Warsop folk band have made history

Warsop folk rockers Ferocious Dog have become one of only four Nottingham acts to sell out the city’s Rescue Rooms venue.

Thursday, 20th March 2014, 11:30 am

The other Nottingham acts to have filled the 450-capacity main room are Dog is Dead, Jake Bugg and Saint Raymond.

Dan Booth, the band’s fiddler, said its members felt the achievement on 15th March felt like a turning point and marked a coming of age.

“When we walked out on stage to a filled-out crowd and everyone went crazy we knew it was going to be an amazing night,” he added. “It was special.

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“It was pretty surreal because we nearly filled the Bodega in Nottingham and Rescue Rooms is twice that capacity.

“We are shocked and pleased that we managed to sell out three days before the event.”

Dan said it was nice to be mentioned in the same breath as bands such as Dog is Dead and Jake Bugg and to have achieved what they had achieved.

Dan said Rescue Rooms’ owners were so impressed with the band’s performance they had offered them a gig in the main room of legendary Nottingham venue Rock City next year.

Said Dan: “We have played there supporting The Wonder Stuff but to have our own gig just shows how far we have come in the last year.”

But the band are not just raising Nottinghamshire eyebrows - a well-known Celtic music online magazine said: “Provincial accents, a mohawked coal miner on vocals, fiddles and chainsaws – it doesn’t get much more real then this.

“A fantastic band, album and find.”

Ferocious Dog were started as a three-piece in the late 1980s by Ken Bonsall, Lead Vocals and Guitar, Dan Booth and Ian Wagstaff on Irish Drum. Shortly after the band was joined by Dave Drury, Bass.

Other founding members were Paul Newbury, Drums and Jimmy Carrol.

Their next performance will be Dan’s Birthday Bash at the Black Market, Warsop, on 12th April.