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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!


Wind-Up at the Rose & Crown

Walthamstow Wind-Up imageThis Wednesday The Walthamstow Wind-Up comes to Ye Olde Rose & Crown. The night features a range of DJs spinning 78rpm records, from 20s swing, 30s dance and 50s rock ‘n’ roll.

If you want to get the look as well as groove to the tunes, Frillseekers will also be there, offering vintage ladies dresses from the era. And, by all accounts BBC Radio 4 will be in attendance, making a documentary about the night as well!

Entry is free and the action kicks off at 7.30pm. Full details about the event can be found here.

ForceFour at the Duke’s Head

The Duke’s Head once again serves up some good quality rock covers in the form of ForceFour on Friday 21 January.

The Plymouth-based band will be returning to the pub where they have played several times in the past. The band promise anything from AC/DC to ZZ Top, so if you fancy getting your rock on on a Friday night, head down there.

Contact the venue on 020 8520 3122 for more details. Check out the band’s website here. To get you in the mood, here’s a rather arty promo video for the band, from a Duke’s Head gig in 2009. We particularly recommend the version of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell at about 1 min 38 secs in.

Susan Murray on comedy in E17

Picture of Susan Murray

Susan Murray

Hi there,

I’m Susan Murray and I run, book and MC the Guffaw comedy night at the Rose and Crown in Walthamstow, or as I like to call it, Walthamstowinnit. It runs on the first Thursday of each month and we had our second one last week.  It was a cracker. Not only did we have if.comedy award winner Phil Nichol on, but Russell Kane came and tried out some material he was due to record for ITV’s Comedy Rocks the following night.

Russsell won the Fosters Comedy award at Edinburgh 2010. If you’re confused about what these awards are, they’re basically the Perrier award with different sponsors that have gone a bit more boozy. It’s the highest accolade a comic in the UK can win. And we had two on one bill of comedy.

It was the most fun that was ever had in Walthamstow in one night, unless you count that incident with the lip gloss and the badger but we don’t talk about that in polite company. We had nearly a full house and everybody loved it, a fun night was had by all.

Picture of Ian Stone

Ian Stone, headlining in February

We’ve got some brilliant acts coming to E17, hand picked by myself and my co-promoter Alaric Dynevor, the man who’s name scores the highest at Scrabble ever. We’ve both been on the comedy scene for years, him as a promoter and myself as an act, so we know what we’re doing and can pull many favours. Keep an eye on this website for full listings. Acts we’re hoping to get include Micky Flanagan, Jeremy Hardy, Ninia Benjamin and Arthur Smith. All close showbiz personal friends of course. And you never know when Russell might just pop in to try out some new stuff, he liked our gig, he liked it A LOT.

If you’d like to be added to our email list then drop me a line at susanmurray2002@yahoo.co.uk with  “add me to Guffaw” in the subject matter.

Hope to see you at the next gig, headlined by Ian Stone. Thursday 3 February, Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 9pm. Tickets £7.50 / £6.50 concessions.


Film workshop on Tuesday

E17 Films are holding their next film workshop at Ye Olde Rose & Crown next Tuesday, 18 January.

The workshop is on “Writing dialogue: making it authentic”. Liza Fletcher, Director of the Walthamstow International Film Festival, says “people of all levels are welcome to our film workshops – we just need students to come with enthusiasm for making films.”

Entry to the workshop is £5, it starts at 8pm, more details are available here.

Comedy club on Thursday

Flyer for the comedy nightWe know January is a bit depressing. It’s cold, dark, you’re back at work and it’s ages until payday. Good job the Guffaw Comedy Club is on this Thursday, 6 January, to cheer you up.

The night is headlined by Canadian comedian Phil Nichol, who has won numerous comedy during across his career. Miss Susan Murray, the Brighton-based comedian, is the compere for the evening. Also on the bill are Maureen Younger, Jo Romero and Janlin J MCea.

The show is at Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub on Hoe Street and tickets are £7.50 on the door or in advance from here. Show starts at 8.30pm. In the meantime, here’s a clip of Phil Nichol on The Graham Norton Show, performing an amusing song about the Dukes of Hazzard.

New Year’s Eve in Walthamstow

So, opened all your presents? Finished the turkey? Maybe even, horror of horrors, back at work? Christmas is a fading memory and that can only mean one thing – time to get your glad rags on for New Year’s Eve.

Nags Head New Year's Eve posterWe know of a few opportunities to shake a leg and see in 2011 in style around E17. Biggest disco we’ve heard about is the New Year’s Eve Party at the Nags Head on Orford Road. They are promising a DJ, Madame La Zonga’s chill-out room and optional fancy dress. Tickets are £7 from the Nags and it sounds like a riot.

If you’re looking for party bangers of a different variety, we’ve already blogged about Bootleg Blondie at the Standard on Forest Road. Perfect if you want to get down and dirty like you’re in CBGB’s in 1979.

The Village Kitchen on Orford Road are offering a New Year’s of a different flavour. For £50 per head you can enjoy their New Year’s Even Menu. Ring them on 020 8509 2144 to book.

We know there must be a more going down than we have mentioned here. Let us know by email if you know where the place to be on New Year’s Eve is. Whatever you’re up to, keep it E17.

Friday night Anthem

Anthem on stage

Anthem performing at the Dukes Head

Rock band Anthem play the Dukes Head on Wood Street this Friday, 17th December. Anthem regularly bring their hard rock covers act to the Dukes Head and it looks like a good opportunity to, frankly, get drunk and headbang.

You can check out Anthem’s covers of Livin’ on a Prayer and How You Remind Me on their Myspace site. You can tell Walthamstow Scene how much Nickleback suck all you like, but How You Remind Me is a great song and Anthem crank out a hefty version of it.

Gig details are available from the venue on 020 521 9347.

Darren Hayman headlines poetry night at Ye Olde Rose & Crown

Darren Hayman, singer and guitarist from Hefner, plays a poetry night at Ye Olde Rose & Crown on Wednesday 8 December.

The night is organised by Forest Poets, a group of poets from Waltham Forest (the clue is in the name, see). The night is billed as featuring poetry and comedy, with Darren performing a solo show (according to the official Hefner site). Hefner released four albums back in the day (i.e. in the late 90’s, which is “back in the day” for us young ‘uns at Walthamstow Scene!), and Darren has gone on to put out records under various guises since the demise of Hefner in 2002. We saw Hefner play the Dr Martens stage at Reading Festival in 1998, and they brought the noise on what was a strong Reading line-up that year. Respect.

There are nine acts performing on Wednesday, it’s a fiver on the door and it kicks off at 7.30pm. Full details can be found on the Ye Olde Rose & Crown website. In the meantime, check out this video for the Hefner classic “Christian Girls”.

East London Brass play Walthamstow and Leytonstone

East London Brass play Walthamstow and Leytonstone

East London Brass have got a couple of winter performances coming up. Check the link for more details of when and where.