We have installed a Hi Fi system featuring Icon valve amps & vintage Grundig, Celestion & Tannoy studio monitors to ensure the music played is represented at its best.
DJs play accessible yet credible musical selections across all formats (not just vinyl…). You can listen to past recorded sets on our Mixcloud channel here.
Live music features too… thanks to a Grassroots Music grant from the Arts Council of England, we have the resources to present 24 shows in 2020 both in our basement + in the community
We also host supper clubs, book readings and other fun stuff. Read on …
Evenings in December 2019 see the welcome return of Chef Fumio Tanga and his Sho Foo Doh outfit, serving up Hiroshima style okonomiyaki + (un)classic Japanese favourites & a very alternative Xmas Party menu you can view HERE
A BASEMENT, A RED LIGHT & A FEELING…
7-11 Musical Discoveries are building a community of music heads and their friends who come together on chosen weekdays, from 7 to 11 pm, to listen & dance to exquisite music played by true selectors. Free entrance, hifi sound & decent hours so everyone can make it to work the next day. Next up…
MORE LIVE MUSIC…
Thanks to the Arts Council England and their new “Grassroots Music” fund, we will be presenting 20 x live music shows in-house + a series of 4 larger “Altar>Native” ones at St Peter’s C of E Church, Walworth over the next 12 months.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Time Out London readers have been voting for their most-loved local city venue in a range of different categories … and we have won best restaurant, best coffee place, best brunch spot AND best bar in Walworth 2018!
… big love to all our faithful customers & staff, we could not have done this without you!
LIVE MUSIC IN THE COMMUNITY…
Our big second church gig featured Internationally acclaimed 9 piece authentic Jamaican Ska & RockSteady outfit NATTY BO & THE TOP CATS presenting a tribute to ska legend PRINCE BUSTER (the Voice Of The People)!
Prince Buster, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer. The records he released in the 1960s influenced and shaped the course of Jamaican contemporary music and created a legacy of work that would be drawn upon later by reggae and ska artists.
Support from South London jazz sensation OSKA T + Camberwell Connection DJS DUBPLATE PEARL & MR SWING EASY
This concert was the second in a series in the stunning surroundings of the Sir John Soane designed Grade 1 listed St Peter’s Church, Walworth.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Lead by local Walworth legend Natty Bo & featuring Miss Megu on Alto Sax the TOP CATS boast a strong front line of brass and a backbone of rhythm n bass ready to make even the most ardent wall flowers shimmy and shake…
With band members having played in & with legends such as The Skatalites, Dennis Alcapone, Winston Reedy, Alton Ellis, Derrick Morgan, The Trojans & Desmond Dekker, we advise you to wear your best dancing shoes & be prepared to skank in the aisles!
“Best show at Glastonbury 2000” John Peel
“TCs great show!”Jools Holland
“Lord Natty & the Top Cats…wicked!” Joe Strummer (The Clash)
“Yes them very good man” Duke Vin (legendary Jamaican soundsytem pioneer)
Support comes from South London jazz warriors OSKA T, part of the new wave of super talented young musicians rising to the top.
DJS DUBPLATE PEARL & MR SWING EASY from local clubbing institution THE CAMBERWELL CONNECTION spark off proceedings with an all vinyl 45 selection.
Throughout the performance, artist OSCAR ROMP will be sketching the musicians … and the finished artwork will be auctioned then and there after the gig to raise funds for the Robes project, a charity who provide shelter for people who find themselves homeless in London.
ABOUT THE VENUE:
St Peter’s, Walworth is a grade one listed church designed by the celebrated Georgian architect, Sir John Soane. Since its construction in 1825, St Peter’s has been at the heart of the community serving the needs of local people. The building was significantly damaged by bombing in the Second World War but was restored to it’s former glory in the 1950s. One significant survival of the bombing was the magnificent Bechstein piano which is still played to this day.
Father Michael Robinson, Assistant Curate of St Peter’s Walworth said, “We are delighted to be part of this exciting collaboration of community and music, bringing together so many different cultural influences into a sacred space.”
TICKETS FROM £10 VIA EVENTBRITE > http://bit.ly/LL_topcats
MORE LIVE MUSIC (+ART) …
Next session, Sunday 27 January at 7pm at Louie Louie
OUR BIG CHRISTMAS 2018 SHOW LOOKED & SOUNDED LIKE THIS …
Louie Louie & Funkiwala Records present “Lokkhi Terra meets Deli Sosimi” live, with the London fusionistas
creating a unique sound-clash with ex-Fela Kuti keyboardist and legendary UK Afro-beat ambassador Dele
This concert is the first in a series in the stunning surroundings of the Sir John Soane designed Grade 1 listed
St Peter’s Church, Walworth.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
This is one of a handful of shows supporting the release of the recording on Funkiwala Records, “Cubafrobeat.
This particular collaboration has been bubbling away for a few years now, teasing audience expectations
with a handful of sold out shows each year in between both bands busy schedules.
‘…this coming together feels particularly inspired.’ 4-Stars Jane Cornwell – Evening Standard
‘….a fusion rendered seamless by the synergies existing between Afro-Cuban and Yoruban music,
language and mythology, Cubafrobeat is a total stonking blinder.’ Chris May – All About Jazz
Kishon Khan’s Lokkhi Terra have over a number of years now been quietly establishing themselves
as one of London’s more unusual heavyweight outfits, described as “Stunning headliners with a majestic
multi-cultural blend of sounds, effortlessly building bridges between rolling Indian raga rhythms, Afro-Cuban
grooves, acid jazz/funk and free flowing improvisation” (Timeout London).
Included amongst the band members are London’s top Cuban musicians, adding their infectious
rich musical history to the city’s melting pot. When the band wanted to explore Cuban links with another
of their favourite traditions, Afrobeat, who better to bring in than one of the originators – maestro Dele Sosimi
His career began when he joined Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 (1979–86). Sosimi then created Positive Force
band with Femi Kuti , with whom he performed from 1986 to 1994. In both bands he was keyboard
player, also musical director taking care of re-orchestrating and arranging music as well as handling
the recruiting and training of new musicians
“Sosimi creates some of the most bewitching grooves in modern African music” E Jazz News.
Bringing together two Yoruba speaking musics – with different accents, from different sides of the
Atlantic – Havana meets Lagos in London – a Cuban- Afrobeat-Experience. CUBAFROBEAT!
Support comes from the Impromptu! players featuring the Jesse Doniach Trio & friends +
DJ Madera Verde (SOAS Radio)
The band will be presenting a free 2 hour music workshop during the afternoon at the church.
Places are very limited (x 20 max) and open to ticketbuyers only.
In order to make this as productive as possible for everyone, we request that only musicians who can read
We have a quota of different instrument players to fill and places will also be allocated first come first served.
To apply for a place & for more info, please contact email@example.com
ABOUT THE VENUE:
St Peter’s, Walworth is a grade one listed church designed by the celebrated Georgian architect,
Sir John Soane. Since its construction in 1825, St Peter’s has been at the heart of the community serving
the needs of local people. The building was significantly damaged by bombing in the Second World War but
was restored to it’s former glory in the 1950s. One significant survival of the bombing was the magnificent
Bechstein piano which is still played to this day.
Father Michael Robinson, Assistant Curate of St Peter’s Walworth said, “We are delighted to be part of this
exciting collaboration of community and music, bringing together so many different cultural influences into
a sacred space.”
the workshop looked like this …
… and the gig looked like that!
REPRESENTATIVE MUSIC RESIDENCIES…
Yup. It’s a thing. We are delighted to have been awarded funds to present live music featuring artists from the community regularly, so watch out for some fantastic monthly free gigs, workshops & special events out and about in the neighbourhood like these ones we produced in Summer 2018…
Our suppliers are called REDEMPTION. Their roastery is based inside the walls of Aylesbury Prison. As well as producing damn fine blends, it’s where they transform young offenders into specialty coffee industry professionals. They learn on the job, equipping them with the real skills they need to work in a cafe or roastery on the outside.