The picture above shows a monthly Irish Folk Session that took place in Chats Palace bar space in the early 1990’s. Around that period one could hear jazz, acoustic, cabaret, poetry and women’s performance events on mid-week evenings.
One of the most notable artists to play in the bar during that era was Clifford Jarvis. An American jazz drummer who had played with the Sun Ra Orchestra, Jarvis came to settle in Hackney in the 1980’s and taught percussion in community projects in the area including Pyramid Arts in Dalston and Chats Palace. Clifford played several memorable Thursday night gigs in the bar with his trio.
Here he is playing drums with Archie Shepp in 1978 (not at Chats!)
This clip of Scottish folk group Thrum (via Kingsmead Estate), performing ‘Johnny Cope’ is from 1988. Look out for an appearance by Chats volunteer ‘potman’ Albert.
Below are three unidentified performers and one Chats bar legend. Please contact if you know who they might be and when/what they would have performed.
Also on the lookout for memories or pictures of ‘Singing In The Bath’, the singers night hosted by the anything but ‘Ordinaires’ and which featured regular musical showstoppers from former boxer and Dunlace Road resident Jack Stein.