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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 23th Nov; Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band
Wed 30th Nov; Black Angel Drifter / The Roves
Sat 3rd Dec; The Witchdoktors / Big Girls
Sun 4th Dec; Michael J Sheehy / Williem Vincent @ The Union Chapel
Wed 7th Dec; The Ugly Guys / The Archway Mountain Lightin' Boys
Sat 10th Dec; John E Vistic Rock'n'Roll Soundsystem / The Snake Rattlers / Bridport Dagger
Wed 14th Dec; GD Sweeney & The Undercover Cowboys / The Kitchen Drinkers
Sun 18th Dec; Stick In The wheel / marisajack&davy @ The Union Chapel
Wed 21st Dec; The Lucky strikes / Arfur Doo & The Toerags
NEW YEARS'S EVE Sat 31st Dec; The Bermondsey Joyriders & more! (Ticket show £10.00 adv)

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Dana Immanuel &
The Stolen Band

Wednesday 23th November

Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band

Dana Immanuel is a banjo-toting, whiskey-drinking, poker-playing singer-songwriter currently operating from a North London hideout from which emerges a sound more usually associated with the bayou, triple filtered through bourbon, washboard, and a touch of alt-country eccentricity. With the five-piece, all-girl Stolen Band, Dana has been getting feet stomping aacross the UK folk, blues, Americana and rock scenes. Dana's music reflects her eclectic influences, from Alice Cooper to Hank Williams, routed via the bluegrass turnpike around the township of alt-country, and her live shows with the Stolen Band are not to be missed.

Black Angel Drifter

The Roves

Wednesday 30th November

Black Angel Drifter / The Roves

Black Angel Drifter make heartfelt, skuzzy, gothic-western ballads. Black Angel Drifter is the geek-lovechild of Robert'Hacker'Jessett and Anne Gilpin from Morton Valence. Recognisable will be their continuing love of all things Morricone, their distinctive vocal pairing and songwriting style, but Black Angel Drifter are an altogether darker and wilder beast. They have just released an album which is an unashamedly gothic western affair roughed up with more than a touch of psychedelic dirge. Recorded and mixed in a lock-up in Whistable in last January, it features the distinctive pedal-steel guitar of Alan Cook, as well as Vladimir Strkalj of Balkan gypsy legends Paprika on bass, guitarist Masa Mitobe, and Tucker-esque minimal drumming style of Chizuru Nukui who has a background in Taiko.

Rock'n'roll with a country blues edge from The Roves.

The WitchDoktors

Big Girls

Saturday 3rd December

The WitchDoktors / Big Girls

Deep in the darkest vaults of South London, The WitchDoktors have been honing their SuperPunkRock sound and shows, drawing on their 70s punk upbringing (Ramones, Clash, Pistols, Damned etc) and adding a good ol' full measure of trashy rock'n'roll-a-billy, a dash of 60s Psyche-Out Garage, a bitter twist of country and whizzing it all up with some godammin' loud geetars, and their special brand of thunderous drums!

Big Girls 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. One of the kitchen's favourite bands!

Michael J Sheehy &
The Hired Mourners

Tricca & McNiff

Williem Vincent

Sunday 4th December

What's Cookin' Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel N1

Michael J Sheehy & The Hired Mourners / Tricca & McNiff / Williem Vincent

Doors; 3.30pm Tickets; £8.00 Advance / £10.00 Door

After the demise of Dream City Film Club in 1999, Michael J Sheehy quickly emerged as a solo singer-songwriter. While many of his UK contemporaries were exploring melodic guitar rock or neo-prog, Sheehy struck out in a different direction; his dark and often darkly humorous, punk-spirited songs drew on everything from early American rock'n'roll, blues, gospel, and country to the British hymnal tradition. Throughout the first decade of the new millenium he has released 5 critically acclaimed solo albums (3 on Beggars Banquet, 2 on Glitterhouse) exploring love, alcoholism, failure, guilt and death. Michael is currently co-fronting heavy psychedelic blues band Miraculous Mule as well as a new electronic pop noir collaboration with former Dream City Film Club band mate Alex Vald under the moniker United Sounds of Joy. He has also been lazily working on a solo album for the past 7 years. To coincide with this show Sheehy will be making available a six song EP via his Bandcamp taken from the aborted sessions for what would have been his 6th album recorded in 2009. A brilliant lyricist, with beautiful melodies, and haunting stories.
Michael J Sheehy

Emma Tricca and Jason McNiff first met each other a number of years ago in the 12 Bar Club, a venue that they both played at and frequented looking for like minded souls. Brought together by their mutual appreciation of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, (Jason knew Bert and Emma knew John) they forged a friendship and made plans to one day record together. Well, they finally have with the album 'Southern Star'.

Williem Vincent is an artist who is testament to the old adage "anything worth having is worth waiting for". This is a special one off show to launch his first album 'Rising Slowly' and as the title suggests it's been a long time coming! Sucking in a mixed bag of influences from Nick Drake to Jon Fulbright, he spits out a repetoire of unsettling emotions tucked into a nice warm bed of acoustic guitar. You can check out a teaser from the album here
Williem Vincent

The Ugly Guys

Archway Mountain Lightin' Boys

Wednesday 7th December

The Ugly Guys/ The Archway Mountain Lightin' Boys

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...." If you like Cosmic American Music, check out The Ugly Guys.

The Archway Mountain Lightin' Boys fuse bluegrass with 16th century choral music and punk, with a dollop of 'Oh Brother'. Expect the unexpected.

John E Vistic
Rock'n'Roll SoundSystem

The Snakerattlers

Bridport Dagger

Saturday 10th December

John E Vistic Rock'n'Roll SoundSystem / The Snakerattlers / Bridport Dagger

John E Vistic is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, also known for his work with post rock band Crippled Black Phoenix. His new solo album 'Welcome Down the Night' produced by Tristan Longworth (Jon Allen/The Third Degree) is a beautifully crafted album of songs about love, death and the landscape of the heart. The record features collaborations with a legendary range of artists including members of Primal Scream, Morcheeba, Jon Allen, the Marc Ford band and Rachel Stamp as well as his own band Rock'n'Roll SoundSystem. To sum death rock psychedelia trash blues punk is what he is!

"Psychedelic country blues, laden with soul and thought provoking literary lyrics.Think Hozier and Johnny Cash meets The Doors, with more than a dash of Jack White", LOUDER THAN WAR.

Snakerattlers is a band comprising of Franceens members Dan Oliver Gott and Naomi Westerman. It's a hellbound voyage of deathpunk, rockabilly, country, and traditional greaser rock and roll. Stood up, shook up, dynamic drumming. Reverb-drenched double-amped guitar. Aggressive and sweetly mournful vocals. A screaming, wailing brand new take on the rockabilly genre.

Bridport Dagger are Four men in a wooden shack pounding the hell out of instruments in the vain hope that that the music will somehow transcend both time and influences just long enough to imprint on a select few lives. Or you could just listen to the songs and make your own mind up....

"Harnessing the menacing narrative prowess of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the angular guitars and Melancholic ghostliness of early Echo & The Bunnymen", DROWNED IN SOUND.

GD Sweeney &
The Undercover Cowboys

The Kitchen Drinkers

Wednesday 14th December

GD Sweeney & The Undercover Cowboys / The Kitchen Drinkers

Heralding from a culture of storytelling and a rich musical heritage, London based GD Sweeney has combined his love of Bluegrass, Folk melodies and classic Country sounds with his Irish roots. His new-traditional style is the backdrop to the intriguing narratives and characters in his songs. Born in Newry, County Down. He spent the first 20 years growing up on Northern Ireland. At aged 19, he entered a Belfast music store to buy a saxophone, but walked out instead with a five-string banjo. Characteristically unpredictable, and creatively restless, GD would use the melodic potential introduced to him by the banjo to shape his future songwriting.

His debut album, "The Truth About Lies", was released in May 2015 to fine acclaim. It is a musical account inspired by a poem that he wrote with the same title. The wit and wisdom of Ireland, the yearning of old fashioned Country and the dark wistful tones of European Folk music can be heard throughout the album.

Beautiful harmony singing from Mike Perrett and Sally George, who are the Kitchen Drinkers.

Stick In The Wheel


Sunday 18th December

What's Cookin' Sunday Sessions @ The Union Chapel N1 Xmas Special!

Stick In The Wheel / marisajack&davy

Doors; 3.00pm Tickets; £10.00 Advance / £12.00 Door

"We play the music of our people. We sing in our own accents. We record in our kitchens and living rooms. This is our culture, our tradition"

Stick In The Wheel were fROOTS Magazine's Album of 2015 winners and voted one of the best folk albums of 2015 by MOJO Magazine. They are favourites of Tom Robinson on 6Music and XFM's Jon Kennedy (having recently recorded sessions for both). They specialise in distinctly London-centric, rarely heard traditional British folk songs. Their repertoire includes pieces up to 400 years old, and they seamlessly combine this deep link to the past with their own compositions. They have been featured on Radio 4's Woman's Hour and Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show, and nominated for the Radio 2 Folk Awards for the past two years. Their music is sparklingly original, fiercely fresh and fearless in its attitude, definitely not to be missed.

"Stick in the Wheel are shaking up the English folk scene with their no-nonsense approach...great storytellers, mixing their own songs with old folk-scene favourites, now given a sometimes startling new lease of life", THE GUARDIAN. "A triumph", THE OBSERVER. "An exciting new band with attitude", BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS. "The hottest new folk band for ages", fRoots MAGAZINE.

marisajack&davy are a folk trio singing traditional songs in harmony. No messing about, just strange old songs sung for fun.

The Lucky Strikes

Arfur Doo &
The Toerags

Wednesday 21st December

The Lucky Strikes / Arfur Doo & The Toerags, Xmas Special!

Dark and dirty Americana to chill your soul from the rock'n' roll wastelands of the Thames Delta. They have been described as "Blues/ Garage/ Americana, spaghetti-western, fiddle powered, howlin', heavin' rock and roll", which they think fits pretty well. Perennial kitchen favourites!

"Songs that reference boho types, muscular Americana, firebrand rock'n'roll, garage/Nuggets-era punk and rustic if somewhat wired folk", THE IRISH TIMES. "Like the Waterboys on trucker pills", Q MAGAZINE.

Featuring a couple of Stick In The Wheelers, Arfur Doo & The Toerags are a traditional Irish folk band with a few twists. Guitar, bass, Cajon, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, flute, penny whistle and recorder combine for fast-paced, energetic tunes and delicate ballads.

The Bermondsey Joyriders

Electrophonic Tonic


Saturday 31st December

The Bermondsey Joyriders / Electrophonic Tonic / DJ Evil Elvis

ALL TICKET SHOW £10.00 adv / £15.00 on door

What's Cookin's Annual NYE Knees-Up! This year we have dapper South London slide-blues rock'n'rollers The Bermondsey Joyriders and pre-Punk rock'n'roll from Electrophonic Tonic, and DJ Evil Elvis. No hassle rock'n'roll with a cheap bar...the best night in London town!

It would be highly advisable to get advanced tickets for this as numbers are strictly limited.

Coming up...

Wed 4th Jan; Florence Joelle
Sat 7th Jan; Big Joe Louis
Wed 11th Jan; King David's Trio Royal
Wed 18th Jan; TBC
Wed 25th Jan; TBC

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