Ferocious Dog – Thursday 1st March 2018
The Enemy within Tour 2018
“Ferocious Dog are the new noise on the block – and are surprising everyone with their rapid ascent. There is no way they’re following any hipster templates – fronted by a big burly man with a mohican who sings impassioned political songs of broken Britain whilst his band seethes like a punky Levellers – they are the music business’s worst nightmare – a great band who are going to make it without anyone’s permission”. (John Robb, Louder Than War, Glastonbury, 5th July 2016).
Ferocious Dogs 3rd studio album, The Red Album, is released on November 10th 2017 and is already receiving rave reviews. The Enemy Within tour will feature tunes from this album as well as old favourites from previous releases.
2016 was a defining year for Ferocious Dog. From playing Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury in front of a massive crowd, to sharing the stage with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour in November and December and many sold out shows in-between. Ferocious Dog left the audience under no doubt that they had witnessed a band that has the talent and passion to go on to dominate the folk/punk music scene.
With European and UK tours completed, and slots at some of the UK’s and European favourite festivals, 2017 has been another exciting year so far in the ascent of this exceptional band.
Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. The songs are deeply personal and their fans can really identify with the words. Dan Booth, on fiddle, and John Leonard, playing just about everything with strings, bring a huge amount of intricacy to the breakneck pace of their songs.
Les Carter (ex Carter USM) on guitar and the rhythm section of Alex Smith and John Alexander hold things together brilliantly, and with Ken Bonsall’s lyrics and sheer likability, you have a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Ferocious Dog are well known and popular for their high octane live performances.
Support comes from Nick Parker and Ginger Wildheart.
Glastonbury-based Nick Parker is a mandolin/guitar aficionado who has released two full-length solo albums, 2010’s ‘The King of False Alarms’, 2014’s ‘Angry Pork and the Occasional Bird’ and the latest ‘Besta Venya’ which was released in May 2017. Nick’s songs are often tongue-in-cheek and cheerful, and on the rare occasion when fun IS poked, it is always with a wry smile and an element of satire. Although primarily a solo artist, Nick often plays with his band ‘Nick Parker and the False Alarms’ which is a folky/rocky/country affair.
Ginger Wildheart remains one of the of the UK’s most prolific singer/songwriter/guitarists. Best known through his work with The Wildhearts, Ginger Wildheart has spent the last twenty years writing and recording some of Britain’s best rock music and building a fanatical following.