Thursday, 28 October 2010

Kardomah on BBC Manchester (Heather Stott) 28/10/2010

Listen to the Kardomah Interview on the BBC Radio Manchester Heather Stott show....

On the Iplayer 2hr 29 mins in..........
Just click on the title line.........

Kardomah on BBC Leeds website

Please see the great article pended by James Addyman on the BBC Leeds website!

Just click on the title line.......

Kardomah Albert Square, Manchester

Jazz goes home in new club

Can anybody confirm if this was a Kardomah in the 1950's....... if so this could be the third in Manchester!

A good thing about the Bla Bla restaurant mentioned above is that the ground floor will be an Italian restaurant but downstairs will be the Bla Bla Jazz Club. Given there's bugger all in the way of live music in the area this is definitely a good thing. Sleuth also knows how desperate visitors to the city get for a venue providing music that isn't aimed at 21 year olds - and Band on the Wall can be a long walk. It's got a great location close to the convention areas and close to lots of hotels too.
There's a happy echo of the past as well, in that the venue used to be the Kardomah in the fifties and had live music then, and is round the corner from the site of the Oasis Club, orginally a jazz club, which then became the main beat music venue featuring young bands such as the Hollies. The latter used to have all-night sessions, Bla Bla has applied for a 6am licence. What goes around....

14 Albert Square, Manchester
Manchester. M2 5PF

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Jimi Hendrix

Memories are not made of this: the secret history of the Sixties

As the saying goes - if you can remember it, you weren't really there. Now a survey has proved it to be true. Those who grew up in the decade of flower power have shamelessly embellished their recollections, according to the UKTV History channel study. And as John Walsh exclusively reveals, it wasn't all rock'n'roll, rebellion and recreational drugs - even for the icons of the age.


After his untimely death in 1970, Jimi Hendrix enjoyed a reputation as a wild-haired, sexually omnivorous, guitar-incinerating genius. It's less well known that this excess occupied only the last three weeks of his life. Before he was briefly catapulted to fame, he worked for years at a variety of less glamorous jobs. He was a waiter at the Kardomah tea-rooms in Penge until fired for incorrect use of a tea-strainer.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

BBC Radio Nottingham information appeal.....

24/10/10 between 10:00 and 11:00, I might be making an appeal on BBC Radio Nottingham, so if you have any stories related the Kardomah in Nottingham drop me a line....

New Web Site..... Still under construction

Tell me what you think.........

Should be a little easier to navigate ......

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Kardomah Briggate Leeds

Briggate nos. 65 - 68 Kardomah Café

28th July 1937. Numbers 65 and 66, Kardomah Cafe, opened in 1908, closed 1965.

57 years of trading, the great depression, two World Wars…….. there must me a lot of stories, memories and anecdotes locked up in the minds of the more mature citizens of Leeds?

Was this the longest open Kardomah café……. One up for Leeds?

Thanks to James Addyman of BBC Radio Leeds for putting me on to this snippet… found at….

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The Kardomah Gang

The Kardomah
The Kardomah café

The Kardomah Café was originally located in Castle Street on the site of the Congregational Chapel, where Dylan's parents, D.J. and Florence, were married in 1903. In the 1930s it became one of the favourite meeting-places of Dylan and his friends.
The name 'Kardomah Gang' has become a useful term to describe the group of talented writers, artists and musicians who were Dylan's contemporaries. In reality, these people didn't think of themselves as part of a unified group, and were probably never all at the café at the same time.
Dylan recalled the Kardomah fondly in the 1949 BBC Broadcast Swansea and the Arts as the place "where Swansea's rich artists and poverty-stricken business men used to meet, on separate floors, to discuss shares and pictures." In Return Journey it is the café where Dylan and friends would discuss how "Dan Jones was going to compose the most prodigious symphony, Fred Janes paint the most miraculously meticulous picture, Charlie Fisher catch the poshest trout, Vernon Watkins and Young Thomas write the most boiling poems, how they would ring the bells of London and paint it like a tart..."
During the war, though, the Kardomah was "razed to the snow" as Dylan puts it in Return Journey. It re-opened in new premises in the centre of town, where it remains a thriving business.

Does anyone have a photo of the Kardomah in the 1930’s………

If so please drop me a line…

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

By Chris Welch
Extract from Cream: Strange Brew
Amended Friday, 08 April 2005

I met Eric for the first time in October 1964, not long after I joined the Melody Maker. An interview was scheduled for The Yardbirds and we assembled in the Kardomah coffee bar in Fleet Street. It was the first occasion I'd talked to a full group in-person, and quickly learned it was a bad idea to try and interview five people at once. They distract each other, indulge in in-jokes and badinage, and there is always one who is too shy to talk, and probably has the most interesting things to say, while the noisiest make mock of the whole ordeal. Then there is the usual problem of their insulting waitresses and creating "a scene."
In fact The Yardbirds were generally pleasant and well behaved, although I noticed that Eric was the most sensible and tended to smile at the exuberant prattle going on around him. The band had just released their second single 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl' (a follow up to "I Wish You Would") and The Yardbirds were nervous about the effect having a hit single might have on their credibility with blues fans. The headline on the subsequent piece was "Oh No! Not A Hit Disc" It was just the "angle" the MM wanted, although it probably gave the band's management and record company palpitations.

Do you know any one else how used to frequent Kardomah Cafes’ ……….
If so please drop me a line….

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


How cool a great band named after your brand!……
Sadly now no more…. New members under a new name…..
I will endeavour to get some of their tracks up or at least a link…….

If you can recall any favourite gigs or memories you wish to record for posterity drop me a line……….


From Neath, Wales
Sound Like Alternative Rock -- a mixture of the Smashing Pumpkins, U2, Radiohead
Dafydd Leigh Anthony: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Kevin: Drums
Tomas Morgan: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Ian Abraham: Bass
Kardomah are a 5 piece alternative rock band from Neath, Wales who take their name from a Dylan Thomas book about the "Kardomah boys " who were group of Swansea poets and artisans who used to often meet at the Swansea Kardomah cafe. Kardomah have been described by local press as the future saviours of British alt rock. on the wings of the locally created buzz the band have moved on to more prestigious gigs attracting a string of record companies including A & M records and a guest list that includes ex members of Slade, and Glaswegion Chemikal Underground signings Aereogramme,. Over the past year the Band have attracted a large loyal local fan base to boot . The band have developed their sound into a spacey mixture of memorable ambient keyboard and guitar effects and powerful guitar riffs topped off with melodic vocal harmonies and continue to promote consistancy throughout.
The band have played a string of gigs in 2001 ranging from loclal gigs around Neath ,Cardiff and Bristol to as far away as London.

Monday, 4 October 2010

The Cherry Boys

The Cherry Boys......

Does anyone know why they named the record "Kardomah Cafe"?

Kardomah Cafe' by the Cherry Boys

I have this on 7” vinyl and 12” red vinyl, is that a bit sad??????

Not to my taste, all a bit haunting for me…..

Liverpool’s Cherry Boys were a brilliant sixties band stuck in the eighties. They saw little success in the UK, but “Kardomah Café” made the top 50 chart in Spain. The band consisted of John Byrne (aka John Cherry) on vocals & guitar, Keith Gunson on vocals & bass, James Hughes on vocals & keyboards, and Howie Minns on drums. Icicle Works drummer Chris Sharrock was part of the band early on and appeared on their first single “Man to Man.” Hughes and Minns went on to form Exhibit B (most famous for their “It’s Hypothetical” single).
Listen to The Cherry Boys - Kardomah Café (12″ version)

“Man To Man” b/w “So Much Confusion” 7″, Open Eye (1981)
“Only Fools Die” b/w “Come That Day” 7″, Cherryoza (1982)
“Kardomah Café” b/w “Airs and Graces” 7″/12″, Crash (1983)
“Shoot The Big Shot” b/w “Falling” 7″, Crash (1983)
“Shoot The Big Shot” b/w “Falling” & “Dont Leave Me That Way” 12″, Crash (1983)
“Kardomah Café” b/w “Airs and Graces” & “Plead Sanity” 12″, Satril, (1984)

Kardomah Cafe' Paris

Could anyone put a date to this? Any help much appreciated……..

The Medova Tea Rooms, ^ Ruede I'Echelle, and Kardomah,
184, Rue de Rivoli, are also much frequented by British

The smart tea-rooms resorted to by the more elegant
Parisians and the wealthier members of the Anglo-American
colony are Rumpelmayer's.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Kardomah Cafe' Southport

Is the current location of Pizza Hut the location of the old Kardomah on Lord Street?

347-349 Lord Street
Town Centre

If you can help please let me know………

Kardomah Cafe' Sydney

Calling the antipodes!

Does anybody have a view as what year this might be???????

80-84 Oxford Street

Right next to the Union Bank is the Oxford Branch of the Savings Bank of New South Wales. This is the third bank along this block, and it’s not the last! This late Victorian building, with vermiculated stone details and urns atop the pediment, was erected in 1882. The bank manager is Mr A. J. Clarke. The Kardomah Café at 82-84 Oxford Street is run by Miss Robinson. A small business is also running out of number 82. A lady is about to enter the shop. Perhaps she was attracted by the sign above the window display proclaiming “Hats! Hats! Hats!!! Big Bargains”.