Still, as my day out involves around a three hour round trip of travelling I might as well stay around and socialise for a while and enjoy a few drinks - be rude not to really. Actually, the Birkbeck Tavern is rather a nice (if a little shappy) friendly and traditional East End boozer - it still has separate bars - not a feature you still see often these days. A nice selection of real ales at decent prices, although I'm annoyed I cant get into the pub's free Wi-Fi even after being given the password - then later it vanishes completely. I can't say I enjoy the jazz band much. Unlike my friends they get to play two sets as well, as does a drumming duo, although they only play one 'song'. I enjoy that more than the jazz though!
A bit later on some people start arriving who look like they might be musicians. Maybe it's worth sticking around? It is.
Bang Bang Boogie and they are rather good. As you may gather from the pictures they play rockabilly - with a bit of added washboard to give a skiffle flavour. There are a few familiar songs from the 1950's and the band play them very well. Unfortunately the singer has a throat infection and is suffering a bit - although you wouldn't know it from how her voice sounds - the (Stray Cats style stand-up) drummer takes over vocals for a song or two to give her a rest while she plays drums.