Music Monday – Tom Misch – South of the River

Tom Misch has a new single and it is a proper transpontine neo-soul anthem entitled South of the River. It has a bit of a disco feel to it including a nice violin line from Tobie Tripp as a one man Philly string section and a fusiony keyboard solo from Rob Araujo.The East Dulwich multi-instrumentalist ...

Laura Misch – Playground – SE22 Neo Soul?

I'm loving 'Playground', the new album by Laura Misch. Self-produced at home by the multi-talented singer, saxophonist and ableton whizzkid from East Dulwich, it has a much bigger sound than you might be expecting from that description. Laura is the sister of Tom Misch, and while she has a distinct sound there is a similar vibe -  ...

A South London Street Art Bestiary

Fox in Burgess Park (New Church Road, SE5)Kingfisher in East Dulwich (Frogley Road, SE22)Lemur in Sydenham Road, SE26The other Lemur in Sydenham Road.Lion in the car park of the Golden Lion, Sydenham (Daniel Morgan RIP)Panther off Sydenham Road.Ram in Sydenham Road (opposte Golden Lion)Seahorses in Forest Hill (Devonshire Road, SE23)Squirrel on Bellingham Green SE6

Louise Michel: a Paris Communard in South London

The International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam is probably the most significant archive of radical movements in Europe. Recently it has made accessible large parts of its archives in digital form, including the papers of Louise Michel.  This has enabled me to solve something that has been bugging me for a long time - ...

Music Monday: King Krule on East Dulwich History (& filmed in Deptford)

It's been a good year for King Krule (Archy Marshall), with his debut album 6 Feet Below the Moon released in the summer and getting good reviews. Last week (7 December) he was interviewed on Gilles Peterson's BBC Radio 6 show .19-year-old Marshall, who went to Forest Hill Boys School and the Brits School in ...

History Corner: WW2 Stretchers as Railings

Mereton Mansions in Brookmill Road, Deptford was formerly Carrington House, a homeless hostel. The railings outside have an interesting history too - they are made from metal stretchers used by ARP (Air Raid Protection) during the Second World War.Similar examples of this recycling can be found elsewhere in London. I spotted these on the East ...

The half-term children’s theatre pub crawl

Helen writes:Waggly Tales Theatre Company is performing our original show, The Magic Tea Kettle, at family-friendly pubs in southeast London this autumn half term (Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November) and as part of the Lewisham Fringe Festival on Sunday 3rd November. The show, which had a sell-out run in June this year, is ...

Clarkshaws: Vegan Brewery in East Dulwich

Clarkshaws is 'a small independent microbrewery in East Dulwich. Our beers are created with a subtle blend of innovation, hard work, and the finest ingredients mixed with a dash of whimsy and serendipity, resulting in contemporary takes on classic British beer styles.We use only ingredients sourced from the UK, supporting local producers and reducing the ...

Dulwich Festival Fair

Lots going on at the Dulwich Festival over the next couple of weeks, including next Sunday 12th May the free Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green (opposite East Dulwich Tavern). SE London's premier folk promoters Goose on the Green are organising a music stage there, with line up including- 12 noon The Dulwich Folk Choir led ...

Frightened to death by Brockley Cemetery: more Spring Heeled Jack?

Brockley Cemetery, then known as Deptford Cemetery, was the scene of the strange case of a young woman being 'frightened to death' in the late 19th century. The British Medical Journal, April 7 1888, reported:'The serious effects of shock to the nervous system, especially by fright, are constantly witnessed... Death itself is, fortunately, comparatively rare. ...