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

Monday, 16 December 2013

Neil Robert Piper is licensed to sell Ales, Beers, Wines and Spirits to be consumed on these premises

And it is also his birthday do on Saturday Dec 21st!

Neil's birthday nights are the unofficial start of Christmas. In fact certain 2014 calendars have listed it as a red letter day (it reads "Unofficial Start of Christmas - Stop Giving a Fuck").

All we require from you guys is to get down for 8pm, buy the boy a drink (as I hope he won't be manning the bar) and get cracking on the Christmas cheer.

Soundtracking the night will be The Minions and Dan Lever with Dave Lomax. A possible appearence from two noisy Northern Soul fans hasn't been confirmed but do not rule it out :)

Round off a great year at the Dog with the last big night before Christmas - and lets have a bloody sing-a-long!

The Minions - (Please Don't Come Home For) Christmas
December ‘82
I’ve got a picture of you in nude
Outside of the front door
Of the Salvation Army
(Last year) You got out of prison
(Just like) A cock on a mission
(Your bike) Get back on it
(But please) Clean up your vomit

Please don’t come home for Christmas
I wanna be on my own at Christmas
Don’t call my phone at Christmas
Because you’re always a bastard
You’re always having a laugh
You should be having a bath
Give the beer a rest
Because you’re still pissed from Christmas last year

Remember walking miles
Getting drunk on your screw top wine
The people loved you the most
When you climbed up that lamp post
And where the fuck did the year go?
Why am I still in the casino?
Maybe things will pick up by next year

Please don’t come home for Christmas
I wanna be on my own at Christmas
Don’t call my phone at Christmas
Because you’re always a bastard
You’re always having a laugh
You should be having a bath
Give the beer a rest
Because you’re still pissed from Christmas last year

5 gold rings and Golden fucking Earring
Don’t give me radar love!!!!!


Please don’t come home for Christmas
I wanna be on my own at Christmas
Don’t call my phone at Christmas
Because you’re always a bastard
You’re always having a laugh
You should be having a bath
Give the beer a rest

Because you’re still pissed from Christmas last year

Saturday, 14 December 2013


No. Sorry. It's not. I have a cold. My time and dates are all running down my nose.

Push the brown stuff back up your trouser and rejoice, "I STILL HAVE TIME"

Still have time
*to buy gifts!
*to put a tree up
*to come and watch QUALITY music at the Dog



Suburban Sons
Were Buffalo now aren't but are still ace. First return since Dogstock. They play faster in winter as they're colder.

Jamie Brewer
Fan of Jon Gomm and the like? Well STOP! Come and watch J Brewer. All the way from Preston. Such a lovely man and LOOK AT THOSE FINGERS GO.

Danny Liptrott
Boltons own. Had a harmonica blended into his beard to save him from having to buy one of those.....things.
Be proud! Homespun greatness.

More lovey shit from James Holt and Janileigh Cohen.

Only one band on this night. Never heard of 'em. I wouldn't bother. 


Take THAT Christmas!

It's this chaps birthday. And I'll put some more up about this through the week.

Have a belting weekend. Have a pie (mince) and I'll see you soon.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Dec 6th & 7th: Philipinnes Typhoon Relief gig

I’m sure it was in the not too dim and distant past on this very blog that I mentioned we needed to do more – more in the way of doing more for others. When some of us started promoting gigs under the umbrella of the Bolton Music Collective we rather quickly became involved with a plethora of charities and youth projects. Gigs in conjunction with the council raised cash and awareness for the needy (a rancid term) in and around our area and mini, big and completely mad festivals raised hundreds for Tsunami appeal, Derian House and the Sophie Lancaster campaign.

After a while all this stopped and it was noted, especially when myself and Neil get together, that when we do put on the odd charity gig/evening people are humbling in their support for it. However, it tends to take a tragedy of some description to kick start us into this process. Better than nothing I suppose but it’d be nice if, in future, we’d do something before we have to do something.

With that in mind – we HAVE to do something.

Most of us have been aware of the damage Typhoon Haiyan has caused the islands of the Philippines. News coverage has shown us the damage and reports have thrown horrific numbers at the scale of the human loss. The Pilipino government are facing a logistical challenge that ranks alongside the efforts of governments, charities and volunteers faced after the tsunami in 2004.

What are we doing? We are hastily organising a two day festival (of course) in the hope that we can raise a sum we’d feel proud of sending to Red Cross. It’s not much but I suppose it’s what we’re good at.

So keep the 6th and 7th December free, if you can, and let’s take in some great music whilst doing some good. Deal?


2040-2110 Mr Fist 
2120-2150 Kevin Bates 
2200-2230 Kade 
2250-2310 Static Bizarre and the No. 7 
2330-0000 Don Blake 

1550-1620 Neurosync 
1640-1710 Sky Valley Mistress
1730-1800 Brenda Cockle
1820-1850 Goldilocks
1920-1950 Dan Lever 
2010-2040 Limbs
2100-2130 Bone Idols
2150-2220 Ook and the Elephant
2240-2310 Blackjack Casino
2330-0000 Duke01 & Furious P

Friday, 15 November 2013

DogPod #3 : November 2013


Have a listen. Enjoy the tunes. Be informed.

UP TO 11 - Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th November

Anniversary’s happen every year!

I know, I know – get your breath back.


So after last year’s 10th anniversary blow out, guess what, we’re doing something for the 11th this year!

Vaguely thrown under a Spinal Tap theme – Up to 11 – the 21st Nov (Thursday) kicks off 4 days of fun on behalf and for Neil and Terry. You wanna know more about ‘em taking over the Dog when and why? Read last year’s blog.  

THURSDAY 21ST: A showing of ‘This is Spinal Tap’ (2030) – popcorn, cocktails, tables (not many so get down early) all in Dobly.

FRIDAY 22nd: Leaf, Bone Idols and Goy BoyMcIllroy

SATURDAY 23rd: Neuron No are the Village Green Preservation Society, Death Masks

SUNDAY 24th: The Dogs 11th Sunday – acoustic awesomeness ‘till LATE.

It’s going to be an ace few days. Don’t miss out. Come and raise a glass (and buy ‘em a drink) to Neil and Terry.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

ReIntroducing the Dogan d'Partridge's Mixcloud

One might have noticed that our Mixcloud is up and running once again, currently holding the informative and entertaining DogPod's.

Please have a gander as the next few weeks are going to see many new additions including:

*Full sets from bands from Dogstock/Gigs
*Archive shows from the past (Kjimn and Elvis show, Saturday Supliment, SGG broadcasts)
*Neuvou and exclusive mixes from our quality DJs

Exciting times eh? Quality pre night out listening EH!?



Monday, 14 October 2013

THE MIGHTY VIPERS LIVE! + 2004 flashback

That’s supposed to read live as in the antonym of dead.

I suppose it’d be more pressing to read it as live as in ‘live music’.

Anyway, enough of this. It’s too early to be kicking about lexis and splitting homonym’s.

I’ve never seen the Mighty Vipers before. I played (along with the rest of the Minions) with their previous incarnation, Catch-It Kebabs and booked ‘em off the strength of that. Why? We’ll the Kebabs were one of the tightest most talented ska bands around with a fiery live show and tunes with some killer hooks. 
I first remember playing with them at easter in Liverpool (Bar Hannah’s) around and about 2004. It was fucking hot and Hannah’s at that time had two mirrored walls. The sun’s rays and the heat was slowly baking us all. We played well, steady but well and then the Kebabs tore it up and showed us how it was done. 
They signed to Do the Dog and toured the country going out into all weird and wonderful directions that Ska bands used to do  (Yeovil!?). The ska-punk scene really does peak once every ten years or so, inbetween times band either plunder on playing to ever decreasing crowds or drop the ska bit, lose the brass section and become a rock band. Ahem. 

Taking all this into account when I delved into the world of the Mighty Vipers I was hit by a rush I’d not felt since those heady days of 2004/2005. The immediate, exciting, furious sound still exists but it’s more knowing and less eager to please. There’s other rhythms in there two – there’s a calypso feel  to sections and songs – party music from all over the world. 
So this isn’t just a bit of nostalgia for me (although it did lead me to dig out all the albums I was listening to around that era) it’s a genuine excitement for a band that I’m glad that still do it for me and a band that have still so gloriously ‘got it’.  

Long long long may it last. 

Playing with the Vipers are a true local favourite and one of the best guitar bands in the north, Don Blake. 
Roll up, roll up.

Free in.


Brenda Cockle's Quiz

What do you mean "What?"

You've never been and sampled one of Brenda's bespoke quizes?

Silly silly imaginary person!

The third one is tomorrow, TUESDAY OCTOBER 15TH (turn up early doors - about 8pm would be early enough - if you can, the first two were 'sell outs')

Will there be questions, and paper on which to write answers to those questions?

Will there be a brutal music round featuring several of the most dire records of the early 1990s?

Will there be an Art Attack Challenge?

Will there be 'interesting' spot prizes to reward winners and losers alike?

Will there be a jackpot prize of upwards of THIRTY GREAT BRITISH POUNDS?

Will there be biscuits?

Most importantly - will YOU be there?


October 19th & 20th: A Gig For Chris

Right. This weekend IS going to be brilliant. It has been hard to sort out but we’ve put together (at relatively short notice) a gig that is of real quality and that is a testament to Chris.

The thinking was to book bands that he’d either been in or recorded. A massive list.

We decided the date should be around his birthday (a date he shares with me and something we always tried to make special every year).

Unfortunately, straight away, this date was inaccessible to some performers who, I and they, wish were there but by this point it was too late to change date. So here’s some honourable mentions.....

Glaring omissions are Charlie Tiefenauer, who album is amongst some of the last recordings Chris had made. I’ve promised Charlie we’ll get him down at a time when he isn’t in a different country. 

Andrea Glass is another person who can’t make it. Chris spent a great couple of years (along with Andy Dawson) in Andreas band and anyone who saw ‘em around this time will remember how beautiful some of their performances were. Again I’m personally going to make sure Andrea will be back at some point in the new year. 

Old HousePlayground, or ‘the Greeks’ as we affectionately refer to ‘em, are currently in the process of being courted by record labels in London. Considering Chris did so much to push ‘em – booking gigs, recording that brilliant debut album (on tape) – it’s quite apt they’re missing out on this weekend due to them being in London pushing for bigger and better things. 

There was more, we could’ve done three full days to be fair, but I couldn’t be happier with who we’ve got.


Blackjack Casino had their debut EP recorded by Chris at LoFi studios – one of the last recordings at the legendary place. They'll be first up at 2030.

We needed to give some of the Chris Evans Collective songs and airing. So we’ve been listed as Chris Evans Collective and Friends. I’ll be singing the ones I used to and we got mate us to fill in Chris’s vocals. It’s gonna be a blast and we hope we can all you singing along too!

It’s a REAL boon to get Islands Lost At Sea to play. I know that Chris looked upon their first album with pride and it really was a superb piece of work (even though they cut the track with me singing on – bastards). This is their first full gig in ages (5 years) and it’s gonna be a real year highlight to see em take the stage again after all this time.

Total Victory close the night. Earlier this year Chris and I were in talks to take out a triple header of a gig – TV, CEC and the Minions. He never got the chance to record TV but always wanted to perform some “Hannett magic” on ‘em. It’s a shame he didn’t as I’m sure it would have been something else.

We’ve got Liam Maloney (Black Forest Ghetto), Si Sharp (Badvibes) and hopefully Alan Martindale (Chris’ old Hawthorns DJ partner) spinning the tunes after the gig and we’re using THE FULL licence. That’s 4am close to me and you.


Good job we’re starting a 6pm really isn’t it. And that it’s gonna be a full day of soothing acoustic music. Well I can’t guarantee it’ll all be soothing but you get this gist. Very very happy to note that we’ve got Sam Haine of the Blood Flames playing – I think Chris recorded the Blood Flames in a kitchen (!) – and Nick Jackson, a good friend and long-time collaborator of Chris’s, will be coming down to play too. It really is quality and a fitting day to end an awesome celebration.

1800-1820 Don McColl
1830-1850 Kris Weatherall
1900-1920 Emily Cooke
1930-1950 Star
2000-2020 Sam Haine
2030-2050 Dean Lane
2100-2120 Nick Jackson
2130-2150 Russ Dunn
2200-2220 Dan Lever
2230-2250 Danny Liptrott
2300-2320 Elvis Hardy
2330-0000 Kev Bates
Bring a full wallet as we’ll be selling a load of the old Chris Evans albums with ALL the money going to Amnesty International.

Beers, cheers, great music and mates.

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.


Saturday, 12 October 2013

DogPod #2 - October 2013: Chris Evans Special

A few memories and plenty of tunes by and about the boy. A Gig for Chris is just starting to come into view.

Along with this you've got the Dog List keeping you informed about what's coming in the next month or so.

Have a listen, have a dance and stay informed.

Everyone's a winner.

Click the link below.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013


It’s been a good few weeks.
Busy but good.

I’ll be honest, I forgot about last weeks gig.

I know, it’s terrible. I should be shot. Or made to go and have a drink around Westhoughton.

Chris (Capt. Hotknives) text me last Friday explaining he was thinking of pulling the gig after coming down with some sort of virus. All at the same time I got the warm rush of joy that comes when you remember you’ve booked Hotknives mixed with the cold stabbing pain of someone letting you down (it could have been wind though).

Fortunatly the Bratford superstar is made of sterner stuff. He tunred up and he played a fucking blinder. Hats off sir! 

[moan]This mini oversight really should make me refocus but to be honest it’s been very difficult. Anniversary celebration to be organised, Chris gig to iron out, French tour coming up, fitting in multiple rehearsals and extra hours at work have led me to do what we all need to do every now and then. Phone off, laptop off and stay in bed.[/moan] 

However, I heard the creaking of this gig from under the covers. It’s fucking huge. 


 A many of you know we live on a tight budget here at the Dog. We vary raley get chance to splash the cash but I’ll be honest, we’ve pulled out all stops with this double headliner special.


A lot of you already know Duke from his Dogstock appearances and his barnstorming gig last month. Ever since he first came to see us he’s been dying to vist with his metal band in tow.

Def Goldblum are Duke and the band Cleaverhook. They got together for the sole purpose of rocking out some Public Enemy covers and having a jam or two. And as these things do, they’re still at it.


These four almost feel omnipresent. Taking great strides in the last two years – winning every battle of the bands, starred in a cinema released documentary and played at the MEN – nothing pleases us more than little old us bringing them back down to earth by getting them to come warm our ears once more.

Bless em.

Support for all this comes from local new boys Renegade and Retrospect. Come down and show em some love.
Free in (I know, I know)

DJs til Sunday.

Great beers, more whiskey, happy days.


p.s. New Dogpod at the end of the week. You lucky bastards.

Monday, 9 September 2013

DogPod #1: September 2013

DogPod #1 is go! Have a listen and stay up to date with the happenings in and around our place.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

FORWARDPLANNING: A Gig for Chris (Oct 19th/20th)

The closest weekend to mine and Chris’ birthday is the 19th and 20th October.
It’s about time we had a celebration. Two days, one electric – one acoustic.

Day one will include some of the plethora of bands Chris recorded and performances people he’s worked with.

Day two will be an acoustic free for all, a big sing along and a mammoth drink up.

A time to remember, a time to share stories and a time to "bask in the glory".
Just one more thing......

We NEED your pictures of Chris. Pictures of him and you (or whoever) out and about, band pictures, promo pictures – anything really.
Email them to: (cut off is the beginning of October)
Line up will be announced soon. I look forward to your attendance.

Saturday September 7th: Third Thumb, Boddickers, Riggots

Excitement abounds! Third Thumb were first flagged up by the Total Victory lot after they gigged with them in Chorley. "Interesting two piece. Really good use of effects. Finally. The only bad this was the guitarist moustache." High praise indeed.

“Using 2 drum kits, a multitude of loops, guitars, basses, keyboards, samplers and the odd vocal noise, their hypnotic live performances fuse gymnastic multitasking, mathy rhythms, heavy dynamics, improvisation and wonky electronica” 

We wait to judge the moustache.

Joining TT are Boddickers.

"Boddickers are a three piece from Manchester but they sound like they come from space."

I geninely feel I can't add any more than that. I implore you to check out their EP - click here

Riggots run side by side with the equally awesome Brogue Kicks. Martin Battle and Rob Fairhurst really kick up a storm. A fearsome two-piece -

It's all free. DJs spinning the tunes after the bands until the next day.

You now have something to look forward to this weekend.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

D O G . G O D


So, in the words of the great faithless, i say unto you,

This. This place, This Dog, This disgrace

This, is my church.

This, is where I heal my hurts.

This is where without control, my soul dances.

Where the stones beat with hot, release their own trances

This is a time to let space shape the movements of a shoal,

A group goal

No competition

Nothing to own

No where to go

This is the last hole

The last chance saloon

The last unturned stone.

This is where my body twitches in the rain

Where the bum shakes and the belly rumbles with thunder,

Begowned without time in naked shamelessness.

This is where there is no trouble.

This is for dancing and dancing and dancing.

This is where the DJ plays

The sky is the limit and souls are saved

This is where we confess

Life is shit

And we seek recompense at the bar, without defences.

This is where our make up runs

And we stumble,

This is where we fall.

This is God's call.

This is where we get up and dance and sing

In this armageddon

This quest for rest eternally relentless

without Faith

THIS is our church.

R.Bond, August 2013
for dwellers of the Dog and Partridge

Friday, 23 August 2013

Bank Holiday Fest Frenzy: Hushed Puppies II

We're so lucky. We really are. We don't have one spectacular festival at the Dog. We have two.

If you've only ever expericenced the delights of Dogstock but have never vetured to a Hushed Puppies weekend make sure you change that this weekend.

Check these vids out from last year:

With suprizes at every twist and turn you'll not know what to expect next. Well you shouldn't because we don't.


2.30 - Papertown
3 - Mochackers
3.30 - (tbc)
4 - Suburban Sons
4.30 - Brandon Webb
5 - UZ3
5.30 - Kris Weatherall
6 - Tom Parkinson and Naomi
6.30 - Dean Lane
7 - Charles Owen
7.30 - Donna Morris
8.00 - James Mason
8.30 - Northern Folklore
9.30 - Bigsby Brothers
10 - Darren Riley
10.30 - Martin Taylor
11 - Martin Taylor Special Guests
11.30 - Elvis Hardy
12 - TVOD


2 - Kevin Bates
2.30 - Dave Lomax
3.00 - The Letmedowns
3.30 - Gage Boobier
4 - Brenda Cockle
4.30 - Tommy Govan
5 - Swob
5.30 - Russ Dunn
6 - DK Nicholls
6.30 - Hannah Spencer
7 - James Holt
7.30 - Alicia Jayne Harrison
8 - Eaves
8.30 - Awad Absin
9 - Ook and the Elephant
9.30 - Danny Liptrott
10 - The Minions
10.30 - Gemma Mooney
11 - Daniel Williamson
11.30 - OCD feat. James Carson
12 - John Smethurst

Thursday, 11 July 2013

CATCHUP: Merry Hell and friends, Dani's birthday

Long time since the last post eh? 
Well yeah, Dogstock and shit news has kinda knocked the wind out of all of our collective sails.  
In the intervening time, we haven’t stopped.  
We’ve had some amazing gigs from Bone Idols, Flat Stanley, gigs in support of the Wigan Diggers, our first Summer Market, some scorching nights at an outdoor  Dog Sunday and the return of the brilliant Neil Kell 
So, the sun is turning up the heat as we turn up the volume. 
Saturday promises to be an absolute scorcher. And musically it doesn’t get any better than the return of Merry Hell for their third time.   
New album ‘Head Full Of Magic, Shoes Full Of Rain’ tucked under their arms, MH bring as few of their mates to support and introduce to us. Debutants at the Dog come in the shape of Headsticks and Derek Ecclestone 
The bill is completed by one of our all time favourite performers, Injun Joe. Joe has recently gone through a rebranding exercise and now performs under the name of Eaves. Part Buckley, part Drake and part all-of-his-own-doing, Joe doesn’t get over here (he lives exiled in Leeds) as much as we’d like so you are implored to catch him while he’s here.  
Opening the night is our very good friend Russ Duss. The ex-Spanglefish singer plays his first gig in what feels like decades. Come down and give him your best. 
Couple all this with a sunny atmos, cold beer, tepid real ales and wonderful DJs ‘til early Sunday – well, there’s enough there to get your interest peaked 
FREE ENTRY  Merry Hell 2130-2300
Headsticks 2030-2100
Derek Ecclestone 1940-2010
Eaves 1850-1920
Russ Dunn 1800-1830 
We’re a sharing lot here at the Dog. This stretches to our loyal patrons too. They love nothing more than booking a shit hot gig and then inviting EVERYONE. And this is exactly what Dani has done to celebrate her quarter century.    
The following has been directly transcribed from the positive vibes emanating from Dani's eyes:
"Come and watch some bands and spend lots of money at the bar buying me whiskey! ;-)
Would love to see you all xx

Bring friends, everyone is welcome! All the bands are BANGIN'. Don't think me Grandad will come, he can't tell what these young uns are saying over all this loud music.
Straight edge fellows from many places around England. Bringing lovely heavy noise to your ears.

Smashing band from Leeds! Punk rock wizardry. Featuring current drummer of Zapiain, the former drummer of Zapiain and one guy who has never been in Zapiain (Don't think!)

Liverpool based instrumental, big riffy goodness!
See you then x"
There's more but I don't want to overface your brains.
Bit of a Dogstock catchup coming yr way on these pages too.
Stay tooooned