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Sound Advice: Heard melodies are sweet
Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub in Walthamstow hosts a Christmas Festival of Music this week.
Kicking proceedings off on Friday (December 16) is classic pub rock band Graham Larkbey and the Escape Committee.
Support comes from Steve Rushton and Mike Rosenberg. It starts about 8.30pm and entry is free, but there will be a collection in aid of the Crisis at Christmas charity.
Then on Saturday (December 17) the Hoe Street venue features an evening performance by Soul Funk Secret, followed by Walthamstow Folk Club's Christmas Party on Sunday (December 18), which includes carol singing and other festive tunes. Entry is free and it starts from 7.30pm.
Groovy blues band the Battered Saucepans play a free show on Monday (December 19) as part of the festival at 8.30pm, while Tina T's Soul Funk Jam group perform on Tuesday (December 20) at a similar time.
The Ivy York Band and The Wagon Tales headline the main bar on Wednesday and Thursday (December 21 and 22) evenings respectively.
Up in Essex, Blue Rose Code, who play a mix of folk, roots and soul, headline Loughton Folk Club on Thursday (December 15).
The gig is in aid of the Down to Earth group, which give funeral help to those on low incomes.
Entry is £3, with a £1 discount for members. It's at the Loughton Club in Station Road and starts at 8pm.
Folk club The Lantern Society, which is normally based in Clerkenwell, is gracing Leytonstone with its presence this Saturday (December 17) for its annual Christmas party complete with a strong line-up of musical goodness.
Acts playing at the show, at the Birkbeck Tavern in Langthorne Road, include Jack Day, Keston Cobblers Club, Lorraine Wood and Umbrella Birds.
Doors are from 6pm, with the first act on at 6.30pm. Entry is £6.
On Sunday (December 18) the pub hosts Welsh singer-songwriter Christopher Rees and the edgy Trent Miller.
The show is organised by What's Cookin' and starts at 8.30pm. Entry is free with a collection.
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