Regulars at the Sovereign are in for a real treat on Saturday night as not only is it the pub’s Christmas party, the fabulous dance band Section Eleven will be playing their infectious mix of Latin grooves.
I have to confess, the first time I heard them play I had been dragged rather reluctantly, protesting loudly “I don’t like Latin”, but was soon converted. Section Eleven play an eclectic mix of Latin sounds including Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Colombian and Brazilian rhythms. The band certainly lived up to its ‘dance’ tagline and in fact I didn’t sit down once during their set, swept along with the band’s big sound and irresistible beat.
So when I heard they would be playing at the Sovereign again I caught up with Venetia Bennion – who plays both Alto and Soprano Saxophone as well as providing some of the vocals – to find out a little more about the band.
After several vague promises to get in touch (mine, I shamefully admit), I finally had the chance to sit down with Stokey’s answer to Elvis and our very own Man in Black, Charlie Wilson – lead singer of the Brick Lane Boogie Boys.
Hello Charlie, The Boogie Boys are practically a Stokey institution and must be one of the areas best known bands. Tell us a little about them.
We’ve done well over 100 gigs in Stoke Newington in the last 10 years. But we’re not just a Stokey band – we play all over. We’ve appeared on the BBC Radio London Sessions five times as part of the Robert Elm show, which has spread us all around London. We do a lot of festivals in the summer too, both specialist and the mainstream ones. In fact we’ve done most of them.
D.C. Pae is a young author here in Stoke Newington, whose first novel, The Imperium of Steves, is coming out from Quartet Books on Thursday, 26 March (and the lovely people at Stoke Newington Bookshop have promised to stock it.) Getting published isn’t easy of course, so I caught up with her to see if I could get some advice for all you aspiring authors out there.
Stoke Newington author D.C. Pae
How long have you lived in Stokey?
I’ve lived in Stoke Newington on and off since I was at University, so 11 years, via East and West London. I always end up gravitating back. It has a great, relaxed atmosphere and the locals are nice, of course!
Astrid Brook is a local singer and songwriter, a generally lovely person, and probably as nice an urban hippie as you could ever hope to meet. I met up with her in The Lion to talk about her new album, her charity work in Sri Lanka and all things Stoke Newington.
How long have you been living in Stokey?
I’ve been living in London for 14 years, a long, long time, and I’ve been living in Stokey for 4 years now. I love it; it’s my favourite number one, tip-top place in London. There’s a great community here, and everybody always seems to know people who live in this area, especially creative people.
And what made you move here?
I lived in a warehouse in Manor House for quite a few years and then decided to move to a normal house in Stokey with some friends.
I’m nostalgic for a time I didn’t live through, a time when music was a pastime and a passion not a means to stardom and fortune. A time when musicians played to the local town and maybe sometimes the next town across and they sang about what was happening around them and what was relevant to them and their audience. These times were not necessarily the best to live through or the most comfortable to be alive in but the music was pure and came only from the heart.
Daniel Chester @ The Lock Tavern
This is obviously a very simplistic and rose tinted way to look at the past and a very cynical way to look at the present. I do however believe that there are many great musicians playing good music from their hearts and with nothing but honesty and a desire to play as their motives. There’s nothing more compelling than someone on a stage completely engrossed in a performance and totally convinced by it them selves. And this is what I’m aspiring towards with Bringing It All Back Home. Continue reading
For our first interview here on Stereo Stokey I met up with wonderful singer & songwriter Tallulah Rendall. We met in The Defoe to do the interview, and to tell you the truth, I was shitting myself. Turned out there was no need for that at all, and we had a great chat about lions, Shirley Bassey, and all sorts really…
Here you go… Enjoy! Continue reading