There’s even more Live Music now at #HomeToEmergingStars
If you would like to come to one of these events… (if we’ve not met) ideally, I’d like to meet or at least talk with you first. Why? I’ll answer this ‘why?’ in a moment, however, due to C19, to use an expression, who’s origins I have no knowledge, but somehow instinctively under stand..organising and planning more music, I am flying by the set of my pants!
I have observed and implemented every aspect of social distancing I can employ here including using the (outdoor) space in Francis only…together with limiting the numbers of guests, providing facemasks, hand-gels on each table, together with covid screens on tables allowing friends from different households to meet safely. The tables are two and sometimes three metres apart, static menus and card payment is always available. If you think of a way we can do this more safely, please share your ideas with us.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not posting any info about gigs on this page, the best thing to do is mail me directly/or call me on 07 973 664 551. and I will let you know.
So….Why do I want to meet you? Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Richard Elkington, I want you feel and be safe here; this is my home. I’ve met or spoken with almost everyone who has come here ever, so I know you are in a safe space here.
There are no bouncers or doormen, there’s never been a need.
You will be introduced to whomsoever you are sat beside; everyone becomes family. It means you will be surrounded by like-minded souls in this extraordinary space; it ensures a safe environment, for you, your partner, your children, your friends and where you will hear some of the most extraordinary musicians (many World-Class) perform original material…and we get to hear it, to listen, in silence…that’s the deal.
It’s intense and uniquely special. Ask anyone who has performed or attended.
Since coming out of Lockdown, our format has changed. Originally just Saturday evenings, now even more music. Recently we’ve had some of the finest classically trained musicians in the World (who happen to live in or near Chesham) performing chambre music with some of the most challenging classics…as well as contemporary original material, blues, folk, rock and pop.
My preferred method of sharing our offering is via email, so please write to me expressing your interest ( email@example.com ) I’m happy to receive your telephone enquiries directly: 07973664551.
Tickets prices: Corona News
Temporarily, I’ve suspended pre-paid ticket sale. I’d like all these events to be as accessible as possible. I don’t know who is working/furloughed/fallen through the gaps/broke. The Arts have been hit hard; I understand help is on the way, but until it does I am asking those who can, please dig deep. We have a collection for the musicians. If you can, pay on behalf for someone who cannot.
Ordinarily Adult prices are £30…which includes a meal.
(Early-bird tickets-if booked one week prior to the event £25)
Concessions (70yrs+under 25yrs) £20
(Early-bird tickets-if booked one week prior to the event £15)
Under 10’s FREE come for FREE..however add £5 for food, if they wish to eat.
5th Alice and the Kings Cross Hot Club
Formed long ago in the mists of 1999, the Kings Cross Hot Club has evolved into a curious collective seeking to bring live music back to it’s raw essence – every song as though it were their last…
Their music is a veritable cacophony of fiery Manouche swing, Parisian musette, weepy jazz ballads and criminally forgotten pre-war melodies – with unexpected twists of Latin dance rhythms and vintage Italian soundtracks.
Their previous album ‘Alice in the Jungle’ was released in 2016 and their upcoming album – ‘Alice on the Moon’ is due for release in October 2020 on Tilly Records, with support from Help Musicians.
11th Friday evening – Secret gig – Invite only event (If TKP means anything to you) Talk to me directly
12th Undersky (with Francesca Luker) and Joe Slater
26th Billy Watman
31st NO GIG
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And here’s an EXTRA incentive to book ahead.
Book two or more dates and save £10 on the second (or additional) dates (so just £20)
…and to help with cash-flo pay for everything just one week before each gig.
Tickets must be paid for one week before the event or will incur the full ticket price.
No tickets are actually issued; instead, I have an invite list. If you email (preferable) or message to book and I confirm your places, this will be deemed as a ‘done deal’ and you will be expected to pay for your tickets, so if you are booking on behalf of others…please make sure they are solid, as you will be expected to pick up the tab! #justsaying…
To book/reserve or buy a ticket, please email me and either:
transfer the money to: s/c 089250 a/c 70576593 OR
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Joe Slater & Ruby Leigh
If ever this were a good lineup to start the year..this has to be it! Joe and Ruby. If you don’t know either of them…where have you been hiding? Joe has had the extraordinary opportunity of doing a private gig recently which included Mick Jagger and Ronny Woods and with a residency at the Hard-Rock Hotel together with having played the IOW festival twice along with other major festivals…he’s on his way. Ruby …well, to those that know, watch out! Now 13, she’s already gigged here several few times…a finalist in OPEN MIC UK 2019 and very soon, you will hear and see a great deal more of her…#justsaying!
25th Hannah Scott and Anna Renae
Hannah can boast being a favourite of one of the BBC’s top producers. Hannah Scott draws much of the inspiration for her music from her affinity with Italy. A year living and working on an olive press in rural Tuscany in her late teens provided the backdrop to her early work and she has found her musical home with creative partner Stefano Della Casa who she met in London but may well have met years earlier when regularly passing through the train station he was working in!
“Anna Renae is a pop/folk singer-songwriter giving life a musical narrative. Her music tells stories of life’s complexities from the heart of an old soul with a wide-eyed imagination. Having graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Popular Music, Anna Renae’s life and music have now taken flight from her hometown in Lancashire to Hampshire, where she looks upon broad new horizons. Her debut album ‘Skin’ will be released on Friday 20th March 2020.”
1st Rodney Branigan & Melinda Ortner
Rodney did some amazing shows last Summer, to include; collaborations with members of The Alabama 3 – headlining The Glastonbury Extravaganza when Paloma Faith cancelled – receiving a standing ovation at Folk East a week later with his new band! This was followed by a booking on the Acoustic stage at Glastonbury Festival this year, where he went down a storm.
quote “Every year there will be one or two artists that take the audience completely by surprise. This year Rodney Branigan was undoubtedly that artist, his name being mentioned in our feedback over and over again as peoples stand out act” John Marshall-Potter, FolkEast.
Melinda Ortner has always been chasing her dreams. Establishing herself in Los Angeles, Melinda developed her distinct indie pop/electronic style, often compared to a mix of artists like Fiona Apple, Muse and Regina Spektor.
Never one to rest, Melinda has toured america, UK/Europe and Japan, played SXSW, won “Best Of Sundance” and has opened for Cobra Starship, Miguel and Joe Jonas.
She is one of my fave’s and played many times…highly recommended.
7th Open Mic for under 18’s ..supported by Guitari Lounge
15th John Adams & Francesca Luker
22nd Matt Woosey and Michael Oertel
Michael Oertel is a Folk and Blues artist from Germany. With his new album ‘A Little Faith’ (released June 21st 2019) his band and him went back to their musical roots of Blues, Folk and Rock’n’Roll. An organic, powerful and rather eclectic album, sonically reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s reduced to the essentials. The album was almost entirely live recorded and is a result of the long time the band has been working and playing together.
In his live shows he combines Folk music with highly energetic Rock`n`Blues.
Matt Woosey has made a career of defying expectations. His albums break down the confines of genre. His performances span from eyeball-to-eyeball solo sets in fans’ front rooms, to thundering full-band explosions that shake the most prestigious venues in Europe. He’s an artist who slips the creative handcuffs of the industry, a trailblazer with no reverse gear, a guitar visionary whose palette bleeds into folk, rock, ambient and electronica. “You’ve got to keep progressing,” reasons the British singer-songwriter. “Like John Martyn. Like Robert Plant. Like Radiohead…”
7th Eddy Smith & Jack Lester
The first time I heard Eddie’s voice, I knew I had heard something special. It is spacial, it’s unique to him and if I had become blind before the gig, I would have thought I was listening to an African American, edgy, soulful and utterly engaging, oozing passion and belting out some beautifully sculpted tunes, with crafted lyrics and all from a thoroughly likable and engaging soul. With his band, ‘The 507’s,’ he has been compared to the likes of Joe Cocker, Van Morrison. Blues, Soul, Country and Rock., his music takes influence from artists such as Ray Charles, The Band, The Eagles and countless other pioneers of their Genres.
They released their debut album in 2019 in the form of two EPs, just weeks apart from one another, followed swiftly by a live performance of their title track ‘A Little Too Late’ on BBC Radio London and a sold-out launch at London’s ‘229 The Venue’. 2019 also saw the band play ‘The Isle of Wight Festival’ and the opening slot on the the main stage of ‘Cornbury Festival’. “The finest meshes of soulful Blues and melodic Pop you will hear this year” – The Blues Mag
“The Soul in Eddy’s voice is where I want music to be at” – Huey Morgan, BBC 6 Music, Fun Lovin’ Criminals “Fun, Soulful grooves that won’t fail to put a smile on your face” “They blew our socks off at The Isle of Wight Festival” – Hard Rock Cafe.
Jack, an Oxfordshire based Singer-Songwriter came to me via Drawingroom musician James Kirby. Jack had a super busy 2019 and saw his first 3 releases and loads of gigs.
Writing from the heart about real life experiences, Jack’s latest release, BLOOD, written about his rocky relationship with his younger brother during a tough time for his family, is his most personal yet. It’s a stunning piece of work, give it listen.
This will be a great night, I can feel it in my bones, a packed house, and you will be blown away..be ready for the magic…starting NOW and book your place, save £5 NOW.
14th When Rivers Meet and Lizzy Hardingham
Grace & Aaron Bond of When Rivers Meet are a Blues + Roots Rock duo from Essex. Their soulful vocals lock into harmony with a natural chemistry: this is a full-on sound, Aaron’s bold, driven guitar is grounded by his solid kick drum, and Grace’s unique slide mandolin and fiddle combine to create a wall of sound. With a combination of well-crafted original songs as well as reworked traditionals, performances are powerful and fearless. “..their performances are exemplary, the sound is magnificent, the songs are gorgeous, and I am insanely jealous—this is really wonderful. I love the drama. I love everything.” – Chris Kimsey, Rolling Stones Record Producer “The chemistry between their voices is palpable.” – Simon Redley, Music Republic Magazine.
A Finalist in 2018’s New Roots competition Lizzy Hardingham has gone from strength to strength. Lizzy has won the Herts, Milkmaid Folk Club and Watford Folk Song songwriting competitions as well as runner up in the Royston Young Artists competition. Lizzy has a rich and powerful voice and is proving herself to be a talented songwriter, giving significance to stories old and new. Having supported acts such as Lady Maisery, Dovetail Trio and Bob Fox she is “a rising star on the folk scene not to be missed”
21st Ned Roberts & Alessi’s Ark
Ned Roberts. London, UK. Ned first started gigging when living up in York, playing old folk covers and the odd Dylan tune. Not long after writing his first songs, he was discovered by producer Luther Russell (Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale) and brought to Los Angeles to record. The pair have since developed a close creative partnership.
Alessi’s Ark is the musical project of Alessi Laurent-Marke, a British singer-songwriter from London. The most recent work, The Still Life is both lucid and heartbreakingly lovely, a sonic landscape that roams a wide range of emotions, with (as she explains), “Nature and love, as common threads”.
28th Sean Taylor & Octave Lissner
Sean Taylor’s unique songwriting is a late night cocktail of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Jack Kerouac; with a voice that is a cross between John Martyn and Van Morrison and a guitar style that sounds like an acoustic Stevie Ray Vaughan jamming with JJ Cale…His live shows fuse world class songwriting with stories from the road.
Octave Lissner Hints of David Grey, a returning artist, was born in Paris to a musical family…. 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.
April 4th Lucy Mair & Francesca Luker
Lucy impressed me from her first show here some years ago. She’s been at Goldsmiths for the last few years and her whole sound is really starting to mature. Everyone wants to write a classic and I think she has written at least two. Her Jazzy cool sound is filled with melody and her voice..well, she can sing, beautifully.
Francesca first sang here aged 12. Back then, the rich deep tones of her voice would have confused a blind listener as to her true age, many thinking she was much much older, 20, 25 even…but now at 16 she has discovered elements of her ‘dirty’ voice…what a joy to watch and hear these voices evolve and grow…amazing. Come join the fun, book now.
11th Max Blansjaar & Tom Phelps
Tonight is presented by two extraordinary young men, aged 15 and 16. Seldom does one find this level of accomplishment and not at this age. Max has written and released three EP’s, online and on Tape, all totally original fresh sounds with described as Pop/alternative pop/ lo-fi/ indie pop…I’m not sure I understand all of these terms but…is he is 100% the coolest 16 year old to have played here and at 16 the youngest headliner. Those that know me/this place will know the standard is high and headlining is not a right, it is earned.
Support comes from Tom Phelps who supported The Kings Parade here last summer as well as doing a few solo gigs too.
Click on the pic and see/hear him being interviewed in the US..
18th Billy Watman + Richie Carr
Two guitarists, and if you already play the guitar, they will make you weep or even cry out of frustration as to how good they are and how young! Billy has been tweeted by none less that Queen..not her majesty, moreover the band… and his name appears on the top table of musicians who have performed and played here. A scholarship student at The Royal College of Music and runner up in Sky Arts musician of the year he has already had a career stretching back nine years and achieved more than most musician achieve in their whole life. Arranging his own music as well as that of others, the energy and vitality in his performances is truly outstanding. Just to give you a flavour of what I mean…CLICK&LISTEN
Richie Carr playing guitar is a picture all by itself. He makes playing the guitar a thing of beauty
25th Marco Cinelli & Danny Del Toro
Marco Cinelli and Danny Del Toro play 100% Mississippi delta blues to the bone with songs containing traces of gospel, ragtime, spirituals and jazz. Marco Cinelli was named best guitar player of year 2018 by Music Republic Magazine and is lead singer and guitarist with The Cinelli Brothers. Danny Del Toro is a performer in his own right with the Del Toro Blues Band, as well as being a side-man to prominent singers on the modern blues scene e.g. Little G. Weevil, Julian Burdock, Jonn Del Toro.
2nd James Kirby
9th Mark Abis
16th Jon Kenzie
13th The Portraits
Drawingroom veterans, the Anglo-Irish Acoustic Pop duo The Portraits, aka husband and wife songwriters Lorraine and Jeremy Millington from Galway and Bristol respectively, have been playing here almost from when they first formed. They reached the iTunes chart in January 2015 with their charity single The Rest Of Time, championed by BBC Radio 2 and featuring the voices of 2000 people recorded across the UK during 2014 all singing to save lives lost to blood cancers. Fast forward to today, and 2019 saw The Portraits play at Glastonbury Festival for the sixth time, and complete work on their eighth studio album For Our Times, released 25th October 2019. Two of the biggest hearted people you can hope to meet, and music you will walk away with in your head…
25th Blue Dot
The music starts at 8:15 pm (20:15 GMT) so ideally arrive at 7:30 pm so we can get you seated, watered and fed. There is a home cooked meal as part of the show, included in your ticket. If you are struggling to pay the full price, talk to me, I am happy to accept an offering, I don’t want you to miss out.
so ideally arrive at 7:30 pm so we can get you seated, watered and fed. There is a home cooked meal as part of the show, included in your ticket. If you are struggling to pay the full price, talk to me, I am happy to accept an offering, I don’t want you to miss out.
29th Stephen Langstaff and Naomi Banks
Stephen Langstaff is a songwriter / producer. He’s toured the UK as an artist as well overseas, playing at The Drawingroom several years ago.
His recent projects M.A.N.E. and Pretty Robotic have achieved millions of Spotify streams and placements on Sky TV and ABC Network. His Pretty Robotic project is a partnership with legendary record producer Steve Levine. Having developed as a producer and writer of electronic music, Stephen always returns to his first love as an acoustic troubadour.
16th Feb Night Flight and Francesca Luker
Night Flight, a five piece, stripped back to two on the night, including Harry Phillips, a veteran of several Drawingroom shows. This will be Night Flight’s maiden showcase here; am really excited to hear their live sound. Counting Elton John amongst their fans Night Flight have also supported Paul Simon in Hyde Park…so, be prepared to be wowed!
Francesca Luker is a 15-year-old singer/songwriter based in Buckinghamshire. Signed to BFS Records, her debut EP ‘Take Me Down’ was released 10th November 2018, having been played on BBC Introducing, Beds, Herts and Bucks.
will.i.am said: “When I first heard Francesca I was amazed that it was so rich, as if she lived life for years, her tone was so smooth, she sounds amazing”.
Francesca has long been a favourite of mine at “The Drawingroom” ; She has a massive voice with an extraordinary range; think Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse…and given that she is so young, you will be astounded at her songwriting and live performances. She has performed here a number of times since the age of 12.”
17th August Arcelia
and Zoe Konez
Arcelia’s critically acclaimed latest album, Building On The Land, is out now on How Now Records with their new EP ‘Pieces’ due for release June 2019 Arcelia (pronounced Ah-KELL-ia – meaning ‘treasure chest’ in old Spanish) are songwriter Gavin Alexander (has supported the likes of Mark Nevin, co -wrote the theme tune to Studio Ghibli’s Emmy award winning TV series, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter), voice artist Teresa Gallagher (Octonauts, Thunderbirds, Thomas & Friends) and Flying Picket Simon Foster.
Together they create an exquisite sound which has been likened to Crosby Stills & Nash, America, Paul Simon. Arcelia regularly perform and tour with Chris Difford of Squeeze as well as their own tours across the UK, while also being in demand as a support act for the likes of Scott Matthews, Oysterband, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Michele Stodart and Maddy Prior. Their “Wonderfully warm harmonies”…. MOJO Magazine “Here is songwriting and singing of the very highest order..” 9/10 Americana UK. “Their sound put me in the mind of The Carpenters.” “Trailblazing a new genre”… Classic Rock Society . Arcelia’s critically acclaimed latest album, Building On The Land, is out now on How Now Records with their new EP ‘Pieces’ due for release June 2019
& Jemima Music
Below is work in progress…pls ignore!!
Naomi Banks Max Blansjaar
Jon Kenzie & Hollie Rodgers
Mr Tom Hingley and Naomi Banks
this is work in progress:
July 21st Hollie Rodgers & Peter Conway
Hollie Rogers is a London based singer, songwriter and guitarist with an incredibly powerful voice. Her live performances consistently receive outstanding reviews, with regular reference to the level of honesty in her lyrics and songs.
Hollie has supported acts like Suzanne Vega, Midge Ure, Paolo Nutini and Ralph McTell. playing with a full backing band or as a duo with double bass; her live shows are not to be missed.
Peter Conway is an acclaimed independent singer songwriter and recording artist who has gigged here a few years ago. He has a unique unforgettable voice and song delivery. Creating music, celebrated by both fans and the press alike, as being classic and timeless with a sound that is soulful, rootsy and deeply emotive.