12 Bar Club
Nearest Underground Station: Tottenham Court Road. Walking down Charing Cross Road from the tube, turn left into Denmark Street. Walk almost to the end, trying not to get distracted by all the guitar shops, and turn left into Denmark Place. A tiny alleyway. You'll find the 12 Bar Club on the left. You can also tube it to Leicester Square, catch a bus to Charing Cross Road or thereabouts, or wander down from Oxford Street.
The 12 Bar may be the spiritual home of flimsy acoustics but it's a giggle to see something really nastily loud there, just on special occasions. Of course most electric bands can't do it, because the stage itself is so small, you can't fit a normal rock band on there. But here's wizard crooning drummist Stuffy»
Denmark St's 12-bar club recalls a bygone era where bushy-eyebrowed Scottish folk singers plucked 12 string guitars and sang with whiskey soaked voices about the deflowering of wenches and the meanness of the English and scowled at the Chelsea booted youngsters outside buying their fancy Hofner electrical guitars. So it's a fitting veenue for All Else Failed to undertake that ultimate test of songwriting prowess; The unplugged gig.»
Feverishly holding my glass of hot water & whisky I huddle into a corner as Ishak gently plucks at his guitar, his distinguished vocals soaring up to those seated in the balcony, his voice tense with passion, with true feeling. These are his first UK acoustic shows, yet while he occupies the stage you sense you’re in the presence of a legend in waiting, a cult hero exuding a simplistic modesty, a carefree aura, his heart beaming through a wide, soft-eyed smile.»
The shy, awkward man on stage, dressed top-to-toe in black, looks little more than the shadow of the man that took to the Royal Festival Hall stage just a few nights earlier...»