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

Sat 20th May; Thin Wire Fence / Snakerattlers
Sun 21st May; The Rosellys / Hannah Rose Platt at The Union Chapel
Wed 24th May; Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls (Album launch) / Paul-Ronney Angel
Sat 27th May; John E Vistic RocknRoll Sound System / Bridport Dagger
Wed 31st May; The Rockingbirds / Moss Clarkson
Wed 7th June; James Brute / Aullido Atomico (Spain)
Wed 14th June; Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue / Christian Kjellvander
Sat 17th June; Cowbell
Wed 21st June; Otis Gibbs (USA) / Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Sat 24th June; Miranda Lee Richards
Wed 28th June; Sam Baker (Tickets £15.00

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Thin Wire Fence


Saturday 20th May

Thin Wire Fence / Snakerattlers

Praised for their unique, edgy sound, original song-writing and dark lyrics, Thin Wire Fence deliver raw, distorted guitar, grizzled vocals, swathes of haunting pedal steel and psychedelic synth, taking you from fragile beauty to a full tilt wall of sound in the blink of an eye. Their distinctive sound merges elements of Americana, fuzzed-out psychedelia and all-out Southern-fried rock.

Snakerattlers is a band comprising of former Franceens members Dan Oliver Gott and Naomi Gott. 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.

The Rosellys

Hannah Rose Platt

Sunday 21st May

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

The Rosellys / Hannah Rose Platt

Doors 3.30pm £10.00 adv / £12.00 door TICKETS

In 2015 The Rosellys signed to Clubhouse Records and released their first full band album 'The Granary Sessions', gathering praise from musicians, critics and audiences alike. They have toured extensively across the UK, Australia and America - notably the Southern States where San Antonio has become their second home. Influenced by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, it is clear The Rosellys have an absolute love for Americana music.

"A brilliant band and a good example of that crossover where Britain meets America and it makes a very special sound indeed", RALPH MCLEAN BBC RADIO ULSTER. "Walks the fine line between Celtic folk and Americana", NASHVILLE OVER HERE.

Hannah Rose Platt is an enchanting singer-songwriter and talented guitarist who specializes in Americana/folk music, with storytelling at its heart. She recorded her debut album 'Portraits' in Nashville last year.

Jo Carley &
The Old Dry Skulls

Paul-Ronney Angel

Jonah Kraut

Wednesday 24th May

Jo Carley & The Old Dry Skulls (Album launch) / Paul-Ronney Angel / Jonah Kraut (USA)

Album launch for the Old Dry Skulls debut album 'Them Old Bones' throwing bluegrass, ska, country and punk into a backwoods still to make musical moonshine. Come shake yer bones in appreciation!

Urban Voodoo Machine frontman Paul-Ronney brings his borbon soaked gypsy blues bop'n'stroll.

Lightning in a bottle, music made in a moment's notice, capturing the feel of rock'n'roll, but soaked in tradition from Johah Kraut.

John E Vistic
RocknRoll Sound System

Bridport Dagger

Saturday 27th May

John E Vistic RocknRoll Sound System / Bridport Dagger

John E Vistic returns to the kitchen, but for the first time he's bring his full 5-piece rocknroll soundsystem.

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!

Jagged rock'n'roll, Gothic country, buzz-saw surf guitar and diseased romantic ballads frpm Bridport Dagger.

The Rockingbirds

Moss Clarkson

Wednesday 31st May

The Rockingbirds / Moss Clarkson

Seminal and influential UK country rockers warm-up for their festival appearance at Red Rooster. This will be their first official appearance at What's Cookin', and it's gonna be a treat!

Trevor Moss has spent the last ten years performing as a duo with his wife Hannah-Lou, releasing four albums working with producers such as Ethan Johns, Richard Causon and Dan Carey. He has toured the world and supported acts such as Tori Amos, Ron Sexsmith, Damon Albarn and Loudon Wainwrigh, performing everywhere from The Royal Albert Hall to the Ryman Auditorium and festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Green Man. Tom Clarkson is an esteemed musician, studied and performed extensively in all forms of music from folk to jazz. He also records and releases under his own name. The pair have come together to form Moss Clarkson and are quickly forging a reputation as an exciting and original folk act.

James Brute

Aullido Atomico

Wednesday 7th June

James Brute / Aullido Atomico (Spain)

The former front man of The Brute Chorus, James Brute writes spooked out songs of love, loss and lust and delivers them in a heady mix of acid blues, doom-wop and rock'n'roll.

"...a must see for anyone with a hankering for bleak-abilly blues", NME.

From Valencia Aullido Atomico are trash punk rock'n'roll power trio with a love of the Ronettes, Otis Redding, The Clash, Jon Spencer, and the Detroit Cobras.

Gal Holiday &
The Honky Tonk Revue

Christian Kjellvander

Wednesday 14th June

Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue (USA) / Christian Kjellvander (Sweden)

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue were at the vanguard of New Orleans' now-thriving country scene when they formed over a decade ago, and they've remained in a league of their own ever since. Combining evocative songwriting, impeccable musicianship, and a twinge of punk sensibility to boot, their infectious Western swing energy has earned them their place in the upper echelon of local favorites and helped grow an avid fan-base of two-steppers around the world.

"The Gal" is Vanessa Niemann, an Appalachian-born songstress who has lent her powerful voice and magnetic stage presence to various musical projects in New Orleans and around the country. In 2017, she was nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in the category of Honky Tonk Female. Over the years, the Revue has counted among its ranks some of the finest musicians in the region. The current roster boasts guitarists John Marcey, Gregory Good, and pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley in addition to drummer Rose Cangelosi, and upright bassist Corey McGillivary.

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.

"The Louisiana Hayride Lives! Swingabilly New Orleans style from a hot little combo fronted by honey-voiced Holiday", offBeat MAGAZINE.

Christian Kjellvander is a Swedish singer-songwriter leaning towards americana and alt-country. He was earlier the singer and frontman of Loosegoats. His narratives and poetics are skeletal and poignant, imagistic and spellbinding. (think the Gene Clark of White Light.) His arrangements are economical, imaginative, spacious, and always quietly elegant.


Saturday 17th June


Garage rock'n'roll soul from our favourite guitar'n'drums duo Cowbell promoting new 3rd album 'Haunted Heart' out now on Damaged Goods. More Memphis, more Fuzz, more greasy foot-beating, party-greeting, soul-treating maximum R'n'B. Jack Sandham (Guitar/Keys/Vox) and Wednesday Lyle (Drums/Vox) have straddled the Atlantic with the beat stampede of their songbook so far, but Haunted Heart sees them walk down the dark end of the street, drawing on Atlantic-era Ray Charles and Dusty, while still keeping on creeping on with the sweaty-hand shaky-knee Garage rock ear-worms.

Otis Gibbs

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes

Wednesday 21st June

Otis Gibbs (USA) / Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (Australia)

Otis returns to the UK with a suitcase of new songs from his new album "Mount Renraw" which he will be previewing tonight along with perennial favourites from his now expansive back catalogue. Otis is from Wanamaker, Indiana and now lives on Mount Renraw in East Nashville. Otis is a Songwriter, storyteller, painter, photographer and planter of 7,176 trees. He once wrestled a bear, and lost. He has been described as "The best unknown songwriter in music today". If you ask him, he'll simply say he's a Folk Singer.

"Gibbs' songwriting is deeply personal and profound. It's plain to see Otis Gibbs is a man you should give a damn about", ROLLING STONE.

A tireless touring alt-country outfit at home in Australia, Lachlan and The Wildes have also established a formidable reputation on the US live circuit, racking up dozens of dates across multiple trans-American tours. Journeying overland from Oklahoma to Texas, Arkansas to Missouri, Tennessee to Louisiana, the band has crossed paths with Steve Earle and John Hiatt, performed at the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and supported The Alvin Brothers, The North Mississippi Allstars, and Joan Armatrading.

"This is warm, REAL country music, with a kick!", SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

Miranda Lee Richards

Saturday 24th June

Miranda Lee Richards (USA)

Miranda Lee Richards grew up in San Francisco, getting an early professional start in the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and that led to her subsequent appearance in seminal documentary DIG! in 2004. Upon moving to Los Angeles to persue a career in music, Miranda landed a record deal with Virgin Records, who released her debut album, 'The Herethereafter', in 2001. Since it's release, the singer has collaborated in the studio or on stage with Tricky, Tim Burgess (Charlatans), Neil Halstead (Mojave Three), the Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lovetones, The Quarter After, and the Alexandria Quartet. Her full-length sophomore effort, 'Light of X' was released in 2009 on Nettwerk Records. Her third full-length album, 'Echoes of the Dreamtime', was released worldwide on Invisible Hands Music in 2016, and her latest record album "Existential Beast" is due to be released this month.

"Glorious sun-dappled cosmic country and psychedelia from the one-time Brian Jonestown Massacre associate. Like Mazzy Star blinking into the morning light", MOJO.

Sam Baker

Wednesday 28th June

What's Cookin' Special

Sam Baker (USA)

Advance booking only. For info ring 07904 210218

Sam Baker grew up in a prairie town, Itasca, TX, where he was exposed to a wide array of music as a child by his mother, a local church organist, and his father, who shared a hefty collection of country blues artists. Sam is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. Sam turned inward, to relearn the use of his body and brain after a Peruvian train bombing almost killed him in 1986. It's taken years to heal. Time to reconnect. The road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in art, poetry, and music. 'Mercy' released in 2004, was the first in a trilogy of compelling albums with sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. It was followed by 'Pretty World' in 2007 and 'Cotton' in 2009. Each piece is imprinted with a theme: everyone is at the mercy of another one's dreams, how beautiful are these days, and talk about forgiveness.

Comparisons have included Townes Van Zandt, Randy Newman and even Lou Reed. But a better comparison might be that of Raymond Carver. Baker's pen is precise, cunning and original, often weaving humour with human suffering and tender beauty.

Coming up...

Wed 5th July; The Roamin' Jasmine
Sat 8th July; Leytonstone Orient Fans Trust Fund Raiser
Sun 9th July; Martin Carthy (Info:Ring 07904 210218)
Wed 12th July; Massy Ferguson / Hymn For Her
Sat 15th July; WC All-dayer
Sun 16th July; WC All-dayer
Wed 19th July; The Freeborn Brothers (Poland) / Hannah Aldridge
Wed 26th July; Moonshine wagon (Spain)
Sat 29th July; Portable Radio

For all the latest developments please phone 07904 210218 or email Ramblin Steve

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