Mad Dog Mcrea

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Mad Dog Mcrea
Mad Dog Mcrea On Stage
Mad Dog Mcrea live at The Wharf in Tavistock.
Background information
OriginPlymouth, England
GenresFolk Rock, Celtic, Gypsy Jazz
LabelsGod Dam Records
Associated actsSeth Lakeman, Cosmo Jarvis, Sheelanagig
Websitemaddogmcrea.co.uk
Members
  • Michael Mathieson
  • Dan Crimp
  • Dave Podmore
  • Nicky Powell
  • Jimi Galvin
  • Alex Beal
Past members
  • Olivia Dunn
  • Graham Anderson
  • Damien Scarr
  • Aaron Catlow
  • Pete Chart
  • Ru Hewitt
  • Duncan Hind
  • Misha Law
  • Katie De Grace
  • Stuart Wyatt
  • Terry Williams
  • John Austin
  • Chrissie Moss
  • Simon Mitchinson
  • Dave Whatmore
  • Pete Healy

Mad Dog Mcrea are a British folk band from Plymouth, Devon, their music blends a mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz and bluegrass.

In 2011 Mad Dog released their album The Whirling Dervish, and this won the band Best Album of the Year at the South West Music Awards 2011.[1][2]

BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding heard the band sometime in 2011 and got in touch with Mad Dog to ask them to send over CDs, since then he has played them several times on the BBC.[3] He is quoted as saying "one of the most exciting discoveries of 2011" notwithstanding the fact that the band have three albums under their belt and many years of performance behind them.

The band are mates of Seth Lakeman and entertained fellow musicians, friends and guests at his wedding celebrations in 2012[4]

In addition to their usual local and national gigs, the official Mad Dog 'Happy Bus' tour of the UK took place in November 2012 and featured friend Cosmo Jarvis in support (who penned Waiting on the Hill from The Whirling Dervish).[5]

One career highlight for the band was performing The Rocky Road to Dublin with Mick Jagger on tambourine at a charity garden party for The Prince's Trust [6]

Discography[edit]

Year Album Title Track Listing
2002 Away with the Fairies
  • Released: 2002
  • Formats: CD
  1. Curly Wurly Jig
  2. Raggle Taggle Gypsy
  3. Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time
  4. Turning Away
  5. O Keefe’s Slide
  6. Black Fly
  7. Devil Went Down to Georgia
  8. The Bear Necessities
  9. Rocky Road To Dublin
  10. Hava Na Gila
2006 Sophisticated Hat Manoeuvres
  1. Country Boy
  2. Am I Drinking Enough
  3. The Jolly Beggarman
  4. Gagged & Bound
  5. The Butterfly
  6. Back In The Nick O Time
  7. Coolie’s Reel
  8. Dribble On The Pillow
  9. Whiskey Moon
  10. The Happy Bus
2011 The Whirling Dervish
  • Released: 31 May 2013 [8]
  • Label: God Dam Records
  • Formats: CD, download
  1. Climb A Hill
  2. Stupid Things
  3. Devil’s Cauldron
  4. Rose in the Heather/Hanley’s Tweed
  5. Man Was A Hero
  6. Bold Belinda
  7. Waiting On The Hill
  8. Duck Street
  9. Bee’s Wing
  10. Sharav
  11. Tempus Fugit
  12. The Which
2014 Alive EP
  • Released: 10 March 2014 [9]
  • Label: God Dam Records
  • Formats: CD, download
  1. A Longer Road
  2. Black Fly
  3. Pikey Killed My Goldfish
  4. Am I Drinking Enough?
  5. The Happy Bus
2015 Almost Home
  • Released: 15 March 2015 [10]
  • Label: God Dam Records
  • Formats: CD, download
  1. Almost Home
  2. Talking Through The Walls
  3. I've Seen Things
  4. You Can't Find Me
  5. Cher
  6. The Sound
  7. The Devonside
  8. Heart Of Stone
  9. Mad Dog Coll
  10. Whiskey Man
  11. The Juggler

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wurzels confirmed for Watchet Live festival (From Somerset County Gazette)". somersetcountygazette.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ "legacygloucestershireecho.co.uk". thisisgloucestershire.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  3. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - Mike Harding, With Nuala Kennedy". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Star Seth's wedding 'like a mini festival' | Plymouth Herald". thisisplymouth.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  5. ^ "The Happy Bus Tour – Autumn 2012 – Mad Dog Mcrea". maddogmcrea.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Mad Dog Mcrea bring jiggery folkery back to their old stomping ground | Western Morning News". westernmorningnews.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  7. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sophisticated-hat-manoeuvres/id443021302 Sophisticated Hat Manoeuvres on iTunes
  8. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-whirling-dervish/id443082443 The Whirling Dervish on iTunes
  9. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/alive-ep/id839214169 Alive EP on iTunes
  10. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/almost-home/id971713157 Almost Home on iTunes

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