The Eel Pie Club was voted 'Best place
to hear rhythm and blues music in the UK' in The Guardian in January
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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 2018
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.
1 August 2019
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Ian
Gibbons, keyboard player with The Kinks, The Kast-Off Kinks, and with Ray
Davies. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family and close
The next gig is MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO
Thursday 23 January 2020.
Doors 8:15pm. Music 9-11pm.
"The audience was
jumping for joy as a British blues legend let the good times roll with his all
mighty combo". Stephen Foster, New Wolsey Theatre.
Blues Legend, MIKE VERNON has produced albums for some of the most famous
artists in British Rock and Blues history, including John Mayall's
Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor); David Bowie;
Ten Years After; Savoy Brown; Fleetwood Mac (with Peter Green, Danny Kirwan
and Christine McVie); Chicken Shack; Focus; Freddie King; Climax Blues Band;
Level 42 and Roachford.
Mike is probably best known as the founder of the Blues record label, Blue
Horizon - a major 'ground breaker' in its time and still revered to this very
day. Maybe not quite so well-known is Mike's 'other' job - that of
vocalist. In the 1970s and early 1980s Mike was not only a member of the
Olympic Runners, but also the baritone singer with Rocky Sharpe and The
Replays. Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo has recently released their
album, BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON to great reviews: ...."In fact it's a
sensational band, actually!" Paul Jones - BBC Radio 2.
MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO have their audiences dancing in the aisles:
Energising and tuneful rocking slabs of Rhythm & Blues in the vein of Fats
Domino, Wynonie Harris, Little Richard and Louis Jordan et al. Full-on
100% goodtime music, guaranteed to put smiles on faces!
THE MIGHTY COMBO features Kid Carlos - an outstanding young guitar player from
Spain; Ian Jennings on upright bass; Matt Little on keyboards; Paul Tasker on
saxophone and Mike Hellier on drums.
£13 (£11 Members). See Tickets
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.