A FOLK band from Warsop is determined to take the ‘chance of a lifetime’ by bravely jetting to riot-hit Bahrain for a gig.
The six-members of Ferocious Dog are ignoring travel advice from the Foreign Office to fly out to the troubled Middle Eastern country.
Violinist Dan Booth says the band made the decision to honour their gig there out of determination to get their sound to a global audience.
The Foreign Office is currently advising against all but essential travel to the country, as demonstrations against the country’s Government continues.
“We’re going to give it a whirl anyway,” said Dan.
“Only the bassist is a bit nervous about it. Everyone else is up for it.
“People are saying that we’re crazy but the situation’s not the same as Libya.”
The group will fly to Dubai and play a gig on St Patrick’s Day on 17th March before travelling to Bahrain on the 18th.
A friend in the music industry helped the band book the gigs after seeing them wow a crowd of several hundred at Warsop Carnival.
Added Dan (30): “Because people are talking about the gigs a lot now it’s getting exciting.
“But we are aware of what’s happening in Bahrain and what’s happening across the Middle East.
“It’s making us a bit nervous but we’re determined to go.”
The modern folk group will play at Irish music venues in both countries, where they hope audiences will warm to the sounds which have already won over music fans across Mansfield.
In December the group made a breakthrough when they performed with rock legends The Levellers at Warsop’s Black Market.
The group will appear at the venue again tomorrow night as a send-off gig before they take the plunge and fly out to the Middle East.
Dan will be able to keep his family in close touch throughout the trip - his step dad Ken Bonsall is the lead singer and guitarist.
“I think that’s probably going to work out as a good thing,” said Kenny (43).
“At least I’ll be able to keep an eye on him and see what’s going on rather than sit at home worrying.”
Protests in Bahrain are now in a third week as demonstrators demand reform from the ruling royal family.
Several people were killed when the authorities cracked down on protesters last month.
Added Ken: “It’s the chance of a lifetime. There’s that bit of doubt in your mind that it could kick off, but the show must go on.”
The other members of the band, all from Warsop, are Ellis Waring on mandolin, Kyle Peters on electric guitar, Brad Drury on drums and his dad Dave Drury on bass.
The group has just recorded an EP, which can be bought by emailing Dan on firstname.lastname@example.org.