11:13 Friday 24 January 2014

Paul is all set for a riot at the Dog and Partridge

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

A VILLAGE venue has secured a ground-breaking folk-punk band getting rave reviews in the national media.

The Roughneck Riot are a young, six-piece folk-punk band from Warrington and will be appearing at the Dog & Partridge, in Marchington, in their rare, stripped-down acoustic form.

Influenced by traditional folk music from around the world, The Roughneck Riot have been credited with ‘reinventing and reinvigorating folk music to make sense to our lives today’.

Their exuberant second album, This is our Day, released in 2012, has seen them landing airplay on BBC Radio 1.

They have also secured a string of high-profile festival and tour dates across the UK and Europe, including Derbyshire’s Bearded Theory festival.

Rock’n’Reel magazine reviews This is our Day and awarded the original LP five stars out of five.

The review reads: “The Roughneck Riot generate a melodic noise that hits you like a right hook.

“Combining all the right elements – Pogues, Flogging Molly, Levellers, Johnny Cash and The Clash - this is contemporary hardcore folk driven by youth and boundless energy.

“If this lot don’t make you smile then you’re surely deaf or dead.”

Dog and Partridge Paul Needham has said how excited he is to be hosting the band.

He said: “It’s a bit of a coup to get this band to agree to play at the Dog.

“They come courtesy of John Atkin, from Bearded Theory, who has thrown them our way, for which we’re extremely grateful.

“It’s really exciting to get a band of this stature, who are getting a great deal of airplay on Radio 1 at the minute.

“Their acoustic stuff is very much along the lines of the Pogues meets the Levellers.

“And, hopefully, this year will see our connections with the festivals provide us with more acts of a similar, or even higher profile.”

The Dog and Partridge’s Sunday Club has now been running for a year and Paul celebrated the anniversary with a special gig earlier this month.

Then, to celebrate his own 56th birthday, Paul put on a show featuring Chloe, David Lacey and Abandon Her and provided his loyal punters with a buffet.

Roughneck Riot are the latest big name to be attracted to play in and around Uttoxeter.

It was announced last week that reggae legends UB40 will play after a race meet on May17 at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

And X Factor star Matt Cardle has been confirmed to play a slot at the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain, which takes place later this year at the racecourse.

Roughneck riot will perform on Sunday from around 5pm and more information is available by calling 01283 820394.

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