Beer & Music

Hello all,

Still no gigs involving a full Wino complement but Neil will be venturing out upon his lonesome at the Bishop’s Stortford Community & Sports Club on Saturday 18th September. He will be playing a variety of Wino songs as well as some that may date back further than that and a couple or three distinctive cover versions too. Your support would be more than welcome. Super welcome, not to put too fine a point on it.

With any luck, there may be some more news in the not too distant future. Meanwhile,

Stay tuned for more rock n’ roll


Acousticalness & Gigging

Hello All,

As we hurtle towards some sort of normality there is some gig action on the horizon.

Neil has a couple of solo acoustic gigs coming up. the first of these is on Friday 16th July at The Southern Maltings Acoustic Sessions in Ware. The Maltings is a fabulous community space dedicated to bringing arts to East Herts

The one after that will be at Bishop’s Stortford Acoustic Club on Wednesday 28th July at The Horn at the Half Moon, Bishop’s Stortford, another marvellous local venue that has just about survived Covid and really could do with a little support.

Because of these, he’s busy working out which songs to do, which work acoustically -all that kinda thing. Oh, and getting more nervous than usual.

Sammy is another Wino in action drumming with Jimmy Regal and the Royals and they have a bunch of gigs coming up too, including the Red Rooster Festival.

We are really not sure when there will be any full band action yet but as soon as there is, unlike Del Amitri, you be the first to know.

Stay tuned for more rock ‘n’ roll


What’s going on?

Well now, the truth is that not an awful lot has been going on recently. That probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Also, we’re not entirely sure what happens next as far as the band is concerned. It is most likely that the first forays back out into the world of live music will be made by members individually.

Neil may head out with an acoustic guitar and a mixture of Wino tunes, old tunes and cover versions.

Sammy will be drumming with his other project, Jimmy Regal and the Royals, including an appearance at the Red Rooster festival in August, so you should check them out as they’re a damned fine hard rockin’ blues trio.

As for us, well writing has been going on, not all of which has been howling angrily at various government representatives. Neil has also built up an extensive repertoire of acoustic cover versions. Some – distinctly unsuitable…..

Right, once we know more, you will know more. In the meantime…

Stay tuned for more rock ‘n’ roll


Club Wino XVI

Sorry to have neglected you this last month or four. Anyway, now we’re back to let you know, we can really really shake ’em down.

Yes indeed, we have a new Wino to play the bass, Mr Andrew Gibbons. We gave him a go at the Furzedown Festival in June and he came through with the proverbial colours flying all over the place. So next we have our 16th Club Wino, which will be back at the Underbelly in Hoxton on Friday 11th October.

We’ll be joined by No Coward Soul, Garden Room and a solo former Wino, Jon Heal. Flyers and stuff will be along shortly.

Stay tuned for more rock ‘n’ roll,


The End Of An Era

Well folks, we had a fine send off for Jon the Bass at the Underbelly in Hoxton. Jon has played sublime bass with us since we started as Cardinal Wino way back in 2005. It’ll be no easy task finding someone able to fill his rock ‘n’ roll shoes.

However, you can still find him doing his low end thing all over our latest release, The World Alone. A mini album full of all sorts of lovely stuff.

Up there is what it looks like.

It’s got 7 tracks on it and it was recorded at Soup Studios, a groovy converted lightship on the Thames. It’ll be available on iTunes and Amazon and all that in just a few days and you can get an actual physical copy you can hold on to if you catch us at a gig.

Stay tuned for more rock ‘n’roll


April Skies


Club Wino is back and in the words of Patti Smith
Come be our April Fool
Come we’ll beak all the rules

We’re returning to one of our favourite venues:  Zigfrid von Underbelly in Hoxton Square on Saturday 13th April 
Doors 7.30pm

It’s not just any old night for your hosts – oh no,
Neil Gowans & The Winos will be launching their brand new 7 song EP ( or is that a mini album?), The World Alone and will be playing most, if not all, the tracks from the marvellous thing.

Not only that, we shall be celebrating a significant birthday of James on guitar.
And that’s not all. The gig will be the final appearance for Jon the bass who we are very sad to be losing. We are determined he will leave with the fondest memories of rocking like a very rocking thing indeed.

We will be joined on the night by our good friends The Tupelos with their inspired mix of power pop, US college rock and all kinds of Americana

So come on down Hoxton way for a marvellous night of exquisite entertainment and for only £7. A bargain. 

Stay tuned for more rock ‘n’ roll, 


Friday on my mind

Club Wino XIV is tomorrow night – Oct 12th at Zigfrid von Underbelly. It will be fab. Details below.

Stay tuned for more rock ‘n’ roll 


Club Wino XIV


Club Wino is back and in the words of Conway Twitty: 

 Nice to see you, it’s been a long time,  You’re just as lovely as you used to be 

 We return to a favourite venue: 

 Zigfrid von Underbelly in Hoxton Square on Friday 12th October.  

Doors 7.30pm 

 Your hosts, Neil Gowans and The Winos, with our particular brand of countrified power pop ‘n’ roll, will be joined by some very special guests. 

 We’re simply thrilled to welcome The Len Price 3a thunderously tuneful garage pop band from the Medway Delta. Think mod pop punky rock ‘n’ roll. 

 Kicking the evening off are The Bakelite Space Programme, the marvellously named rock ‘n’ roll incarnation of Jonnie & Russ, who can rustle up a hell of a din with just the two of them. 

 So come on down Hoxton way for a marvellous night of exquisite entertainment and for only £7. A bargain. 

 Stay tuned for more rock ‘n’ roll,