What a Band The Blacksmiths Arms, St Albans on Sat 31st Mar 12
I caught a superb band at the Blacksmith’s Arms after they were recommended to me by a friend. The pub has a nice vibe which set the mood and right from the start with the Eagles’ “Take it easy” the playing and vocals were top notch and the gig continued with a really diverse set of songs – rock, soul, tamla, modern, rock ‘n’ roll. They also included a great swampy version of “Honky Tonk Women” that everyone sang along to.
I play myself, so I was more than aware of just how good these guys were. There was lots of energy pumping out from them and they played with smiles on faces!
I enjoyed a friendly chat with the guys afterwards to discover they have all been around and played with famous bands/people like ELO, Geno Washington, Chuck Berry, Rik Wakeman etc. One of them even bought ME a beer. Now, that don’t happen often!
I’m going to catch the Dirty Dog Band as often as I can. They should be playing big venues – they are that good! Dominic Bailey Sun 1st Apr
You’d be happy if you paid £25 The Wishing Well, Watford on Fri 4th Jun 10 often watch this band. They change personnel but slot in for each other easily and the change usually means a change in songs too – they have such a long list.
I play piano and I am amazed by their musical skill and they play with the same enthusiasm no matter if there are tens watching or hundreds.
Last night’s highlights for me were Beat It and Purple Rain – both with amazing guitar solos that sent a shiver down my spine – the sheer skill is a joy to watch. If you paid £25 a ticket to see this band it would be value for money.
If you like the songs in their song list go and see this band – you will not be disappointed.
David B Sat 5th Jun 10
Dirty dog cleans up The Mermaid, St Albans
on Sat 18th Apr 09
Dirty Dog Band may look like any other band, with two guitars, bass and drums, amplifiers and speakers, but the difference in sound was staggering. What makes DDB stand out is the quality of the playing and singing, the crisp, well balanced sound, the great choice of up-beat and classic laid-back songs, and the on-stage interaction that sustained a buzz of excitement from the first song to the last.
Starting off on acoustic guitar, rather than electric, lead singer Ray – who wouldn’t have looked out of place in any 70s Californian soft rock outfit – set the pace, and the musical standard for the evening with a few 70s classics before swapping to electric. The two guitars meshed perfectly, with some fine lead work, a rock-steady drummer you could actually listen to, bass playing that was melodic, sparse and perfectly tight.
Ray’s voice was outstanding: he manages to convince you in every number that he’s at the heart of the message in every song, singing in a range of styles that shows real versatility. Vocal harmonies were much appreciated, too!
My favourites of the evening were “Brown Sugar” (one of the best covers I have ever heard of that song), “Bohemian Like You”, “Wishing Well” and “I Hear You Knocking”. There were some great Beatles covers, and during “Easy” (Lionel Richie) an angelic three-piece female choir from somewhere in the pub crowd were heard to contribute gorgeous, soul-melting harmonies.
Having the DDB come and play in our local pub was uplifting, moving and huge fun.
This is an exceptionally good rock covers band! We’re off to The Portland Arms on Saturday to get “bitten” again by the Dogs! Thanks from all at The Mermaid!
Mac MacLaren, Lemonrock Editor, Mon 20th Apr 09
Dirty Dog Band’s Greatest Gig? The Sportsman, Croxley Green on Sun 14th Dec 08
What a great afternoon!
This review should probably renamed Rave Review. The Dirty Dog Band, who The Sportsman know very well, were absolutely outstanding.
Songs included some made famous by David Essex, T-Rex, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stealer’s Wheel, Thin Lizzy and The Eagles.
The pub audience were all bouncing and singing along. They did not need prompting on the “I don’t think so” line. Bet they all come back.
It’s great to see an audience not let the band go at the end. Hope the band enjoyed themselves as much as those of us watching. Murph was “glowing” at the end.
The current lineup for the band seems the best yet, but will the lineup stay the same for 2009?
Well done chaps, and THANK YOU! Ray Glen, Mon 15th Dec 08
[Mon 19th Sep 11]
Caught some of your second set at the Portland Arms on Saturday (on Mac’s recommendation). Superb sound, not too loud but very clear and still powerful. Great musicianship and especially enjoyed the solid drumming and superb lead guitar tone. We had a great time (great pub too). Cheers, Tim & Lu – Tim Gale
[Mon 21st Feb 11]
Went to the Plough and Harrow to celebrate my birthday with some friends and family and didn’t know what the band would be like, but they turned out to be one of the best bands we had seen, playing a cross section of music which had us dancing from the first song to the last and everyone had a brilliant time, all coming away saying what a fantastic band they were. Thanks for helping to make it such a great night. Will certainly be going to watch them again. – Richard Ford