Keston Cobblers Club/ CC Smugglers
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Estimated times (subject to change on the night):
7:00pm - Doors, Bar and Margins Cafe serving hot homemade food open
10:30pm - Curfew
Union Chapel Bar open after the show.
Margins Cafe is open for everyone through to the end of the interval, but you can book above for dinner at 6:30pm. You must have a reservation for access at 6:30pm. The Bar is also open to Union Chapel members who have tickets to the show.
On the Menu at Margins Cafe:
Please check back for the menu
Access to the cafe at 6:30pm is via the side gate to the left of the main entrance to the Chapel on Compton Terrace.
Please note you must have a ticket to the show to come to Margins Cafe & Union Chapel bar.
There's lots of useful information in the Visiting section of our website.
As our venue is entirely seated and seating is unreserved it is best to arrive early.
Keston Cobblers Club will release their new album, ‘Almost Home’, in March 2017. Over the last few years, the folk-pop 5-piece has been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wilderness and Green Man; sold out their own headline tours; been playlisted by 6Music and Amazing Radio; and been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris.
Their last album ‘Wildfire’, won them huge praise everywhere from MOJO Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent and the Financial Times to Songlines, fRoots and Clash. Burberry asked the band to perform at their Menswear SS2106 event to a VIP audience. And after a triumphant UK tour including sell-out dates at London’s Lexington and Scala, the band were invited to open for Bellowhead on their farewell tour.
As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting; it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With brand new music on the way, the band continues to delight audiences across the country.
“Crossover potential written all over it” 4 Stars - MOJO
“Rambunctious folk and joyous elemental pop” The Guardian
“Furiously contagious….uniquely, charmingly British” Clash
“Ear-worm melodies” 4 Stars - Financial Times
“Wondrous….hugely accomplished” fRoots
“Could this 5-piece be your new favourite folk-pop group?” Digital Spy
“There are buskers that will make you cry, they’re so good”, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. “And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself.” CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some.
The band from Beds started out as “guerrilla buskers”, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators. They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne – he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.
Listen to CC Smugglers and you’ll hear the ghosts of American folk music, swing, jazz, country, ragtime and bluegrass. Listen more closely and you’ll hear contemporary touchstones such as hip hop, metal, dubstep, house and dancehall. Nothing is off limits for this outfit.
“Six years ago I was a singer-songwriter, handing out CDRs with a photocopied sleeve,” recalls Prynne.
“Great live. Just Brilliant.” Bob Harris // Radio2
“The best live band on the scene at the moment.” Cerys Matthews // BBC6 Music
“Hugely engaging live performance” Paul Sexton // The Sunday Times
“Besides the infectious joy they exude while playing, their understanding of the music is so deep as to make it sound effortless.” Alex Petropoulos // Songlines Magazine