers (USA)
Sat 25th July; TBC
Wed 29th July; The Treetop Flyers

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