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Acoustic Gig - Thursday 24th November


Further information - we will be playing an acoustic set at this event at around 9.50pm for 30 mins or more.  Please come along, have a beer and enjoy the various performances.  

The organiser has provided the following info - 

Highams Park Live is back on Thursday 24thNovember upstairs at The County Arms 7pm – 11pm.

Highams Park Live presents an acousticevening of live performance with an eclectic programme of local songwriters,poets and storytellers. Performers are booked in advance - please drop a lineif you’re interested in performing at any future events. For more informationcheck out

We’re set for another fantastic eveningon the 24th Nov so really hope to see you there! The room willbe set to go by 7pm and we’ll kick off 7.30ish. The event is free and if youwant to be part of the audience then please come along on the night and beinspired by the creative atmosphere! 

Welcome To The Workhouse
A brief introduction is probably in order……

Who we iz

“The Workhouse” is currently Stewart Allen and Phil Crombie with much appreciated backing vocals from Esther Burns. In addition The Workhouse enjoys input from mentor/producer Gwyn Mathias.

We are a band that has had a wheel turning, in one way or another, under this name since 1987.

What we duz

We write, record, engineer, and perform all our own original material.

Over the years our music has had various tags attached to it; AOR, Heavy rock, Dance, Folk, Country even Electro. To be honest we are probably all of these and more. We have never adopted a set style with the songs we create. Our intention has always been to go in whatever direction the song we are writing at the time wants to lead us. The main aim is to have an end result that is honest, good music that may leave the listener with something. (Scabies / a dose ?) No, whether it be a parting emotion of happiness, anger, melancholy or even a complete hatred of what we do. We aspire to provoke something.

What we do is difficult to pigeon hole or be identified as a certain genre and that has probably worked against us commercially but, to try and market us as one thing is not what we are about.

We are not currently set up as a live group but that may change!

Stewart and Phil record and create their original material in their own little studio “The Home Breaker Recording Company”.

We can offer services including creation of music for other bands and artists, TV, film and radio as well as negotiating the use of or possible purchase of our Workhouse songs (Current and back catalogue).



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