September 2020 gigs so far

September gigs so far…

Saturday, 5th and 6th September 2020 SAVE OUR SPACE community art weekend. We’re pleased to b e part of this event on Sat 5th Sept at 4pm in the ‘cage’. Loads of dancing and fun. The event starts at 2pm with performers, art, story-tellers, gardens and lovely people a plenty. Experience and learn more about this beautiful and precious space. Full event details.

Sunday 6th September 2020 FROM 13:30-17:00. Gypsy Jam Sandwich, Springfield Park. E5 9EF. Come and join us for a social distancing picnic in the park, with lively music and dance! 2-3pm: Balkan Gypsy Dance Workshop. 2-3pm: Balkan Gypsy Dance Workshop. 3-4pm: BALKAN VILLAGE BAND. 4-5pm: SHKEMBE SOUP.

Bring your fillings for our sandwich! (food , laughter, love and friends). Donations welcome (suggested £5).

Summer 2019 Shkembe News

We are coming to the Anchor & Hope pub this Saturday afternoon. Come and join us. Read on for more dates.

Our next gig is this Saturday afternoon, the 8th June 2019 at the Anchor and Hope Pub, 15 High Hill Ferry, E5 9HG. We’ll be there from 16:00 to 19:00 +. We’ll be scattering joy and bringing you wild dancing and singing. We are bringing new songs and old, from east and west and up the road. Here’s the event page.

We have lots more gigs in June and July 2019. Here are the details:

We are the first band to perform at this year’s Summer Band Stand Season 2019 in Victoria Park, London. Come and join us and party and picnic on Sunday 16 June 2019 from 2pm. Organised by Victoria Park Friends.

Saturday 29 June 2019 we are performing at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Summer Fair 2019  E3 4PX , from 12 midday to 5pm. Come and visit this beautiful urban wild space, there’s live music and dance, cakes and lots of other stalls. Free. Read about THCP in this recent piece in The Guardian

Ye old camp at the cemetery

Sunday 6th July 2019 as part of the Stokebourne Festival 5-6 July 2019. Starts around 4pm. St Matthias Church (the garden), Wordsworth Road, LONDON, N16 8DD. More news on this soon.

See you at the Rollright Fayre 12-14th July 2019, Kigstone Farm, Little Rollright, Warwickshire OX7 5QB

Lastly, thank you for coming to our gigs and for supporting us. Hope to see you this summer. Love and peace. The Shkembes xxxx

Have a lovely summer 2019 xxx

Shkembe Soup gig news

We’ve got loads of gigs coming up. Here are a few. Details will be posted on our facebook site. Hope you can join us. Shkembe Soup xx

Friday 24th May 2019 Eve. Paper Vintage Dress Bar Mare Street, London E8 1HR

Saturday 8th June 2019 late afternoon/eve 4pm onwards Anchor and Hope Pub 15 High Hill Ferry Clapton London E5 9HG.
An early au revoir to Ruth and Seb and lots of ‘Horse’ songs

Sunday 16 June 2019 as part of the Victoria Park Bandstand Season 2019. Sunday from 2pm. See Victoria Park Friends facebook site for full programme. Join us for a fab picnic too.

Saturday 29 June 2019. Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Summer Fair 2019 12 midday to 5pm

Sunday 6th July 2019 as part of the Stokebourne Festival 5-6 July 2019. Starts around 4pm. St Matthias Church (the garden), Wordsworth Road, LONDON, N16 8DD

See you at the Rollright Fayre 12-14th July 2019, Kigstone Farm, Little Rollright, Warwickshire OX7 5QB

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all of us. We are celebrating this evening at a local event put together by Tower Hamlets Homes called ‘Her Story.’ We’ll be listening to inspiring stories from all walks of life and learning about the ‘Women in Leadership and Development Programme’. We’ll share insights and any interesting news we get from this event. Love Shkembe Soup

18th and 19th March 2017 gigs

Gig news for the 18th and 19th March 2017

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Saturday 18th March 2017, 8-11pm Join us for an evening of live music and dance by Shkembe Soup in aid of Greenwich Mencap.

Venue: Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7SE

All ticket proceeds and donations on the night will go to Greenwich Mencap. Greenwich Mencap runs a range of support services for adults and children with learning disabilities and their families in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Tickets £10 in advance. For tickets contact: Kameel Khan- Anna Marie- James Thorpe on 020 8305 2245 ex 204 Kameel Khan on 020 305 2245 ex 212

Sunday 19th March 2017 at 2pm Your East End festival at the Museum of London Docklands

We are performing as part of this weekend festival. Here’s more about it.

Join us for a celebration of all things local at this exciting family festival weekend. Diverse, creative and exciting, East London is home to many stories and memories. Explore other people’s and share your own at this fun family weekend. Get hands-on with crafts and workshops for the whole family to enjoy, or sit back, relax and enjoy performances from some of the area’s local talent. This festival has been developed in partnership with local people so come along to celebrate your East End. Free.


Burning hot Strawberry Commie Soup for Burn’s weekend at the Gallery Cafe

Friday 27th January, 8 – 10.30 pm, £5.00 or less on the door. The Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Road, E29PL  Continue reading “Burning hot Strawberry Commie Soup for Burn’s weekend at the Gallery Cafe”

Dancing on the Bandstand

We are delighted to be back dancing, singing and playing in our favourite East End Victoria Park as part of the Bandstand season. We are performing on the Bandstand from 2 pm on Bank Holiday Sunday 29th May 2016.We are having a picnic first from midday. Special guests Mingus E l a s t i c Band are joining us to play their fantastic music too.

Come along. Victoria Park Bandstand. E3 5TB

Here’s the poster.

Bandstand 29May16

May the Farce was with us

Shkembe May The Farce
Shkembe Soup at May The Farce Be With You

We had such a good time at this cabaret at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s club. We really enjoyed performing and watching all our fellow artists and aliens from all over the solar system and beyond.  I lost my heart to a starship trooper, but maybe, an intergalactic adventure has begun. More gig news tomorrow.

Sally, Shkembe Soup




May The Farce Be With You

We are performing two songs at this event on Wednesday 4th May 2016 at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Here’s the details of this fabulous stellar evening.

Join us on International Star Wars Day for our 3rd Cabaret celebration of the world’s most popular sci-fi universe.

After our our first two events, hosted by – respectively – the Empire and the Rebels, our third outing will be an (uneasy) collaboration between both sides, held in the neutral space of Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana, featuring a chance to hear representatives from both sides debate head-to-head for the first time ever in our galactic hustings.

Hosted by Tom Baker and Dominic Jones (as Admiral Gent and Admiral Akbar)

Starring –

Dusty Limits
This dark prince of the UK cabaret scene will be channeling Emperor Palpatine himself. Darkling, indeed…

Lilly Snatchdragon
Having wowed our first audience with her erotic take on Endor’s natives, Lilly returns with more Ewok Burlesque!

The Fabulous Bakewell Boys
These beleagured northern working men’s club Luchadors bring their trademark laconic wit, bad puns and wrestling chops.

Luce Lemons
One of our regular T’wilek girls, and the maker of Akbar’s mask, Luce will be taking to the stage with an illuminated hula hoop routine.

Carmen Mon Oxide
Diva, compere and all-round force of nature. High art culture meets low rent sci-fi in an operatic extravaganza.

Niki Stevens
Following her songs of unrequited intergalactic love from the previous events, Niki returns with another freshly penned Star Wars ditty.

Simon Lukacs
This fantastic character comedian, fresh from his triumph as an Alan Bennet-inspired Grand Moff Tarkin last time, is creating a brand new piece for our pleasure.

Shkembe soup
Gypsy/Arabic belly dance with a sci -fi Rock ‘n roll twist

Fred Snow
This absurdist comedian and notorious bandleader of the Top Shelf Band will incarnate as a certain notorious space smuggler.

‘Like Spike Milligan on MDMA’ (The List). Now a regular face on the London comedy circuit and at festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, Cheekykita’s performance has been described as ‘part physical clowning, part Alan Partridge meets CBBC’ (Three Weeks). Chewie, we’re home indeed.

Plus live swing music from our house band The Rag Tag Rebels,
alien showgirls, and a fancy dress competition.

And Jar Jar in drag…


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