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Band Spotlight – Mad Dog Mcrea

Musical magicians Mad Dog Mcrea are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also quality musicianship and the odd surprise.

They have toured extensively in Ireland, England, Europe, USA and Thailand, growing their large and loyal fanbase wherever they go. More recently, 2009′s whirlwind saw the band regularly sell out live music venues across the South West including The Wharf (Tavistock), The Hippo (Plymouth) and Mama Stones (Exeter). The Dogs rocked a jam-packed Avalon Cafe at Glastonbury, and got A-listers hot and sweaty at a top fashion designer’s 50th birthday party. Festival regulars, they have shaken the likes of Beautiful Days, The Notting Hill Carnival, Volksfest, Dartmouth Festival, Salcombe Festival, Port Eliot Literary Fest and Wattsfest to the core.

2010 is going to be scorching with a wealth of great venues and festival gigs already in the diary. Past albums ‘Away With The Fairies’ and ‘Sophisticated Hat Manoeuvres’ are still in high demand and the next as yet untitled studio album is due for release in 2010, another plethora of anthems capitalising on the wide range of influences within the band’s new line-up.

Jon Atkins reviews Mad Dog Mcrea:

Having previously seen them in part at The Saracens Head in Newton Abbot I was excited by the prospect of experiencing Mad Dog Mcrea in all their glory at Mama Stones in Exeter on Friday 9th April.

After a slow and steady start with much scurrying around on stage by the band, Mad Dog Mcrea finally began their set.  Like moths to a flame the crowd swarmed towards the dance floor and began to dance the night away.  Irish born Michael Mathieson lead the band well, looking very comfortable singing on stage and interacting with the audience.  The rest of the band was made up of Olivia Dunn (fiddle), Dan Crimp (whistle), Damien Scarr (double bass), and Lee Seager (drums) although I feel ’whistle’ underplays Dan Crimp’s part somewhat as he was switching between various types throughout the night, playing each one as perfectly as the last.

During one of the very first songs Michael had to deal with an untimely string snap, which unfortunately meant, after replacing the string, a tune up was needed after most songs had finished there after.  However, they dealt with this well by throwing in a couple of instrumental songs led by Olivia on the fiddle and Dan on the whistle(s), which helped keep the audience dancing for the most part.

I would like to see this band again in a situation where  bad luck is not present so that the set might be a little less disjointed, and their incredible music can be fully appreciated.  Mad Dog Mcrea are a very talented band full of very talented people.

To find out more please go to www.myspace.com/maddogmcrea


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