Slow Club

Union Chapel
Wednesday 22 December 2010
Compton Avenue London N1 2XD


For the third year running, SLOW CLUB play a special Christmas show at the Union Chapel. Slow Club are defined by their own distinct and powerful partnership. They are more than just charming anti-folk troubadours, or the lo-fi acoustic end of the Sheffield scene; they are the real thing. Everything, from their cheery optimism to their crestfallen lovesickness is life-sized and lived-in, resulting in a crop of tiny, good-natured tunes that invite the intense identification of young romantics. Charles sings with a bruised vocal, and plays rasping guitar with a disarming lightness of touch; Rebecca, with her dash of Northern Soul and sharp wit, plays stand up drums amid an array of percussive apparatus – wooden chairs, glass bottles and spoons. At last years Christmas show, Slow Club ended with an encore of Christmas themed songs, which are sure to get everyone in the festive mood.


“From the outset there is something immediately familiar and yet vitally inventive about Slow Club” – Rough Trade

“Slow Club are a funny, winning combination of playful poetry and punchy, happy pop-folk.” – Londonist

“Slow Club’s brilliance lies in their charm and sincerity, which simply pours from their music” – Clash Music

THE WAVE PICTURES are David Tattersall (guitar), Franic Rozycki (bass) and Jonny ”Huddersfield” Helm (drums). After six years of performing and touring from two different bases (Cardiff and Loughborough), the band moved together to London in 2009. Among their listed influences are Dire Straits, African pop group the Bhundu Boys, Mississippi John Hurt, the country of Townes Van Zandt and the proto-punk of Jonathan Richman. purely The Wave Pictures. Musically, Wave Pictures are all sweetness and jangle, sounding, by turns, like Orange Juice, the Smiths and the Feelies.

Plus Sweet Baboo

Also don’t forget The Great Union Chapel Christmas Socks and Pants Collection, winter 2010

Union chapel is collecting socks and pants for the homeless

We are asking people to bring a pair of NEW socks or pants with them to the gigs at union chapel this Christmas as a donation to the Margins homelessness project.

Approximately 90 percent of the clients at the Margins project are male, so men’s socks and pants will be the most needed. There will be boxes at the entrance to the Union Chapel and in the Bar for you to donate these items.

Here is some more info about the Margins project.

Every Sunday since 1995 the Margins Project has been welcoming up to 180 people experiencing homelessness, poverty or crisis, providing them with a hot two-course meal, a warm place to relax with friends as well as showers, laundry facilities and a clothing store. We also run a variety of services including an Advice and Resettlement Service, a Cold Weather Shelter, and various classes and workshops. The Margins Project is always particularly busy at this time of year as people seek respite both from the cold weather and the isolation they face as a result of their circumstances – for many this is never more apparent than over the Christmas period.


The Luminaire
Monday 20 December 2010
311 High Road London NW6 7JR


We are sorry to announce that the James Yorkston Xmas show at The Luminaire on Monday 20th December has been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

All tickets will remain valid for the James Yorkston show at St Giles Church on the 23rd of February 2011.


You may return your tickets to point of purchase by the 1st of February 2011 for a full refund


For the sixth year in a row JAMES YORKSTON continues the tradition by holding a Christmas special at Kilburn’s Luminaire.

James Yorkston is a singer / songwriter in the best folksy tradition, weaving together a seemingly effortless mix of sweet melodies, haunting lyrics, irreverent humour and the odd blast of harmonica. Presenting more tales of waking up drunk in unfamiliar surroundings, throwing rocks at magpies, dogs chasing ghosts, stubborn sea winds, regrets and joys and smiles and peace and quiet and love and hate and more (mistletoe-facilitated) love.

Joining James will be Radiohead drummer PHILIP SELWAY, who his debut solo album, Familial, in August this year. The album features Selway on guitar and vocals, along with Wilco members Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone. Tonight, Philip will perform with ADEM ILHAN.

“Familial” is a collection of sublimely fragile, haunting and heartfelt songs that will surprise many, and not only because drummers traditionally don’t do this kind of thing. “Familial” is so persuasively good, it sounds like Selway has always been a singer-songwriter.

Critical acclaim for “Familial”, released in August on Bella Union records…

“Quietly asserts Selway as a sensitive soul… eschews pummelling drums in favour of gentler percussion and intricate loops… Selway has delivered an album so honest and thoughtful, you’ll see not only drummers but yourself in a new light”
NME – 8/10

“Familial is an acoustically plucked, feet-on-the-ground record, Selway’s fragile and inviting voice a delightful match for his misplaced self doubt”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Familial in an alternative acoustic universe of intricate guitar picking, tightly written melodies and soft, confident vocals”
The Times – 4 stars ****

“The main characteristics are Selway’s expressive vocals… the message he broke away from his day job to communicate is one of stoicism and maturity and the angst that attends adult responsibility”
Mail on Sunday – 5 stars ***** (CD of the Week)

“a genuinely moving listen and an album which deserves to stand free of anyone’s shadow”
Clash – 8/10

“this acoustic-based album is a softly sung delight, brushed with beautifully textured, understated arrangements… The songwriting is a revelation”
The Sun – 5 *****

“Haunting melodies and subtle hooks dominate… touching tales about Selway’s close family… Familial sits neatly alongside the swaying acoustics of Bella Union label-mates the Fleet Foxes”
Daily Mail – 4 stars ****

This is a singer-songwriter’s album, filled with quiet, personal, beautiful music… Moving and accomplished”
Uncut – 4 Stars ***

“Selway sings, and very nicely too, about father-son ties and solitude. His quiet, melodic voice heightens the intimacy… the instrumentation is subtly detailed and beautiful”
The Observer

“he emerges fully formed from behind the drum kit and delivers a minimalist set of sitdown songs with a west coast breeze and an English folk plaintiveness… The whole thing is rather beautiful”

“brings to mind the quieter moments of Talk Talk and Radiohead… the surface mood is contemplative and intimate, while the emotional turmoil wrestles below”
The Independent – 4 Stars ***