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In early 1963, Sunday nights at 1 Kew Road were the launchpad for a recently-formed r&b group called The Rolling Stones. These were the early days of the Crawdaddy, a new club started by Giorgio Gomelsky in the basement of the Station Hotel, as the building was then called. According to a report in the Richmond and Twickenham Times, Mick Jagger was still a student at the LSE; Keith Richards was an art student, Brian Jones an architect, and Charlie Watts a designer; Bill Wyman was a “representative”, and on piano was the almost-forgotten Ian Stewart. Gomelsky offered them a weekly residency, and an initial audience of 50 rapidly grew to more than 300. One night The Beatles came to hear them. After that the crowds grew so large that the promoter was forced to relocate the club to the nearby Richmond Athletic Ground. 

In 2021, musicians Peter Jones and Clement Regert decided to set up a new Sunday night jazz club for the post-pandemic era, and in September of that year Off the Rails was born. For the last three years we have also programmed the jazz stage at Twickenham’s annual High Tide music festival . 

Upstairs at One Kew Road is a large, airy space with plenty of seating, plus a good menu, and there are bars and tables both upstairs and downstairs.
Off the Rails presents a wide range of music under the general umbrella of jazz. 
We are particularly keen to feature younger, up-and-coming artists from diverse backgrounds who play their own compositions. Since the club started we have welcomed the Tristan Banks Quartet, Joy Ellis, Bea Asurmendi, Julian Costello, Yolanda Charles, Glebe, Yetii, Poppy Daniels, Brandon Allen, Deschanel Gordon, Rob Luft, Lily Dior, Pyjaen, Gabriele Pribetti, Emily Francis, Maciek Pysz, Sultan Stevenson, Wild Card, Alex Hitchcock, Rosie Frater-Taylor, Binker Golding, Tomasz Bura and Lydian Collective.
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