The Rock City archives: 2015

Ferocious Dog, Rock City Main Hall

  • Saturday 28th November 2015
  • Supported by: Mad Dog Mcrea + Gaz Brookfield + Mad Dog Mcrea + Acoustic Sessions from: The Eskies + Sam Jones + Brad Dear + Paige Seabridge + Elle Knight



Due to huge demand, there will now be an acoustic session with various acts in the Basement from 2:30pm. Doors to the Main Hall open at 18:00.


Here's the schedule for the day!

10 - CURFEW - Club Night follows, all welcome to stay.



DOORS 2.30

Creating their own take on Traditional Celtic folk, Ferocious Dog takes the traditional instruments; fiddles, whistles, mandolins and mixes them up with a bit of, raw, buzz saw rock n' roll attitude.

With their unique, aggressive yet feel-good music they tear up venues across the country often bringing their faithful Hell Hounds along for the ride. For many years Ferocious Dog have appeared at small venues and pubs, until in 2009 where the band were given the opportunity to play at Bearded Theory Festival, they went down a storm, were asked to return the following years and ultimately playing the main stage in 2012 where their popularity grew tenfold. After this opportunity, gig and festival offers from all over the county starting coming in thick and fast, and on the back an eponymous album, Ferocious Dog are playing and headlining festivals across the country. They made history this year by become the only unsigned act to ever sell out the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, not only once but twice.

With a successful 2014 autumn tour including sold-out shows, and with their new guitarist, 2015 is already looking bright, catch this band whilst you can – you will not be disappointed. "As someone who has played with the Levellers, Oysterband and Wonderstuff… Ferocious Dog are carrying on the tradition of folk rock the

way it was meant to be done" – Dan Donnelly

"The bite, here, is as fierce as the bark. But Ferocious Dog makes subtly persuasive sounds, too. In a field full of would-be wolves… They're out for a long run." – Nick Burbridge


‘Ferocious Dog’ - straight from the heart and not for the faint hearted (July 29, 2013) Folk punk says it all. Consider the band’s name’, Ferocious Dog leaves little room for doubt. Then again, there’s a lot to be said for removing ambiguity from the outset. And that’s what you get from Ferocious Dog’s self-titled debut album – nothing ambiguous, nothing diluted, nothing toned down - just pedal-tothe-metal, high-energy folk punk. So what do we have here? Their guitar riffs could tear up the tarmac, bass lines drive nails through steel and withering fiddle breaks slash the air; there’s also haunting melodies and barbed lyrics that add iron and intent to their songs. You’re into it from the start with ‘The Glass’, off into an energetic step with ‘Lee’s Tune’ and rocking out with ‘On The Rocks’. The faintly plaintive opening of ‘Too Late’ gives way to a frantic percussion race and vicious fiddle attack, there’s a similar feel to the powerful ‘Lyla’, while the biting observation of ‘Freeborn John’ proves that nothing changes; well not for ordinary folk anyway. With more machine-gun percussion, searing fiddle and rabid vocals ‘Hell Hounds’ takes no prisoners, while the essence of rebellion oozes through ‘Quiet Paddy’ with a chunk of tough lyrics. These are songs that broadcast worth-hearing, tough messages, listen to ‘Criminal Justice’ juxtaposing simple string-led sections with frenetic liberation or the pointed observation of ‘Blind Leading The Blind’. I’ll refrain from making ‘sounds like’ statements about Ferocious Dog, no doubt many will. You can make your own comparisons. However, among the well-known and not so well-known folk punk genre bands, Ferocious Dog is up there with the best of them. Dedicated to the memory of Lee Bonsall, one of our soldiers haunted by PTSD, this is an album raging against the machine, it’s folk fighting for our rights, a whirlwind of accusation and a blunt refusal to compromise … straight from the heart and not for the faint hearted … and it’s also bloody good fun. Take a chance, be ready to dance, find Ferocious Dog here: Reviewer: Tim Carroll 

"Opening up the Jagermeister Stage we have those mad hounds at FEROCIOUS DOG. One of our most established bands, it’s really hard to think of an act more suited to opening a festival stage because these guys make it look so much fun. Their fast folk literally has people swinging each other by the arms, the Jagermeister Stage is turned into a full-blown Ceilidhe and made all the better for it. Intricate fiddle solos, clever lyrics and sheer showmanship – these guys nailed it." Review by Maddie at Nusic