Current events

Events listings related to artists featured in the archive, or drawing on the work of the archive.

Blow the Fuse!
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Ivy Benson musicians ‘Swing the Vortex’ Wednesday 8 April. Tickets have just gone on sale for our brilliant Reunion Band Ivy Benson musicians ‘Swing the Vortex!

Two days after Easter Monday, this will be an eggcellent opportunity to hear some legendary women perform!
A Tomorrow the Moon event
A night of swing, Latin and ballads in the company of three legendary musicians from the 1960s Ivy Benson band:
​ ​Carol Gasser (McBean) sax/flute, Claudia Colmer–Lang double bass, Crissy Lee drums. With Max Turnbull piano 
​The Reunion Band played at the Celebration last year of what would have been Ivy Benson’s 100th birthday.
​ ​Most of the group are based in Cornwall where they play regularly so we’re thrilled that they’ve travelled up especially for this gig. They’re all great musicians and bandleaders in their own right. Tonight they’ll be swinging the Vortex with a mixture of jazz, ballads and Latin.

The Vortex Jazz Club 11 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH
Doors 8pm First set 8.45 pm

​ ​Door £12 Advance tickets £10
£36 for entry to all four Blow the Fuse gigs at the Vortex ‘Tomorrow the Moon’

​:​A fantastic set of gigs including Ivy Benson musicians, Electric Landladies unplugged, Carol Grimes and the Alison Rayner Qunintet

April 8 The Reunion Band Ivy Benson musicians ‘Swing the Vortex’
May 13 Electric Landladies Unplugged + Charlotte Glasson Duo
June 10 Carol Grimes – soulful songstress with great stories to tell

​+ Shirley Tetteh Group

July 15 ARQ – Alison Rayner Quintet grooves and melodic interplay

​+ Vicky Tilson Quartet Mojo Risin’

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We’re at Jan’s Bar, Stoke Newington Common this
Friday 27 March with the Deirdre Cartwright Trio



Create-aah! presents

Two residential events facilitated by Maggie Nicols (May 22-25) and Frankie Armstrong & Variegated Women (19-21 June) taking place at Create-Ahh, a community arts organisation based in an old woollen mill in Drefach Felindre. . 

1. The Challenge of Simplicity – May22-25 2015

A weekend to experience the joy and liberation of mindful music making with Maggie Nicols.

Maggie explains:

My approach is designed to reassure the nervous and challenge complacency.

Many of us have been socialised to believe that the simple is beneath us and that we must strive to be clever and impress, however, simplicity can take us into depths of our personal and collective being that we never imagined possible.

Over the weekend, we will sound out different approaches to free improvisation.

Using a variety of strong, simple starting points which liberate the imagination, we will create a musical weaving of improvising voices and other instruments.

This will enable us to be fully present and practice the freedom that is our birthright.

Improvisation is part of our daily lives. It is a dance of outer influences and inner impulses. When we let ourselves, we can reflect and connect with each new moment and everything that has ever been.

Throughout, there will be opportunities for questions & discussion of the creative process and the social implications of improvisation.

We will practise safe and inspiring ways to explore each new changing moment & draw on the reservoir of all that’s ever been, as we improvise together.

Residential spaces: available on a sliding scale of £100-£250

This includes:

Accommodation for three nights (single, double, hostel-style and camping spaces available)

Meals and refreshments

Tuition with Maggie Nicols

Non-residential places available on a sliding scale of £75-£200

This includes:

Meals and refreshments

Tuition with Maggie Nicols

2. Performance and Residential

Workshop with Variegated Women, June 19-21 2015Variegated Women is a feisty, folky, five-piece female voice and instrumental ensemble, with a passion for singing to promote change.

They are Frankie ArmstrongLaura BradshawRuth BradshawPauline Down and Sarah Harman.

‘Between us, we have several centuries’ worth of singing experience and songs. We are all professional singers in our own right who love the opportunity to come together to explore harmonies created in these islands and from around the world.

The emphasis is on women’s songs and those speaking for peace and social justice, both old and new. We can ring the changes from one voice to five – some of our repertoire is acapella and some with instrumentation that includes guitar, saxophone, flute, accordion, whistle and drums. This means we can create a performance of great richness and variety, exploring different genres and textures.

Our hope is to communicate power, tenderness and fun involving the audience both as listeners and sometime joiners-in.’

We are delighted to welcome the Variegated Women to the mill for a special summer solstice performance and weekend residential.

Friday 19 June we will host an intimate performance from the group, while over the weekend there will be an opportunity to immerse yourself in a range of singing activities facilitated by Frankie, Laura, Ruth, Pauline and Sarah.

Residential spaces available on a sliding scale of £150-£300

This includes:

Accommodation for three nights (single, double, hostel-style and camping spaces available)

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments

Tuition with Variegated Women

Non-residential places available on a sliding scale of £50-75 per day

This includes:

Lunch, dinner and refreshments

Tuition with Variegated Women

Performance only – 19 June

£5-10 sliding scale

To book a place on either of these events, email for a booking form. 


01559 37 00 81

NB: We haven’t been updating this page recently, as it wasn’t receiving many visits, most events being advertised now on Facebook. However, if you would like to advertise an event we’d be happy to help – let us know in good time and we’ll publicise it for you.

May 2014


Wednesday May 14 2014: 
Blow the Fuse celebrates 25 years with the musicians from their very first night in 1989!
 Louise Elliott sax/flute & Cheryl Alleyne drums. 
With special guests Mervyn Afrika piano, Josefina Cupido voice, percussion and Ruby Thompson voice, guitar, piano, ukulele
hosting, toasting and playing – Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner.
Louise Elliott, virtuoso flute and sax player has played regularly with Grand Union, Penny Rimbaud and Yusuf Ali Khan. 
Cheryl Alleyne studied Jazz and Classical music at the College of Arts & Technology and then returned to London where she worked with Loose Tubes, The Jazz Warriors and rap/hip-hop group ‘Us3’.
Mervyn Afrika has been one of the great names of South African jazz for the last 30 years. He creates sumptuous piano improvisation and composition drawing from his rich cultural and musical background.
Josefina Cupido is a charismatic vocalist and percussionist with a unique voice that sits between Phoebe Snow and cante flamenco.
Ruby Thompson will be singing with guitar, piano, ukulele and a paper cup! The Vortex Jazz Club 
11 Gillett Street,
London N16 8JH 
Doors 8pm First set 8.45pm Admission £10, concessions available.
Online booking:

With support from Jazz Services and PRSF Jazz Promoters Fund


March 2014

The Fem FM Archive
In 1992, over 200 women made history in Bristol by setting up the UK’s first women’s radio station – Fem FM.

The Fem FM archive of recordings, photographs and other material was recently transferred to Bristol Record Office. The original broadcast tapes have now been digitised and the collection is available for research.

Fem FM Revisited: archive launch event
Saturday 8 March, 3pm
M Shed
On International Women’s Day, M Shed will mark the launch of the archive by hosting a panel discussion about women’s achievements in radio over the past two decades. The event will be led by senior industry figures whose careers were advanced by their Fem FM experiences.
Admission is free but advance booking is required. For full details, please visit the M Shed website


February 2014

Ladies Excuse MeA VALENTINE BALL with the sensational THE LADIES EXCUSE ME DANCE ORCHESTRA 15 FEB 2014 at Karamel London
Tickets: £15
Gig start time : 8.30pm
Karamel Box Office: 0208 829 8989.(Mon-Sat 10-3.30pm)
Stunning live music,  feel good dance tunes. Ballroom event specialists since 2001, THE LADIES EXCUSE ME DANCE ORCHESTRA are 6 Top Class Women Jazz musicians playing classic dance tunes from 1930’s – 1960’s with the glamorous and camp factor! fun VALENTINE BALL where Strictly NO dance skills are necessary and where Dressing UP is optional – but could win you a prize or two!
Venue: Karamel 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ Box Office: 0208 829 8989 (Mon-Sat 10-3.30pm) Gig start time : 8.30pm Booking Essential. Early bird 10% discount £27 for 2 tickets booked and paid for before 31-1-14.

MARTHA AND EVE APHRODITE NIGHTY! VALENTINE SPECIAL GIG 14 FEB 2014 at Karamel London “Expect A Valentine celebration like no other when these Meditterranean Madams combine talent, charm and the friendliest charisma with stunning songs, impeccable harmonies and infectious humour” The Observer

Tickets: £14 Early Bird special offer:  £12.50. Save more than 10% for each ticket purchased before 31/1/14

Venue: Karamel 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ Karamel Box Office: 0208 829 8989 (Mon-Sat 10-3.30 Gig start time: 8.30pm Poster for Martha and Eve's Valentine event February 2014 shows them seated on lush sofas with guitar smiling. Info on gig as above.


Autumn 2013

Blow The Fuse18 September, 9 October, 13 November 2013Much lovely music coming up this Autumn from Blow the Fuse.
TOMORROW THE MOON, a new series of three gigs, each one a double bill with superb musicians presenting original ideas,
 begins at the Vortex with a set led by drummer Michele Drees featuring the tap dancing of Junior Lanyan. Support from Exeter’s Roz Harding with Mike Outram on guitar. Venue: the Vortex Jazz Club 
11 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH

Doors 8pm First set 8.45 pm £10 concessions available.
Bookings: 020 7254 4097 Online:

Friday Sept 27 Jan’s Bar – the Deirdre Cartwright trio is back at the Bar. Last Friday of the month. Doors 8pm Music 9pm. Alison Rayner on bass, Simon Roth on drums and guests popping up.
Imaginative, improvised, melodic – free admission. Jan’s Belgian Bar (right next door to Sunstone Gym on Stoke Newington Common)16 Northwold Road,
 Stoke Newington, N16

 Poster for the Guest Stars gig in London Jazz Festival 16 November 2013, illustrated by photo of the band as they were in the 80s. Details posted below.

Saturday 16th November 

The Guest Stars at the London Jazz Festival 2013
. Saturday 16th November 2013.
 Globe trotting women’s jazz /afro/latin group of the 1980’s were reunited after 25 years for a sold out performance in last years London Jazz festival. Don’t miss a rare chance to see them perform live again with small screen film exhibition showing live footage, and filmed interviews from the 1980s. Deirdre Cartwright guitar, Josefina Cupido drums/vocals, Laka Daisical piano/vocals, 
Linda da Mango congas/vocals, Alison Rayner bass/vocals, Ruthie Smith sax/vocals, Debbie Dickinson sound.
Chats Palace 42-44 Brooksbys Walk, Hackney ,London E9 6DF 
Doors 8.00 – 11.00 First set 8.45pm Tickets £12.00 advance £15.00 on the door.

New Electric Landladies album: album launch in July at Stoke Newington Town Hall  raised £800 for the East Kent Rape Line. Thanks to everyone who came, danced and contributed. The Electric Landladies Friday 13 December, at Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksbys Walk, Hackney, London E9 6DF.


September 2013:

SISTERS UNLIMITED have recently released a new CD No Change of Heart, covering a variety of women’s issues and current political issues. For more information and reviews, and to find details of their forthcoming gigs, please check out their website No Change of Heart


August 2013:

ARQ: Alison Rayner Quintet  Tuesday August 13th 

A winner of the Jazz Services Recording Subsidy Award for 2013, bass player and composer Alison Rayner leads this contemporary jazz quintet. Original compositions draw on a love for lyrical melodies, deep grooves and influences from folk, funk and Latin. The gig is being recorded by Blow the Fuse Records for release later this year so come along and be a part of the recording! With her big warm acoustic sound, faultless time, tuning and taste and creative solo ability, she clearly belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists.” Digby Fairweather 

Alison Rayner bass; Diane McLoughlin saxophone; Deirdre Cartwright guitar; Steve Lodder piano; Buster Birch drums. The Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Street, London N16 8JH. Doors 8pm First set 8.45 pm £10 concessions available Bookings: 020 7254 4097

Flyer for ARQ gig, information as above, but with ARQ logo showing photos of Ailson playing double bass and bass guitar


May 2013 

A bright poster for Terryazoome concert May 1st 2013with info (as below) illustrated with Greek-style lettering and photos of the musicians

Poster for Terryazome concert 1st May 2013

Jazz players Winston Clifford (Drums), Alison Rayner (Bass), Diane
McLoughlin (Saxes) are complimented by bouzouki virtuoso Angelos Georgakis
and band leader Terry Hunt (Bouzouki, Guitar, compositions).  Introducing
TERRYAZOOME play an eclectic mix of Jazzy World music infused with Greek and
African rhythms and flavours.
WHEN! Wednesday 1st May 2013
Entry: £10 (£5 concessions)
Time: Music from 8pm
WHERE! The Great Northern Railway Tavern,
67 High St., HORNSEY, London N8 7QB
Tel: 020 8127 6632,
For more information:


April 2013

Fundraiser for the Feminist Library

Girl Germs feminist club night  27 April 2013 , 446 Kingsland Road, London E8. Bands and disco, £4.

Girl Germs Flier


March 2013

Free event, Chelsea Theatre, Kings Rd London SW108 March. 6 pm, performances from Terri Quaye and Josefina Cupido and an African dance troupe. Open mic. For info phone 07435356951.

International Women’s Day 2013 event


December 2012:


November 2012: Eve Polycarpou concert 8.45 Friday 30 November 2012 at Karamel Club, 4 Coburg Rd, London N226U. Advance booking 02088298989.

October 2012:

Vibrant advertisement for the 13th October, 2012, launch of 'Xana', the debut CD by Terrazoome, illustrated with drawing of a bouzouki. Info related to the gig is posted below the flyer.

TERRYAZOOME  World /Greek /Jazz Band LAUNCH OF DEBUT ALBUM ‘XANA’ Saturday 13 October 7-11pm

WOMA (World of Music & Arts Assists), established in 2005, is a charitable trust made up of a small team experienced in working in Africa, helping women who have been widowed, or disadvantaged through war, famine or Aids, by giving small educational grants to help women gain skills that will help them support themselves and their children.  For more information: Terry (Teresa) Hunt 07725-044884


Recommended NEW double CD from the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow: ‘Celebrating Subversion.’ Features many of the women artists who are in the archive such as Frankie Armstrong, Sandra Kerr, Peggy Seeger and Janet Russell plus other musicians including Grace Petrie, Palestinian Reem Kelani, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Leon Rosselson, Jim Woodland and Ian Saville. Available from Fuse Records on  “The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow is a collective of singers and songwriters, plus one magician, opposed to the ideologically-driven austerity programme imposed by this millionaire government on all but the elite, and in particular on the poor, the vulnerable and the disabled. In response, we have brought our songs and magic to enthusiastic audiences across the UK with the humble aim of raising spirits and giving hope and heart and a smile or two to those angry at this injustice. We are part of the resistance to a capitalism that functions only on behalf of the wealthy, that aims to shrink the public sphere and privatise public services, including the NHS, and that is destructive to the planet. We are part of another way of looking at the world.”

Photo on CD cover shows Occupy movement on steps of St Paul's cathedral, a woman holds a placard 'no more predatory capitalism.'


May/June/July 2012:

Josefina Cupido gigs 

Elephant Trio at Karamel
 Doors open 7pm first set 8pm price: £8 / £7 (concessions) Josefina Cupido (vocals & percussion); 
Paul Nieman (trombone, bass trumpet)
; Steve Lodder (keyboards) The food is glorious. The music will be stimulating.
The atmosphere will be electric.
The evening will be worth it  Download a flyer now!

Thursday 31st May Karamel, 
4 Coburg Road 
Wood Green 
London N22 6U
 0208 829 8989
Elephant Trio
 + One Woman One Drum 
+ Wild Card (Duo with Alison Rayner – Bass)

Thursday 21st June Karamel, 4 Coburg Road 
Wood Green 
London N22 6U
 0208 829 8989 Elephant Trio
 + One Woman One Drum
 + Wild Card (Duo with Alison Rayner – Bass)

Thursday 12th July Karamel
 4 Coburg Road 
Wood Green 
London N22 6U
 0208 829 8989
Elephant Trio 
+ Josefina Cupido (One Woman One Drum)
 + Inner Space: Loz Speyer, trumpet / flugelhorn; 
Chris Biscoe, alto sax / alto clarinet
; Rachel Musson, tenor / soprano sax; Olie Brice, double bass; Paul Clarvis – drums

April 2012 

30th April: Josefina Cupido live in performance at the Karamel Club in ‘Start the Week’ –  three musical acts: Wild Card Duo, One Woman One Drum and Elephant Unplugged

Josefina will perform One Woman One Drum, solo, and with other musicians in two other acts, at the Karamel Club, 4 Coburg Rd, London N22 on Monday 30 April 2012. 7pm.  Price £8/7. Called 'Start the Week,' the event  is advertised by a multi-coloured poster with text written over a clock face.


March 2012

Electric Landladies Unplugged Saturday March 24th.
The Horsebridge, Whitstable, Kent. Tickets from box office 281174
Laka D…vocals,piano  Sarah P…vocals,perc  Deirdre Cartwright…guitars  Ann Day…cajon,drums  Diane McLoughlin…accordion,sax   Alison Rayner…double bass,ukelele


TERRYAZOOME  Tuesday 27th March 2012 8:00pm until 11:00pm £5

Servant Jazz Quarters ( Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN Phone 0207 6848 411 (This is the street parallel and ‘behind’ the Vortex in Gillett Square, which has some car parking) Buses: From Liverpool Station 149 (N149) Other routes 67, 243 (N243), 30, 76, 38 (N38), 56, 277

TERRYAZOOME (Terry-a-zoom-ay)- – is the anglicised version of a Greek word that means ‘we click/are well matched’. TZ is not a jazz, Greek, African or Latin band though it contains elements of all these musical forms. This soon becomes obvious via the eclectic compositions of the band’s leader, Terry Hunt (guitar, bouzouki) and the virtuosity of jazz players Diane McLoughlin (saxophones), Alison Rayner (bass) and Greek lead bouzouki player Angelos Georgakis.  Add to this mix, Winston Clifford one of the finest and most sought after drummers on the U.K. jazz scene and you have a band whose music is as eminently enjoyable as it is unclassifiable. Not having a lead singer, TZ is lucky enough to call on friends to guest with the band. Lorraine Jordan provides her wonderful and warm voice and Irish Bouzouki to perform some of her own material and the song she covered on TZ debut CD XANA (which means ‘once more/again’) due to be launched this spring. Website

Bright blue, yellow, green and red flyer for Terryazoome with a stylised drawing of two Greek bouzikis, a photo of the five musicians smiling, plus a small photo of Lorraine Jordan, guest singer. Gig information  is on this page, above the image.

please see text below for gig details

Tomorrow the Moon at Blow the Fuse Jazz Club at the Vortex

The Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Street
N16 8JH
Bookings 020 7254 4097

Doors 8pm First Set 8.45pm
£10 Concessions available

ARQ Bassist and composer Alison Rayner steps to the fore with a new jazz, latin and funk-inspired quintet. More usually seen driving the rhythm sections of Deirdre Cartwright Group, the Vortex Foundation Big Band and Blow the Fuse club nights, her compositions are influenced by artists as diverse as Charlie Haden, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Afro Cuban dance music and European folk…
Diane McLoughlin saxophone Deirdre Cartwright guitar
Steve Lodder piano Winston Clifford drums Alison Rayner double/electric bass
Big warm acoustic sound, faultless time, tuning and taste and creative solo ability – Alison clearly belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists”  Digby Fairweather
Metamorphic are a contemporarysong-based jazz/folk sextet led by pianist Laura Cole. Their debut album, ‘The Rock Between’, was released to critical acclaim on the
F-ire label in April2011.

Their music has been called ‘refreshingly feminine’ (Jazzwise), ‘brave, honest yet beguiling’ (Jazz UK), and as having ‘rare strength and beauty’ (All About Jazz).

Chris Williams, alto sax (Led Bib), John Martin, tenor/soprano sax (The John Martin Quartet), Kerry Andrew, vocals/loops (Juice Vocal Trio), Tom Greenhalgh, drums (World Sanguine Report), Paul Sandy, double bass (The Dead Victorians) and Laura Cole, piano/rhodes/composer/arranger (Juxtavoices)

Poster shows a well-known colour photo of a man on the moon and reflected in the helmet is a picture of women jazz musicians at the Vortex. Text says 'one small step for women...'For dates of gigs please see text above.


December 2011 

 Poster from Jazz Archive Wales for Swansea gig Saturday December 3rd 2011


November 2011 

 Flyer for Carol Grimes gig at Ronnie Scott's club November 13th 2011


Greek Cypriot Women’s Organisation with Budd Music present


10th November 2011- 7.30pm

A Celebration of


       Hosted by Eve Polycarpou, Leukaemia society patron and award winning performer recording artiste

 WITH SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE POETS & SINGERS INCLUDING  Julie McNamara – Performance poet and winner of 2010 South Bank Show award … Lorraine Jordan – Singer-songwriter over 4 album recording artiste … The poetry of Panayioda Zeniou – Published poet of 4 books … Chora Voices – New singing group, led by Eve Polycarpou


Michaelitsa Taliathorou, Marina Skayia, Claire Oberman, Anna Savva, Francesca Rogerson, Polly Cox, Tina Georgiou, Carmen Harris, Jo Ross

Greek Cypriot Women’s Centre   Denmark Road Haringey N8 ODZ * FREE charity event with donation buckets   * fully wheelchair accessible


Sunday, November 20th 7:00pm – 11:00pm

The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road London N1 9JB

The very first CLIT ROCK: an event to raise awareness and funds for Daughters of Eve a non profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM). Daughters of Eve seeks a world where girls are safe and free from all forms of gender-based violence, and where FGM is eradicated within our generation. Join us in hopeful celebration!

Live Acts: We Rock Like Girls Don’t; She Makes War; Dana Jade; Dark Moon; Thrush Metal Gaggle Art & DJS; Music Is My Boyfriend DJs Spoken Word artists Colleen Allen & Fran Lock        Daughters Of Eve


Emily Remembered TOUR

Flyer for Emily Remembered UK tour 2011 by Deidre Cartwright

Kathy Dyson and Deidre Cartwright celebrating life of jazz guitarist Emily Remler with an Emily Remembered UK tour November, 2011

poster for concert of women composers, St James Piccadilly November 2011

Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions) For more details or to reserve: 020 7381 0441 /

Female composers have fought for years against the perception that writing music is a man’s game.

This misperception will be challenged at a concert on 4 November 2011, St James Piccadilly, London, to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Society of Women Musicians (SWM).

The concert will include pieces written by women in the early and mid twentieth century against a background of suffrage, feminist campaigning and social change. These will be juxtaposed with specially commissioned responses from three contemporary composers Amy Cunningham, Lynne Plowman and Rhian Samuel.

On Standby – Amy Cunningham: Suite for Two Violins – Ruth Gipps; Fall of the Leaf -Imogen Holst; Four Aspects – Daphne Oram; Siren Song – Lynne Plowman; Moon and Birds – Rhian Samuel; Songs for Chamber Ensemble – Ethel Smyth. Performed by Adam Green, Diana Moore and the Centenary Ensemble, Conducted by Andrew Morley. Featuring singers from Brighton University.

The concert celebrates the 60 year history of the SWM and its members’ significant contribution to the development of British music – a contribution which until recently has been overlooked.

Before the First World War, Frances Hefford Cocking, an excited young woman composer, traveled from Huddersfield to London to present her works to the SWM. She wrote to her mother “after I had left the piano and gone back to my place they clapped until I bowed once more”.

The 21st century commissions for the project will respond in a variety of creative ways, reflecting the diverse creative practices of the composers. For example Plowman is rearranging her work Siren Song (2007) for Ethel Smyth’s ensemble of wind and vocal, whilst Cunningham’s On Standby  for voice and video is part of a series of works investigating the role of women in the assimilation of pioneering technology into culture is a response to Oram’s legacy and Samuel’s Moon and Birds is a new song cycle which illustrates her long-standing collaboration with poet Anne Stevenson as well as setting poems by Emily Dickinson.


October 2011 Poster for Black Women in the Arts event, 23rd November 2011


Flyer for the Terri Quaye Trio gig 7 October 2011


Sing for Joy is a community choir for people with Parkinsons Disease and similar conditions, their friends and carers. We are all sorts of ages, types and genders; all that we have in common is that we have an illness, or care for someone with an illness, and that singing with others makes us feel better. Singing is the Perfect Tonic 

Poster for Sing for Joy, a singing group for people with Parkinson's, run by Carol Grimes


September 2011

The Knitting Circle

Written by Julie McNamara
Directed by Paulette Randall
Designed by Emma Wee

The end of an era. Cochrane Theatre is closing. Their parting shot will be the premiere of Vital Xposure’s ‘The Knitting Circle’, exposing the stories of Britain’s madhouses.

Wed 21 & Thurs 22 September 2011 at 8pm
Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance
Box Office: 020 7269 1606 or

Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AP

‘Person Fit to be Removed’ This is a chilling glimpse into the secret world of the asylums closed in the ‘80s. Written from authentic survivor testimony, this production is a celebration of the irrepressible human spirit. image shows the dark hallway of an institution, light at end of corridor shows doorway., a

All performances are BSL-interpreted
Audio-described on Thurs 22nd


Rachael House’s Feminist Disco events. Each day during her Fine Art MA show, Feminist Disco, Rachael House will be DJing with singles played on dansette record players.

As part of Feminist Disco Rachael has invited guests to perform, DJ and speak, putting the ‘disco’ into ‘discourse’.

All events are free and take place in Rachael’s exhibition space in Camberwell Art College, 45-65 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UF. All welcome. Regrettably Camberwell art school has no disabled access.

For more information please contact

Picture of Ari Up (the late singer) standing on a green foam with a feminist fist symbol flag.

Friday 2nd September at 4.30pm- Deborah Withers

Deborah Withers will present material from the Women’s Liberation Music Archive and will instigate a discussion based around questions of process. This presentation will offer opportunities to listen to the music and collectively reflect on what it means to consider acts of cultural production – and the wider trajectories of cultural memory – as grounded in processes, actions and events. How does it transform our relationship to history and can it?

 Saturday 3rd September 3.00pm- Lucy Whitman

This discussion with writer Lucy Whitman will touch on the politics of feminism, punk and the anti racist movements of the 1970s and early 1980s and their continued relevance today.

As Lucy Toothpaste, Lucy Whitman created the feminist and anti-fascist fanzine JOLT in 1977, and wrote for Temporary Hoarding (Rock Against Racism) and Drastic Measures (Rock Against Sexism) in the late 70s and early 80s. She wrote about women and popular music for Spare Rib regularly from 1978 – 1982. She was in two women-only bands: The Neons (1976) and Sole Sister (1981 – 82). Check out a recent interview with her, about women and punk by Cazz Blase which appears on feminist blog the f word.

Monday 5th September 5.00pm- Anne Robinson

Anne Robinson performance- Protest Your Love

A manually selected live jukebox featuring feminist favourites with an element of chance…

Anne Robinson is an artist working with painting, film & songs and is a senior lecturer in film at London Met University.

Wednesday 7th September 5.00pm- The Hissterics fanzine launch party

Fanzine launch for legendary 70s women’s band The Hissterics, featuring very special guest DJs. Refreshments available.

Hand-drawn vinyl banner with pictures of Patti Smith, Poly Styrene & Ari Up with the statement 'to be normal is not a healthy aspiration'

Thursday 8th September 7.00pm- Hackney Secular Singers

Hackney Secular Singers are the best punk choir in the world.

The Hackney Secular Singers (aka the Punk Choir) have been meeting every Monday for three years of co-operative musical bliss, devising alternative arrangements for new wave classics like ‘Psycho Killer’ and ‘Germ Free Adolescents’. Previous gigs range from Hackney Wicked Festival through the School of Life to the Dublin Castle with some flash mob singing in between… and they welcome new members!

August 2011

Saturday 21 August 2011

The York Street Band reform to play the York Latin Street Festival!

Flier for the York Latin Street Festival Aug 21 2011

Saturday 20 August York Street Band warm up gig!

Flier for York Street Band Warm up gig 20 Aug 2011 in YorkFlyer for the Women in Tune festival in Wales August 2011*

June 2011

RecommendedTriptych: the Music of Eliane Radigue. A retrospective of the work of the pioneering electronic music composer which includes her collaborations with other musicians such as Kaffe Matthews, creator of the Sonic Bed and former Fabulous Dirt Sister (see the Fabulous Dirt Sisters). Read an interesting interview with Eliane in The Guardian.

Flyer for a reunited Stepney Sisters gig 10 June 2011

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