The Eel Pie Club was voted 'Best place
to hear rhythm and blues music in the UK' in The Guardian in January
SEE Tickets are
now processing credit card bookings (booking
fee applies) for all of our gigs for both Members and non-Members. Just go into 'Future Club Dates' and
click on the BUY NOW! links. Sorry, we cannot give refunds on
Advance tickets for
gigs can also be obtained by post by sending cheque made payable to 'The Eel
Pie Club' and sending with sae to The Eel Pie Club, c/o Executive Mortgages
& Investments Ltd., 1st Floor, 6 Park Road, Teddington, TW11 0AA.
Club is open to Members and non-Members. To become a Member of the Eel
Pie Club, download Membership Application Form
Saturday 24 February
Eel Pie Island Museum opening
The Eel Pie Island Museum is opening in
Twickenham on Saturday 24 February and will be open to the public Thursdays
to Sundays 12.00 to 6.00pm. It will be celebrating all that has made
this little island famous - from its unique working boatyards to the part
The Eel Pie Island played in the British Blues Explosion of the 1960's and
how it helped superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Rod
Stewart kick start their musical careers www.eelpiemuseum.co.uk
20 January 2018
We were very shocked and saddened to hear of the
passing of Jim Rodford last night. He was an excellent musician, a
true gentleman and genuinely nice person who played at The Eel Pie Club many
times with both the Kast Off Kinks and The Blue Bishops. R.I.P. Jim.
3 May 2018
Acoustic curtains now up at Eel Pie Club.
They look the business and the sound is much improved. Thanks to all our
supporters for your help in raising the funds.
Eel Pie Club Gig is:
THE DOWNLINERS SECT
Thursday 18 October
Doors 8:30pm. Music 9-11pm
THE DOWNLINERS SECT
Very much part of the London
Rhythm and Blues scene in the 1960s, and cited as an inspiration to David
Bowie, Van Morrison and Thee Headcoats, The Downliners started out in
Twickenham on Eel Pie Island and subsequently took over The Rolling Stones'
residency at Ken Colyers Club in London's West End. The Downliners Sect
still attract crowds of thousands in Japan, Spain and Sweden where their song,
Little Egypt, reached Number One in the Hit Parade. The
Downliners Sect today are original Members, Don Craine (vocals guitar) and
Keith Grant (vocals/bass) plus Del Dwyer (vocals guitar), John O'Leary
(vocals/harmonica), Mark Freeman (drums).
£12, £10 Members, £5
Students (with photo ID).
EELPILAND - The Birth of Rhythm and Blues
Over the Summer of 2013, Aurora Metro Arts &
Media, a Twickenham-based arts and education charity, in assosciation with
Arts Richmond and The Eel Pie Club is celebrating
the fantastic music heritage of Twickenham and Eel Pie Island where in the
early 1960s The Eel Pie Island Jazz Club became a focal point of the English
RnB scene. The Project includes an
Exhibition at The Stables Gallery, Orleans House, Twickenham from 1August to
29 September, curated by Michele Whitby, co-author of the book, Eel
Pie Island; a Film capturing Eel Pie Islandís extraordinary history
through first hand account from the people who were there; a book, The
British Beat Explosion, commemorating the Eel Pie scene, and two local
gigs at The Eel Pie Club featuring a range of bands and guest musicians
including The Carnabys, The Others, and Birdwood + guests.
More information from www.eelpieisland.com
Supported by the National Lottery through
the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Tom Nolan resigns as Chairman of The Eel Pie
At the end of March 2011, co-founder of
The Eel Pie Club, Tom Nolan, moved to Cornwall and resigned his position of
Chairman. Gina Way is now Chairman/Treasurer and Warren Walters is
Secretary. Tom is now Honorary Chairman.
Eel Pie Island Heritage Board and Bronze
The Heritage Board and Bronze Plaque paying
tribute to the bands and musicians who in their early careers played on Eel
Pie Island, are now in place on Twickenham Embankment, opposite The Barmy
Arms Public House, just across the river from The Island.
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIEUM - A Night of
8 November 2008
The Movieum of London - the new Movie Museum
situated in the historic County Hall Building near The London Eye was the
venue for a charity event to benefit The Starlight Children's Charity.
Not only was there music from the Eel Pie Club but original 1960s movie
footage from films such as The Italian Job and Tommy, plus a
roaming 'Charlie Chaplin'. Nigel Planer was also there to listen to
the music and draw the raffle.
the first time in history that the former GLC Debating Chamber had been used
for a music performance - and what a great venue! The audience sat on
the original green leather chairs in the round, and our Eel Pie Club sign
was hung on Ken's throne. A host of musicians, including The Ali Mac Band, The Blue Bishops, The Dowliners Sect, The Eel
Pie All-Stars with special guests Mick Avory (The Kinks) and
Top Topham (original Yardbirds); Leaf Hound and The Pretty Things
gave memorable performances. The Riverside Cafe, overlooking The
Thames, The London Eye and Big Ben, played host to
acoustic music from Richard Lightman, The Malchicks, and Steve Whalley
and Nigel Hardy.
Many thanks to all the staff at The Movieum
of London and all the musicians and performers concerned for a memorable
Check out some photos in our Gallery.
ART - Tribute to Art Wood and Celebration of
This amazing event literally 'brought the house
down'. The ceiling started to crumble over Hogg's drummer, Martin
Wright, then later, started coming down in chunks over Kenney Jones.
Neither one missed a beat! And, more importantly, they were not hurt.
We like to think it was Art dancing on the roof! It was a fantastic night and everyone
seemed to know why
they were there. The highlight had to be Ronnie Wood and Geno
Washington joining The Artwoods (Derek Griffiths, Jon Lord and Malcolm Pool
with Ali Mackenzie on vocals and Chris Hunt on drums).
The event raised £8,418 for The Prostate
You can see photos in our Gallery.
Our continued thanks to Simon Leak at Executive Mortgages, 1st Floor, 6 Park
Road, Teddington TW11 0AA for allowing us to use his office space for the Eel Pie Club.
We recommend Simon for advice on mortgages and financial matters.