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Ferocious Dog is a band with a bite
Hard-gigging folk rock band Ferocious Dog is building up a huge following. Playing music with a blue collar message to fans in lively mosh pits, these six English Midlanders have a vibrant stage presence that will get you singing and dancing -- and a strong social conscience to boot. Hear what they have to say when you buy and sell Ferocious Dog tickets at StubHub.
Ferocious Dog has a message to deliver
If you love Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Levellers, then Ferocious Dog is the band of lads for you. Hailing from Warsop, Nottinghamshire, they play folk rock at a breakneck pace onstage. They add a massive Celtic influence in the form of fiddles and pipes, as well as a pinch of reggae, a touch of punk and ska and - as banjo, mandolin, guitar and accordion player John Leonard adds - "a bit of shouting". Up front and drawing the eye is lead vocalist Ken Bonsall. An ex-miner and current tattoo artist, he is an inimitable presence with his Mohican haircut, acoustic guitar and meaty lyrics delivered with total sincerity. Ferocious Dog performs songs with an unapologetically left-wing slant. They reference contemporary politics and events in songs such as "American Dream", highlight historical wrongs in "Gallows Justice", campaign for a better deal for British Armed Forces personnel and hark back to the English Civil War with "Freeborn John". The band also has a social conscience; at a Nottingham gig, the audience was asked to contribute to a local food bank. The songs are catchy, well-crafted, original, crowd-pleasing singalong numbers, and the words are poignant. Get in the mosh pit yourself when you purchase or offload Ferocious Dog tickets at StubHub.
Hard-working hounds on the live show circuit
Ferocious Dog is a band with a burgeoning reputation. Their line-up is completed by Dan Booth, Les "Fruitbat" Carter, John Alexander and Alex Smith. They played to a packed-out Field of Avalon at Glastonbury and toured in support of New Model Army, The Levellers and The Wonder Stuff. They have travelled up and down the UK, headlining tours in Britain and Europe, and are renowned as one of the hardest-working bands on the circuit. Their faithful fans are known as Hell Hounds, named after one of the band's anthemic songs. They even have their own "fighting dogs" tattoo logo, appropriately, as Ken Bonsall is a tattooist. Fans at live shows can expect a warm-hearted, approachable band -- but they can also expect a noisy, stomping show to remember. Ferocious Dog produced five albums from 2013 to 2017, proof that they are here for the long haul. Join the Hell Hound pack when you buy and sell Ferocious Dog tickets at StubHub.
Ferocious Dog honours Lee Bonsall's memory
Lee Bonsall, Ken's son, was a British Army soldier who served in Afghanistan. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he took his own life after leaving the Army. Several of Ferocious Dog's songs commemorate Lee, including "The Glass" and "Lee's Tune." The Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund raises cash for local charities and veterans.
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