Bolton Live Music Venue.
22 Manor Street, Bolton, BL1 1TU.
01204 388596.

Monday, 26 November 2012

SAT DEC 1st: Hello Buffalo

I know it is always said but you've got trust me on this. Buffalo are playing on Saturday and they are AWESOME. Never heard of em?

Have a bang on these:


Dan Lever has done a short interview with them so you don't need to ask any questions when you meet them on Sat. How nice.

WHO'S YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL (MCR) BANDS AT THE MOMENT? WHO DO YOU RECOMMEND?
Howard : There is a great girl originally from L.A now living in Chorlton called Jesca Hoop, a very interesting song writer indeed both unique and quite poppy.
Dave : Everything Everything.
Joe : Elbow.

WHAT SONG DO YOU WANT PLAYING AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Howard : Ten Years Gone - Led Zeppelin
Joe : Sex Machine - James Brown
Dave : Ready, able - Grizzly Bear

CHRISTMAS DINNER - TURKEY OR GOOSE?
Howard : Turkey
Joe : "I had a curry for Christmas once, that was nice"
Dave : Turkey


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

A decade

 
"Well, its been ten years today. I can't believe its been a decade. Thank you to all the people that have supported the pub. This pub wouldn't be here without you. The people who have put their all into this pub know who they are. It would take me too long to mention them by name. all i can say is THANK YOU!!!!

While working here i've seen strangers become friends, Friends become couples, I've seen couples getting married, start families. Pubs are part of the backbone of England, With out them this country would be so much worse off. keep supporting your local pubs. We owe it to the future generations to keep the traditional pub going.

I've met some amazing people through the years, I hope to continue doing the same for years to come."
                                 - Neil Piper

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Arse Full of Chips - full live set

Direct from the Arse themselves. Live and lairy at Dogstock 2012, the vile bastards brought the house down (metaphorically) on day 1. Here, in all its bad boy glory, is that full set.


Making me look forward to Dogstock 2013!

Ish.


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

INTERVIEW: Wayne Lost Soul

1. How the hell are you?

I AM REALLY GOOD THANKS, LOOKING FOWARD TO VISITING THE DOG AGAIN OF COURSE.

2. It'll be nice to get you back to the Dog again. How's you time out of the country been?

THIS YEAR IN EUROPE HAS BEEN AMAZING, THE SHOWS ARE PULLING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE. GERMANY HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE FOR ME, I HAVE EVEN MANAGED TO RECORD A NEW ALBUM FOR RELEASE NEXT YEAR.

3. Is there anything you miss about dear old blighty?

TO BE HONEST NO , NOT AT THE MOMENT I REALLY FELL OUT OF LOVE WITH THE UK THATS WHY I WENT TO LIVE IN EUROPE..BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE TIME I HAVE BEEN AWAY HAS HEALED SOME WOUNDS. ( OH I MISS THE DOG OF COURSE) 


4. It's been about a year since your final gig with Kings of the Delmar. You still enjoying the solitary life on the road or has the itch to get some band mates returned?

ITS FUNNY I GET SO MANY EMAILS ASKING FOR JUST ONE LAST K.O.T.D TOUR OR RECORD BUT THE TIME IS NOT RIGHT FOR ME YET , BUT LAST WEEK I HEARD ONE OF OUR SONGS BEING PKLAYED IN GERMANY AND IT DID MAKE ME MISS IT...SO NEVER SAY NEVER.


5. Acoustic singer songwriters are popping up here there and everywhere. Is this just something that happens every few years or do you feel this is different - a reaction to something or other.


WELL AS YOU KNOW I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS ALONG TIME NOW AND HAVE NO PLANS TO STOP, BECAUSE I HAVE NO DESIRE TO BE THE NEXT FRANK TURNER WHICH FROM WHERE I STAND IS WHAT EVERY NEW ACOUSTIC SINGER /SONGWRITER SEEMS TO BE AIMING FOR EXCEPT FOR LOUISE DISTRAS WHOS MUSIC I REALLY LIKE AND SHE HAS A GREAT ATTITUDE. BUT ON THE WHOLE I THINK THERE ARE ALOT OF BANDWAGON JUMPERS WHICH IS A SHAME BECAUSE IF THERE WERE MORE TRUE PROTEST SINGERS LIKE ME MAYBE PEOPLE WOULD TAKE MORE NOTICE... BUT WHO AM I TO SAY? AT LEAST IF PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO WRITE SONGS AND NOT BEING X-FACTOR WANNA BE THEN IT CAN ONLY BE A GOOD THING... SORRY FOR THE RANT BUT YOU DID ASK.


Wayne returns to the Dog on Saturday November 17th along with Antibang and The Chymical Wedding Band

Thursday, 4 October 2012

It'll soon be Christmas

Sorry. What a shitty post title.

IT'S FUCKING TRUE THOUGH!

Instead of singling out any one particular gig I've decided to type up a more general post informing you of some of the quality turns we've got coming up the non too distant future.


Ahem. Sorry about that.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 6th

Without further ado. This weekend, after much moaning from a few regular Dog goers, Total Victory return with Martin Battle's new lot The Brogue Kicks in tow.

Opening up the night like some cold handed gynecologist is Neil Jarvis. Neil usually flys solo (performs alone) but I've been warned he'll be rocking up with a full electric experience. Experience? Yes, experience. Below is a small video of his way. Touch play and feel susceptible.


The Brogue Kicks (wrestling reference) are basically a trimmed down Hector. Remember them? No? Well now's a chance to come down an enjoy the energy that these lot force out (like a poo - no not really).

Fancy a taste? An exciting taste? Check this hypermodern video.


Total Victory have been around the block. Like some wiley old slag. But on their block travels they changed the block into a cube. It is their way. So now, after the dust of the shape change has settled, our thoughts turn to less conventional roof raising activities. NOTE: Last Dog performance for a while (unit of time). Be down or be damned.




SATURDAY OCTOBER 13th

Very much so looking forward to hearing/seeing Ryland of GSL fame performing with his new band Paper Town. Northumbrian folk stylings. Warms the heart. Check this out.


Supporting will be much loved Boltonian duo Throwing Pandas. There might be another one of two on the bill and I'll be sure to let you know if this happens. Onward and upward all the way.


Right. I'm off to have my tea. I'll see you soon.



ML



Tuesday, 11 September 2012

458 John Peel shows

What with John Peel day coming up, a bit of home listening to warm your airsholes.




Saturday, 1 September 2012

August 22nd - JEREMIAH’S RETURN

Jeramiah Ferrari’s swift rise isn’t really shocking. 4 good looking talented lads with an ear for a tune, a good choice of cover and a feel good party vibe when playing live – it’d be harder to fuck up.


Me and my mate James caught the end of a very early JF performance at Old Isaacs in our town of Atherton. They were polishing off a set of covers playing to a few of their mates. They were sickeningly young. Me and James sat out back and drunk our tepid ales all grim and sweaty after a gig of our own – we felt old.

Fast forward a few years and I booked em to play the Dog with this vague memory in the back of my mind. They were on with their friends and sparring partners The Lottery Winners. The Dog was busy but not bursting and JF dominated from their first to their last. This paved the way for Dogstock.

Dogstock 2011 was one of the very best and many peoples favourite band was second night headliners Jeramiah Ferrari. Near the end of their set it started to rain but that only seemed to spur the crowd to dance harder. Their return at Dogstock 2012 saw a tougher, feistier set and knocked the crowd off their feet (metaphorical). Also at Dogstock 2012 myself and Neil met the lads newly acquired manager. Eh up. It starts.

Sure enough, one of their last gigs was the MEN arena and they’re just about to embark on a full UK tour. Nice of em to come back then really innit!?

They’re will be support but they aren’t confirmed yet. Hold. Your. Horses.

If you're unfamiliar with em, check out the below video filmed at a council house in Manchester.  

Thursday, 23 August 2012

August Bank Holiday: Hushed Puppies Acoustic Festival (Paws For Kids)

The bank holiday is trundling up to us like a drunk Baboon in Leigh and on it's back it carries a box of both music and joy. No, I'm not drunk. IT'S TRUE.

You know the Dog likes to do its bit for charity when it can. This weekend it no exception. We've tarted up and extended our usual acoustic fest (call it a re-boot if you're that way inclined) and local charity Paws For Kids are lined up to be the worth beneficiaries.




Here's Louise Morris with what to expect

"Our new and improved annual Acoustic Festival bringing you the best in local and out of town unplugged artists and bands, in conjuction with local charity Paws for Kids. Paws for Kids aim to relieve the pressures on families escaping domestic violence by providing a child-centred service to help reduce the long-term effects of witnessing or experiencing domestic violence and temporary fostering of pets belonging to these families.

Games including Sweeties in a Jar, Roll for Jack to win a bottle of Jack Dan


iels, Football Cards, Tombola and a Raffle. Some of the Raffle prizes including a Dr Who fish tank donated from Pets at Home, £25 voucher for Stefs, Teddy donated by Teddybear Workshop and £38 giftset donated by Lush.

Food - Pasty barms from Warburtons and Carrs Pasties.


Outside Bar and above all else wonderful wonderful music.


£3 for the day and £5 for the weekend with half the money going to Paws for Kids." 
Here's a lovely write up from the folks a Talent Pool
August bank holiday is set to be a noisy few days with the number of music events taking place in the local area. One of the more obscure choices is the HUSHED PUPPIES ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL, taking place at The Dog and Partridge (Manor Street, Bolton) and offering “weird and wonderful” acoustic music, from jazz to grime to metal and everything in between over Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August.

Co-organiser, Dan Lever, explained to Talent Pool that “Hushed Puppies has been instigated by Louise Morris of the PAWS FOR KIDS charity. They’re a local charity providing support for families torn apart by domestic violence. When people say that charity should begin at home, this is what they’re thinking of – Paws For Kids provide a vital lifeline for women and children trapped in horrendous situations, right here in Bolton.” The landlord at the venue, Neil Piper, responded to Louise’s request to hold a charity event by organising a two-day festival, featuring a excellent standard of performers from location as far as  Finland, Iraq and Horwich to lend their talents. The venue has a massive reputation for top notch acoustic music of all varieties, and this diversity is well represented in the line-up.

According to Dan, all the acts on the bill are of “top notch” quality. He went on to say “Acoustic performances are terrifying, as any musician will tell you – if you’re used to hiding behind a wall of noise, drums and amps, it feels very strange to be onstage armed only with your voice, your fingers and a piece of wood or two. I think the acts I’m most looking forward to seeing are the acts who are operating the furthest from their comfort zone – drum ‘n bass monsters “The Broken Door” being a prime example.”

Hushed Puppies has a great deal to offer musically, including Finnish blues ace (pictured right – bit of a local legend) Rambling Rob Young agreeing to fly over for the gig, and for something a bit different there is a puppet show taking place on the  Saturday night courtesy of “Puppetual Motion” – probably the UK’s foremost puppeteer, post-Rod Hull, performing at Glastonbury and many other festivals every year.

So if you’re after something a bit different this bank holiday, head down the the Hushed Puppies festival at The Dog and Partridge and support, as Dan puts it, “loads of great music, made by people who live, eat, and breathe for the sole purpose of creating amazing, soul wrenching, foot stomping music. It’s happening all the time, a couple of miles from where you live.”
  
Sounds fantastic doesn't it. Below is the line up with a FB link right at the bottom. It all kicks off on Saturday at 1500hours promt. Looking forward to seeing you there.


FEATURED PERFORMERS

SATURDAY


11.30 - RAMBLING ROB YOUNG - Finnish Delta blues ace


11.00 - BANDERSNATCH - 6 piece folk leviathan


10.30 - JAMES M CARSON - West Coast Americana style songsmith


10.00 - BROKEN DOOR – Improv drum and bass – acoustic?


9.10 - INJUN JOE - Spooky folk


8.40 - THE MIGHTY SWOB - Local four piece


8.10 - OOK AND THE ELEPHANT - Vocally driven melodic stomp


7.55 - PUPPETUAL MOTION - puppet show


7.25 - THROWING PANDAS - male/female harmony songwriting duo


6.55 - KARM - Southport psychedelic 3 piece


6.25 - SECOND HAND WINGS - Folky harmony pop


6.05 - DON McCOLL - growly singer-songwriter


5.35 - UZ3 - Old timey blues and jazz harmony trio


5.05 – TROUBLE feat. DNA - Local grime artists


4.35 - JOE S.A.S. - acoustic punk pop


4.05 - TOBY CAMERON – Breezy boppin’ folk rock



SUNDAY


11.30 - BIGSBY BROTHERS - Jazz trio


11.00 - JOHN SMETHURST - Jazz/prog rock dynamo


10.30 - MOCHACKERS - Sweet ramshackle drinking music


10.00 - KEV BATES - Wizard


9.30 - ELVIS HARDY - Rock monster


9.00 - SARIA - Powerpop


8.30 - BEN AND JAY SHEPERD - Horn wielding men of action in soul mode


8.00 - GEMMA MOONEY - Vocal ukelele artist


7.30 - HAPPY YAKS - Folk band


7.00 - MARTIN TAYLOR - Pianoman extraordinaire


6.30 - MATT LEONARD AND STEVEN HUTCHINSON - Northern punk folk


6.00 - DEAN LANE - Wigan based singer songwriter


5.30 - LYNN COLLIER JELLY and TONY DEVLIN - Folk singer, room stopper, accompanied by top bohran player


5.00 - DAN NICHOLLS - Singer/songwriter, steeped in Dylan.


4.30 - MARGAUX '64 - Acoustic duo


4.00 - DAVID JUBB - Milk Punx frontman, growls and roots music


3.30 MARK REID - Novelty songs, 80s driving music, showtune standards


3.00 GAGE BOOBIER - great name, great voice. Great name.


2.30 VAIN ZARATHUSTRA - A short play written by Mark Reid


FACEBOOK LINK

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Sunday August 19th - The Doublecross, The Minions, Bad Ideas

Gigs are done very very rarely on a Sunday at the Dog.

The acoustic night has rightly held sway for nearly 10 years now.

But, as the acoustic fest (Hushed Puppies 25th/26th) is nearly upon us, we’ve been granted access to a Sunday gig for one week only. Lets make the best of it eh?


Returning with his full band (for only the second time) is Jon Greenwood with The Doublecross. Jon has become a good friend of the Dog over the last few years ever since his performance at Dogstock 2010. The Doublecross, described as “beautiful country tinged indie punk”, released the ‘Things Will Never Change’ album a couple of years back which is well worth a listen. Expect tunes from this as well as a couple of new numbers/suprize covers (if last time is anything to go by).

http://www.facebook.com/thedoublecross


The Minions have slowly, but never quietly, changed from the '9 piece band of fools' days of old. Trimmed down to a “power six piece” the new Minions material showcases a more mature band (just). The big choruses are still intact so bring your singing voices. The Minions look to release their 3rd album later this year – I would envisage new songs to get your ears around.


Bad Ideas are Leeds/ Lincoln roots troubadour Sam Cooks project. They’re really found it's feet since beginning in early 2010. The former Living Daylights frontman has merged folk with his punk routes - the result is a more accessible sound.


badideas.bandcamp.com/

So, three ace bands. On a Sunday of all days. It’s free entry and we’ll start the gig a touch earlier for those who want an early one. And, if the weather gods are on our side, fancy a ‘fresh air’ gig? Why the fuck not.

See you Sunday.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Summer Gig For Amy

This weekend the Dog plays host to a gig raising money for the Amy Leigh Barnes Foundation. It's the first one at our place and we're extreamly proud to host it. I've copied and pasted the information taken from her Facebook page. Please have a read if you are unaware and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


"Amy Leigh Barnes. An amazing bubbly girl, with her whole life ahead of her. Loved to party and live life to the fullest. She loved her friends and family more than anything in the world, they were what matterd to her in life.



As many of you know on the 8th of November 2008 the beautiful Amy life was taken from us. Amy Leigh had her whole life ahead of her and that day will haunt us forever.


To Karyn, John and Andy, and all her family, my heart goes out to you all. As amys friend, I know Amy will be missed by everybody that was blessed to know her.


As many of you know, we have a fouindation in Amy's name.


Lets all put our heads together and make this foundation a huge and successful one. Please leave comments of all your ideas and events you think will help towards the charity.

 
Please email your ideas/events and for more information contact theamyleighbarnesfoundation@hotmail.co.uk


Thankyou xx"




Saturday August 4th

Two Weeks Running
Autumn Ruin
The Crownings 



7pm, DJs til late

Monday, 25 June 2012

TheBrokenDoor presents.....

How good were they on Saturday?

Jaw. Dropping.

A little clip for your perusal to bring a memory or two flooding back:


I'm guessing you all know this isn't the first 'BrokenDoor presents' yeah?

What you didn't?!

Well, being the talented and kind souls they are, you can download the last 3 performances for free!

What a Glorious Feelin'
Pure Imagination
No Place Like Home

Do do do!

 


Biblical proportions

Many apologies for the postponement of Fridays gig. Although we don't have any pics of it, look at these shots below and imagine them in the cellar!

Looking to reschedule Dave's retirement do for mid July. I'll keep you posted.