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The Big Pancake Party – Thank you!

17 Mar

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At the beginning of this month we hosted a Pancake Party in association with Home Spun Sessions to help raise funds for The Big Issue Foundation.

This post is to thank all involved and to let you all know that we raised £187.50 which is almost the average cost of an outcome for a big issue  vendor and so could help move someone on into housing, support them to get into college or employment. It’s only a small amount raised but to think that having such an enjoyable night because of time, money and talent donated by those in a position to do so could help turn a life around, makes it very special indeed.


I would like to thank Nic Hilman and Moira Hornik and Ram (The Floripa Chef) for there pancake cooking expertise and Sainsburys in Whitechaple (1 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E1 5SD) and The Co-op (Old Street 185 Old St, London EC1V 9NP) who both donated £10 towards the ingredients used to make the pancakes. Thank you to Whom By Fire and Severed Limb who both gave merchandise towards the raffle and played blinding sets for our entertainment for the night and Simon Landin of Home Spun Sessions who, played some amazing vinyl and made sure as ever that the sound was spot on.  Thank you also to Floripa and all the staff.

And lastly, Thank you to you all who came and supported the cause. We had tremendous fun! We’ll be doing it all again next year.


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The Big Pancake Party 2014

28 Feb

In association with Homespun Sessions, The Secret Showcase Presents… The Big Pancake Party! To Raise money for the Big Issue Foundation.

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This is our third year running this very fun and incredibly worthwhile fund-raiser for The Big Issue Foundation.

On Shrove Tuesday the 4th of March we want you to come and join us at Floripa 91-93 great Eastern Street EC2A 3HZ for a pancake extravaganza. You can enjoy lots of pancake fun and live performances from three wonderfully talented and kindly charitable acts…

The Severed Limb at 9.30pm

The Severed Limb are a young six-piece band from London who play roots influenced music for a contemporary audience. Their skiffle-style line up includes washboard, guitars, double bass, drums and accordion.

Their music has been championed by Steve Lamacq and Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2, Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music, John Kennedy on XFM, Andrew Weatherall on XOYO, and Dave Gorman on Absolute Radio.

In April 2011 Steve Lamacq invited the band into the famous BBC Maida Vale Studio to record four tracks for a BBC 6 Music session. The tracks were filmed (see video section of this website).

The band have also performed live on Clive Anderson’s ‘Loose Ends’ radio show on BBC Radio 4.

In May 2012 The Severed Limb performed at the Royal Albert Hall, supporting Imelda May who personally invited them to play.

In September 2013 as part of BBC Radio 4’s British New Wave season several Severed Limb songs were used to soundtrack Robert Rigby’s acclaimed dramatisation of Alan Sillitoe’s 1958 novel ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’.

The Severed Limb’s unique style encompasses a wide variety of musical styles including skiffle, folk, punk, zydeco, cumbia and rock and roll.

Whom By Fire at 8.45

Heavy haunting fairytale blues. Inspired by dreams, Lynch, Herzog, Cobain and Cohen they usher you into a world of dark romantic tragedy.

Our new single “Rope” is now available to download from iTunes! Here –http://bit.ly/1ilYtgN or listen on Spotify – http://bit.ly/18IRrLG

Seraphim Kelly at 8.00

Seraphim Kelly is an exciting up and coming singer songwriter from Belfast, Ireland. He moved to London in April 2013 and in between working on new material you can often still find him busking on the streets of Camden. With a rich and diverse background in music that took Seraphim on a journey of self, he
re-discovered his roots in folk and country. Adding his own personal touch and delivered with a voice so powerful and rich, listening to Seraphim perform his songs is always a deeply emotional experience. His inspiration stems from often simple but meaningful experiences and encounters, connecting with people from all sorts of backgrounds which lead to an emotionally driven delivery that reflects his heart and passion for life and song every time.

+ DJ Samantha Pink Panther & Friends will be spinning some dance floor classics late into the night.

Door at 5, Come early to avoid queues and secure a table.

The Big Pancake Party 2013.

17 Mar

A month ago, The Secret Showcase Presents hosted it’s annual pancake party in aid of The Big Issue Foundation. I would again like to thank everyone who was involved in making this event possible and to all you kind music and food loving folk who came down and gave generously to the Foundation. We raised £180 which will go towards developing schemes and organising more events to help raise more money and awareness for the homeless.

There are a few people in particular that I would like to say a special big thank you too.

Benn Gunn and his papa Gaz, Burning Condors and CC Smugglers who all played great sets and donated CD’s and Vinyl as a prize for the Raffle.

The Big Issue Foundation Team Amy Howell, Moira Hornik, Patricia Wynne, Graham Booth and Stephen Robertson who organised and cooked the best pancakes in London Town and Ravinder – Sainsburys Local in Vauxhall who generously donated the ingredients for the pancakes and choice of fillings.

My friends Tristan Foster-Young who helped to collect donations at the door, Isobel Brierley, Chanelle Harrington (for photos too), Llao and Sebastian who helped set up (and pack away) and make the place look even more beautiful that it was, Will Boyd who also took some blinding snaps from the night and my sister Stef and her friend Adela for making sure I got home OK after an innocent mishap with the cash machine. It gets confusing now that everything has a pin number.

I would also like to say thank you to The Macbeth and all their wonderful staff for having us and supporting the cause.

It was a while since the last Secret Showcase event and it was really lovely to see so many people that I haven’t seen for what felt like an age. This may have been one of the reasons why I was a little worse for wear come the end of the night, It would have been rude of me to say no to a drink from old friends, besides the Macbeth agreed to donate a % of the takings for the cause. All the more reason to drink and be merry I thought. So Thank you all for your continued support, It means so much to me and the Big Issue Foundation that you all came. The night couldn’t have happened without you. Until the next time, Thanks again, see you all soon.

Photos courtesy of Chanelle Harrington and Will Boyd. To see more pictures Visit us on Facebook and hit like.625661_10152591350050114_1763762246_n




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The Secret Showcase Presents…The Big Secret Pancake Party

26 Jan

The Secret Showcase Presents is celebrating Shrove Tuesday by having a pancake party to raise funds for the Big Issue Foundation. A worthy and hardworking charity that give a hand up not a hand out to the homeless.

We will be giving out free pancakes and partying with 4… up and coming London based bands.

21st February
Entree is a £2 minimum donation
Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/313235892046254/?notif_t=plan_user_joined#!/events/313235892046254/

Our first confirmed act is…

Ben Gunn – Ben is a Blues, soaked Alternative, Folk, Skiffle singer songwriter with a love for traditional rhythm and blues and folk. He will be accompanied by his full band who will provide the best toe tapping, hip swinging, skiffle in town. So, put on your best dancing shoes.

Our next Confirmed act is…

Jack In Water – Having just released their third EP and recorded an anthem at Abbey road, Jack in water are in demand on the gig circuit. Expect epic peaks and ambient bliss as this five-piece lure you in to a sense of happiness and wonderment.

Our Third Confirmed act is…

The Green Rock River Band – The Green Rock River Band are based in London. Upbeat, doom inspired fire and brimstone folk, bluegrass, gospel, and dirty blues all captured in an entertaining and explosive acoustic set. With melancholic ballads, tales of the strange and roaring anthems, this is a band to experience live.

Our final confirmed is…

Caleb – After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is Music.
Writing is Flying in Dreams


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