Ferocious Dog are a full-on six-piece band that encompass folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. The songs are deeply personal and their fans can really identify with the words.
Dan Booth on fiddle, and John Leonard playing just about everything with strings, bring a huge amount of intricacy to the breakneck pace of their songs. Les Carter (ex Carter USM) on guitar and the rhythm section of Alex Smith and John Alexander hold things together brilliantly, and with Ken Bonsall’s lyrics and sheer likability, you have a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
Ferocious Dog are well known and popular for their high octane live performances. In November 2015, the band sold out Rock City in Nottingham in advance – a historicmoment, the first time in the 35 year history of this auspicious venue an unsigned band has achieved this feat.
The role of the infamous Hell Hounds must not be underestimated – an ever-growing legion of fans who follow the band up and down the country. They form Totem poles of people in the mosh pit. They bring energy and passion to the gig whilst always welcoming the less initiated members of the crowd to join in and swell their ranks – everyone has a ball.