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April 29, 2018
“Rip roaring rockabilly and skiffle – the Dodge Brothers new album seems set to propel them to the forefront of the current British Americana and Blues scene!” (R2 Magazine)
Sunday 29th April 2018
The Square Tower
Doors Open 7.15pm. Show Starts 7.45pm.
Tickets £14 each (£16 on the door if not sold out).
Tickets available securely online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/426241
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea, Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea or Harbour Records, High Street, Emsworth. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address. If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
“The Dodge Brothers (one of whom is film critic Mark Kermode) indulge their unhealthy obsessions with booze, transport, homicide and silent cinema in a foot-stomping hybrid of blues, rockabilly, jug-band and skiffle!”
The Dodge Brothers are renowned for playing the hell out of classic Americana. Described as “wonderful stuff” by Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris, they play an exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband and skiffle. Firmly rooted in these traditions The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping from California to Cropredy, from the Mississippi to the New Forest. Their songs feature vocal virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies underpinned by joyous guitars, thumping double bass and rattlin’ snare and washboard.
The Dodge Brothers features Mike Hammond (lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji (rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion). Their music has an authentically American tang – lead guitarist/vocalist Mike Hammond was raised in Alabama and his youthful musical travels took him all over the southern and western USA – but with a strong British perspective from BBC Culture Show presenter and film critic Mark Kermode.
“Wonderful stuff! It sounds fabulous, it really does!” (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2)
Louisa and the Devil is their second album and features songs that render picturesque images of transport, heartbreak and homicide with tales of strong women, bad men and railroads. These fables are set to hard driving rhythms and conjure mythic images of locomotive trains, lonesome souls, love, death and redemption: a siren call to restless spirits.
The band has presented this potent musical brew on BBC2 Culture Show’s ‘busking challenge’ and they regularly feature on Simon Mayo’s Five Live Friday show. They appeared at the Royal Albert Hall at the Concert for Care alongside David Arnold, Paloma Faith and Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. Other appearances include The Roundhouse with Noah and The Whale, The Jazz Café with Rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, sell-out gigs at London’s Borderline, support slots with indie legends The Subways, and shows for huge crowds at The Larmer Tree Festival, Rhythms of the World, Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention. They are often joined by Billy Lunn of the Subways who also makes a guest appearance on Louisa and the Devil.
“It’s skiffle, it’s rock n roll, it’s country, it’s blues – hell it’s the complete endearing sound of a long distance love affair with all things Americana!” (R2 Magazine)
On their recent pilgrimage to Memphis Tennessee they paid homage to the hallowed ground of Sun Studios and laid down the tracks for their third album The Sun Set. Elvis, Furry Lewis, Little Junior Parker and Joe Hill Louis looked down on them as they sought salvation in the neon haze of Memphis music history. Their journey was recorded for posterity on the BBC Radio 2 documentary “Mark Goes to Memphis”.
In 2015, Grammy award winning producer, Steve Levine, called upon the band to record & film tracks that The Quarrymen played to demonstrate how Americana helped to mould them into The Beatles. These were shown as part of Liverpool Music Festival show presented by Janice Long and including Dave McCabe, Chris Difford of Squeeze, The Farm, Ian Prowse & more.
David Holmes (DJ, musician & Hollywood movie composer) invited the band to play when he DJ’d at a post-screening party in October; The Dodge Brothers have supported Jools Holland as well as guesting on his BBC Radio 2 Show.
“These guys play with dust in their Levis and the road their hearts!”
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