Klinker Club

improvisation • right weird • pants • poetry • film • dance


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events on 2nd Wednesday of (almost) every month

(with the generous support of the BGWMC)

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Wed 11 September 2019

Huge apologies to everyone but due to illness this event has had to be cancelled at the last moment. Please come back soon for updates on our next event in October. Many thanks for your continued support! X

Klinker Club London returns for Autumn

We’re back at the beloved Bethnal Green Working Mens’ Club for a special all-star Autumn opening event:

Page After Page After Page

  • Penny Rimbaud – drums
  • Hugh Metcalfe – poetry, guitar
  • Kay Grant – voice
  • Isabel Why – viola

Eve Libertine – voice
Charles Weber – electronics

Guitar Quintet

  • Hugh Metcalfe – guitar
  • Malcolm Bruce – guitar
  • Tim Crowther – guitar
  • Mark Hewins – guitar
  • Grahame Painting – guitar
  • Gary Subassa – bass
  • Jim LeBaigue – drums

Wed 12 June 2019

Klinker Club London flyer June 2019

Last London event before our Summer break!

Angharad Davies – Solo violin improvisation that transforms the space with sound

Repunk – Poet Gabrielle Tyrrell graces us with a rare visit from Preston (near Blackpool) in Lancashire

Alan Tomlinson Trio – Beautiful trio of Klinker favourites returns with drummer over from Portugal!

  • Alan Tomlinson – trombone
  • Dave Tucker – guitar
  • Phillip Marks – drums

Miss Roberts and Saint Moth – Inimitable Rude Mechanicals vocal star in a new excursion with accordionist

Wed 8 May 2019

Klinker Club London flyer May 2019

MouthWind – Legendary virtuoso vocal artist on tour from Brussels with renowned electronics wizard from Oxford

  • Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg – voice
  • Lawrence Casserly – live signal processing

Kath Tait – Genius of delightful song-making

Lyn Dobson – saxes/flute/voice (Soft Machine, Manfred Man, Georgie Fame)
Jim Dvorak – trumpet (District Six, Dreamtime, In Cahoots)
Gary Subassa – electric bass
Jim LeBaigue – drums
– Fledgling quartet of established improvising megastars, “Worldly, harmonic and connective”

Giles Leaman
Ian McLachlan
– Multi-instrumentalist duo bang & blow an assortment of devices of their own creation and others’

Wed 10 April 2019

Klinker Club London flyer April 2019

Bypass Now Open – Wonderful return of this amazing, highly Metcalfey band!

  • Loz Speyer – trumpet
  • Hugh Metcalfe – guitar
  • Neil Metcalfe – flute

Germander Speedwell – Quirky list poems

Jean Penne – Dark comedy from South East London
“A malevolent baird (here to spread his gospel of vanity) will tell stories, dressed to the nines in a large gold suit with a pair of pantyhose upon his head, accompanied on synths by two techno druids’ digital fingers…”

Zolan Quobble – Reads his 18-minute poem ‘Nothing’

Wed 13 March 2019

Klinker Club London flyer March 2019

Secluded Brontë – Acclaimed 21st century ensemble with members who have been with the Klinker since the club’s early years:

  • Adam Bohman
  • Jonathan Bohman
  • Richard Thomas

Stephen Flinn – percussion
Yoni Silver – bass clarinet
– Amazing, creative duo including visiting percussionist from Arizona US (who ran Klinker NYC while resident there)

Guerrillas – Benedict Taylor’s exciting solo viola project (“Anarchic/concept/scores/improv”)

Wed 13 February 2019

Klinker Club London flyer February 2019

Tonight, for your delight: lutes, larynxes, and ‘lectronics…

The Cross-Dressed String Quartet – legendary outfit

  • Mike Ferrar – violin
  • Isaac Why – viola
  • Lynda Beast – violin
  • Linda Metcalfe – violin

Smoo – excellent duo is back!

  • John Bissett – perhaps guitar
  • Ivor Kallin – perhaps viola

Cleaver Boi and the Hungry Ghost
Sound art duo explore the theme of migration & displacement via junk electronics, field recordings and children’s tales of dubious ethics.

Viv Corringham
Walks and processed voice from this extraordinary vocalist on a tantalisingly brief return to London from New York City

Wed 12 December 2018

Klinker Club London flyer December 2018

New series on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Bethnal Green Working Mens’ Club

Raf and O – Superb electro-pop weirdness with origins in Florence and New Cross

  • Raf Mantelli – vocals, ‘Star’ acoustic guitar, synths, electronics
  • Richard Smith (O) – electro/acoustic drums & DIY triggers, synths, electronics

Martin Speake – Solo sax improvising virtuoso

Thogdin Ripley – Poet performs selections from ‘Werewolf’

Alan Wilkinson – sax
Matt Scott – accordion
First outing for new duo from London scene

Wed 14 November 2018

Klinker Club London relaunch November 2018 flyer

Klinker Club London kicks off at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club!!!

Launch of new series on the 2nd Wednesday of each month
with the generous support of the BGWMC.

Fanny Octavia Batman – Batmanic free rock band with films and sparks!

  • Hugh Metcalfe – guitar, films and stuff
  • Jim Le Baigue – drums
  • Lynda Beast – bass
  • Ryan Jordan – unpredictable noise elements

Walter Cardew Group – Cornelius Cardew descendants + multi-instrumentalist Gousheh on squeezebox create something to be heard.

  • Walter Cardew – guitar
  • Androniki Cardew – keyboards
  • Horace Cardew – tenor sax
  • Nima Gousheh – accordion

L. Don Ōkami – Special guest from Finland – globe-hopping banjo player & loopist with a taste for strange obscure songs & sounds (may join Fanny’s shenanigans).

Nicola Woodham – Amazing London vocalist with samples, pedals and electronics.