In China, 2015 was the Year of the Sheep – but in countless venues and festivals in the UK it was the year of the Dog.
The year that Ferocious Dog snarled their way from the periphery of the festival and gig scene and put themselves firmly in the limelight of the alternative scene.
And you can judge for yourself at Westacre’s Folk in a Field three-day festival early next month.
Ferocious Dog are headlining on Saturday, July 2, just one week after playing at Glastonbury’s Left Field Stage which is under the baton of Billy Bragg.
Folk in a Field organiser Luke Horncastle has no less than 24 acts signed up and tickets are available now from the website.
He said: “The festival will bring together a diverse mix of performers from the acoustic, folk and roots music scene.
“The rural setting of the festival, surrounded by woodland, contributes to a real get-away-from-it-all vibe in which to enjoy some great music, take in interesting craft demonstrations or sample local food.”
It’s the second year for the festival and this time much attention will be on Ferocious Dog who were busy touring the UK last year when festival headline slots littered the summer months – not to mention an appearance on the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury, attracting the third biggest crowd of that area for the weekend.
The climax of their new album tour saw them sell out Rock City in Nottingham.
Creating their own take on traditional Celtic folk, Ferocious Dog takes the traditional instruments such as fiddles, whistles, mandolins and mixes them up with a bit of, raw, buzz saw rock n’ roll attitude. With their aggressive yet feel-good music they tear up venues across the country often bringing their faithful “Hell Hounds” along for the ride.
The singer, Ken Bonsall was a coal miner at Kellingley Colliery and is now a part time fireman and a tattoo artist. He says: “I spent 30 years as a proud miner, socialist and unionist … and my working class roots are something I’m proud of.”
However there was tragedy in 2012 when Ken’s 24-year-old son Lee took his own life having suffered PTSD after serving with 13 Air Assault in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Ken and the band have a charity in Lee’s memory and each gig is dedicated to him.
Also in the band is guitarist is Les Carter of the Unstoppable Sex Machine fame (frequently shortened to Carter USM). He headlined Glastonbury The Pyramid Stage in 1992, when Ken was there in the audience!
There are many familiar names in the Folk in a Field line-up, which opens on Friday, July 1, with Morganway, Addison’s Uncle and Badly Worn Boys.
Saturday’s programme, as well as Ferocious Dog, features The Urban Folk Quartet, Dove and Boweevil, Long Shore Drift, Slightly Offensive Steve, Tilly Dalglish, Jake Morrell, Back Pages, Sophie De Battista, Georgia Shackleton’s Trio, Anto Morra and Tarn.
On stage on Sunday, July 3, will be Daisy’s Cat, Doin Different, Jonas and Jane, Sound Tradition, Willowspin, Chris Pidgeon, The Larks, Andy Wall and Front Porch.
There will also be a ceilidh, an open mic tent, plus a full range of attractions and demonstrations.
For more information and full details on tickets visit www.folkinafield.co.uk