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When: Friday 22 March
Time: 7:30 pm - 1:00 am
Cost: £16.50 - £19
Location: The Event SpaceShare:
Mad Dod Mcrea plus Support Gentlemen of Few
Friday 22nd March
8.00pm – 1.00am
£19 on the door
18’s and over only
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.
“It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” – Mike Harding
“A sound mixed, mashed and finely honed through years of live gigs” – Rock ‘n Reel Magazine
“This is rowdy, heartfelt, room shaking and spirit-stirring music that only the dead can’t enjoy.” – ltdstate.com
“Musical magicians Mad Dog Mcrea are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also quality musicianship and the odd surprise” – Talk Torbay
New Album Almost Home Reviews
“This is music that transcende the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine
“An anarchic mix of styles, fantastic!” – Genevieve Tudor (BBC Radio Shropshire)
“The standout part of this album is the superb balance between vocals and instruments. Every track is perfectly clear and with such a diversity of instruments it is a huge tribute to Lakeman that every word is crystal. It is also a tribute to the distinctive voice of guitarist Michael Mathieson.” – 5 stars – Irish Post
“Mad Dog Mcrea perfectly fuse traditional folk songs with a grittier folk rock sound, tinged with notes of Jazz and Bluegrass. Almost Home reaches new depths – from within their ‘self penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life to traditional tales of gypsies, fairies and pirates’.” – Fatea Records
Support Band – Gentlemen of Few
Gentlemen of Few were formed along the South-East coast of England in 2009, founded by four young musicians who each found a vast pleasure in their ensemble work as students. They shared a broad and varied history of musical experience between them, spanning multitudes of genres, styles and formats, opening up plenty of avenues for them to explore.
Unknowingly, they drew close and familiar with the raucous energy and excitement they unearthed from American Roots, Rock and Bluegrass songs and these they played loud and fast.
2012 saw their first record released as a six-track Extended Programme named “For All We Know” which included some of the boys’ earliest songs
The four-piece, however, were still eager to build and craft music and words that gave them that same, immense pleasure. They never stopped writing and, even as the performances starting getting longer, louder, more frequent and further afield, they started to test their abilities both as instrumentalists and as songsmiths.
Word had spread, far enough that their travels had taken them to almost every county in England including venues such as the Winter Gardens in Margate, the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, the Royal Albert Hall and the Garage in London and festivals like Boomtown Fair, Tiree Music Festival and Secret Garden Party, supporting the likes of Internationally renowned artists such as The Beat, The Blockheads and Hayseed Dixie.
With more and more plans for their future, the Gents would like to invite you to join them on their adventures and share in this very human of things, music.
Mad Dog Mcrea