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 £5, 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.

Members Club

I am open to hear from anyone who would like to become a member of The Drawingroom, a private members club which will afford members certain benefits and privileges here. This will include advance access to tickets, access to an extra table at gigs which are already sold out… and access will be free. Rights and privileges to attend after-parties, and use of The Drawingroom to entertain.

Upcoming Events 2024

Friday, 1 March   Matt McGinn

Matt McGinn is a singer, songwriter & producer from Hilltown in Co. Down. His 5th and latest album release ‘Time Well Spent’ was RTÉ Radio 1 and BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Album of the Week’ at the beginning of 2022 and features a wealth of incredible musicians like legendary fiddle player Eliza Carthy MBE and award wining folk singer Aoife Scott.

Matt was named ‘one to watch’ in 2020 by Hotpress Magazine, and rightly so. Since then he had 4 singles top The BBC Radio Ulster and RTÉ Radio 1 radio airplay charts. His album ‘Lessons of War’ received much acclaim. The lead track ‘Bubblegum’ ft. Ciara O’Neill, which was written with Mick Flannery, promted BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson to ask the question “…now wasn’t that just extraordinary?…”

In a virtual session in Folk Alliance in 2020 Matt ‘met’ Aoife Scott, daughter of Frances Black, and sang for her his song ‘Time Well Spent’. Aoife loved the song so much and was delighted when Matt asked her to duet on it. It became one of Ireland’s biggest folk songs in 2021.

In 2022 Matt was commissioned by Northern Ireland Screen to compose a Suite to celebrate their Digital Archives. Matt composed, arranged and performed in ‘Tribute to Willie Campbell’, a man who busked the streets of Belfast for 40 years until he died in 1969. Matt’s piece was filmed and is touring Irish Film Festivals next year.

As lockdown began in March of 2020, Matt, along with fellow performer Cormac Neeson of The Answer, developed the online platform Cocoons. Spanning over 60 weeks, it became a much loved diverse and inclusive platform that has saw performances from over 140 established artists all around the word and raised over £12,000 for various charities.

Recorded live in 2 days with incredible Irish musicians, Matt will be releasing his 6th studio album ‘Behind Every Door’ in Spring 2023.

“A very lucky find…a beautiful thing on a Saturday morning” Fergal Sharkey

“One of our very best songwriters…” Ralph McClean BBC Radio Ulster

“Matt, your album is superb… I’ve seen Matt play live and he’s fantastic!” Bob Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 2 March           Si Connolly & Allissimon

 

Si has a voice which is as big as it gets, and as gentle and quiet as one can imagine and hear…he has performed here on numerous occasions and with his tuneful music, very much the rocky edge of great and glorious folk music which he delivers passionate powerful sounds.

 

Si has a voice which is as big as it gets, and as gentle and quiet as one can imagine and hear…he has performed here on numerous occasions and with his tuneful music, very much the rocky edge of great and glorious folk music which he delivers passionate powerful sounds. 

 

Sunday 3rd

Catch 22 have built a strong following here in Chesham and you are welcome to join in, just get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/catch-22-jams-32885640287 

 

 

Friday, 8 March             Gabriella Salvucci

As a piano player, singer, and songwriter, every moment in Gabriella’s music can be heard brimming with promise, largely thanks to a powerful voice both figuratively and literally wise beyond her years (think Norah Jones or Joss Stone). She takes her musical cues from artists such as Fiona Apple, Florence + the Machine, and Joni Mitchell. More than just a passion she’s followed since childhood, Salvucci wants her music to serve as a catalyst for change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 9 March  Chris Brain

Chris Brain emerged out of Leeds’ vibrant folk scene in 2022 with his debut, critically acclaimed and widely distributed album, Bound to Rise. He has since shared the stage with acts such as Robert Plant and Martin Simpson and is now embarking on his third UK wide tour. 

His much-anticipated second album, Steady Away, moves inward and takes on a more self-reflective quality, whilst retaining glimmers of soaring figures and pastoral imagery.
Described by Mark Radcliffe on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show‘There are shades of the master Ralph Mctell here and I can think of no greater compliment than that…Love it!’

His commitment to folk is only deepened by the two folk clubs and folk festival in Leeds that Chris founded and runs, attracting a wide range of audiences and musicians alike.
‘Steady Away is everything a second album should be…. this is an excellent album by a musician really starting to bloom.’ – Folk Radio

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 15 March         Night Flight

Somewhere between Pink Floyd and Cold Play, Night Flight have captured the attention of Elton John who plays them regularly on his own radio show. Brought to my attention by Harry Phillips, himself a vet of The Drawingroom and now a member of the band. Night Flight, led by Sam Holmes, have supported The National, Paul Simon and James Taylor. They have a huge following here in Chesham, so book the moment tickets are released.

 

 

Saturday, 16 March         Jersy Budd

His music is in the style of contemporary Americana, but with a distinct, and idiosyncratic Englishnesswhich sets him apart from many performers in this genre.Jersey made his recording debut in 2008 with the release of the album ‘Wonderlands’.Critically well received, this release prompted support tours with artists such as John Martyn,Amy McDonald, Turin Brakes, The Enemy, and Ocean Colour Scene. Tom Meighan,Kasabian’s ex-frontman, even features on the backing vocals of one of the tracks on the album‘She Came Back,’ which received extensive support from Steve Wright and Bob Harris on BBCRadio 2

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 20th March is Comedy night…

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

We got off to a fabulous start last month, great acts, great vibe….

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

 

 

 

 

Friday,  22 March         David Ian Roberts

 

Saturday, 23 March         Artist(s) TBC

 

Wednesday, 27 March Open Mic for under 22’s

The Next Level

Whatever your instrument, acoustic or plugged, your guitar or voice…we have weighted keys here, so come, engage, support and let’s grow the next generation of musica makers…Free to attend. 6-9pm.

 

Friday, 29 March             Artist(s) TBC

 

Saturday, 30 March         Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 5 April                 Octave Lissner 

Octave Lissner was born in Paris on June 30, 1993 to a musical family. At twenty-three, following the success of his debut EP featuring the single ‘Silver Rain’ (2014), with over 24,000 listens on SoundCloud, he released his first album: Wildflower. Recorded in Serbia with some of the country’s best session musicians, the album exhibits Octave’s mournful, soulful, hard-grooving blues rock at full force. It might make you feel like you’re in an open-top car, one careless arm draped out the window over the hot metal, with someone beautiful in the passenger seat.

Octave’s music takes particular influence from musicians like Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Neil Young, Burt Bacharach and Paul Simon. But his musical attractions range widely and are diverse, including the more contemporary—Radiohead and Kings of Leon— It’s not surprising that he draws on such a wide range of artistry; he started learning the violin at age six and the guitar at eight; and at eleven he discovered he could sing. Forming a band in which he co-wrote songs with his friends, none of the precocious and embarrassed boys were comfortable putting themselves forward as lead singer. Taking turns at the microphone to see who could sing best, Octave found he had a voice.

Since then it has continued to serve him well, and Octave has composed and performed music in a number of bands, and as a solo artist in venues across London and Paris. In October 2014 he opened for Mr Big at the legendary venue Koko in Camden, London, and in Paris he has played solo concerts at Bus Palladium, Le China Club, La Favela Chic, Le Perchoir and Pile ou Face, to name but a few. Earlier this year at Le Baiser Salé, one of Paris’ most celebrated jazz clubs, he gave weekly performances in a one-month residency for a tribute to jazz guitarist John Scofield.

In April 2016 Octave won a prize for best composition in ‘The Best Musical Mind’: an international competition held in Belgrade. This allowed him to attend a Summer program offered by the Berklee School of Music in Perugia, Italy. A restless composer, Octave has written music for web series (www.mylifeinsourdough.com) and film soundtracks; his song ‘Little Mary’ featured in Valley of Love (starring Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert, directed by Guillaume Nicloux), part of the official selection during the 2015 Cannes film festival. He currently lives between Paris and London, where he spends his time composing and drinking chocolate milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 6 April   The Daybreakers
 

Inclusive forward thinking rock’n’roll to dance to..pefect for Rock music lovers who are tired of outdated stereotypes as well as macho & culturalist cliches in rock music.

The Daybreakers are Aidan Connell, Conor Cotterill, James Gullis initially formed in January 2019 with James joining in February 2020. They are fast-rising, time-warping hard rockers. From their basement ‘The Starship” in Shoreditch, East London the band channel the frenetic and melancholic sounds of The Gun Club and Morphine mixing up the medicine to evoke the shades of the MC5, Bad Brains and Thin Lizzy.

No constipated rock purists, The Daybreakers hug synths, sampladelica, the avant garde and pop to their Paisley-patterned bosoms, a three-headed dance orientated brave Ulysses for the 2020s.

 

Formed by songwriter – producer Aidan Connell who had originally performed with Gary Clark Jr and Seasick Steve as well as working with Mazzy Star from 2010-2016. Growing tired of stereotypes and being typecast as a black blues ‘song and dance man’, he put together The Daybreakers to shake up London’s rock scene.

The group groove like a mutha thanks to jazz savant drummer James Gullis and school-of-Stax-meets-Motown bassist Conor Cotterill, the three embodying the seeming paradox of tight but loose.

Formed in early 2019 the group have been tearing it up in packed venues in the UK and Europe both in their own right and as the most supernova stars own Starship club nights which has attracted such luminaries as Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

 

Friday, 12 April                Robin Adams

Robin Adams is a Glasgow based singer/songwriter. He has released 6 full length albums, spanning from 2009’s Down to Reverie, to 2020’s One Day, all of which have recieved critical acclaim…Q Magazine “strummed ruminations worthy of John Martyn” —The Skinny “subtly stunning his audience.

Hailing from a rich Scottish musical heritage, singer-songwriter and guitarist Robin Adams, carries the torch passed on by his parents, Chris and Pauline Adams, the driving forces behind 1970s folk rock ensemble String Driven Thing. Since 2009, Adams has released seven full-length albums, ranging from his evocative debut Down to Reverie to his 2021 foray into American Country and Blues, Wrong Road Home.

In 2021, Adams received the Celtic Music Radio Album of the Year award for his album One Day. The following year, Americana UK lauded his latest work, “Wrong Road Home” with a 9/10 review, asserting that listeners would be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable record that year or the next.

 

Saturday, 13 April           Will McNicol and SONKE

Having picked up his first guitar at the age of six, Will has gone on to become Guitarist Magazine’s UK “Acoustic Guitarist of the Year” (2011), one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s “30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from Around the World” (2014) and Guitar World’s “one of the best acoustic players on the planet right now” (2021). He holds Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas with Trinity College London in Classical Guitar Recital and has released multiple critically acclaimed albums of original material.

 

Friday, 19 April                Sorrel Nation

 

Saturday, 20 April            Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 26 April                 Si Connolly

 

Saturday, 27 April            Rob Wheeler

 

Thursday, 2 May             Jason Buck – Storyteller

 

Friday, 3 May                   Blair Dunlop & Painted Sky

                                                     (Lizzie Hardingham)

 

Saturday, 4 May               Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 10 May                  Artist(s) TBC

 

Saturday, 11 May              Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 17 May                  Mark Abis

 

Saturday, 18 May             Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 24 May                Artist(s) TBC

 

Saturday, 25 -> 27 May   The Chesham Fringe Festival 

 

Friday, 31 May                 Hilin Duyu

 

Saturday, 1 June              Artist(s) TBC

 

Friday, 7 June                  Artist(s) TBC

 

Saturday, 8 June              Artist(s) TBC