What’s on at The Kitchen Garden Café

A mixture of music, poetry and stories lined up for February at The Kitchen Garden Café – full details on their website here

Sun 3rd Feb

Tamco 8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)
Led by Smith And Mighty collaborator Tammy Payne, and bassist Jim Barr (Portishead, Get the Blessing), Tamco take folk and rock classics and deconstruct to fit their psychedelic jazz-rock tastes. Tammy is a singer with a soulful flair for telling the story in the song, Dylan, Cohen, Elvis Costello and Jacques Brel to name a few, are given new and startling life with Tammy’s subtle and inventive torch song vocals. “One of the finest soul and jazz singers that the UK has produced in the past two decades.” (**** BBC Online).  “An outstanding quartet” (The Independant).
Tickets:  £10 Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com
Thu 7th Feb Traditional Song Session     8pm – 10pm
Traditional music sessions take place in pubs all over the city but traditional singing is also alive and well.  Here’s a chance to sing and listen to traditional songs in a friendly and informal environment. Admission is free, donations are welcomed.
Tickets: Free Entry For more info. visit www.tradartsteam.co.uk
Sun 10th Feb Bushbury Mountain Daredevils 8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)
Formed in 1992 The Bushbury Mountain Daredevils started life as street performers working all over the UK and Europe before finding success in the UK Folk/ Roots world, their songs appearing on albums alongside legends such as The Chieftains, Van Morrison and Tom Morello.   The band are returning in 2013 with a great new line up featuring three original members, Eddy Morton, Paul Hodson and Eric Barlow, and will be performing songs mainly from the first two albums, Bushbury Mountain and Peace and Justice.
Tickets:  £7 adv / £8 door Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com
Mon 11th Feb Andy White 8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)
Andy White, one of the great Irish singer-songwriters, tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other. He won Ireland’s top songwriting award, has worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Tim Finn, and been the A of ALT (the others being Tim Finn of Crowded House and Liam Ó Maonlaí of Hothouse Flowers). Originally from Belfast but now living in Australia, Andy continues to fill venues around the world with his winning personality and high-energy stage performances.  “I love this man and his music. Rave on!…
I love this man and his music. Rave on!”(Janice Long, BBC Radio 2).
Tickets:  £7 Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com
Tue 12th Feb Gary O’Dea  8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)
Gary O’Dea veteran singer-songwriter from The Peoples Republic of Tipton, blending together elements of classic chilled out blues, country, funk n’ soul grooves, with the passion and attitude of old school punk/ rock n’ roll, to produce a rocking, groovin’ organic mix of rhythms to soothe your soul in these troubled times. “Off the radar for far too long, Gary O’Dea’s Cosmic Souls sees the Tipton singer-songwriter working with a new band, adding extra warmth to his cocktail of  blues, country, soul and rock n’ roll [with echoes of] ….Slim ChanceVan Morrison…and conjuring Martin Stephenson while referencing The Clash  (Mike Davies).
Tickets:  £5 adv / £7 door Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com
Wed 13th  Feb Laughing Cows 8pm (Doors 7pm)
The sell-out comedy night with a fabulous all-female line Up. February’s line up includes Susan Murray and Suzi Ruffle alongside resident MC, Maureen Younger “more than compere, more than host …”. The night has won rave reviews “This was the warmest comedy room I’ve ever walked into … a warm and relaxing environment in which to watch some very funny women.” (www.gingerbeer.co.uk). “A good event to go to with your girlfriends” (www.spoonfed.co.uk), “a huge hit” (Birmingham Mail).
Tickets: £7 adv/ £9 door Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com
Mon 18th  Feb Louise Jordan   8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)
Hailed ‘a rising star’ by the Telegraph, Louise’s award winning debut album has been described as ‘a masterclass in songwriting’. Now touring with her second album Florilegium, Louise plays original works, musical settings of literature as well as her own unique arrangements of traditional material. Accompanying herself on piano and guitar Louise’s songs cross musical divides; influenced by acoustic, classical and folk Louise’s music appeals to all. “A rising star” (The Telegraph) ***** (Richard Digance, BBC) “Absolutely Glorious.” (Fatea Magazine) www.louisejordan.co.uk
Tickets: £7 adv / £9 door Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com
Wed 20th Feb Storytelling Cafe     7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm) 
Keeping Up With The Gods – Tales from the Odyssey. Take one extraordinary 3000 year old story, a puffed up war weary hero and mix with tormenting goddesses and a six headed monster. Shake it all up and sprinkle with narcotic petals from the exotic lotus flower. Encounter magical adventures in the playground of the gods where wine, feasts, stories and songs give release from love’s pain, loss and betrayal.Food Served from 6.30, Stories start at 7.30.
Tickets: £7 Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com
Sun 24th  Feb Martha Tilston 8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)
Martha Tilston is a captivating performer, an enchanting singer-songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and seductive voice.  Weaving her magic spell over listeners wherever she plays,  she is a rare gem who has the power to draw an audience into her world, leaving all those present with a smile, a warm feeling inside, and a few issues to ponder, too. “Folk for a new generation, performed, as always with a sprinkling of magic” (Time Out).  “No more than a step from greatness” (The Daily Telegraph).
Tickets: £10 adv / £12 door Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com