Ferocious Dog

Ferocious Dog

English working class Celtic-Folk-Punk. The Levellers meets Billy Bragg meets The Pogues.

More than a band, they are a family. “To listen to the Ferocious Dog as it snarls and growls at the world is to show responsibility” said a Louder Than War review of their brilliant, recently released and Fake News and Propaganda album, but this is an outfit that shows compassion too.

They’ve been hailed as “a representation of our gut feeling, savage and merciless” and at the same time, called “folk in the grand tradition of it being the peoples sound.”

Ferocious Dog, however are all those things. And that, in a world where the lines of truth are blurred by the rich, powerful and corrupt, is priceless.

“Ferocious dog are a very socially conscious band and their music and lyrics are designed not only to make you smile and sing along but also to make you feel something.” - Folk-Metal.NL.

A band that does drives for foodbanks – not for headlines, but because it was the right thing to do - a band that welcomes Big Issue, Hunt Sabs and conservationists Sea Shepherd to their shows.

No, here the feeling is important. Ferocious Dog is the group where fans were tattooed in the shop belonging to the lead singer, Ken Bonsall, where the violinist and band leader, Dan Booth prints the posters, and Ryan Brooks plays the lead guitar. They can wow a punk festival one minute, a folk festival the next – and fit right in anywhere. With Bonsall, Booth and Brooks combining and Johnny Edwards playing just about everything with strings, and with the rhythm section of Alex Smith and John Alexander bringing the power and energy, you have a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

“9/10 Earning a reputation as the UK’s most exciting Folk Punk band for good reason” – Vive Le Rock.

Ferocious Dog’s new album ‘You?!’ will be released in March 2020 to coincide with the tour. ‘You?!’ is a compilation album of old songs, new songs and remixes. As with all Ferocious Dog music it is politically motivated. The lead track, ‘You?!’, is written in the voice of a Tory Prime Minister Advisor, feeding the PM’s ego, which can be presumed to have tones of 2020! 

It is more than social commentary too. “My politics are my politics,” explains Bonsall and “we’ll sing those songs about what we believe, but whatever side of the political divide you are from, we want you to feel welcome at an FD show.

“We always say you’re never alone at one of our gigs and that is the most important thing to us.”

Those Hell Hounds are their fans. Except, they’re not. They are as much part of the band as the six on stage. And they’ll hit those stages at the dates below. They’ve been reckoned as the “best live band in Britain.” Go and see why.