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:

In Brief

Wed 4th Mar; The Dog Roses / MC Hansen & Jacob Chano
Sat 7th Mar; Orphan Colours / Ceri James & The Three Fifths
Wed 11th Mar; The Hallelujah Trails / Hubert Murray
Wed 18th Mar; The Malingerers / The Forty Elephant Gang
Sat 21st Mar; Little George Sueref
Wed 25th Mar; Don Gallardo
Sun 29th Mar; The Severed Limb / Ghost Town Showdown @ The Union Chapel 2.30pm

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The Dog Roses

MC Hansen

Wednesday 4th March

The Dog Roses / MC Hansen & Jacob Chano

The Dog Roses are a stunning roots, Americana, country rock'n'roll band. A six piece based around drums, bass, acoustic, 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.

"Lovely country-rock melodies, wonderful three-part harmonies" ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE

Danish singer and guitar slinger M.C Hansen combines the storytelling of traditional folk music with contemporary country sounds. His music echoes both his Danish heritage and his American influences. The sound of Scandinavia in American clothes - it's Scandicana!

Orphan Colours

Saturday 7th March

Orphan Colours / Ceri James & The Three Fifths

Orphan Colours are a London country soul outfit put together by singer/songwriter Steve Llewellyn. Having been involved in the success of UK country/folk band ahab, Steve was keen to continue where ahab had left off after the group decided to hang up their instruments. The band consists of founding ahab member Dave Burn and the band's remaining members; Steve Brookes (Drums) and Oscar Lisshagen (Keys Percussion). The guys are joined by London session player Graham Knight (Bass) and Noah & The Whale guitarist Fred Abbott (Lead Guitar).

Country blues and folk rock from Ceri James with his new band The Three Fifths.

The Hallelujah Trails

Hubert Murray aka
Blind Boy Murray

Wednesday 11th March

The Hallelujah Trails / Hubert Murray

The Hallelujah Trails are a London based American country rock band with soul. They were formed in 2009 by Californian singer songwriter Jeremy Mendonca and include Anna Robinson (bass and harmonies), Lyle Zimmerman (keyboards and mandolin), and Jamie Shaw (drums). In the 5 years since, they have been regulars at Maverick Americana festival, and gigged extensively on the London circuit gaining a reputation for pulling in the crowds. Co-operations with the Hank Wangford band and BJ Cole and praise from Bob Harris on Radio 2 has followed. With a second album recorded and ready for release this Spring, they are fast emerging as one of the most engaging American roots bands in the U.K.

Hubert Murray aka Blindboymurray is an extraordinary singer and guitarist from Galway. Having cut his teeth on the pub circuit for many years, singing everything he had to sing to avoid being beaten up by the regulars, he moved to London to perform his own beautifully crafted folk and blues songs. His soulful voice is full of raw energy, accompanied by his guitar playing that ranges from delicate fingerpicking to slide guitar and shredding solos.

The Malingerers

Wednesday 18th March

The Malingerers / The Forty Elephant Gang

Hailing from the long gone lonesome plains of East Anglia, The Malingerers music evokes a sound more at home in the south western states of America than the UK folk scene. However, whilst clearly influenced from a melting pot of traditional country, blues, folk and rock'n'roll (Hank Williams, Merle Travis, Leadbelly, Woodie Guthrie etc.) their music combines these influences with typically british cynicism and warped sense of humour and history.

The Malingerers were formed from the ashes of twisted country blues noise mongers; The Surgens. Whilst clearly sharing similar DNA, The Malingerers are an entirely different animal with an almost alternatively traditional acoustic Americana slant.

"Blazin' a trail for rockabilly and old time country blues", MAVERICK MAGAZINE. "The latest in a seemingly never-ending line of British bands who do American music as well, if not better, then the natives. This Peterborough-based band major in old-time and acoustic country-blues", AMERICANA UK.

Forty Elephant Gang are a rousing and innovative guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin wielding four piece from East London. Their songs relay tales of heartbreak, misdeeds and revelry, all presented with rich harmonies.

Little George Sueref

Saturday 21st March

Little George Sueref

Down-home blues and sweet-voiced soul from Little George and his band. One of the UK's finest and unusual blues singers and "Harp Player Of The Year" award 3 times. George is one of that select few who are able to take their chosen influences and craft them into their own, strongly identifiable sound. In George's case this is a grit 'n' groove gumbo of wailin' Southern fried soul and down-home Chicago blues. Little George is always a joy!

Don Gallardo

Wednesday 25th March

Don Gallardo

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Don Gallardo unites introspective lyrics, southern charm, and honey-warm vocals, producing a sound that exists between the boundaries of Americana, Folk and 70's classic Singer-Songwriters. His songs feature in films such as "Jolene" & also Jackass Presents "Bad Grandpa". He has also had songs in the highly popular television series, "The Vampire Diaries" & ABC's "Nashville".

"Don Gallardo is one of those rare gems, his writing style harkens back to a time when Nashville was overflowing with great storytellers", NO DEPRESSION.

The Severed Limb

Sunday 29th March

Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel

The Severed Limb / Ghost Town Showdown, Doors 2.30pm

Tickets £8.00 Advance / £10.00 Door from

The Severed Limb began life as a punk skiffle trio, recording a cassette in the cellar of drummer Charlie Michael's south London pub in 2008. With Bobby Paul on guitar/vocals and Charlie's half brother Leo Lewis on washboard they began gigging in South London pubs. With no actual bass player they asked members of the audience to fill in on tea-chest bass. After a few gigs the band were invited to support rockabilly star Imelda May at Bush Hall and later at Koko, Camden. The band recorded a CD on Imelda May's imprint. Unhappy with the results the band set about recording a DIY EP in Bobby's living room in Elephant and Castle. With double bass player Simon Mitchell they started busking heavily and diversifying their sound to include elements of cumbia, garage and R&B. They self-released the EP 'WOO EEE HA HA!' on vinyl only and it quickly gained the attention of Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio 6 music who invited them to record a live session at the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios.

Sticking with the vinyl only format, the band released a 7" single ('Take You Out') and another EP ('The Shake Up'). Along with Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe started championing the band on Radio 2, Gideon Coe got behind them, John Kennedy at XFM and even Andrew Weatherall. In May 2012 The Severed Limb played to a full house at the Royal Albert Hall opening for Imelda May. Later that year dance music pioneers Hot Chip named them in their "dream festival lineup" alongside Kraftwerk and Aphex Twin.

Compiling together the best tracks from the EPs along with eight new tracks The Severed Limb released their debut proper in early 2013. 'Kill You and Bill You the Price of the Bullet' cemented their identity as a roots outfit with a Clash-like diversity and curiosity for global sounds. They recorded their second album at Marco Nelson's all analogue Studio 65 in Brixton Hill throughout 2014. A 7" single will be released on Damaged Goods Records in Feb 2015 shortly followed by the new album.

Ghost Town Showdown are a country bluegrass 3-piece. Having cut their teeth in various brass, jazz and indie bands, Ghost Town Showdown was formed when the trumpets, amps and drums were packed away and the acoustic stringed instruments were unleashed.

Coming up...

Wed 1st Apr; Steven James Adams
Sat 4th Apr; King Salami & The Cumberland Three / The Fuzillis / Beach Coma
Wed 8th Apr; No show!
Wed 15th Apr; No show!
Sat 18th Apr; Cowbell
Monday 20th Apr; Mark Olson (The Jayhawks/The Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers)
Wed 22nd Apr; Cale Tyson
Wed 29th Apr; TBC

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