Ferocious Dog have been described as England’s best folk-punk band, they tour relentlessly and most of their gigs are sold out.
During 2017 the band played slots at some of the UK’s and European favourite festivals, headlining a few of them along the way. They were on fire, playing to some of the largest audiences of their career including the famous Colours of Ostrava festival in the Czech Republic. They ended the year heading back to Europe to play in Spain, Belgium and Holland.
Ferocious Dog are a full-on six-piece band that encompass 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.
2017 saw the release of their latest studio album “Red”, which has been received with rave reviews.
• “5/5 Beguiling…Their most mature offering to date.” RnR Magazine
• “9/10 Earning a reputation as the UK’s most exciting Folk Punk band for good reason” – Vive Le Rock
• “Red is what you might expect: Populist, Richly veined and rarely done – one to sink your teeth into and howl.” Nick Burbridge
• “This is serious social commentary with superb tunes and Dan Booth's sublime violin takes the listener on a rollercoaster of emotion” W.D Emsley.
• “Ferocious Dog are a very socially conscious band and their music and lyrics are designed not only to make you smile and sing along but also to make you feel something. They are for people who like their music with a message and hopefully with other bands like them they can lead a social revolution that will make our world a little better”. Folk-Metal.NL.
With Social Consciousness in mind, it is becoming public knowledge that at each gig, the band organize a Charity Food Drop for the homeless, liaising with the local Food Banks in the areas they play. Punters bring, nonperishable food, blankets, toiletries to the shows, and representatives from the food bank arrive to collect the goods, sometimes it amounts to a van full.
The role of the infamous Hell Hounds must not be underestimated - an ever-growing legion of fans who follow the band up and down the country. They form Totem poles of people, in the mosh pit. They bring energy and passion to the gig whilst always welcoming the less initiated members of the crowd to join in and swell their ranks – everyone has a ball.
The show will be opened by Jake Martin- find out more about Jake’s music here https://jakemartinmuzic.com/home