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 19th Apr; Case Hardin / Ida Wenoe
Wed 26th Apr; Ted Russell Kamp / Calico
Sat 29th Apr; Norton Money
Wed 3rd May; Harrow Fair / The Diamond Family Archive
Sat 6th May; Galley Beggar
Sun 7th May; The Coal Porters / Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer at The Union Chapel
Wed 10th May; Baton Bleu (France) / Rachel Dean & Tim Gray (USA)
Wed 17th May; Hope In High Water (Album Launch) / Robert Chaney & Laura Tenschert
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; TBC
Wed 31st May; The Rockingbirds

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Case Hardin

Ida Wenoe

Wednesday 19th April

Case Hardin / Ida Wenoe (Denmark)

Much-loved UK band Case Hardin, fronted by enigmatic songwriter and vocalist Pete Gow. Case Hardin songs focus on the lives of dark, troubled souls, whose aspirations have been compromised, either by their own choices or by circumstance. Pitching Pete Gow as narrator, a voice for the underbelly of a corner of society too often ignored, the band can be low-key and they can rock'n'roll.

"One of the UK's most gripping, evocative and underrated singer-songwriters" CLASSIC ROCK

Clash Magazine described Danish singer/songwriter Ida's sound as being "bewitching acid folk with a deeply personal edge..." and The Guardian said that she "sounds like the young narrator of her own magical-malevolent fantasies...the kind of sound Edward Woodward might have heard downstairs in the local inn had the Wicker Man been filmed in a remote Danish village".

"A childlike fragility that makes the songs sound like whimsical folk for fairy tales with a sinister undertow", THE GUARDIAN.

Ted Russell Kamp


Wednesday 26th April

Ted Russell Kamp (USA) / CALICO (USA)

Ted Russell Kamp is an LA-based bass player, singer/songwriter and producer. He writes, records and travels the world performing his own country-roots Americana music from seven critically-acclaimed albums. His most recent album 'Flying Solo' is mostly acoustic solo performances, raw and bare bones, and many of the songs are in the classic singer-songwriter style of Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams.

"Terrific. Russell Kamp is a star on the rise in the tradition of Guy Clark", NO DEPRESSION. "A talented singer-songwriter with probing stories of real life, fueled by emotion, his poetic explanations are truly profound and deeply personal. His voice gets inside your bones, like John Prine with more air and less dirt", MAVERICK MAGAZINE.

CALICO is a Californian band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker which is shorthand for California country. Tightly harmonised songs exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons famously dubbed Cosmic American Music. Their debut album is 'Rancho California'.

"Americana is reborn in the spirit of Laurel Canyon and the spirt of the great songwriters (Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, etc.)", AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE.

Norton Money

Saturday 29th April

Norton Money

Norton Money are a harmony driven alternative-americana band with soul. The band was formed by musicians Dan Beaulaurier & Jeremy Mendonca in 2006. In the years that followed they performed extensively in the UK, USA and Europe. Now, after a substantial hiatus they have decided to perform again with with the help of drummer Jamie Shaw and bassist Anna Robinson. Their self-titled debut was released in March 2007 and the follow-up, 'Double EP', recorded at the renowned Union Chapel and at Dan's flat, was released July 2009. The band is currently performing and working on new material. The release of their 3rd album is imminent. Whether the music is swingin', two steppin', or a will leave you altered and "smash your barn doors wide-open and paint em red on the way out"!

Harrow Fair

The Diamond Family Archive

Wednesday 3rd May

Harrow Fair (Canada) / The Diamond Family Archive

Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland & Andrew Penner. One part stomping songs that echo early Country and Rock'n'Roll. The other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. This duo's evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs are utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying. Debut Full-Length Album "Call To Arms" is out now.

Described as Psych-folk, Freak-folk, Alt-folk Laurence Collyer is a reclusive British artist who writes, records and performs music and folk-song using the moniker The Diamond Family Archive.

Galley Beggar

Saturday 6th May

Galley Beggar

Galley Beggar (n.) 'gaeli 'beg?(r)
A mischievous spirit of Old English folklore - described as mostly devoid of flesh, appearing out of darkness, and frightening people while removing, carrying or searching for its own head. Said to emit a chilling scream.

Galley Beggar are a 6-piece band described as 'acid folk', appearing out of the Kentish suburbs, and frightening (or perhaps enlightening) folk fans by pulling out electric instruments and drums alongside their acoustic guitars and violin. Said to emit anything from a gentle whisper in three-part harmony to an hallucinogenic roar.

"The themes and textures of Galley Beggar's music all combine together to form a well produced selection of songs that bring a bygone age-or bygone ages-into the 21st century. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous sound...", STEPHEN MORRIS BBC INTRODUCING

The Coal Porters

Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

Sunday 7th May

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

The Coal Porters / Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer

Doors 3.30pm £10.00 adv / £12.00 door TICKETS

Lead by all-round entertainer, man about town,and ex-Long Ryder, Sid Griffin's Coal Porters are one of the best acoustic bluegrass bands in the UK. The Coal Porters claim to be the world's first "alt-bluegrass" act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world being featured on NPR's Morning Edition in the USA and having recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. The Coal Porters have six albums available. Their most recent is 'No. 6'. No. 6, is produced by John Wood, the legendary British folk-rock mastermind who recorded the classic albums of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Beth Orton and Squeeze. No. 6 is a bit of a departure for the Coal Porters as it pushes their musical boundaries further than ever before.

Firmly established on the UK and European touring circuits and possessors of their own sound the Coal Porters are an acoustic act with attitude. Their live show is polished yet passionate and second to none. Check them out soon and get ready for the ride of your life!

"Pure acoustic bluegrass written and played with natural, and in Griffin's case, native flair", ROLLING STONE. "A feast of highly crafted ensemble playing", UNCUT "The audio equivalent of a feel-good movie", MOJO.

Harmony duo Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer whose voices complement each other in a way that is redolent of some of the greatest musical partnerships, their playing styles intertwine beautifully and the songs they write combine traditional storytelling with a modern twist that will leave you humming them for days. They recently showcased at The Americana Music Association UK 2017 conference and awards in London.

"There's a timelessness to the neatly crafted songs that display their musical interplay and superb harmony vocals", R2 MAGAZINE.

Baton Bleu

Rachel Dean & Tim Gray

Wednesday 10th May

Baton Bleu (France) / Rachel Dean & Tim Gray (USA)

Bston Bleu are a French duo that combines earth and sky. Their distinctive sound is rooted in the blues, but also incorporates elements of world music, while the live performance draws on the unmistakable energy of punk. Their carefully crafted compositions, are predominantly sung in migrant's English but also in French, Greek and Italian. Each melodic story incorporates a range of weird and wonderful instruments including banjos, tovshuur (a traditional Mongolian lute with swan head), guitar and kalimbas (a thumb piano). During their mesmerizing performances, they punctuate their songs by rhythmically hammering their feet on wooden platforms.

From Joshua Tree California, Tim Gray and Rachel Dean play songs that explore themes of heartbreak and loss in the form of a mystical blend of acoustic psych folk.

Hope In High Water

Robert Chaney &
Laura Tenschert

Slow Leaves

Wednesday 17th May

Music from 9.00pm!

Hope In High Water (Album Launch) / Robert Chaney & Laura Tenschert / Slow Leaves (Canada)

Hope In High Water are a UK duo whose distinctly British take on acoustic Americana has captivated audiences across the UK since early 2014. The pair incorporate folk, blues and country into their compositions, delivering what Rock'n'Reel Magazine describe as "exuberant songs performed with passion and intensity". They hold a strong belief in the importance of honest and sincere song writing and a taste for the darker elements of the American folk tradition. By combining that approach with an intense love of various traditional forms of music from blues to country, folk to soul, the pair has found an original way of interpreting these traditional sounds. This a launch show for their debut album 'Never Settle' out this month.

Florida-born songwriter Robert Chaney with his gothic country rings with echoes of Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, and early Tom Waits. Robert will performing with his partner German-born singer/songwriter Laura Tenschert.

Slow Leaves is the project of Winnipeg's Grant Davidson. His music calls to mind an old country-folk record newly discovered in your parent's attic. Known for his easy delivery of sincere, poetic lyrics and lilting melodies, Slow Leaves' songs linger in the timeless spaces where heart and Canadian humility endure.

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.

Saturday 27th May

To be confirmed...

The Rockingbirds

Wednesday 31st May

The Rockingbirds

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!

Coming up...

Wed 7th June; Aullido Atomico (Spain)
Wed 14th June; Gal Holiday & The Honky Tonk Revue (USA)
Sat 17th June; Cowbell
Wed 21st June; Otis Gibbs (USA) / Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes (USA)
Sat 24th June; TBC
Wed 28th June; Sam Baker (Tickets £15.00

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