Ferocious Dog + Hands off Gretel

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Ferocious Dog + Hands off Gretel

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“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 inbetween.
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

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.
In November 2015, the band sold out Rock City in Nottingham in advance – a historic
moment, the first time in the 35 year history of this auspicious venue an unsigned band
has achieved this feat.
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
“Without doubt Ferocious Dog are one of the best bands on the UK folk punk circuit as
they brought Rock City to life with their stomping, energetic sound. Not only are they one
of the most hardworking bands around, but as their fans will testify, they are also one of
the most approachable”. Nottingham Post. Kevin Cooper