Introduction

Welcome to ‘Home to Emerging Stars’ … Our live music events have been described by our guests as an exciting and vibrant atmosphere and great for value for money. The only people invited are people I’ve met, it means you are in a very safe, as such the very best Drawingroom experience for you, your family and friends! “It’s intense and uniquely special. Ask anyone who has performed or attended.” –
Richard Elkington


Key Information

Live music is held Fridays and Saturdays night each week, in door and out, subject to the weather. Invitations are sent via email with a unique secret link to Eventbrite.

Securing your place costs just £8, so make sure you are on the guest list. Once here, eat, drink and enjoy the evening. We will do what I can to keep you dry and warm, but please…do dress for the occasion!
Turn up from 7pm, music starts from approx. 8 PM.
You can pay your tab with plastic, but PLEASE BRING CASH for the artists and please remember…
With so few places for musicians to perform and earn, please be kind, be generous…a minimum of £10 per guest or more… The general accepted amount is £15-20 per guest in the bowl before you leave.

We are licensed, with 45+gins, some great wines, local Ales, draft Estrella and Shindigger (Manchester) to choose from as well as home cooked World foods, vegan vegetarian and occasionally fish.

If this sounds like your thing, drop an email to richard@the-drawingroom.co.uk explaining who you are, how you found us and what events you may be interested in or some further information about what we do here at The Drawingroom. This will ensure that you won’t miss anything and also gives us a chance to get to know you!

… and remember, if you’ve not been here before, you will need to be on the mailing list to get the secret ticket links…so, please don’t hesitate to call and ask any questions 07973664551 or email me Richard@the-drawingroom.co.uk 


Mailing List

If you’d like to know who is coming and get secret ticket links, you’ll need to be on the invite list.
If we’ve not met, please call me 07973 664 551 (Richard) and if we have, mail me:
richard@the-drawingroom.co.uk, mention your name and where we met along with your phone number please.

Upcoming Gigs

 

JUNE

Thursday, 13 June Jason Buck Story telling

 

Friday, 14 June  Barney Morse-Brown aka Duotone

Cellist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and live looper Barney Morse-Brown, alias @Duotonemusic, is an RWCMD graduate whose alternative approach to music has earned him a reputation as an extraordinary musician whose albums have received critical acclaim.

SOUND ARTIST, composer & CELLIST BARNEY is a master of melancholic arrangements, he has an uncanny ability of inviting listeners into his very own contemplative and introspective realm.

 

Saturday, 15 June      Alostmen 

This band is going to amaze us and it’s going to be unique and fun. Check out their video LiNK

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 19 June is Comedy Night again – yeay !!! 

An eve full of fun & laughter and so much more 😉

The Third Wednesday of each month… starts between 7 & 7.30pm and finishes around 9 & 9.30pm

We had a brilliant evening last month, great acts, great vibe….

Free to attend, but please bring some cash for the organiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 21 June         Fraser Anderson 

“Fraser Anderson is one of our favourite singer songwriters of the past decade and more. He is a wonderful live performer, with a beautiful voice and delicate guitar work that sends shivers down your spine.

He also has a natural and warm rapport with his audience. He seems to be one of the UK’s best kept secrets and deserves a much higher profile, which will surely come.” – Ron – TLR

 

Saturday, 22 June     Sam Brookes & Allissimon

Sam is a Bristol-based alternative folk artist, a great singer and song writer with electric/acoustic guitar. His music is mellow and his distinctive voice frequently draws comparisons with Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 23 June        Katie Whitehouse & Jess Vincent …                                                      with Dan on Synth and guitar

Jess Vincent and Katie Whitehouse pair up to showcase latest albums, Lions Den and Drawing Lines in a mini tour of intimate venues in Summer. This performance will be a mix of solo, song swaps, and accompanying each other.

Jess Vincent is a highly original artist in the folk/indie/Americana acoustic scene. Lions Den was recorded in her home studio in Bulgaria, where she moved to in 2017. The album brings with it a thread of the people, stories, colours, flavours and instruments from her new life there as well as Jess’s trademark subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke, banjo, harmonium and uniquely soaring vocal. Jess will also be playing old favourites from her previous three albums.

“Jess Vincent doesn’t just Shine, she positively glows” (Mike Davies for folking.com).

“Soulful, strong and utterly engrossing” (Mick Tems, Folk Wales).

Katie Whitehouse has been involved in music as long as she can remember – whether as a choir leader, composer and arranger, a poet and songwriter or as a successful agent for other rising and prominent folk stars. Finally, she has taken the time to pen her beautiful debut album Drawing Lines. Her writing is deeply felt and sincere and her debut album Drawing Lines is inspired by personal life experience, but with a universality that draws everyone in. Delicately arranged and yet exceptionally powerful – Katie’s voice gently weaves her way around you, and into your heart.

“Katie understands songs, and she understands singing, and does both beautifully” (Reg Meuross).

“….evokes thoughts of Judie Tzuke” (Mike Davies for folking.com).

 

Friday, 28 June         Max Blansjarr (Band) & Blue Bayou

Max Blansjaar is a 21-year-old indie pop prodigy, born in Amsterdam, raised in Oxford and based in New York. His two EPs are playful and distinct hints at his future work, .. He has recorded this début album, ‘False Comforts’ in Brooklyn, New York.
He first appeared on the Oxford scene in 2018, aged 15, promoting shows in all-ages venues and performing his playfully sincere lo-fi indie pop songs and releasing his early EPs through the Beanie Tapes label. For his debut he spent two weeks recording at Katie Von Schleicher’s home studio in Prospect Park. Here KVS and Nate Mendelsohn helped to expand the sonic horizons of Max’s elaborate and intricate demos. The result of the sessions are ten songs that feel somehow grounded in Brooklyn, Oxford, Amsterdam, or somewhere in between. Following the acclaimed “Anna Madonna” single, “Burning In Our Name” is our second hint of what to expect from his beautiful and beguiling new LP.

 

Saturday, 29 June       Blue Moon 

Blue Moon will be performing an intimate set of story-filled songs followed by a full band set with horns an’ all – it’s going to be amazing !!! 

The Blue Moon, is a vintage Rock’n’Roll band from the Watford. To write and fund their record (in between their day jobs as teachers) the band have been playing sweaty pubs, festivals and even a few European bar tours – saving up the fees from the shows and learning from audience reactions and interactions which songs will be the hits!

This year the band were finally able to make the trip to Chem 19 studios in Glasgow to record the tracks live with Jamie Savage (Twilight Sad, King Creosote). A huge hand was given by friend, musician and composer Andy Bruce (Kathyrn Williams, Michelle Stodart) who wrote the horns, and the wonderful Jim Barne (hit musical Two Strangers Carry A Cake Across NY) on backing vocals. 2024 the band takes this record on the road for the first time.

 

 

 

 

July 

Friday, 5 July            Lail Abad

Singer-songwriter Lail Arad is in the Leonard Cohen/Joni Mitchell vein, enjoying a lot of attention lately and serious blog buzz for her charmingly heart-on-sleeve, debut album, Someone New.
“A lot of the songs are about being in a long-distance relationship,” says Lail. “To most people, they sound like they’re about a break-up, but really they’re about distance, about being in one specific relationship and then being single afterwards.”

Lail was born and raised in London. Both her father and mother love music and Lail has early childhood memories of piles of vinyl albums and cassette tapes strewn about the family home in north London. When she was eight, she started taking piano lessons but did not discover her voice as a singer until a random moment at a school summer camp when she was 11. Out of school, she took jazz singing lessons and taught herself to play her favourite songs on piano. She grew up with an extended family dominated by artist friends of her parents.
During her gap year, she learned guitar and wrote her first songs. A degree in theatre studies at Warwick University followed, after which she moved back to London to dedicate herself to music. She quickly earned a reputation on the London gig circuit for her new folk/1970s singer-songwriter inspired songs, which drew comparisons with Martha Wainwright. Musically, she is quite unique  – no scene quite wants to claim or accept her. The folk purists don’t know what to make of her and she is always a bit too colourful for the singer-songwriter circuit and not commercial enough for the pop world. It doesn’t bother her, she quite likes being a little bit of an outsider and finds it funny.”

 

Saturday, 6 July        Closed 

 

Sunday, 7 July       Catch 22 – Jazz, Funk & Soul

We have the renowned and popular Catch-22, a band that never fails to deliver an unforgettable performance….  they played here several times and we love them.

Catch 22 have built a strong following here in Chesham and they are playing here every 1st Sunday of the month. Come and join us from 1pm onwards until about 4pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 12 July     Jon Kenzie

Jon Kenzie is an accomplished singer songwriter from Manchester/UK with his musical roots firmly based in blues, folk and soul.

Perhaps a perfect example of how an independent artist can survive and thrive in the modern music industry today. Jon has already managed to produce and release three acclaimed solo albums without, so far, relying on support from record companies. He has gained thousands of followers from touring the world by playing concerts and busking on the street; just recently producing his forth solo album, ‘Silent Applause’ which was released in 2023.

He has truly worked his way up from the grass roots, first playing on the streets and in the clubs of Manchester and then traveling Europe and the States, performing in every town that he comes to. When performing on the streets Jon’s passionate and soulful vocals never fail to stop passers-by in their tracks, which has lead to the impressive and completely organic growth of his musical career. It is in this way that Jon has gone from strength to strength, playing bigger and bigger venues and festivals and continues to bring his music to the ears of more people around the world.

 

Saturday, 13 July  Hardwicke Circus & Ruby Leigh

They are a fantastic band managed by none other than the legendary Dave Robinson, creator of Stiff Records, this band is set to blow your minds! For those who may not know, Stiff Records boasts an impressive catalogue of musicians, including the iconic Elvis Costello! With such a rich history and incredible talent associated with their manager, it’s no wonder that Hardwicke Circus is making waves in the music industry. An exciting young band that brings a fresh and unique sound to the stage. Their energy is infectious, and their performances are nothing short of electrifying! From their catchy melodies to their powerful lyrics, they have the ability to captivate audiences and leave them wanting more. Everyone was dancing at their first Dr show.

 

 Ruby is a singer songwriter from Chesham with an authentic and unique style. She has an impressive CV for someone so young (17) debuting here aged just 10 …and going on to perform at Indigo @ The O2, with numerous Television appearances on The Voice Kids UK 2020 & various music venues & festivals across London and the South East. Paloma Faith asserted ” it already feels like Ruby Leigh is an established artist in her own right”.  

 

 

 

 

Closed 18th-30th July Summer Holidays 

 

AUGUST

Friday, 2nd Aug       Sam Grassie & Support

Sam Grassie is a guitarist & songwriter from Biggar, Scotland, and grew up steeped in Scotland’s rich traditional music scene. Through forming his first band “Avocet” (Iona Zajac, Herbie Loening) he began channeling his interest in the work of 60’s fingerstyle guitarists Bert Jansch & John Renbourn. The trio won a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic ConnectionsIf  and spent summers playing across Scotland’s vibrant independent festival circuit. Moving to London in 2020 found him playing at the sessions that would later form the folk collective Broadside Hacks with whom he continues to perform and record, recently sharing the stage at the Hacks Moth Club Nights with Wizz Jones & Jacqui McShee. The Bert Jansch foundation are now supporting Sam in the recording of his debut album and he will be touring the UK this November supporting Naima Bock & Sam Fryer.

 

Saturday, 3rd Aug    Daisy Chute

Daisy Chute is an American-Scottish folk singer and songwriter. A banjo-wielding multi-instrumentalist, her musical roots are born out of her transatlantic heritage and she writes award-winning intelligent songs with stories, performing them with spine-tingling vocals & intricate instrumentation. Whilst still at school Daisy signed to Universal/Decca as one quarter and lead vocalist of multiple platinum selling band All Angels. A mix of Celtic, American, Classical and Jazz backgrounds has since seen her feature across Film/TV/Game soundtracks ranging from The Sims 4Shaun The Sheep the movie, Loki47 Ronin and Yesterday to David Attenborough documentaries (‘A Perfect Planet’) and Radiohead albums (session vocalist on ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’). Recent projects have garnered support from the likes of her song writing mentor Sir Ray Davies who describes her as a ‘committed, professional and creative songwriter’ and from music journalist Paul Sexton who counts her among his ‘top music tips’. Her original work has had features on BBC Radio Scotland / Ulster / London / Kent / Coventry / SurreyC4BBC 12 and 3SkyITVCNNBob Harris’ Under The Apple Tree series and London Live.

 

Sunday 4th Aug      Catch 22 – Jazz, Funk & Soul

We have the renowned and popular Catch-22, a band that never fails to deliver an unforgettable performance….  they played here several times and we love them.

Catch 22 have built a strong following here in Chesham and they are playing here every 1st Sunday of the month. Come and join us from 1pm onwards until about 4pm.

 

 

Friday, 9th         Rodney Branigan

A feast for guitar players anywhere!

Get ready to witness an extraordinary performance by the incredibly talented Rodney Brannigan at The Drawingroom.

Rodney Brannigan is not your average guitarist. He’s a true master of his craft, and his performance promises to be nothing short of mind-blowing. Prepare to be amazed as he effortlessly blends different styles, techniques, and genres into one seamless musical experience.

But that’s not all! Rodney’s performance is not just about the music; it’s an entire experience filled with humour, dialogue, and captivating stories. He knows how to engage the audience and create an unforgettable atmosphere that will have you laughing, cheering, and completely immersed in the magic of his music.

His passion for music is contagious, and you’ll feel it in every note he plays. From soulful ballads to energetic and upbeat tunes, Rodney’s music will touch your heart and make you want to dance all night long!

So mark your calendars, gather your friends, and join us at The Drawingroom for an evening filled with excitement, laughter, and pure musical brilliance! Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind performance by Rodney Brannigan. It’s going to be EPIC!

 

Saturday, 10th        The Q

 

 

 

 

Friday,  16th        Grainne Hunt

Songs from the heart of an authentic Irish singer songwriter, Gráinne Hunt is a contemporary nu-folk singer/ songwriter with a rich background in performance and songwriting. She’s sung with Glen Hansard and U2, has opened for Gladys Knight and Eagle Eye Cherry, is an outstanding vocalist and songwriter, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman and Natalie Merchant.

‘A natural performer, Grainne Hunt commands an astounding voice that will melt your heart.  No crowd can resist.’ Declan O’Rourke 

‘Grainne touches her audience with stunning vocal agility, superb guitar accompaniment and a host of songs that resonate and touch the soul of the listener. She owns the stage with her charm, talent and message’ Carl Corcoran Songwriter/Broadcaster/Industry Consultant

 

Saturday, 17th    Night Flight ??? 

 

Friday, 23rd          Artist(s) TBC

 

Saturday, 24th      The Barnstormers

“Blues as it was intended”

The Barnstormers, you will have heard great things about them! It’s fascinating to see how they emerged during the lockdown and managed to captivate audiences with their blues music, staying true to its original essence.

The success of their first Saturday gig speaks volumes about their ability to create an electrifying atmosphere. It’s impressive how they’ve managed to bring together a group of musicians who consistently fill the yard with their exciting sounds and infectious vibes. Their popularity has soared, and now they’re even available for private functions!

If you’re interested in booking the Barnstormers for a , it seems they’ve become quite sought after. I hear they can be booked for private events starting from £700-£1000. That’s quite a testament to their talent and the demand they’ve generated…if interested, talk to me.

 

Friday,  30th         Lizzie Hardingham

Lizzie Hardingham, a force to be reckoned with in the realm of folk music, embodies the true essence of this genre. With her unwavering spirit, she captivates audiences as both a skilled musician and a mesmerizing songstress. Her songs have the power to touch the depths of one’s soul, leaving a lasting impact.

In 2019, Lizzie made her mark on the UK folk club and festival circuit, leaving a trail of awe in her wake. Notably, she graced the stage at the renowned Cambridge Folk Festival, showcasing her talent to a captivated audience. The year 2020 brought a new challenge, as Lizzie took to the virtual stage, captivating online viewers with her voice that could fill a stadium and her ability to create an atmosphere of profound silence.

Lizzie’s vocal prowess and enchanting songwriting have earned her the opportunity to support esteemed artists such as Lady Maisery, Gilmore and Roberts, and Bob Fox, among others. As she gracefully emerges into the spotlight, Lizzie is on her way to headlining her own shows, solidifying her position as one of the rising stars of the folk scene.

Recognized for her exceptional talent, Lizzie was nominated for the coveted title of Female Artist of the Year by FATEA. Currently, she is being mentored by the esteemed English Folk Expo, honing her skills and cementing her place in the world of folk music. With each step she takes, Lizzie Hardingham shines brighter, destined to become a true legend in the realm of folk.

 

Saturday, 31st      Artist(s) TBC

 

 

SEPTEMBER


Sunday 1st Sept     Catch 22 – Jazz, Funk & Soul

 

Friday, 6th          The Lost Trades – A Modern Crosby Stills & Nash

Saturday, 7th      Hilin

 

Friday, 13th          Rupert Wates

Saturday, 14th     Thomas Asby & Lucca Mae

 

Friday, 20th        Artist(s) TBC

Saturday, 21st     Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday,  27th        Night Flight ??? 

Saturday, 28th    Hardwicke Circus

 

OCTOBER

Friday, 4th         Adam Holmes

Saturday, 5th     Polly Paulusma

 

Friday, 11th        S&G Ben & Adam 

Saturday, 12th    Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 18th         Sarah Jane Scouten & Robbie Caswell-Jones

Saturday, 19th     Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 25th        Geoffrey Straker 

Singer-songwriter pianist Jeffery Straker grew up taking piano lessons in a small farming town on the Canadian prairies, raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father. He’s gone on to perform over 100 shows per year across Canada, Europe and Latin America.  Serving up a rootsy-storytelling brand of song, his song-writing has the ability to transport a listener – out onto a northern lake or to the main street of a prairie town.  Across 8 albums to date critical comparisons have been drawn to the likes of Harry Chapin, Kris Kristofferson & Murray McLauchlan while performances have seen him live on BBC radio in the UK, on theatre stages and performing to festival crowds.  Named ‘Roots-Folk Artist of the Year’ in consecutive Saskatchewan Music Awards Jeffery has also been honoured with a Western Canadian Music Award.  The Saskatchewan Country Music Awards have named him keyboard player of the year 3 years running.  Recently he’s toured across the UK (including a performance at the Canadian High Commission in London), performed in Kugluktuk Nunavut above the Arctic Circle, and co-headlined a Western Canada tour with Royal Wood.  He’ll debut his new album “Great Big Sky” with a series of unique shows performed in grain elevators across Saskatchewan.  Wherever he performs he connects with audiences and to that end CBC Radio recently said: “Straker has a way of drawing us into his world and making us feel like we’re a welcome guest; an old friend he’s ready to catch up with”.

Endorsement Quotes:
“A consummate performer – we’ll bring him back” 
Suze Casey, Calgary Folk Club – the largest Folk Club in Canada

“Classically trained confidence with a storyteller’s intimacy…rich narratives that can transport a listener…” Canadian Beats

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 26th    The Barnstormers

“Blues as it was intended”

The Barnstormers, you will have heard great things about them! It’s fascinating to see how they emerged during the lockdown and managed to captivate audiences with their blues music, staying true to its original essence.

The success of their first Saturday gig speaks volumes about their ability to create an electrifying atmosphere. It’s impressive how they’ve managed to bring together a group of musicians who consistently fill the yard with their exciting sounds and infectious vibes. Their popularity has soared, and now they’re even available for private functions!

If you’re interested in booking the Barnstormers for a , it seems they’ve become quite sought after. I hear they can be booked for private events starting from £700-£1000. That’s quite a testament to their talent and the demand they’ve generated…if interested, talk to me.

 

NOVEMBER

Friday, 1st          Artist(s) TBC 

Saturday, 2nd    Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 8th          Artist(s) TBC 

Saturday, 9th      Artist(s) TBC

Friday, 15th          Artist(s) TBC 

Saturday, 16th     Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 22nd         Artist(s) TBC 

 

Saturday, 23rd      The Barnstormers

“Blues as it was intended”

The Barnstormers, you will have heard great things about them! It’s fascinating to see how they emerged during the lockdown and managed to captivate audiences with their blues music, staying true to its original essence.

The success of their first Saturday gig speaks volumes about their ability to create an electrifying atmosphere. It’s impressive how they’ve managed to bring together a group of musicians who consistently fill the yard with their exciting sounds and infectious vibes. Their popularity has soared, and now they’re even available for private functions!

If you’re interested in booking the Barnstormers for a , it seems they’ve become quite sought after. I hear they can be booked for private events starting from £700-£1000. That’s quite a testament to their talent and the demand they’ve generated…if interested, talk to me.

 

Friday, 29th          Artist(s) TBC 

 

Saturday, 30th      Artist(s) TBC