Category Forthcoming events


This is a very special Sunday night for us- Alani Charal has collaborated with an impressive array of established artists, from Blur to Nitin Sawhney during her illustrious career in music. Currently producing her debut album, with help from Andrew Hale (Sade) and Damon Albarn, she blends the melancholic romanticism of 1940′s swing ballads with a contemporary soul edge. Songs of true depth are sung by a wonderfully rich and soulful voice to match- she’s played for us twice so far on our Sunday Sessions and completely enchanted all present. She plays tonight with a four piece ensemble- this is definitely not one to miss.

Alani Charal onstage at 9.00 pm

Combining banjo, percussion, trumpet and double bass, Bouche are a product of the same London roots scene as Whiskey Moon Face and Brooke Sharkey. This wonderfully talented band blend the spirits of blues queens Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith and the cinematic smokey folk and jazz noir of Tom Waits, wrap it all in a cloak of finely crafted contemporary songwriting, and deliver it with charismatic panache from singer Rebekah Bouche.

Bouche onstage at 8.00 pm

A vocal timbre that ranges from the power of Sinead O’Connor to the smokey soul of Stevie Nicks and a highly original writing style mark Abbey Bowden out as a very talented new young singer/songwriter on the London folk scene. Her enigmatic style has depth and mystery that can make your spine tingle, she’s a truly unique voice.

Abbey Bowden onstage at 7.15 pm


With glowing four star reviews from Q magazine and Maverick magazine for their recent “Everything Is Cheaper Than It Looks” album, Turnstile Junkpile are a straight up no messin’ rock’n’roll band. The guitars and the grooves are weighty, but the songs have a base in a fine roots sensibility….’The real deal…A fine blend of The Band, Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard and even a little modern bluegrass thrown in for good measure…’ Maverick Magazine.

Turnstile Junkpile onstage at 10.00 pm

Hailing from South-East England, Matt Pound & Lt.Leek are a six piece group. Lyrically bittersweet and melodically pure, the songs embrace both British and American Folk traditions, combining them with a contemporary indie edge.

Matt Pound & Lt Leek onstage at 9.00 pm


We’re excited to announce the return of the mildly disturbing Fred Strangebone and his Pub Quiz. Expect dark humoured trivia, unintentional sing-alongs and heckling- there will also be piano accompaniment. The previous quiz featured rounds on bodily excretions, serial killer’s pet dogs and R&B music, and it’s probably going to follow a similar path this time around we should think. It’s free to enter, it starts at eight thirty- get here good and early to bag a table!

Quiz begins at 8.30 sharp.


Channelling the spirit of early Paul Simon, Elliott Smith, The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac, troubadour Louis Doyle plays his first set for The Glad’s Sunday Sessions tonight. His sharp ear for bright strong melody combines with a fine lyrical style and an expertly honed songcraft to make for an artist with exciting potential.

The Spare Room onstage at 9.00 pm

Ricky Damiani aka Mock Deer has a pure songwriting style that harks back to such giants of the folk idiom as Jackson C Frank and Dave Van Ronk. His raw and powerful songs show a deep understanding of folk roots and stand as an admirable testament to the grand tradition of one man and his guitar.

Mock Deer onstage at 8.00 pm


Led by former Obscuritones singer Gabriella Romano, Ella and the Blisters are fast emerging as one of the most exciting new bands on the thriving London roots scene. Fusing gypsy jazz, rockabilly and swinging’ country into a fantastically catchy whole, the band combine fiddle, accordion. guitar, bass, drums, ukulele and percussion to make for a wonderfully joyous roots stew. A great Saturday night band, guaranteed to warm your heart and move your feet!

Ella and The Blisters onstage at 10.00 pm

Citadelles are a collaborative group underpinned by the songwriting of Adam Fletcher, working within a diverse range of influences ranging from Bright Eyes to Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Tune-Yards and beyond. His ambitious arrangements are preformed with meticulous care by his band of six piece band of drums, bass, piano, cello, guitar and saxophone.

Citadelles onstage at 9.00 pm


Honkytonk Wednesdays at the Glad are a feast of early Twentieth Century Americana. You’ll hear country blues, jug band music, ragtime, stride piano styles, old-time mountain music, barrelhouse blues, speakeasy and New Orleans classics on the stereo, and a live act that specializes in any facet of these playing two sets, one at 8.30 pm and one at 9.30 pm.

This week we have acoustic blues guitarist supreme John Drain and mouth harp magician Marco Farris playing firing, red hot Delta and Country Blues styles. Guaranteed to be fierce…!

Two sets, 8.30 pm & 9.30 pm


James McArthur has independently released albums ‘Plan Your Own Escape’ (2005) and ‘Cover Up’ (2008), and currently has the single Citizen Cained out on Melodica Recordings. His hazily melodic and psychedelic songwriting style embellished with sweet harmonies is reminiscent of the ambient and dreamy folk of Nick Drake and Sam Beam’s Iron and Wine. He’s backed by pedal steel, intricately plucked acoustic guitar and beautifully interwoven fiddle accompaniment.

Samantha Whates is a rapidly rising Scotland born, London based singer -songwriter who has as much in common with the sounds from Scando-folk label Rune Grammofon as with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan and Suzanne Vega. These influences are all apparent on her beautiful debut album ‘Dark Nights make for Brighter Days’ (released via Natural Studio Records 2011).

Samantha Whates onstage at 8.15 pm


Glads are the new band formed by Dan Orcese and Tom Hinkley, formerly of Gladstone favourites The Moon Music Orchestra. Together they joined forces with Laurence Saywood and Sam Fordham, the rhythm section from Daytona Lights, and recently released their debut single, “I Hear Reports’ on Superglad Records. The single recieved extensive airplay on XFM, with the stations Jon Kennedy making the trip down to see them at their last Gladstone date. Their sharp, three minute songs combine tight arrangements and fine harmony with elements of lo-fi, Garage Pop, 90′s indie and 60′s Soul- the end result has more hooks than Captain Birdseye.

Glads onstage at 9.30 pm


Honkytonk Wednesdays at the Glad are a feast of early Twentieth Century Americana. You’ll hear country blues, jug band music, ragtime, stride piano styles, old-time mountain music, barrelhouse blues, speakeasy and New Orleans classics on the stereo, and a live act that specializes in any facet of these playing two sets, one at 8.30 pm and one at 9.30 pm.

Tonight we have the magnificent Dakota Jim on piano and vocals, and Louisa Jones on vocals and double bass (both from Whiskey Moon Face) play New Orleans classics, old-time jazz standards, and the smokiest of barrelhouse blues, a real treat, guest musicians on the night.

Two sets, 8.30 pm & 9.30 pm


The Glad’s monthly trad Irish & Roots round table session. Curated by Irish trio Glenn Comiskey, Catherine Doogan and Mary Quinn (folk group Mariah Wade), it’s an evening of traditional Irish, English and American folk songs performed round our big table (with the accompaniment of a few pints..). Guests with a traditional song or instrument from any part of the world are always very welcome.

Music begins at 8.00 pm.