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The Porbeagles

September 6, 2018 8:30 pm
September 6, 2018 11:30 pm
The Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, Bideford, UK   View map
01237 478860



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The Porbeagles are on The Palladium stage for a very special recording of their new venture

Tickets: £6.00 Adv, £8.00 Door (This is a special one-time only price as it’s a recorded show, you will never see these talented musicians for such a low price again!)

A new band of acoustic heavies has come together. The Porbeagles are full on, high octane and 100% proof. The instruments may fool you into thinking they are a quaint folk ensemble but if that’s your taste then you had best avoid this outfit. Rather, imagine a hard rock band whose lead guitarist instead plays the violin and Celtic harp! A driving rhythm section underpins intricate melodies and incisive lyrics, delivered in a truly original style. Their music has grown out of the very roots and bones of Cornwall. The songs are full of biting social commentary, wit and wisdom. Davey is a songwriter of some renown. His classic, ‘The Magpie’ was recently covered by The Unthanks on their award winning album, Mount the Air and used to great effect in the BBC2 series, ‘The Detectorists’. The Porbeagles also play Celtic inspired dance music that will put blisters on your feet!
The Porbeagles may have just been formed but their members all have some history. Frontman, Davey Dodds, once strutted his stuff with the quintessentially English prog-rock band, Red Jasper. His vocal style is often compared to Fish but he points out – with full justification – that he was doing it first! He plays a hugely resonant, octave mandolin, sparkles on a normal mandolin and creates ethereal soundscapes with flutey things.
Martin Solomon weaves magic with his violin and Celtic harp. He takes both instruments far beyond the staid boundaries of conventional folk styles. A true virtuoso, Martin has travelled the world studying musical theory and techniques.
Cliff Eastabrook, once of The Morrigan and Pressgang, pushes bass playing way past the confines of straight, solid rock. He is inventive and melodic and is happy to force Martin to scary heights! Davey is equally happy to stand at the side of the stage and let them fire ideas off one-another!
Three such individual, dominant forces need someone special to glue them together. David Clifford once played drums alongside Davey in Red Jasper. He is a consummate musician who copes masterfully with everything the other guys throw at him!
The band’s name is interesting. Porbeagles are large sharks, related to great whites, which live off the coast of North Cornwall. Davey recons it’s the only Cornish word that has made it into the English language – it translates as ‘harbour shepherd’. Davey is renowned, in another life, for having caught such beasties with a fly rod (albeit a special fly rod)!
An interesting name for an interesting band – it’s hard to pigeonhole the Porbeagles. If someone was turning the thumbscrews and demanding that I describe their music, I might say ‘Contemporary, Celtic rock’n’reel’ – but that wouldn’t say it all. They will get your toes tapping and your feet stomping but they will also conjure atmospheric ethereal delights. Don’t just read these words – come and see them and join in the adventure!

Storm cat song:
This was the opening song of Davey’s stunning comeback gig at The Fleece in Bristol last July.

Kick off your shoes:
The title says it all!

Shoot the Gruffalo:
Alive, at The Fleece in Bristol – Davey was joined by friends from his old band ‘Red Jasper.’

Rocky Road to Dublin:
Davey wielding his splendid octave mandolin with Martin Solomon at the Kindred Spirits Festival here in Kernow.

The Unthanks – Magpie – Jools Holland
A classic song of Davey’s, covered by The Unthanks on their award winning album ‘Mount the Air’ and used to great effect in the BBC2 series ‘The Detectorists’