Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
It was at Glastonbury in 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their ‘Happy Bus’ video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and others………. Matched with the unshakable dedication of their massive and loyal to the hilt, fan base – that Mad Dog Mcrea began to become more than just a very popular, West Country festival act; – whilst obviously killing it live – Mad Dog Mcrea, determined that their fans and media alike – should see them as serious and acclaimed recording artists too.
Mad Dog’s new album ALMOST HOME, produced by Sean Lakeman, is an album fuelled with the all the essential Mad Dog energy and antics that the band have become known for – Dave Podmore writes engagingly about Mad Dog stuff – as one might expect, all night drives, police car chases – Folk musicians, in particular have been playing tribute to the hero’s of WW1 of late – MDM are no exception, offering up their bone chilling song – “You Can’t Find Me”. “The Sound” written by Seth Lakeman includes beautiful guest vocals from Suzie Mac.
In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea. are, in every sense of the word, a live, band – ALMOST HOME – in-capsulates that – and so much more.
The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!
NOBLE JACKS are a rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy and whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together with a mixture of upbeat folky footstompin' rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines.
With a relentless gig schedule, Noble Jacks are booked up largely by word of mouth and perform a diversity of gigs with their lively set lending itself well to lively bars, clubs and festivals. Noble Jacks play regular gigs in Brighton at venues such as Molly Malones and The Fiddlers Elbow , plus in 2016 have hit the summer festival circuit hard with shows at Local & Live, Paddle Round the Pier, Beautiful Days, Chidfest, Chagstock, Broadstairs Folk Week and Bestival to name a few!
“The organic and vivid ballads Noble Jacks displayed on stage reflected a timeless sound that you can forever drink to with your lads.”– LIVAMP
“The Latest Music Bar was packed for the launch of the band’s EP Gun Hill … (Noble Jacks) had the whole of the audience on their feet and dancing!” ARGUS
"Smashing it on the live circuit recently these boys deliver a hectic rum fuelled blend of klezma punk, shanty, rock n roll and more - the sound of the iron curtain resampled through heavy amphetamine abuse."