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Second and last Sundays
Ailsa Tavern,
263 St Margarets Rd.,
Twickenham, TW1 1NJ




NEXT ONE Ailsa Tavern, August 28th (Elaine Hosting)



Page Contents (mostly about Elaine's nights)



1. Which Open Mic Night Dates are where? 


2. Performer Opportunities/News


3. Elaine's PA set up


4. August 28th (Elaine's Sunday) Ailsa Performers


5. July 31st (Elaine's Sunday) Ailsa Performers


6. June 26th (Elaine's Sunday) Ailsa Performers


7. Earlier Nights


8. Info / reviews - other open mics







Which Open Mic dates are where in 2016:-


Second Sundays
Alan hosting


Last Sundays
Elaine hosting



Aug 28th

Sep 11th

Sep 25th

Oct 9th

Oct 30th

Nov 13th

Nov 27th

Dec 11th

Dec 25th - OM cancelled due to being Christmas Day !!




Elaine's Open Mic Night


The set up:-


I bring my Peavey mixer amp system, which has plenty of channels and should be able to cope with a small group on stage (4 vocal mics and plenty of jack inputs for the DI of instruments).


Singer needing accompanist?:

If you can bring a song sheet for the song(s) you would like to sing, with clearly marked guitar chords, I can accompany you on my guitar - if you are a singer wanting to do a spot. 


First come - first served:

I will make a list of people wanting to play, who come along on the night and spots or opportunities to get accompaniment or jam will be given on a first come first served basis. You can book a spot in advance and will be given a preferential placement but you still need to turn up reasonably early to secure your spot it if we have a busy night.


If you are an instrumentalist wanting to jam:

If you are a good lead player wanting the chance to jam along with an act, I would be happy for you to plug in and jam with my numbers (as host). Other acts may be interested in added accompaniment - but it would have to be their choice.


Photos and Video

My husband, Clive, takes photos and video footage when he comes along. (He isn't always there). If you would prefer not to be photographed or videoed please let us know. If we do video your performance, we will put it onto You Tube privately for you to view and it can stay private or, if you would like it to featured, we can make it public on the: A+E Open Mic You Tube page.


Good Opportunity

If you are looking to make contacts with the music business - get gigs and get yourself known - this open mic is a GREAT opportunity, since I have contacts with local venues and festivals and you can have your music featured / linked to the Open Mic page, once you come and play. I can offer support spots at my gigs too.
See more about this...



August 28th - Ailsa Tavern (the next A&E Open Mic - hosted by Elaine)



The Performers so far:-

1. John Harvey



If you know you will be coming along and want to let people know, you can get on the list to perform on the night in advance plus I will list your name on the open mic page (with a link to your own web information - if you have any) e-mail

NOTE: To secure a "booked" spot you must arrive by 8pm on the night



July 31st - Ailsa Tavern



The Performers who came:-

1. Phil Ray

2. Gregory Moran

3. Richard Stephenson

4. Martin Dyson

5. Steve Hutchinson

6. Alan Dublon

7. Peter London

8. Jon Bental

9. "Mike and the Messengers (Don & Kate)

10. Rin

11. Mark Sharp

12. Tracy Picardi


and wonderful violin playing from Romek and flute, sax, cello and singing from the talented (and "in demand") Stevie Mitchell!



June 26th- Ailsa Tavern


The Performers who came:-

1. Ozlem Muschett

2. Martin Dyson

3. Chris Spiers

4. Jon Bental

5. Mark Sharp

6. Roger Harrison

7. Harmonica Lewinski

8. Alan Dublon

9. Marc Ratcliff

10. Romek

11. Simon

12. Evensong - Mark and Annie

It was another fun evening with two violin players; Chris Spiers who is going to be a dep for my "Kindred Spirit" duo and band and Romek, who jammed with several performers.









                        OTHER LOCAL AND RELATED INFORMATION                               

Information on other Open Mics / Jams (ordered in proximity to the Ailsa, Twickenham)

Day of Week      Place Time Web Links



Last (Elaine) and second (Alan) Sundays      

Ailsa Tavern, Twickenham      


See this page

First Sundays (Elaine and Alan sharing)

Stokes and Moncreiff, Twickenham


See this page

Third Sundays (starting Jan 2013 - see below)

The Fox Inn, Hanwell     


Web info

Every Sunday

White Horse, Richmond


Web info

Every Sunday          

Morts Wine Bar


Web info

Every Sunday

The Brave Bar


Web info



Every Monday

Royal Oak, Hampton 8.30pm Web info

Every Monday

Bagster House, Shepperton 8.30pm



Monthly-ish on a second Tuesday of Month

Bagster House, Shepperton 8.30pm
Every Tuesday The Swan, Hampton Wick, Kingston 8pm Web info
Every Tuesday

Mau Mau Bar, Ladbrook Grove, London, W11

8.30pm Web info
Every Tuesday The Swan, Esher


Web info

Every Tuesday George, Aldershot 8pm Web info


Every Wednesday Red Lion, Isleworth 9pm Web info
Every Wednesday The Mitre, Richmond 8.45pm Web info
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month The Ash Tree, Ashford 8pm Web info


Every Thursday

Six Bells (Edwin)

9pm Web info
Every Thursday
Rifleman, Twickenham


Web info
Third Thursdays           The Kings Arms, Hanwell 8pm Web info
Every Thursday Halfway House, Barnes


Web info
Every Thursday Percy Lambert, Weybridge 9pm Web info
First Thursdays of the month The Viaduct, Hanwell


Every Thursday The Oak, Kingston


Web info

Every Thursday The Old Moot, Kingston 8pm

Web info

Red Lion, Brightwell cum Sotwell
8pm Web info




Monthly - usually 3rd Friday  (Check for info)

Osterley - Thistleworth Tennis Club


More info - email:



 Open Mics start at different times, some you have to arrive at the start to sign up - or you don't get a spot, some have amplification and some not and some  only allow non electric music! Always check the Open Mic is "on" before setting off; pubs, which are the usual venues, are closing and changing hands  frequently in these difficult times and your Open Mic may have closed or moved to a new venue!

 The table above is not an exhaustive list. For more information, check out the web sites below:-

"Find an Open Mic"   

London UK Open Mic List 

"Open Mic Finder"   

Richard Gregory Open Mics  

"Virtually Acoustic"   

West London Jam Nights





Open Mic Night Reviews


Review of the W7 Edge Open Mic, Hanwell - Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

This is a very vibrant event in a perfectly shaped space at the Grosvenor Pub, which incidently serves some very interesting real ales! The Open Mic is run by a trio collective with Ranjit hosting and keeping the pre booked slots happening in good time. I enjoyed playing here although there was often a high level of noise from the bar, since it was a busy night! The performers were given a "free drink" token to spend at the bar and a collection bucket was passed around later in the evening to cover maintenance costs of the equipment.


Review of the Swan Inn Open Mic, Hampton Wick - Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

This Open Mic only started a couple of weeks earlier but was nevertheless attracting an obvious group of Open Mic performers and audience. The pub has a lovely stage area with wooden surround rail and the Open Mic has a good quality Yamaha PA system with quality mics. I was extremely impressed with the standard of the performers and really enjoyed the warm, friendly atmosophere as well as playing there.


Review of Grey Horse Open Mic - Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 (now moved to The Cavern, Raynes Park)

I discovered that the Open Mic spots at the Grey Horse were all booked in advance and so - as I decided to come along as a last minute decision was pleasantly surprised to get to play a number! The evening is hosted by Maria Ahearn and is very friendly and welcoming. The evening was not typical as the usual room at the back was not available on this particular night but even though it was a little noisy at the bar at times, the atmosphere was great, there were some interesting singer / song-writers, the sound was very good and I had a great time!



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