Email Newsletter May 02 2011
Hope you had and very royal or anti royal weekend, wrapping yourself in bunting or trying not to hang yourself with it. The historic double bender weekend is nearly finished but here at The Wilmo we are carrying on the party with our usual array of exciting gigs and delectable and edible delights. Read on my friends.
The Wilmo x
AN EVENING WITH THE IDIOT CIRCUS Tuesday 3rd May 2011
The Idiot Circus Band are in town! Join us for an evening of madness and wonder at our cabaret band, consisting of a ukulele, contrabass, piano, percussion and nipple tassels.
Price : £3.00
Start time: 7.30
AN EVENING WITH THE IDIOT CIRCUS
SUBSTANCE @ THE WILMINGTON ARMS Wednesday 4th May 2011
KICK THE PLUG Thursday 5th May 2011
CRAWDADDY Friday 6th May 2011
Resident DJs Gary & John and Andy from Distortion play the best in 60s soul, ska and R&B plus northern nuggets and mod beats.
Guest DJ this month is Crawdaddy! regular Ska Paul, playing the best in Trojan, Treasure Isle and Blue Beat grooves, with some R&B and soul gems thrown in.
Come at 6pm and try out your best moves with other dancers from beginners to experts at FOR DANCERS ONLY a friendly FREE pre-club dance session.
FEED YOUR HEAD Saturday 7th May 2011
We Happy Few ‘ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY’
with support from... Villareal / Murphy Mcfall / Jonny White
£4 door, 8pm kick off, and the usual free shot of JAGERMEISTER to first 25 peeps!!
FEED YOUR HEAD
THE BETA MALES HOSTAGE SITUATION IV: SMOKE & MIRRORS Monday 9th May 2011
EXTRA! EXTRA! Notorious sketch-criminals, THE BETA MALES conspire to hold an an audience captive for an evening of parlour games, new material, and superlative comic guests!
Buy tickets here:
There, these members of the public will find themselves inducted into a secret within a riddle within a mystery within a Clerkenwell pub as their captors entice them to watch...
…bad boys of magic and stars of BBC1's The Magicians, BARRY & STUART!
“Impeccably slick magic provided by the ultimate dark showmen Barry and Stuart” - BBC Comedy
“Burn the Sorcerous Blasphemers!“ - The Guardian
“The most consistently original, creative and exciting force in British magic.“ - Derren Brown
...avant-garde enfant terrible and Winner of this year's Leicester Comedy Award, BEN TARGET!
“His dead pan jokes and his eccentric manner made him one of my favourite acts of the night” - Remote Goat
“absolutely hilarious” - Spoonfed.co.uk
...and musichall mirthmakers, HORSE & LOUIS!
2010 Musical Comedy Award Runners-Up
"you'd have to be pretty dead inside to not laugh...genuinely funny and endearingly silly...a very gifted duo" – Comedy.co.uk
...as well as new sketches from the Betas' upcoming Edinburgh show, THE TRAIN JOB and the fourth Patty Hearst Award for Hostage Of The Month!
“An utterly brilliant hour of sketch comedy” - Broadway Baby
“one of the funniest and most genuinely pleasing shows I've seen this year.” - Fringe Guru
“Here is the cream” - Three Weeks
The Beta Males Hostage Situation IV: SMOKE & MIRRORS
MCNEIL AND PAMPHILON'S SKETCH NIGHT Tuesday 10th May 2011
The Cheeky Beggars, Morris and Vyse, Moonfish Rhumba, Totally Tom, Rachel Stubbings, Late Night Gimp Fight, McNeil and Pamphilon
8pm (doors 7.30pm)
McNeil and Pamphilon present the cream of sketch and character comedy from the London circuit, including:
The Cheeky Beggars - "Sheer Comedic Joy" ***** Broadway Baby
Morris and Vyse - "Excellent" Evening Standard / ***** Metro
Moonfish Rhumba - 2009 Hackney Empire New Act Finalists
Totally Tom - Youtube Sensation! / ***** The Tab
Rachel Stubbings - "Destined for Greatness" - Time Out
Late Night Gimp Fight - 2011 Chortle Best Sketch Act, 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award Newcomer Nominees
Also, this month, McNeil and Pamphilon (2011 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Finalists) will be previewing a large amount of their 2011 Brighton Fringe show!
MCNEIL AND PAMPHILON'S SKETCH NIGHT
THE REALLY LOVELY COMEDY SHOW Wednesday 11th May 2011
The Loveliest comedy night in town returns for another briliant comedy night.
Star of BBC's Russell Howard's Good News and Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
“a top-notch comic who marries a powerful delivery with some deceptively ingenious material” (Chortle)
“Law is terrific, effortless … one of the best comedy performances of the year” (The Independent)
Star of Russell Howard's Good News and Dave's One Night Stand
"Elevating the most everyday occurrence into a grand anecdote and celebrating petty triumphs as magnificent victories." (Chortle)
Star of BBC2's The Rob Brydon Show
"Delightfully ebullient." (Time Out)
Finalist So You Think You're Funny?, Latitude New Act of the Year and Amused Moose 2010
Amazing new sketch group featuring the multiple award-winning talents of Dan Antopolski, Nat Luurtsema and Tom Craine.
MC BEN VAN DER VELDE
"whipsharp...a live-giving compere." (Chortle)
Doors open 7.30pm for an 8.15pm show. Tickets £5/£4 NUS through www.wegottickets.com or on the door (subject to availability.)
THE REALLY LOVELY COMEDY SHOW
FOG @ THE WILMINGTON ARMS Thursday 12th May 2011
FOG Featuring Charlotte
7.30 ish and 9 ish
FOG are: Four Old Geezers, Funky Offbeat Groovers, Free Open Gigsters (or any other combination you wish!) featuring the more youthful and soulful vocals of Charlotte.
Playing an eclectic mx of covers from old soul, motown and stax classics though funky rhythm & blues to more rocky tunes.
The evening will start off mellow with an early set from around 7.30 for those on the post work wind up, and then a more raucous and upbeat set from 9 ish for those up for the evening shenanigans.
Its free entry, so turn up tune in and discover the delight & the delirium of aural delectation.
FOG @ THE WILMINGTON ARMS
COLOUR ME POP Friday 13th May 2011
Ah, the Would-Be-Goods, Matinee Records' elegant and melancholy pop legends. You have Jessica Griffin's beautiful and distinctly English vocals, Peter Momtchiloff's crisp and colourful guitar, Andy Warren's confident bass lines and then there is the happiest drummer in pop: Debbie Green. No drummer is able to pay such varied and strong rhythms, sing such clear harmonies and carry such a sunny smile as Debbie. The combination of these four distinctive personalities and talents makes for one of my favourite pop bands around. Jessica has been writing, playing and singing fantastic songs like 'The Camera Loves Me' since the late 80s and the band continue to write complex and beautiful compositions. They played HDIF in Brixton in January and debuted a fresh tune! This band are one of indiepop's and the UK's quietly legendary gems. Do not miss this!
Somehow this accomplished Scottish band have been around for over ten years but I only just heard of them and witnessed their brilliant live performance this past December at the Glasgow Popfest. The band have a huge sound accented by violin and trumpet, the latter ably played by Nigel of Camera Obscura. What completely won me over though was the charming between-song Glaswegian storytelling from Biff, the band's vocalist, acoustic guitarist and frontperson. The audience was in stitches at Biff's stories and consequently, each song soared. We were theirs. Have a look at this video below to catch a glimpse of what we saw and you will see when The Starlets play for us on this night. The band are on their way to Paris the following day, so come and say 'bon voyage!' to them this Friday night.
Sebastian Litmanovich is an incredibly witty, sweet and tender, outgoing and FUN personality, songwriter and performer. You watch him and you feel as if you are on holiday. Stressed? Tired of the dreary weather? Week too long? Then you want a dose of Cineplexx. He has been creating his sometimes upbeat, sometimes downbeat richly textured songs for many years abroad. We are lucky to now have him sprinkling his Spanish-language tunes upon us in London. Come welcome this fabulous recent London transplant to the city!
£5 tickets from WeGotTickets
Wittering on Anorak Forum
COLOUR ME POP
BEATS, RHYMES AND MIRTH Monday 16th May 2011
Furniture, Marbles, feat. Rob Broderick and Jurassic 4
A hip-hop/comedy jam hosted by Cornish-Canadian improv duo Marbles. Jazz trio Furniture bring the beats, and they will be joined by the comedy circuit's top mic controllers.
Funk, with the emphasis on fun.
Abandoman's Rob Broderick
Jurassic 4 (Max & Ivan, Jon Gracey from the Beta Males, Dave from Marbles). Freestylers welcome to join the fellowship and throw it down in the finale.
BEATS, RHYMES AND MIRTH
BRIGHT CLUB Tuesday 17th May 2011
This month Bright Club is two years old. Can you believe it? In that time we've run more than twenty-five gigs, hosted more than a hundred speakers, enjoyed the company of more than 3000 audience members, grown into two new cities and had more than five hundred rounds of applause.
So we're celebrating in style, by inviting some old friends to share sets old and new, and to keep us up to date with the latest humorous happenings in their fields.
Steve Hall is back as MC after holding our last Bloomsbury Theatre sellout together. He knows Bright Club inside-out, and will probably be wearing his glasses to try and look scholarly.
Colin Hazel will be tinkling our ivories as only he can tinkle. Smooth.
You might have heard Jason Dittmer on a recent podcast. He works on Captain America and the apocalypse, on the antichrist and Alan Moore. He's a human geographer (so no colouring in).
Laura Ishiguro reads other people's letters. She's studying correspondence between frontiersmen (and women) and their families back home. She's a great source of vintage culinary, etiquette and dating advice!
Joe Flatman examines ships for violent and sexual iconography and checks for exciting objects before anyone builds in Surrey. He's an archaeologist, but of the cool metropolitan variety, rather than a beardy Time Teamer. Ask him about Bone Kickers. Please ask him about Bone Kickers.
We're waiting to hear back from two more geniuses. It's going to be a PACKED evening.
As a special treat we have an anniversary appearance from Steve Cross, the voice on the Bright Club podcasts. He'll be telling you all the stupid things that happen when you run a comedy club that people who've never been don't understand for two years.
Wilmington Arms. Five pounds to get in. Doors at 8pm. May 17th. What more do you need to know?
SHIRLEY AND SHIRLEY Wednesday 18th May 2011
Comedy duo Shirley & Shirley have been on the circuit for just over two years, shocking and delighting audiences in equal measures with their racy and original character driven and physical sketches. They have had two consecutive successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, filmed and produced clips for BBC Comedy Online and recently hosted the People’s Choice Music Awards 2010 alongside Stephen K Amos.
Clips available: http://www.shirleyandshirley.com/Site/Welcome.html
"Two of the freshest and most energetic performers in Edinburgh this year"
“Characters that make you think I wish I’d thought of that”
“These girls are going all the way”
The Herald ****
“Shirley and Shirley are a terrific comedy pairing, an certainly one to watch”
Broadway Baby ****
8pm, £6 on the door
SHIRLEY AND SHIRLEY
DEATH AND GLORY Thursday 19th May 2011
At Death & Glory we like to think we give you plenty in terms of entertainment, new music and fun times. Well, now we want to give a little more back to the world by supporting the Stay Strong Stephen Murray campaign. Ravenous Promotions lady Merryn's other half is cycling the entire length of the country and needs sponsorshing (see more at http://www.ltdstate.com/lejog) so we are helping out with this gig. However, we aren't letting u...p on the quality music front so this month we are giving you.....
MR TWIST (http://www.facebook.com/mrtwistband)
Fresh from the launch of their debut album 'D.I.Y.' (Smashed Records), London Indie-rockers Mr Twist are coming back from their second Ravenous show. Those of you that saw their Ginglik show for us a few years ago will be intrigued to know that the band have developed a harder edge (think QOTSA, Foos, Biffy) to compliment their pure 3-part vocal harmonies and hook laden tunes. Mr Twist are a band developing in to serious contenders and with album number 2 already being recorded there is lots to look forward to!
PEERLESS PIRATES (http://www.peerlesspirates.com)
After a while out in the wilderness (or open seas if we're gonna get nautical), Peerless Pirates have come in to dock to drink with your woman and drink your rum. Captained by Cliff Adams, this Oxford 4-piece mix the janglier elements of the Smiths with the raw energy of the Stooges and layer on some intricate lyrics for good measure. There are some of their old favourites in the set but, more excitingly, there are a few new tracks in the pipeline which promise to be belters.
COP ON THE EDGE http://www.facebook.com/copontheedge)
New Cross Indie-Popsters Cop On the Edge create a pic'n'mix blend of music that will keep you guessing from one song to another. Guitars, synth, percussion and a cracking rhythm section work their way through styles from Pere Ubu to Talking Heads and then off to Joy Division for a quick visit without having around long enought to get too grumpy. New single 'Honorary Girl' has just come out with the debut album 'Single Science' soon to follow but it's in the live arena that COTE excel so come and check them out for yourself.
CHRIS ALIANO (http://www.myspace.com/chrisaliano)
Way back in the mists of time, when Stages Of Dan were just a glint in a horny old rockers eye, there was a young man called Chris Aliano. His Dylan-esque folky ramblings won him many a fan and groupie before he went down the rock'n'roll road. Well, it took some persuading but as Chris is a big supporter of the Stay Strong Stephen Murray charity, he couldn't resist but get involved. So get down early for a rare performance by this talented singer-songwriter. And Cheesemonger.
As always, doors at 8.00pm and it'll cost you jut £4.
DEATH AND GLORY
WHICH WAY IS UP! Friday 20th May 2011
Tigercats have manfully stepped in to headline this show! They're snazzy
pop is a real delight, too. They've released stuff on the fab Haircut
Records. And they've got a new 7" due on WeePOP! soon (I think!). They're
ace. But don't take my word for it. Here is what others have said about
"TIGERCATS write songs about Stevie Nicks and Whitechapel, all delivered
atop a cloud of shimmering dream rock. Drums twist and guitars bloom like
fireworks, whilst a plaintive vocal sounding eerily like Pete Shelley
underpins their sound". - Upset the rhythm
"A brand new band featuring members of Esiotrot and Hexicon, east London’s
Tigercats reimagine The Wave Pictures and Violent Femmes as spiky,
infectious post-punk anti-heroes. We haven’t heard a new band sound this
perfectly-formed for quite some time" - How Does It Feel To Be Loved
This London band are new kids on the block and they deal in joyful melodic
harmonic pop. They've recently 'released' a free download EP so you can
check them out before the show.
"Apparently they started out as a bit of an 80′s throwback band, well i'm
glad that all changed, Mothers Ruin is a brilliant and massively exciting
EP from a new and even more exciting band" - Hey Man, Check My Band
These DIY urchins from the North (er Leeds, possibly?) play shambolic and
tuneful indiepop. They too, are very new. And I think everyone is going to
love them. They've released a free EP on Holiday Records and have got a few
bits and bobs including the fab 'Art and Sex' LP for sale on Bandcamp.
"Full of rattley guitars, ropey singing and shoouty bits in the right
places, most of the songs here sound a little like late '90s heroes Uresei
Yatsura and, at times, early Hefner." - A Layer Of Chips
WHICH WAY IS UP!
HOLLY WALSH & MATTHEW CROSBY - EDINBURGH PREVIEW Monday 23rd May 2011
Edinburgh Preview - Holly Walsh & Matthew Crosby
HOLLY WALSH & MATTHEW CROSBY - EDINBURGH PREVIEW
HOLLY WALSH & PETE FIRMAN Tuesday 24th May 2011
Edinburgh previews - Holly Walsh & Pete Firman
HOLLY WALSH & PETE FIRMAN
FEED YOUR HEAD Wednesday 25th May 2011
FEED YOUR HEAD presents......
Brightlight City / Running Club / Circuit / Oriana
£5 door, 8pm kick off, and the usual free shot of JAGERMEISTER to first 25 peeps!!
FEED YOUR HEAD
KICK THE PLUG Thursday 26th May 2011
CULTURAL NIGHT Friday 27th May 2011
Come and join us for another great evening of performance, live music and dance, with the vision not only to enjoy ourselves, but to raise money for some charities.
This time we want to support:
Operation Blessings, charity helping at the moment the victims of cruel disaster of tsunami and earthquake in Japan
A21 campaign – charity helping the victims of human trafficking esp.in Europe but all over the world
And some to support mission trip, this time to South Africa
Programme will include:
Short theatre play by Andrew Walters – An Inspector Falls
As Jo Faith wrote about the act:
“Religion is easy...Love - now that's harder..a story about the hard and soft areas of the human heart, satirizing the priorities within church & how hypocrisies can easily happen. Then what true connection can do.”
Live music – this time with:
- Sarah Drizen - with her amazing voice and new songs
- James Welburn on piano with couple of his own as well as famous pieces
- Joseph Harper with his guitar and specific style…
- Also Rachelle, talented + captivating
- and more surprises later on, also
- contemporary dance with Emily…
The night not to be missed, to enjoy plus raise little more funds for places where help is so much needed….
You can buy tickets or give your support on:
Or buy the tickets at the door – recommended donation - £10, concessions possible
SIR K RAH'S CAN A TING Sunday 29th May 2011
Getting you laughing on an early Sunday evening. We'll have you primed and ready for anything before it's back to work.
A disparate ragbag of stand-up comedians, Sir K Rah are Marc Safon, India Macleod, Nelson de Gouveia, Povs, Shaban Kazim, Paul Baglin and Moz.
Joining The Rah's this month are special guests Al Cowie, Louis Waymouth, Tom Elliott and Amy Howerska.
Doors open 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.
Five Pounds on the door.
SIR K RAH'S CAN A TING
LADYGARDEN AND FRIENDS Monday 30th May 2011
'Britain's funniest women' (DAILY TELEGRAPH) come armed with yet more new sketches and A LOT of cake. Joining them this month is another gorgeous lineup including...
ADAM RICHES 'All a bit much, in a wonderful way' THE TIMES
THE THREE ENGLISHMEN 'Priceless... as good as it gets' THE LIST
TOM BELL 'Truly high quality' THE GUARDIAN
plus more TBA!!!
8pm. £6 on the door
LADYGARDEN AND FRIENDS
JAMES SHERWOODS PIANO BAR Tuesday 31st May 2011
SUBSTANCE @ THE WILMINGTON ARMS Wednesday 1st June 2011
THE WILMO DELIGHTS THE INDEPENDENT
1st May 2011
A lovely bit of press for The Wilmo:
"Further down towards Exmouth Market, the Wilmington Arms is setting itself up as pretender to its crown. At the monthly night run by the sketch troupe Ladygarden, it's not unusual to see stars from Peep Show's Isy Suttie to Lenny Henry performing to a 40-strong crowd, spot Jennifer Saunders at the bar or bump into Ash Atalla, the producer of The Office, scouting for new talent."
See below for context.
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