NewsPosted by Lee Wed, May 24, 2017 16:01:33
Our concert room is undergoing a major refurbishment during June and July. It'll be open again for business, live music and parties on 28 July. Our kitchen is being re-fitted at the same time so we hope to have Sunday roasts back up and running the following day.
There will be minimum disruption to our downstairs activities during this time, but access to snooker tables will be limited, especially in the daytime as the snooker room is the main access for our workers from the car park stairs.
CommitteePosted by Lee Tue, April 18, 2017 13:59:36
The news is out today that there's going to be a snap General Election in June! Well before you get excited about that, we're having one of our own at the Club
This coming weekend starting Friday night at 7:00pm we are holding elections for our President for the coming year. There are two candidates, each with their own manifesto and all paid up members can vote for one of them. You can see their profiles here. They will also go out in a special newsletter by email today and be shown on the notice board in the foyer from Wednesday 19 April for a week
- Friday 21 April 7:00pm to 9:00pm
- Saturday 22 April 7:00pm to 9:00pm
- Sunday 23 April 2:00pm to 4:00pm
NewsPosted by Lee Tue, February 07, 2017 15:20:20
During the month of March 2017, we will be tendering the contract to provide catering at the club.
Following a major upper room refurbishment during the summer we hope to raise our game - and then some - offering our members and guests high quality catering at the right price in comfortable surroundings.
If this is something you are interested in and have the skills to help us expand our catering offering, please contact Trevor, the Club Secretary, asap for details on (024) 7667 3032 or email email@example.com. Applicants must have all the relevant Health and Safety Certificates and be compliant with Food Hygiene Regulations.
ReviewsPosted by Claudie Fri, January 06, 2017 13:18:27
Albany Social Club Friday 30th December 2016
Standing room only at the Albany Social Club on Friday (30th Dec) as Re:Offenders came back to Earlsdon to deliver their lively brand of punk and new wave covers. Standing turned to dancing very early on as classic opener Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone" was followed by The Jam's take on The Kink's "David Watts". There was Blondie in abundance (Dreaming, Call Me, Atomic, One Way or Another [I thought that was One Direction - Ed], Heart of Glass) and we had more Jam on it (In The City, Eton Rifles). The punkier end of things was handled by The Ramones, The Ruts and Stiff Little Fingers with a bit of 80s power pop from Julian Cope on his own (World Shut Your Mouth) and with The Teardrop Explodes (Reward). This 5-piece have been around for over 10 years now and really know how to Pump It Up (Elvis Costello). With a second set closed with The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" the appreciative audience's answer was a resounding "Stay" allowing the band to end on The Strangler's "No More Heroes". We expect to see Re:Offenders back at the Albany Social Club in the Spring - come early to get somewhere to put your coat, and bring your dancing shoes.
Paul Ramon is how Paul McCartney used to sign himself into hotels, and led to the naming of the Ramones, BTW
MembershipPosted by Lee Fri, January 06, 2017 13:09:57
Thanks for the newsletter, Gill.
As you know, several members have long been unhappy and frustrated with the antique system of renewing membership by having to form long queues outside the front office between set times convenient to the club's officers but not necessarily to members themselves.
Surely, the club needs to enter the 20th, never mind the 21st century, by arranging membership renewals online. It does not take a genius to set up a system which allows members to renew at a time of their convenience at their own PCs , tablets or phones. All they need to do is set up a password-protected account which allows a direct bank transfer from their account into yours. The membership is then confirmed electronically and stored in the system without the need for the hard copy booklet signed in pen and ink.
This may not suit everybody in the short term so the present manual system may need to be extended alongside the new electronic one. I also realise it is too late to introduce for this year so that gives ample time for a new system to be in place for 2018.
NewsPosted by Lee Mon, December 12, 2016 15:54:50
If you're here you've already seen the new site. It's constructed in the latest 'Bootstrap' coding and is very mobile friendly. It's also very fast - Enjoy!
ReviewsPosted by Lee Fri, December 09, 2016 11:46:54
Jazz doesn’t go in for “national treasures” but if it did Art Themen would be a prime candidate.
The veteran saxophonist has been mixing it with Britain’s best for more than half a century and is still forging new pathways to express his individualistic approach, as he showed in a dynamic performance at Jazz Coventry on Thursday (Dec 1).
No surprise that his latest group goes under the name of the New Directions Quintet. Themen has never been afraid to explore the outer reaches of improvisation and his approach remains as vigorous and challenging as ever.
Like the orthopaedic surgeon he once was, he excels at carving new material from old bones. In some ways the session could have been called Bebop Revisited, but this was bop with an edge.
The classic pioneers were well-represented: Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver. But New Directions concentrated mainly on their lesser-known works, which underlined the focus on freshness.
Themen was well into his stride from the opening “Airegin”, keeping up the momentum in Monk’s “Played Twice”, “Trinkle Tinkle” and “Ask Me Now”, using his horn like a scalpel to dissect themes and rebuild them in his own style.
One of his best solos came when he switched to soprano sax on “Joe’s Blow”, an original by bassist Arne Somogyi.
Steve Fishwick on trumpet filled in a strong front line and Gareth Williams again showed he is one of our finest pianists.
Winston Clifford was a powerhouse on drums, equally adept with sticks, mallets, brushes, even bare hands at one time. And his vocal acrobatics brought the house down at the end.
This must rate as one of Jazz Coventry’s best presentations since it moved to Earlsdon and a further step in organiser Neil McGowan’s campaign to bring top-class performers to the city.
ReviewsPosted by Lee Thu, December 08, 2016 13:06:06
Albany Social Club, 16th November - "A Warm Welcome from Pioneering Spirits"
Punk poet and raconteur Attila the Stockbroker performed to a packed room at the Albany Club. Attila (aka John Baine) is a punk poet, and a folk punk musician and songwriter. He performs solo and as the leader of the band Barnstormer. He describes himself as a “sharp tongued, high energy social surrealist poet and songwriter.” He has performed over 3,300 concerts, published seven books of poems and an autobiography, and released over forty recordings.
Tonight he was ably supported by local poet Nick Knibb. Nick’s poems were about life in Coventry, Two Tone, music and football - the things that count.
Attila’s set touched, informed and provoked us. Stories about his grandmother and his experience of cancer were thought provoking and a reminder of how we should all keep fighting for the NHS. He reminded us to never ever forget the assaults on the miners during the big strike of 1983 and why it’s still going on. He made us laugh with his songs including the crowd pleaser “Harry’s Knob”.
Following his visit, Attila wrote an article for The Morning Star telling of his week on the road. The Club got a mention and it seems he was impressed...
“.... it was down to Coventry for a pioneering gig at the Albany Social Club in Earlsdon.
It used to be the Earlsdon Working Men’s Club, until modernity caught up with the name and now, thanks to Gill Dawson and her friends, modernity has caught up with — some of — the committee too.
After years of covers bands, karaoke and all the normal fare, I was the guinea pig — a sometimes rude and very left-wing performance poet on a Wednesday night.
Brave people put their reputations on the line in the face of the kind of “nothing must ever change” attitude sadly prevalent in some of those venues and I’m happy to say it worked and then some — there will be more such gigs.
Afterwards, we had a long discussion about the fate of Coventry City FC, held to ransom by a hedge fund. The fans need to do what we did at Brighton and simply drive the scum out of their club.”
The club also raised £300 out of the £500 he collected that week for the Poem-A-Thon at the Komedia in aid of the Refugee Council.
A brilliant night and we will hopefully be welcoming him back to The Albany next year. Until then it has spurred us on to look for similar performers - watch this space!