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MAD DOG MCREA
+ special guests
Fri 8 Mar
Sat 9 Mar
+The Billy Shinbone Show
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
It was at Glastonbury in 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their Happy Bus video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and others………. Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and loyal to the hilt, fan base – that Mad Dog Mcrea began to become more than just a very popular, West Country festival act; – whilst obviously killing it live – Mad Dog Mcrea, determined that their fans and media alike – should see them as serious and acclaimed recording artists too.
Mad Dog’s new album ALMOST HOME, produced by Sean Lakeman, is an album fuelled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for – Dave Podmore writes engagingly about Mad Dog stuff – as one might expect, all night drives, police car chases – Folk musicians, in particular have been playing tribute to the hero’s of WW1 of late – MDM are no exception, offering up their bone chilling song – You Can’t Find Me. The Sound written by Seth Lakeman includes beautiful guest vocals from Suzie Mac.
In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – encapsulates that – and so much more.
The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!
Friday 8th March
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond! The band have been relentlessly touring their way round the British folk scene with sold out headline shows, as well as appearing at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and main stage Beautiful Days – to name but a few.
Nick’s songs are often tongue-in-cheek and cheerful, and on the rare occasion when fun IS poked (usually at himself) it is always with a wry smile and an element of satire. Nick has had the pleasure of supporting Frank Turner, Levellers and Ferocious Dog to name a few.
Saturday 9th March
Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. The release of their second album “And Don’t Spare The Horses” on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best emerging artists from Ireland.
The Billy Shinbone Show
The deviant fuzz-folk & disco-blues manglings of Somerset multi-instrumentalist Jesse Budd (aka Billy Shinbone), funneling his twin passions of old country & 60s psychedelia through the rusty plumbing of a DIY musical approach & his love of a twisty lyric.
‘It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me’
‘A sound mixed, mashed and finely honed through years of live gigs’
ROCK N REEL MAGAZING
‘This is rowdy, heartfelt, room shaking and spirit-stirring music that only the dead can’t enjoy.’
‘Musical magicians Mad Dog Mcrea are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also quality musicianship and the odd surprise’