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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: www.unionchapel.org.uk

In Brief

We are on our annual summer break until Wed 3rd September. Happy days!

Wed 3rd Sept; The Dog Roses / Olly Wills (The Epstein)
Sat 6th Sept; Oh! Gunquit / Andy Twyman
Wed 10th Sept; Morton Valence / The Tender Hips
Wed 17th Sept; Beverly Smith & John Grimm / Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings
Sat 20 Sept; The Ted Army
Wed 24th Sept; The Hot Rock Pilgrims / Paul McClure
SUN 28th Sept;The Union Chapel doors 2.30; KING SIZE SLIM BAND

The Detail

Wednesday 3rd September

The Dog Roses / Olly Wills (The Epstein)

The Dog Roses are a stunning roots, Americana, country rock'n'roll band. A six piece based around drums, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, accordion, scorching fiddle and mandolin, they do for country and bluegrass what the Pogues did for Irish music - inject it with a huge dose of rock'n'roll. Great songs and fantastic players guarantee a seriously good time, definitely not to be missed. Suited and booted, the men in black are back!

Olly Wills is the frontman of The Epstein, another of our favourite bands. Expect some acoustic songs from their latest album 'Murmurations'. Recorded over 14 months in London, Oxford and Bremen Germany,'Murmurations' is a departure from the raw, live sound of their previous releases and captures the band at their most majestic. As Olly comments, "We weren't looking to catch the live performance, which is what we obsessed over in previous recordings. We wanted this to be the style of us in the studio with the time and thought that go into the process. We wanted this to be grand, to be sweeping, to be epic and to be cinematic in scope". We'll have a full band show from The Epstein later in the year.

Saturday 6th September

Oh! Gunquit / Andy Twyman

Arguably the hit of this year's What's Cookin' Sunday Picnic, and described by our resident DJ Johnny Clash as 'a wonderful mix of B-52s meet Roxy Music', Oh! Gunquit 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 sex of the B-52's, The Cramps, with some Link Wray & ESG thrown in for good measure. If you missed them at the picnic don't this time, if you saw them at the picnic you know where we are!

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

Andy Twyman is a genuine one man band playing drums, guitar harmonica and singing live and simultaneously. A unique act that delivers off beat blues and raucous rock and roll.

"The master of the one man band...a first class musician and songwriter", BLUES IN BRITAIN.

Wednesday 10th September

Morton Valence / The Tender Hips

Sublime moody electronic country duetting and late night bar-room melancholy, with a touch of indie sweetness, from the Nancy Sinantra & Lee Hazlewood / Handsome Family influenced Morton Valence. Their new album 'Left' has just received 4-stars from MOJO ("Impressive...urban country is too narrow to emcompass their diverse agenda") and 7/10 from UNCUT ("Owes much to the suburban wit of Ray Davies").

"Literate, heavy-lidded hungover pop, more an urbanites dream of country music than the real thing...classy, their songs simply too good to let them pass you by", SOUNDS XP. "In their use of narratives, harmonies and occasional twanging guitars it is country as might have been performed by the Jesus and Mary Chain or the Velvet Underground", PENNY BLACK MUSIC.

Dark alt-country heart with shining pop hooks and fine harmonies from The Tender Hips.

Wednesday 17th September

Beverly Smith & John Grimm / Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings

One of the most respected guitar players in old time music today, Beverly Smith is also in demand as a singer, fiddler, and dance caller. John Grimm is an award winning fiddler and multi-instrumentalist who has played with many old time bands such as The Georgia Mudcats, The Georgia Potlickers, and Rural Radio Company.

John Grimm and Beverly Smith live in the mountains of North Georgia in the beautiful little town of Dahlonega, in Lumpkin County. For the past 25 years, John has owned and operated the towns music store, Vintage Music, home to a unique assortment of instruments and a gathering place for local musicians. Since 2010 John and Beverly have been performing together at festivals, concerts, workshops and dances across the country and abroad. Their performances feature traditional country duets and a sprinkling of newer pieces. They choose their songs well, and clearly have spent a great deal of time searching through the archives of rural american folk music. Their traditional songs and tunes reveal a deep familiarity with and great love for the genre. From haunting archaic banjo and fiddle tunes to raucus hillbilly singing they display an ease that sounds nothing but genuine. Beverly has previosly performed in the kitchen with Carl Jones, and Alice Gerrard, the indisputable Queen of Old Time Music.

Fusing gutsy rhythm & blues, folk, soul and great songwriting, Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings combine all of the best parts of roots based music traditions. The solid energetic bounce from the double bass, effortlessly intertwining dual guitars and soulful melodies lie beneath impassioned, stirring vocals and harmonies.

Saturday 20th September

The Ted Army

Their story...

Myself and my brothers Mikhail, Gayechnoy, and Yaights were born in Volodymyr-Volynskyi, a modest town in north-western Ukraine. Volodymyr is known for only two things, the unsuccessful Smiling Farmers uprising of 1915 and Piotr Illyamovich, our former mayor who wrote the 24 verse epic ‘Motherland Love Me’, runner-up in the 1969 Soviet Song Contest. Our mother, Ludmila, worked in the tractor tyre factory.

In 1979 she was chosen as part of a delegation to visit Albones Bros in Goole, North Humberside, the home of the Ivel Light Agricultural tyre. She returned with amazing tales about cars made out of steel and brightly lit palaces where the proletariat played a game called bingo. She brought back fantastic treats. Six packets of Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum, a pair of second hand Wrangler 26 inch flares, two Curly-Wurlys and, best of all, a cassette called ‘The Rockin’ Hits of the 70s’. It was like hearing music from a different world. We played the songs of Mud, Showaddywaddy, Matchbox and Alvin Stardust night and day until our neighbour, Ivan the Terripin, threatened to report us for disambiguation. We persuaded our uncle, Oleg, best balalaika player west of the Steppes, to teach us the songs. Our mother made us jackets just like Showaddywaddy wore in the picture on the cassette box. She named us ‘The Ted Army’ and we performed at weddings, workers’ assemblies and tractor fairs across the whole of the Volodymyr administrative region.

Glasnost came to Volodymyr in 1998, ten years after everywhere else. We resolved to utilise our new freedom by journeying to London where we could meet our hero, Les Gray. We had heard that he performed a special dance involving crossing one leg over the other and stepping backwards. We wanted to learn it from him. After saving for six years we arrived in the United Kingdom in March 2004, only to find that Les had died two weeks earlier. Heartbroken, we decided it was our duty to keep his music alive, and that of the other 70s rock and rollers who were his friends, by playing it in any club, public house or function room where people would listen. And, if there were any, at tractor fairs.

Wednesday 24th September

The Hot Rock Pilgrims / Paul McClure

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.

Paul McClure is a singer and songwriter from Rutland, England where he lives with his wife and daughters. The passing world is the fodder for Paul's characters and story lines in particular the loves, laughs and losses that have come his way. You may remember Paul from kitchen favourites The Hi and Lo. His new album 'Smiling From The Floor Up' is out now on Clubhouse Records.

Sunday 28th September


Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel, Doors 2.30pm

£6 advance/ £8 door, Tickets from store.unionchapel.org.uk

Fat roots boogie and heavyweight acoustics since 2005. King Size Slim an explosive roots and blues guitar player moulding traditional standards and soaring own compositions with explosive musicianship and a unique vocal attack. A fat roots style and sound delivered live and direct. This 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.

Coming up...

Wed 1st Oct; The Coal Porters
Wed 8th Oct; Hatful of Rain
Sat 11th Oct; Mr Plow & more
Wed 15th Oct; TBC
Sat 18th Oct; The Bikini Beach Band
Wed 22nd Oct; The Alan Tyler Show
Wed 29th Oct; NO SHOW

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