The Dockery Boys
You'll probably never get to see this band live again as they all went on to different projects back in the late 90's. But their last studio album 'Moondog Man', is still available and still in demand. You can listen to clips and purchase it here in our store along with other albums by the band.
The Dockery Boys always delivered the goods live with their highly danceable brand of rootsy, rhythmic rock. By combining solid, guitar driven rhythms with fiddle, mandolin and accordion the Dockery Boys successfully bridged the gap between rock-pop and roots music.
Driving the beat: inspired roots-rock guitar from Richard Farmer, fretless bass from Nick Quarmby (ex Phil Beer) and Martin Fitzgibbon (original Rocky Horror Show) whose air tight drumming charges an act already bursting with solid, infectious rhythm. Add Peter Miln's astounding fiddle and mandolin, Mark Cole's accordion and superb gritty-yet-melodic vocals, and you have what was one of the most popular bands on the circuit.
Comparisons? The Dockery Boys have been likened to Del Amitri, the Levellers, the Eagles, the Pogues and even REM....strong stuff for a five-piece outfit with a pedigree built on playing to enthusiastic crowds at art centres, theatres and clubs across the country.
Numerous festival appearances included headlining the '94 Gloucester Docks Roots Festival and a prestigious slot on the Glastonbury Acoustic Stage where they played a highly acclaimed set alongside Richard Thompson, Albert Lee and Allison Moyet. At Live '95 (a high profile showcase for hot talent) the Dockery Boys fought off nearly five hundred national bands to be voted one of the top ten new acts in the country. There's a VHS video of that performance in a box somewhere... watch this space ;)
Quotes on gigs...
"With over a thousand people waiting expectantly for the Festival's Saturday headline band, anything less than the spiraling, wonderful and wildly danceable set the Dockery Boys played would simply have died a death. They wooed the audience and 'rocked & rootsed' everyone into the beautiful summer's night."
Darren Walter (Gloucester Dock's Roots Festival '94)
"The Dockery Boys are the most exciting rock/roots band in England...DON'T MISS THEM!"
Phil Beer (Show of Hands, the Albion Band)
"Even before the gig, the Dockery Boy's impressed: professional attitude, excellent publicity and easy to deal with. On the night they more than lived up to expectations, delivering a brilliant, energetic and audience-friendly show. I'll certainly be booking them again!" Sarah Pym (Sterts Arts Centre, Cornwall)
"Their high-octane fusion of roots and rock, with a twist of folk, proved irresistible to all, leaving the crowd begging for more long after their set had ended. Book this band - I guarantee you will not be disappointed!!" Richard Aston, Greenpeace Festival organiser
What people are saying about the album 'Moondog Man'...
"...a creative and vibrant fusing of rock and roots music. Never afraid to add pop immediacy to the mix, lay on the blues, Cajun or Celtic flavourings, everything they do on Moondog Man brims with a quality and professionalism that sets them apart from so many acts...Their assured melodic delivery and ability to constantly impress, marks them down as an act who can really offer the goods that would lift them into major league status. Why they're still on their own label is a mystery, when lesser talents are courted and signed by the majors. Wholeheartedly recommended." Rock 'n' Reel Magazine
"The songs are strong, frontman Mark is in fine voice and the music drives along with rather more rock than roots...This excellently produced first CD should, if there is any justice, elevate them..." Rob Scrase (Folkwrite)