News.jpg (3165 bytes)

The Eel Pie Club was voted 'Best place to hear rhythm and blues music in the UK' in The Guardian in January 2009

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 unused tickets.

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.

The Club is open to Members and non-Members.  To become a Member of the Eel Pie Club, download Membership Application Form here.

 

The next Eel Pie Club Gig is:

Thursday 4 May

DONA OXFORD - Queen of Boogie Woogie, Goddess of Soul.

US born-and-raised singer/pianist Doña Oxford will be taking a break from touring with the legendary Albert Lee, as part of his Hogan's Heroes backing band, to appear here at the Eel Pie Club with her very own 4-piece group.  In addition to performing with her own band, Dona has worked as a singer/pianist with some of the finest musicians around. Her CV these days reads like a who's who of popular music, including work with the likes of Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Buddy Guy, Levon Helm, Lonnie Brooks, Shirley Dixon and her idol, former Chuck Berry sideman and father of rock & roll piano, Johnnie Johnson. Now based in LA, California, as well as extensive touring around her native USA Doña's impressive playing and singing has been heard worldwide. She has produced five albums under her own name, the most recent of which, “Soul Quest”, was received with considerable critical acclaim. A high-energy performer with a powerful delivery and stunning piano technique, Doña imbues every song, from ballad to rip roaring classic, with a unique style and delivery. She is promising to bring to the Club this evening a show that is a mixture of "Roots", R&B, Soul and some of the most remarkable Boogie Woogie piano playing you are ever likely to see!  A rare chance to see this terrific performer with her own band that also features James Beck on guitar & vocals, Ben Graham on bass & vocals, Jim Williams on percussion & vocals and Mikey Ciancio on drums. " ...Carole King meets The Rolling Stones" Fortune Magazine; "The next big thing in music" Ewan McGregor; "If she's not coming near you, you need to move" Joe Bonamassa. www.donaoxford.com

£15, £13 Members SEE Tickets  BUY NOW!

 

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 Island’s 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 Club 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 Plaque


 

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 Legends
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.

It was 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 night.

Check out some photos in our Gallery.

ART - Tribute to Art Wood and Celebration of His Life 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 Cancer Charity.

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.