what's cookin' this month...

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

Sat 3rd Jan; The Lucky Strikes / Hakan Soold
Wed 7th Jan; TBC
Wed 14th Jan; Felix Holt & The Radicals / Legends Of Country
Sat 17th Jan; Co-Pilgrim / Olly Wills
Wed 21st Jan; The Flying Mules
Wed 28th Jan; Simon Stanley-Ward Band (TBC)
Sat 31st Jan; Hank Wangford

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The Lucky Strikes

Stick in the Wheel

Saturday 3rd January

The Lucky Strikes / Stick In The Wheel

The Lucky Strikes formed in 2006 and I guess they've played for us every year since then. They have been described as "Blues/ Garage/ Americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin', heavin' rock and roll", which they think fits them pretty well.

Following their self-titled debut album the band released a number of concept records, The Chronicles of Solomon Quick (2009), Gabriel Forgive my 22 Sins (2011) and The Exile and the Sea (2013), the latter a project to recount the folk stories and local legends of the Thames coast where they live. The Lucky Strikes maintain a busy touring schedule and have played as diverse places as the Southbank Centre in London to a boat in Bristol. Their music has featured on a variety of TV shows in both the USA and UK and in the summer of 2013 they worked with the Old Trunk Theatre Company to produce the multi-arts production, The Vagabond Diaries.

"Dark and dirty Americana to chill your soul from the rock n roll wastelands of Essex - inspired buy Tom Waits, The Band and Neil Young", CLASSIC ROCK.

Stick in the Wheel play the music of the people. They sing in their own accents. They record in their kitchens and living rooms. This is their culture, their tradition.

"The hottest new folk band for ages", fRoots magazine, "A real discovery", TOM ROBINSON, BBC6MUSIC.

Lords of Time

Wednesday 7th January

Lords Of Thyme / Son Of Kirk

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 songstressand 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, appearing at Moseley Folk festival on the Luna stage and collaborating with folk legend Bonnie Dobson on the Shirley Collins Inspired album to much acclaim.

Son of Kirk mix the purest of fiddle folk tones with contemporary intricate drum rhythms, sweeping cello accompaniment, all wrapped around beautifully ambient guitar based songs. If DJ Shadow played drums in an acoustic folk group, it would be Son of Kirk. Great musicianship, soaring vocals, gorgeously accessible songs with a fine sense of melody make for a strikingly original folk ensemble.

Felix Holt & The Radicals

Legends of Country

Wednesday 14th January

Felix Holt & The Radicals / Legends Of Country / Guests

Felix Holt, backed up his 4-piece band The Radicals, is inspired by musical styles such as gospel, blues and country, and influenced by artists such as Sister Rossetta Tharpe, Louis Jordan and Hank williams, they play uptempo, rocking, swinging, shuffling songs with a classic feel that are guaranteed to get you moving. We had these folk do their first spot for us back in November and they went down so well we had to get them back again for their own show.

Legends Of Country are a band formed by Jof Owen from The Boy Least Likely To. Inspired by a long standing love of country music and memories of growing up watching Pebble Mill and listening to Johnny Cash and George Hamilton IV, their songs combine a classic country sound with an honest and unmistakeable English indiepop charm. Their first single was 'That's What We Talk About When We Talk About Country'. With dobro guitar, pedal steel and mariarchi trumpets blasting away, the A side is a role call of "country" icons from Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker and Loretta Lynn to darts player Jocky Wilson and the beat writer Carolyn Cassady.


Saturday 17th January

Co-Pilgrim / Olly Wills

After the hesitant musings of loss and change on 2013's 'A Fairer Sea', Co-Pilgrim have "come of age" on new album 'Plumes'. There are many touchstones littered throughout Australian stalwarts the Go-Betweens, Art of Fighting and The Panics in the unhurried, sonorous nature of the instrumentation; even heavyweights like Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan and Dexys Midnight Runners cast their shadow. But rather than being a pastiche or homogenisation, 'Plumes' feels like the first true Co-Pilgrim record, harmonious, ruminative and loved.

"Marries Jayhawks harmonies to wafting Beach Boys tunes", Q, "A very beautiful album", BOB HARRIS, "This is one of my favorite discoveries", STEVE LAMACQ, "Luscious harmonies and the soaring strings bring you from the feel of classic Teenage Fanclub to the sound of the Byrds and beyond, a gentle sound that takes you away to a better place", LOUDER THAN WAR.

Great solo support with Olly Wills from The Epstein. Its always a treat to hear the emotional core of those great Epstein songs stripped bare.

Daniel Meade &
The Flying Mules

Wednesday 21st January

Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules / Hogie

Country, boogie-woogie, honky-tonk, bluegrass, for those who have lived a little. Ex-Ronelle Daniel Meade is promoting his new album 'Keep Right Away', which Americana UK quite like I think - "A hugely talented man whose music covers so many off shoots of country music including country rock, hard country, honky tonk, even including a little bluesiness and much more besides. When you see the list of support cast on this superb album, his second, it is easy to see how highly rated he is. They include various members of the Old Crow Medicine Show, Diana Jones, Chance McCoy, Chris Scruggs and a few more. A tremendous album!"

Simon Stanley-Ward Band

Wednesday 28th January

Simon Stanley-Ward Band / Mick Lynes

A 25-year-old Londoner in a cowboy hat may not be your go-to man for authentic Americana, but Simon Stanley Ward is sharp-witted and knowing (he has a song about affectations called 'American Voice'), and has a distinctive, high nasal voice that hits the spot more often than you'd expect on his self-penned country songs.

Hank Wangford

Saturday 31st January

Hank Wangford

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 25 years, and his new album of waltzes 'Save Me The Waltz' is out now.

He has spread the word with his two ground breaking television series, Britain's first on Country music, "Big Big Country" and "The A to Z of C&W" and his books "Lost Cowboys" and "Hank Wangford Vol 3 The Middle Years". This messianic derailment onto the path of country music came from befriending and playing with Gram Parsons, ex-Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, in the seventies. This was at a time when Hank - as Dr Sam Hutt - was a rock 'n roll doctor. Many of his patients were from the world of rock music and the hippie alternative world. The Grateful Dead, the Who and the Rolling Stones were some of his clients.

It was when Gram Parsons came over to hang out in London with Keith Richards that Keith sent Gram with his wife to see Doctor Sam. Gram passed the country torch to Emmylou Harris and the Rolling Stones as well as to Doctor Sam. Since then Hank has fronted a series of hot country bands, aiming for country non-believers. It's not all misery. Some of his songs and stories are sad and some funny.

Coming up...

Sunday 1st Feb; Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel with The Hot Rock Pilgrims
Wed 4th Feb; Thin Wire Fence /The Cheating Hearts
Sat 7th Feb; TBC
Wed 11th Feb; TBC
Wed 18th Feb; NO SHOW
Sat 21st Feb; NO SHOW
Wed 25th Feb; Lewis & Leigh & more tbc
Sat 28th Feb; TBC

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