Event at The Palm Tree, East London on 21 April
The Last of
Photography Exhibition & Album Launch
Event to be held on 21 April 2018 at The Palm Tree pub in East London, celebrating the jazz singers and musicians of that venerable establishment.
Portraits of the performers by Tom Oldham will be on display.
Vinyl edition of live recordings will be on sale (strictly limited to 500 copies).
London, UK. Monday 5th 2018
Photographer Tom Oldham today announces a unique collaboration with musician and producer Andy Gangadeen, and the publicans and performers of East London institution, The Palm Tree. The Last of the Crooners comprises a set of atmospheric portraits of the singers and musicians who play at the pub every weekend and an LP of live recordings from these sessions.
Long-time landlords at The Palm Tree, Val and Alf Barrett are proud to welcome all-comers to an evening of live music where a selection of the photographs, which have been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Award 2018, will be exhibited. A strictly limited vinyl edition of The Last of the Crooners album, restricted to 500 copies, will be on sale at the pub on a first-come-first-served basis. (Please note, this record will be only available to purchase from the pub exclusively, so as to ensure visitors will have first experienced the environment to then enjoy the music at home).
The Palm Tree needs no introduction to anyone who has visited this part of town. Diamond boozer and Blitz survivor, it stands solitary on the Regent’s Canal between Mile End and the Roman Road, quietly resisting the urge to move with the times. On weekend evenings you can enjoy the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook played by the musicians who feature on the album, no ticket required.
Tom Oldham (@tommyophoto) is a London-based portrait photographer, shooting portraits of musicians, sports stars and talented folk all around the world. His work has been widely recognised by the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the Open Series in the AoP Awards and most recently, the Sony World Photography Awards 2018.
Andy Gangadeen is a drummer of international renown, playing with bands as prominent and diverse as Duran Duran, Massive Attack, Spice Girls and Chase & Status. He is a true pioneer of live dance music drumming and has been known to pick up the sticks at The Palm Tree from time to time.
Sample text from the sleeve notes:
Take a walk up the Regent’s Canal from Mile End to the Roman Road, and you will come across a pub standing solitary on the towpath. On a summer’s day punters loll on the grass watching the barges chug past. On a winter’s night, orange light pours out of the windows like whisky or a warm welcome. And as you draw closer, you hear something else inviting you in.
Music. Real music. Played by real musicians. Ones who know their craft and their way around the old favourites – the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook. People who display that defining grace of true musicians – a subtle give-and-take and generosity in the interplay of their performances.
There was a time when the pubs of London were alive with such music – nowhere more so than in the East End. Singers sang, and pianos weren’t just period features. They were there to be used, and some for them even got a tuning now and then. Time, trends and property prices may have taken their toll on this once vibrant scene, but one local favourite takes pleasure in bucking such trends.
This pub is The Palm Tree – diamond boozer, Blitz survivor, and home of The Last of the Crooners. So come on in. No ticket required. No doormen keeping the peace. Just say hello to devoted publicans Val, Alf and their family, buy a drink or two and enjoy the show.