Police Dog Hogan
Police Dog Hogan + Paul Handyside
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, trumpet, mandolin, drums and guitars with four-part harmonies in an exuberant and genre-defying fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. Much-loved Guardian columnist Tim Dowling adds his banjo to the musical mix.
The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2 said a “great night out was guaranteed” at their joyful shows; and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “a really good, fun time”.
Support comes from Paul Handyside
Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, trumpet, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “just a really good, fun time”.
“Police Dog Hogan were good – actually, they were excellent.” The Sunday Times
“One of my bands to watch – great songs, great musicians, and their live shows are really, really good fun.” DJ Johnnie Walker
“Police Dog Hogan – with Bellowhead – were the highlight of the Larmer Tree Festival 2011.” BBC Radio 2
“One of our favourite new bands.” The Telegraph
“An idiosyncratic bunch that pulls pop, Cajun, country and just about anything else into a hotchpotch of 110% entertainment.” Spiralearth,
“A great set…” Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones at Bush Hall, London
“The Big Top tent at Camp Bestival was all about up-and-coming talents and Police Dog Hogan impressed mightily with their blend of bluegrass, Cajun and urban folk.” Songwriting Magazine, 2012
“We love these guys.” Jo Good, BBC Radio London
Paul Handyside was singer songwriter with UK eighties indie darlings Hurrah! with releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records. He also released two albums with alt-country rockers Bronze before going solo in 2006.
His first solo album was Future's Dream released in 2007 followed by Wayward Son in 2013 then Tide, Timber and Grain in 2016.
Now with his fourth solo album Loveless Town, Handyside’s songwriting blends elements of Americana, folk and pop. Songs range from the country flavoured Loveless Town and New Frontier, the Bluegrass Not in my Name, to the British folk influenced Hartley Pit Catastrophe. The Rickenbacker-fuelled Lord, Show Yourself harks back to Handyside’s earlier indie roots, while tracks such as Deepest Love and Light of my Life have a more gentle approach. Handyside is aided and abetted by long time cohorts Dave Porthouse on double bass and melodeon and by Rob Tickell, who also produced the album, on guitar and dobro.