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Music and ale festival in April

Real Ale Festival flyerA Real Ale Festival with plenty of live bands comes to Walthamstow on Friday 8 April. The festival is an all-day affair with the bands in the evening.

The festival is at the Waltham Forest Sports & Social Club, which is in the Town Hall complex on Forest Road. It’s a nice little pub and I think it’s great that they’re hosting an event such as this. The ale part of the festival features ales and cider from the south coast of the UK.

There is an impressive music line-up, with six bands booked to play. Eastroad, Corporal Machine & The Bombers, Steve White & The Protest Family, Tom Lynch & Andy Green, Sarcastic Fringehead and some regulars from Walthamstow Folk are all set to appear. More details about the bands are on the Facebook event page here.

Festivities kick off at noon, with the music starting at 8pm. Entry is £1 before 8pm, £2 after, with free entry for Club members and CAMRA members. More details can be found here.

Here’s a clip of the headliners Eastroad performing their track ‘Shy’. I think the slightly lo-fi visuals make it look quite an arty video!


Cheesecloth shows coming up

Fresh from their appearance at the recent Vintage Cabaraoke night, pop rockers Cheesecloth have got a couple of gigs coming up in E17. The Walthamstow-based band play The Standard this Saturday and follow it up at Ye Olde Rose & Crown in April.

Cheesecloth live

Cheesecloth in action

The Standard gig this Saturday, 12 March, is an early slot as the band are supporting Not The Rolling Stones. I’d imagine this means Cheesecloth will be on around 8.30ish. Tickets for The Standard are £9 and available on the door.

The gig at Ye Olde Rose & Crown is on Saturday 2 April. I don’t have many details for that, it is listed on the band’s Myspace site so I’d check back there for further details as they become available. You can find their Myspace site, which has also got a few songs to listen to, here.

London Forest Choir perform Carl Orff

London Forest Choir concert flyerThe London Forest Choir, based in Walthamstow, are performing ‘Carmina Burana’ by Carl Orff this Saturday, 12 March. The performance will be at the Chingford Parish Church.

The Choir will be joined by the Southend Girls’ and Boys’ Choir for the performance. The night will also feature ‘The Passing of the Year’ by Jonathan Dove.

Tickets are £12 and there are various concessionary rates available. The performance starts at 7.30pm. More details are available on their website here.

Welcome to the Jungle

Guns 2 Roses posterOn Friday 4 March, tribute band Guns 2 Roses play The Standard. Guns 2 Roses are arguably the biggest Guns N’ Roses tribute band around, and have been playing together since 2002. They have even played with members of the real Guns N’ Roses, including Steven Adler.

One of the rules I have set myself for this blog is that I treat every event equally, whether it’s a big name gig or a small community event. But I have to say, I am really looking forward to seeing Guns 2 Roses.

Having got into Guns N’ Roses in 1993(ish), I have been listening to Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion 1 & 2 for around seventeen years. Those three albums are probably among the eight or nine records I have listened to most often in my entire life. They might not be very ‘cool’ now but when I was a teenager, I thought Guns N’ Roses were rock ‘n’ roll outlaws of the highest order. Having said that, they are one of the few bands that I never got to see live. I’ve not even seen the shambles that is Axl and his mates these days. The closest I got was seeing Velvet Revolver play ‘It’s So Easy’, ‘My Michelle’ and ‘Use To Love Her’ at Hammersmith Apollo a few years back. It was electric.

So, Guns 2 Roses at The Standard. Tickets are £9 and available from the venue. Here’s The Standard’s website. Here’s the Guns 2 Roses Myspace page. And here’s the real thing playing ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ at the Ritz in New York in 1988. You know where you are? You’re in the jungle, baby.

Crossbow at the Dukes Head

Crossbow on stageRock covers band Crossbow are playing the Dukes Head on Wood Street on Friday 25 February (tomorrow night).

The band are regular performers in Walthamstow and make their first appearance at the Dukes tonight. They list their influences as Judas Priest and Whitesnake, which sounds alright to us.

I’m not sure if there is an entry fee but I’m sure you can just turn up. If you fancy forgetting about the week over a beer with some good quality rock music, this might be the gig for you. Check out their website for a couple of teaser tracks, and they’re on Facebook too. Rock on.

Vintage Cabaraoke presents a Spring Fling

Spring Fling flyerVintage Cabaraoke are bringing a touch of glamour to Walthamstow on Friday 4 March (although we’re obviously pretty glam already) with their Spring Fling evening. The event promises vintage 78s, live music and vintage karaoke. And, seriously, what is better than karaoke? Nothing, that’s what.

The event at the Orford House Club features appearances from Moonshine Robinson spinning some 78s, local jazz act The Chevonne Jones Trio and Stow-based folk-rockers Cheesecloth.

Put on your glad-rags as dress code for the night is “evening wear”. Doors open at 7.30pm and there is a bar until midnight. Tickets are £10 and are available from here. Details are also on Facebook here.

Deadbelgian appears

Photo of Jacques BrelWalthamstow Folk are hosting a show by Liverpool band Deadbelgian on Sunday 20 February . Deadbelgian are an acoustic four-piece who pay tribute to the music of the late Jacques Brel.

Brel’s music had an influence on a number of artists including Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. The show is part of Walthamstow Folk’s Sunday music sessions at Ye Olde Rose & Crown. Tickets are £6 or £5 concessions.

More information on Deadbelgian can be found on their Myspace site here. Walthamstow Folk’s website can be found here. In the meantime, here’s a pretty good video of them performing ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ in 2008.

A night out on the Walthamstow scene

As E17ers know, there’s always something happening around Walthamstow, and last night was a particularly busy evening. There were a range of events happening around the area, and in true dedication to the cause, we tried to get to all of them!

Drink from the Speak Easy

The Speak Easy was particularly popular

First stop was the Love Easy at the William Morris Gallery. The night was run by Craft Guerrilla, and there was a range of crafts and vintage items to check out. There was also a Speak Easy for some liquid refreshment, a tombola (had two goes, didn’t win – nightmare) and the Shellac Sisters were spinning vintage 78’s on wind-up gramophones. It was good fun and it’s great to see the Gallery busy and being used like this.

From there we were looking for somewhere to eat around Blackhorse Road. We ended up in Yasar’s, a kebab restaurant and take-away opposite The Standard. We’ve never been before, but it was lovely! Good atmosphere, nice pictures of old Walthamstow on the walls, and tasty food. I tweeted that I was there, and it turns out that it’s a bit of a favourite of E17ers! The lamb shish kebab was delicious, Mrs Stow Scene had a nice falafel kebab, and tweeters tell me that the kofte is also tasty.

Nightfires on stage at The Standard

Nightfires rocking The Standard

Next up was Nightfires playing at The Standard. Nightfires are a Chingford band and have been going for about a year. The gig was rocking and their material worked well live. Their sound reminds me of some of The Automatic’s heavier moments, particularly on ‘The Wreck’ and new song ‘The Christchurch Brainwash’. With gigs coming up in Islington and Camden over the next few months, Nightfires are a band to watch.

We left before the Cream tribute band to get a cab down to the Hornbeam cafe near Bakers Arms, for their Valentine music night. Acoustic folk rockers The Scumbags were half way through their first set, so we settled down with a couple of bottles of Pitfield’s Eco Warrior to enjoy. I have to say, the whole event at Hornbeam was brilliant. They had food, a DJ and the atmosphere was fantastic.

The Scumbags at Hornbeam

The Scumbags at Hornbeam

The Scumbags were also superb. Their second set was a bit more pacy and covers of ‘Kinky Afro’ by the Happy Mondays and ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis went down a storm. Hornbeam was open into the early hours and, after making a reservation for a vegan Sunday lunch, we called it a night.

All three events were really good fun and I love being able to have a night out like this in E17. Looking forward to the next one already!

Sham 69 at The Standard

Punk legends Sham 69 are playing a special show at The Standard next Thursday, 17 February. The gig is part of a Club Bus Wind night, with support coming from The Anoracks.

Sham 69 are a band from the original London punk scene back in the 70s, and they’re still going strong. This show is part of their “Who Killed Joe Public?” tour and promises to be a cracker. They might have been around for a while but they’re still punk as anything and tear it up live.

Tickets are a mere £7 – seven quid to see a killer show on your doorstep! Check out the band’s website if you want to know more about them. In fact, this video should tell you all you need to know – Stow Scene favourite ‘Borstal Breakout’ from Reading Festival ’78. Ready? 1-2-3-4!!!


A Scumbags Valentine

This Friday night, the Hornbeam cafe is ready to wine and dine you, and introduce you to The Scumbags as well!

The vegetarian cafe on Hoe Street, near Bakers Arms, is holding a special Valentine music evening this Friday, 11 February. They have got an open mic session, DJ Robbie playing “happy disco” and a band called The Scumbags. I must admit, I know very little about The Scumbags. I think they are a four piece folk rock band from Forest Gate, but I might be wrong. Anyway, who cares, they’re called The Scumbags and they are playing a Valentine’s event, so it has to be awesome!

Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 8pm, it’s £5 on the door or in advance. The Hornbeam is a lovely little cafe which specialises in organic, locally grown food. On Friday they are also doing organic cocktails as well as wines, beers and soft drinks. Details of the event, and the cafe generally, are here.