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Le QuecumBar, Battersea, London to re-open in April 2021 with live music performances from May.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

London's home of gypsy jazz will re-open its kitchen and garden facilities from 12th April 2021, with live musical performances starting again from 17th May. Details attached.

Sylvia Rushbrooke of Le QuecumBar writes;


Secret Garden for private hire and table bookings soon @ Le QuecumBar

 

Secret garden open for private hire and tickets on sale for live music - find out more below
OPENING SOON!
SECRET GARDEN AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE HIRE
or bookings
from 12th April!
We hope to see you soon
Live music will begin again from 17th May at Le Quecumbar!

 

Our secret garden is available for private hire or table bookings from 12th April!

 

We will be open every week from Thursday to Sunday for table bookings - we 5 have exclusive tables available for 4 persons dining per table.


For drinkers we have 3 tables at the front of our premises and 2 sofas and 2 armchairs in the garden.

Please contact Sylvia at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 02077872227


Or you can hire the entire garden for your own exclusive party!
We are prohibited by the government to host any live music as this would have to be inside only - we are accepting private garden hire bookings for parties, weddings, events etc based on min spend required to open and staff such events.
Please contact Sylvia at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 02077872227 to chat about your event.

 

We are still tweaking the live gig programme to ensure the most exciting of line-ups, but we can already offer you a sneak preview of what’s to come…

 

Le QuecumBar presents:
The legendary ANTONIO FORCIONE ENTERTAINS YOU
Le QuecumBar, London, GB
Sun, Jun 20, 2021 6:00 PM
Advance only 4 ticket special £85 or £25pp
Entry Requirements: 18+
As a reviewer, so expressively phrased it! He has the ‘hands of a tarantula and the heart of a lion’.
We are very happy to be able to host Antonio Forcione for a second time this year!
Wine dine and be captivated by his talent and personality
And as one critic put it “Imagine an Italian hybrid of Michael Hedges, John McLaughlin and Django Reinhardt ... ferocious, rampaging, controlled power, meticulous precision and clarity of expression ... astonishing musical personality”
Antonio will have a special surprise guest with him on this concert
Antonio Forcione performs an enthralling one man, one night, musical journey, be up close and experience his unique and personal performance, especially for you, whilst you wine and dine and listen with your mouth full.
Doors open at 5pm tables allocated on arrival - arrive early to get the best seats, performance starts approx 8pm - 10.30pm depending on government regs at the time - could still be 10pm curfew in which case music will be from 7.30 to 9.45pm
From the first moment Antonio walks on world stages to rapturous applause, a humble smile on his face, guitar in hand, you know you are in the presence of a true artist and are in for an evening with a touch of magic.
And as the first deep, warm, intense notes float through the audience, you can hear a pin drop and feel the sonic spell of his guitar weaving through the room.
Get a taster here .....https://youtu.be/SUdqS8FGN-A Artistic, intense and formidably inventive, Antonio is a performer of genuine distinction. Ever unpredictable, his is a celebration of the unexpected elements in life, a music of rare delicacy, humour and, not least, passion.
Here at Le QuecumBar you can experience 1930s Parisian soul in a small intimate setting, stress free, without packing, catching a flight or boat, all in the heart of Battersea - be up close to the artists performing, in a romantic ambiance made for such intimate performances of some of the worlds greats.
Antonio’s impressive 20 albums and extensive international tours in festivals and theatres - both as a solo artist, in duo and with his acoustic quartet – have brought high critical acclaim from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to the Caribbean, Russia and all over Europe.
Dinner cabaret performance - your table is reserved and waiting for you with your ticket purchase - arrive early for stage side tables As this is usually a sold out event tables of 3 or less may have to share
More about Antonio…. Antonio’s numerous awards line the shelf above the piano in his west London home, a far cry from his humble beginnings in a small village in southern Italy from where he worked his way through art school, eventually performing on the streets of London to win the Covent Garden Street Entertainer of the Year Award. This led straight to a BBC TV appearance and a European tour. He hasn’t looked back since, nor has he ever forgotten his roots.
If you listen closely to his compositions you can feel the nostalgia for the village, the olive groves, the dusty streets and the first loves of a young boy.
Previous albums include collaborations with fellow performers such as Charlie Haden, Trilok Gurtu, Kay Eckhardt, Sabina Sciubba, Claudio Roditi, Rossana Casale…
OPENS 6pm MUSIC 8pm - 11pm
Licence restrictions - no entry after 10.30
Take advantage of our early bird deal 6-7pm 3 course meal and glass of wine £29 cash or our Special Sunday roast half chicken and veg £12
Ticket holders are guaranteed a table for the whole evening
We reserve the right when necessary to implement a minimum spend on food and drink of £25pp as all the ticket money goes to musicians, and our only revenue is from food and drink this is for the upkeep of the venue and our survival and to maintain quality acts that can be seen close up in an intimate and authentic atmosphere.

 


Le QuecumBar presents:
Tom Seals Prestige Performance cabaret for you
Le QuecumBar, London, GB
Sun, Aug 22, 2021 6:00 PM
Dine with friends 4 ticket special £85 or £25pp
Entry Requirements: 18+
Wine dine and be wowed by virtuoso Boogie Woogie pianist, singer, Tom Seals performing up close and personal…. “An extraordinary young talent! Fantastic feel, fantastic voice…the wonderful voice and piano of Tom Seals!’ - Jools Holland
Hot from his Ronnie Scotts sold out lunch time gig he joins us for a great night and very personal performance ...in our intimate setting
“FAN-f*****g-TASTIC!” - Hugh Laurie
“He sounds like Little Richard!” - Sir Tom Jones
“He plays the hell outta them keys!” - Jennifer Hudson
Fresh from sold out shows in Jazz clubs across the world, appearance at The Steinway Two Pianos Festival and performing at Birdland Jazz Club on Broadway (New York City), the incredible Tom Seals - “a master of the piano and vocals to pierce your soul. A boogie-woogie genius and quite charming with it all” (Close-Up Culture).
Still only in his mid-twenties, Tom is a fresh musical powerhouse of the piano. His excellent improvisation skills as well as a distinctive voice have left top industry officials hailing him as one of the UK’s finest pianists/vocalists.
Event Details OPENS 6pm MUSIC 8pm - 11pm
Two sets
Guests are expected to dine on the night
Ticket holders are guaranteed a table for the whole evening
Take advantage of our early bird deal 6-7pm 3 course meal and glass of wine £29 cash or our Special Sunday roast half chicken and veg £12
We reserve the right when necessary to implement a minimum spend on food and drink of £25pp as all the ticket money goes to musicians, and our only revenue is from food and drink.

 

And as ever, we still have our online music pages that you can click on and share to support us!
Our spotify playlist with favourite songs: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3DnuhmX5AUSRbwWudUw9WN

 


MARCH 2021 NEWSLETTER IN FULL:


Dear Friends, Supporters, Fans and Customers


Are you missing live music ?

2021 is here – sadly still without live music, Le QuecumBar lies dark, silent, lonely and empty in total contrast to the buzzing, steaming, swinging nights of foot tapping live Gypsy Swing performed here for 18 years since 2003.

We hoped by now the government would have given us some good news of meaningful financial support and when we can trade again and when you can all enjoy live music up close and personal – as it should be.  We wait…and wait …

We have already missed several big music dates in our yearly calendar – however Madeleine our music booker has been working every week to book – move and reschedule music in line with continued forced closure

·    New Years Eve – we had a cracking party planned and were forced to cancel


·    We have missed Dajngos Birthday 23rd January around which time we organise an amazing concert in celebration every year.


·    We have missed Le QuecumBars 18th Birthday Feb 10th another great yearly night of celebration and hot swing


·    And for all the romantics, we have missed Valentines


However we battle to survive and Madeleine our music organiser has worked non stop through last year and this, booking musicians 3 months ahead – cancelling and rescheduling – a gruelling task.

We continue to book musicians well towards the summer and look forward to you all returning for a great evening – when the garden will once again be open and Shisha will be available in the garden, we will continue with our early bird special cash deal £29 for 3 courses and a glass of wine.


We had some fabulous BA staff helping us last year and we hope this year, as soon as we can open – all of them super stars - spare a thought for them they have been on furlough since last March – many of them also volunteering for NHS wing man projects looking after staff at many hospitals and running hospitality rooms for staff.

Lukas joined us in November from Czech republic with his flair and pizazz – he has been working as a volunteer on our Instagram and other Le Q stuff whilst in lockdown – he will be back on the floor as soon as we open, wowing the customers with his entertaining style and special service.


I do not know if we will survive this year but we will push on for as long as is possible.

We continue with crowd funding from last year and are still a long way from our target of 15k – I understand times are hard for so many but please help us by checking out and sharing our crowdfunder page


https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ead36a3beca3d91a2c7e5085a72c0195


You can also support Le Q by simply listening, to our live recordings from our own record label Le Q Records on Spotify and other platforms – or download our music or buy our CDs - details of links below.


Please take time to listen and leave a comment …wherever you are whatever you are doing in lockdown its free to watch …

Listen and spread the music that has brought so many of our customers so much pleasure and to remind you what we are all missing – keep live music live you can help and bring some joy back to these dark days.


Regards Sylvia and the crew

 

Watch and listen here:

 


You can lighten your days and listen to our live recordings at the below links to remind you of what we are not allowed to do right now and remind you of how good live music is for the soul.

 

Please watch and share the video of our 9 day International Gypsy Swing Guitar Festival – from 2010, celebrating Djangos birthday – a festival first for London and never been repeated.
Please take time to listen and leave a comment …wherever you are whatever you are doing in lockdown its free to watch …
Watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OYY-GZVhqk

 

From that festival we recorded a triple album of highlights that you can listen and share from the Spotify links below

 

Listen here:
https://open.spotify.com/album/2q7KJ3wYWLq6HUFZfF9eaa?si=0P4qjgqcSJqdipSB-Lm5Sw

 

https://open.spotify.com/album/6tlXnpRBO37fQ2sYdNrDIy?si=AGWl9OUISNyOwVV5oOZrvg

 

The digital downloads can be purchased here:
https://www.quecumbar.co.uk/products/le-quecumbar-international-gypsy-swing-guitar-festival-digital-download

 

Le QuecumBar International Gypsy Swing Guitar Festival album – 3 cds from the live event recorded over 9 days celebrating Django Reinhardt’s 100th Birthday – Various world renowned Gypsy Swing artists including Belgian Gypsy Tcha Limberger singing in his native Gypsy Language…

 

Le QuecumBar Allstars – featuring Dutch Gypsy Lollo Meir
Our very own home grown musicians came together here for 3 days to record this fabulous representation of what we do – bonus track by Dutch Gypsy Patron Lollo Meir “Melody For Le QuecumBar” This dedicated melody for Le QuecumBar was given a honourable mention in the top 13 of 15,000 world entries in the ISC, USA. A man of style, grace and humour, we are honoured and proud to have Lollo as a valued friend, patron and supporter, special thanks for his composition where he is joined by Andre Donni on clarinet and Dominiue Pierard on rhythm guitar.
Listen here:
https://open.spotify.com/album/0N1Wxc1J2T29hfn1mabSjd?si=W7nHHc6tRIq3YjsplLgGiQ
The digital download can be purchased here
https://www.quecumbar.co.uk/products/le-quecumbar-allstars-featuring-lollo-meier-digital-download

 

PLEASE READ and SHARE this magic around the world, spread the physical joy of live Gypsy Swing – many of you will not know we have our own record label Le Q Records – a select number of albums either recorded live here or donated tracks by some of our top musicians.

 

You can all help support us (whilst we are in forced lockdown) by listening to our SPOTIFY music links below of Le Q Records, our in-house label recordings…or by downloading our music or buying our CDs here:
https://www.quecumbar.co.uk/music-store

 

Why CDs ? because they are a tangible product that includes all the information about the artists and the actual recording …

 

Listen to tracks by Patron, Hank Marvin recorded especially for us and gifted to us to help support and promote Gypsy Swing and Le QuecumBar – these were the first Gypsy Swing recordings Hank made – he donated them to me to share with all our music lovers ….access from link below where you can also listen to the whole album
Stars of Gypsy Swing double album
Listen here:
https://open.spotify.com/track/2sKgLlmoNmLWhM818v5Ic1?si=1jiPVWA4TRa04dJRKB90gA

 

Here you will hear Hank Marvin playing Gypsy Swing – Noto Swing (NB please make link into hyperlink) from our double album Stars of Gypsy Swing – a great double album where all the tracks were donated for FREE - by our generous Patrons, to support and promote the world-wide Gypsy Swing music genre:
Digital download available here:
https://www.quecumbar.co.uk/products/le-quecumbar-patrons-stars-of-gypsy-swing-digital-download

 

The Biel Ballester Trio
Woody Allen’s track from his Vicky Christina Barcelona movie by our Patron The Biel Ballester Trio live album recorded here “When I was a boy” and from our 1st and best selling album to date with over 20 fabulous tracks demonstrating Biels own take on Gypsy Swing.
Listen here:
https://open.spotify.com/track/6FLLHIEW7hLTxZeMSQJNxk?si=EB3R96OQQYO8cXz8jZmJNw

 

Here is more about Biel - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biel_Ballester

 

Digital download here:
https://www.quecumbar.co.uk/products/the-biel-baluster-trio-gypsy-jazz-live-in-london-digital-download

 

Le QuecumBar Live in London with Patrick Saussois and Daniel John Martin
This was the last CD Patrick recorded before his death – a great left handed guitarist with many successful albums under his own group Alma Sinti
Listen here:
https://open.spotify.com/album/3r8pmEfluMHHFIPPsJucdJ?si=MEORZqftQEC8QIe2JrhTZA
Digital download here:
https://www.quecumbar.co.uk/products/le-quecumbar-live-in-london-patrick-saussois-and-daniel-john-martin-digital-download

 

The Gary Potter Quartet – headed up by UKs finest Gypsy Swing player
Listen to the melodic swinging style of Gary Potter
Listen here:
https://open.spotify.com/album/17ALPekGkoN8FaMrQJ85gp?si=_pZctZi0QRSUrtre3TP_6Q
Digital download here:
https://www.quecumbar.co.uk/products/le-quecumbar-live-in-london-the-gary-potter-quartet-digital-download

 

Le QuecumBar & Brasserie, 42-44 Battersea High Street, London, SW11 3HX


tel: 02077872227

 

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