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Fund Raising Evening in Support of FRIEND Farm Animal Sanctuary

An Evening of Music by Vegan Musicians in Support of
FRIEND Farm Animal Sanctuary

FUND RAISING EVENING
SAT | 28 JULY | 7.30pm | £10+b/f (adv) £12 OTD

We have organised a wonderful night of musically eclectic delights in support of this well-deserved animal sanctuary.

We treat you to a mix of rising stars all of whom are committed to social or environmental change through either their music, way of life, or a collaboration of both!

Juha | focusing on social consciousness, Juha is party music for the post-Brexiit blues whilst affirming the lives and accomplishments of “one hit wonders” from the 80’s, in a sonic stewpot of electronic soul, world music, and new wave.

Eden and the Aftermath | Wood Green based guitar/cello duo presenting a mixture of vocal harmonies and rap.  Expect finely crafted original songs with sweeping cello tones, resonant lyrics and bluesy guitar hooks.

Queen V | Singer/Songwriter sculpts beautiful and powerful melodies around candid lyrics | VegFestUK FxEctive Factor 2018 Winner.  Hot on the heels of her debut single, Only One Life, carries an important message: to reach as many people as possible to try to extinguish all unnecessary pain and suffering in this world.  Watch out for this live debut at Karamel!

Tally Spear | Singer/Songwriter featured on BBC Radio London, she fuses Greenwich-Village-style folk influences with a British, somewhat ‘pop’ sound… a fantastic opportunity to see this wonderful new and emerging singer who is getting prime airplay and before she hits the Vegan Camp-Out 2018 Festival!

Please join us for this unique night of quality entertainment to support a well-deserved cause.

Proceeds of ticket sales go to FRIEND Farm Animal Sanctuary
Any further cash donations on the night will go directly to FRIEND.

Website: https://friendanimalsanctuary.org/

FRIEND is a farm animal sanctuary with nearly 200 animals.  Their mission is to offer sanctuary to unwanted, neglected and abused animals, while educating about animals, veganism and ecological sustainability.  We are a no kill sanctuary, we rehome a small amount of companion animals but most of the animals that live here stay with us until the day they die.  FRIEND relies solely on donations from members of the public, and is a registered charity; number 1173318.

Tickets available here

Doors | 6pm
Vegan Kitchen | 7-10pm | Serving Great Vegan Snacks
Happy Hour | 5-7pm

Great Vegan WInes
Refreshing craft vegan beers on tap or cask from Haringey micro-breweries Bohem Brewery, Earth Ale Brewery and Muswell Hillbillies Brewers and Essex-based Dominion Brewery

Society of Imaginary Friends – Beltane Birthday Soiree

Society of Imaginary Friends

Present… Beltane Birthday Soiree

I was taking the escalator over the hill…hang on… something’s burning… It’s our Beltane Birthday Soiree on the 4th May!!! The extraordinary Alfie Thomas has hit a very significant number of earth years…

Oh what a dancing dragon of a party we have in store for YOU… Yee Hah!!! Our star studded night includes the fantastic John Moore (Black Box Recorder, Express Way and Jesus and the Mary Chain) performing a couple of his hits from his new album Knickerbocker Glory.

“Couched in shimmering rock, Sixties girl-group pop and even a touch of operatic soprano on Anne of a Thousand Days, this is a literary pop gem.” The Times

Guess who the operatic soprano is?

Punk legend virtuosic saxophonist John Glyn (X-ray specs and Wreckless Eric ) will be astounding us with his magical improvisation weaving his beautiful tones with the incomparable virtuosic guitarist Richard Bolton their inspiration is the vibe of the night we all have a part to play in creating something totally original.

The beautiful, soulful Magdalena Grabher will be looping her intricate musical motifs to create ethereal soundscapes and gorgeous songs, the wonderful highly acclaimed poetess Lady Amy Neilson Smith and master of woodwind Sir William Summers (Circulus, Princes in the Tower) will be astounding us with their Shakespearian inspired set.

Award winning spoken word performer Cian Binchy will be making us think, catch him before he takes his sell out show Madness re:Exit to Manchester for a month.

Urban punk goddess I am Her will be performing songs from her brand new album, the superb Math Jones will be sharing his Beltane musings, welcoming to the Soiree mystery new poet Charlie and author Samuel Bates, special guest DJ TBA and special Birthday songs from Society of Imaginary Friends.

Fabulous Vegan cuisine by Roger and Kathy – it is also Rogers Birthday!!

So much to celebrate..FREE ENTRY!
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About Society of Imaginary Friends

Society of Imaginary Friends core members are:

  • Louise Kleboe –  main vocalist, piano, guitar and composition. Louise was born in Cornwall and was brought up in the Orkney Islands. She currently lives in Clerkenwell, London.
  • Alfie Thomas – accordion, backing vocals, keyboards and composition.  Alfie was born in Middlesbrough to Belgian and Cockney parentage. He is a Soho resident.
  • Cara Vella – Violin/Electric Violin. Cara was born in London. Cara does not know what her favourite colour is.
We try to avoid the rock / pop ghettos whenever possible… prefer to play unusual venues and sites, creating an atmosphere of our own when we play. Hence our Secret Soirees…. We are passionate about reality, truth and preserving our beautiful world for all future beings and we dedicate our music to the lonely disenfranchised sensitive furious children of tomorrow’s night and day.

Drum Day

DRUM DAY

with 5 hard working professional Drummers.

This day will consist of a short interview, a solo performance then the floor will open up for questions.

20-minute changeover.
Everyone is welcome to stay afterwards for drinks and discussions till late.
£25 = £5 per drummer. Concessions see below.

This day is especially to encourage the younger players and is early enough to be a family day out, but is open to EVERYBODY!

We are hoping ALL our students will come along.

Any question you have will be answered… even what do drummers eat for breakfast!

This will be held at the wonderful Karamel VEGAN restaurant and Jazz Club with amazing support from the owners.
There will be delicious food on sale throughout the day.

THE ARTISTS

CRISSY LEE

After seventy years in the music business, starting at age 4,
from a background of jazz and big bands plus a smattering of
rock, pop and Latin – Crissy Lee is well respected and admired
by her peers and musical colleagues as one of the UK’s most
experienced professional musicians.
Crissy is currently running her Big Band and The Crissy Lee
Quartet who appear regularly at the Jazz Club that she runs
featuring guest Artistes that have included the talents of Nina
Ferro, Jacqui Hicks, Paul Higgs, Karen Sharpe, Kai Hoffman
plus many others.

http://www.crissylee.co.uk/

CHERYL ALLEYNE

At Wood Green School in 1975, Cheryl’s first music teacher was Mr David Shaw. She went on to
study music at the College of Arts & Technology in Newcastle upon Tyne where her drumming ability
flourished under the tutelage of professional drummer Mr Roger Hempsall.
Securing the drum chair for various groups whilst at college, supporting saxophonist Wayne Shorter
was a highlight. With a Graduate Diploma grade 1 distinction she returned to London and worked
and toured extensively with Loose Tubes, The Jazz Warriors, Mano Ventura, Courtney Pine, and Us3.
She has lived and worked in the U.S. including show band cruise work, and recently drummed in the
Clarke Peters Westend Show, ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ in Edinburgh. She continues to be active on
the London Scene.

http://www.jazzlondonradio.com/jlr-interview-cheryl-alleyne/

CAROLINE SCOTT

Drummer Caroline Scott is from Scotland, where she started playing drums. After moving to London in 2008, she has played and recorded in a wide range of musical environments, from theatre shows and jazz big bands, to orchestral percussion sections. She has also lived in Boston where she played with college bands at Harvard, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory and MIT, and gigged on the local circuit. She plays drums with piano trio Cygnus Flare (who recently won the Yamaha Soho Jazz Sessions competition, played at Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Soho jazz clubs and toured in Armenia), Caroline Scott’s Khoalesce project, the MO Jazz Orchestra, the Swinging Magpies (vintage swing band), and plays timpani in various London orchestras including the Amati Orchestra and BBC Elstree Concert Band. She recently started a masters in jazz at Trinity Laban as an Archers scholar.

www.carolinescottmusic.com/

CIARA LAVERS

Ciara is a pop rock drummer with a guilty pleasure for odd time signatures. After graduating from the ACM, Ciara studied at the LA Music Academy.

On her return to the UK, she played and created the drum part for the 2006 version of Blondel by Tim Rice.Other past projects/tours include working with Peter Von Poehl, The Shebeats, The 12 Tenors, Robots in Disguise, Duncan Reid (the boys) and Helen and the Sirens amongst others.Ciara is always wanting to better her craft and so studied with the great Bob Armstrong for the past few years.

She is currently playing for pop/electronic band The Penelopes.

http://www.ciaralavers.com/

MICHELE DREES

London based Michèle Drees is an established drummer, Latin percussionist, vocalist, guitarist, composer and Promoter and has been active on the Music scene for more than 30 years.

During this time Michèle has played with top Artists across a wide variety of genres including Marc Almond, Kirsty MacColl, Seal, Badmarsh and Shri, Ive Mendes, KD Lang, Susanne Vega, Candy Dulfer, Ian Shaw.
Performing on many of the great stages, Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Ronnie Scott’s and numerous Jazz Festivals throughout the world including Montreux and Chorendo sem Parar with her own Jazz Tap project.

https://www.micheledrees.com/

Tickets available here:

There are a few concessionary tickets at £15, plus children tickets at £5 (when accompanied by an adult payer) – please contact mimi.drums@gmail.com for details (as they are not available on the ticket site).

Lords & Ladies of Misrule Soiree

He rolls into town drunk as a skunk trembling Chihuahua on his shoulder and rattle snakes for scarves.

He winks at the sun and collapses in paroxysms of laughter as the gullible gather round to buy his dubious wares he is the ‘Medicine Man’ curled up under the stars and the Appellation moon.

He is our April Fool, the Duke of Disorder, the paradise quack of chaos and we will be dancing the hallucinogenic hoedown with him at our Medicinal April Fool Soiree.

Our very own Lord of Misrule Mr Alfie Thomas will be guiding the proceedings, a fabulous line-up which includes:

  • Lady Lovely Lute aka Stephanie Feeney who will whisper Medieval somethings in your ear, she will lull you into a false sense of sweetness and drop some Belladonna in your tea,
  • the Rainbow warrior himself Kosmic Troubadour,
  • Poet Millie George radical princess of Soho,
  • Cian Binchy fresh from his sell-out show Madhouse re: Exit in Shoredich Town Hall,
  • poet extraordinaire Debra Watson will be performing her beautiful verse with a bite,
  • urban Punk goddess Julie D Riley with drummer Jeff Townsin,
  • very special guest dancer TBC,
  • special guest DJ and Society of Imaginary Friends playing their most mischievous songs.
  • Not forgetting Gorgeous Vegan food by Culinary Magicians Kathy and Roger.

***FREE ENTRY***

You would be a fool to miss it!!!