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Mad Dog Mcrea
at Komedia on May 7th

MAD DOG MCREA

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life  – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. We chat to the band's lead singer, Michael Mathieson, about their forthcoming gig at Komedia and you can win tickets to the show.

We are looking forward to you coming to Komedia on the 7th May. For this who have not seen you play live, what can they expect?


We thrive on a high energy, intimate show with lots of audience participation, banter & off course wild dancing ! 

 

Folk music seems to be becoming more and more popular, what would you put that down too?


I think traditional folk music is timeless and will always come and go in popularity and because it’s usually performed with real instruments it somehow fires up some sort of primal instinct and the need to dance and let go !

 

You’re known for your energetic shows, where there is lots of spontaneity and dancing. Is this another appeal that is making folk music more popular. 


Everybody likes a good old dance and to forget themselves sometimes so yes I think that could be the appeal at times. Also everyone likes a story & our songs are riddled with strange tales 

 

Is it right that you’ve now been making music for 20 years together? 


24 years to be exact with many  incarnations member wise but yes the band has been around for a while.  

"Everybody likes a good old dance and to forget themselves sometimes so yes I think that could be the appeal at times."

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So how do you keep things fresh?


We always try to keep coming up with new stuff & keep our messages in the lyrics current whilst at the same time paying homage to old folk music traditions and styles 

 

When it comes to recording in a studio, how do you manage to capture the energy of a live show on record?


Ah that’s very difficult and we have had many problems with that in the past but we have found that playing live and all together in the same room as much as possible whilst recording very helpful with warts and all. Still working hard to master this as it sure is a dark art recreating the energy and vibe of a live gig on record  

You’ve got a lot of shows coming up between now and the summer, including your own Mad Dog Mcrea Weekender. Can you tell us a little about this event and how readers can buy tickets.

Our agent Midnight Mango started this weekender a few years ago and has gained momentum this last couple of years. I think it works because of the diversity of the wide ranging acts that’s play. It’s a great venue and setting and it’s also not defined by the weather which can be unpredictable as we all know early spring.Tickets can be bought from our website or many outlets online 

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"The bus began to sink in the sand as the ocean quickly engulfed the inside of the bus. Realising our predicament we proceeded to vacate the bus and swim to safety."

Finally, for those who aren’t aware, can you recount the story of your new tour bus, a Donegal beach and the Atlantic tide?

Whilst all under the spell of a local moonshine, returning from a festival in the dead of night on our newly refurbished bus dazed and confused we decided to park our bus off-road on a nearby beach. Parking very close to the water’s edge we partied inside the bus till the little hours blissfully unaware of the rapidly rising Atlantic tide. The bus began to sink in the sand as the ocean quickly engulfed the inside of the bus. Realising our predicament we proceeded to vacate the bus and swim to safety. As the bus disappeared under the Atlantic waves drenched and dazzled we could only look on as our equipment and instruments sunk into the depths of Davy Jones’ locker. 

 

All was lost that night except a vague memory of the incident, the hats on our heads and The Musis 

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two tickets to see Mad Dog Mcrea at Komedia on Sunday 7th May. To enter, click the link below and follow the steps...

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