The Whiskey Dogs

“This talented band could have played all night and the audience wouldn’t have tired … I think it’s fair to say that they charmed us.” Manx Independent

The Whiskey Dogs play authentic, good time Americana. Old time mountain music, blues, dust-bowl ballads and jug band hokum are all played in the exhilarating spirit of the 1920s and 30s.

Fronting the trio with his powerful, soulful vocals is Pete Bolton. Pete’s rhythmic and expressively intricate guitar style, along with his driving banjo playing, create a charismatic musical presence that gives the band its distinctive and authentic sound.

Polly Bolton joins Pete on double bass, mandolin and banjo mandolin. A funky and driving bassist and sparkling mandolin player, her fast and furious solos and lively stage presence add a youthful energy to the band’s performances.

Playing a weird and wonderful array of instruments including banjolin, fiddle, mandolin and phono-fiddle is the talented multi-instrumentalist Brian Swinton, whose inimitable presence brings inspired playing and his own particular brand of mischief to the band.

In true string band style, kazoos, whistles and horns add a zany twist to their up-beat performances, lending a driving energy to the music of the period.

The Whiskey Dogs promise you real, sparkling and vivacious Americana, influenced by the legendary Carter Family, Skillet Lickers and Memphis Jug Band, and their irresistible sound can be compared to contemporary bands such as The Old Crow Medicine Show and The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

“The Whiskey Dogs invariably engage a crowd with superb musicianship, excellent choice of material and an easy rapport.”  Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival 

“I really love that band, they’re absolutely superb.” Mike Harding

“My best new band find this season.” Ray Downes, Trad & Now Australia