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Gipsy Hill Tavern

Bars and pubs Crystal Palace
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Venue name: Gipsy Hill Tavern
Address: 79 Gipsy Hill
SE19 1QH
Transport: Rail: Gipsy Hill
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 went to the Gypsy Hill Tavern last night, lured by the fact that Sydenham Blues Club has decamped there having had to move from the Grape and Grain  due to a change of management. This was the first night at the new venue (gigs will be every Friday) and featured the Dave Briggs Band. Dave, the band leader, singer and guitarist, is a Rock n' Roll and Boogie specialist of a high order, his credits including doing the farewell European tour of Scottie Moore (Elvis Presley's guitarist), and always brings an excellent band with him, so the standard of performance and musicianship on display was very high. The gig was not particularly well attended which was a shame, perhaps because it was organised at short notice and the word has yet to get around, but everyone who took the trouble to be there had a good time with a lot of jiving going on!

As one would expect with any new venture, there were a few teething issues, the primary one being that the band were too loud in the first set and, since the Tavern has lots of hard surfaces, the sound bounced around. A tweaking of the sound for the second set improved matters immensely and the band could be heard at their best.

I understand that Becky, who runs Sydenham Blues Club, in consultation with the pub management is broadening the booking policy and looking for a more diverse spread of acts for the new venue. 

The pub itself is a real Irish boozer, not one of those ersatz imitations cynically created by the pub-cos,  is efficiently staffed, has comfortable seating, a good selection of drinks and a large beer garden with ample benches at which to sit. We will certainly be going back and suspect Friday at the Gypsy Hill Tavern will be a regular must-do on our calendar!

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