The Dog Roses, a 5-piece band from South London has been selected as winners of this yearâ€™s Ely Folk Festival Band Competition.
With stiff competition from 24 other entries, The Dog Roses impressed the judges with their eclectic mix of country music, west coast harmonies and old time Americano mixed with the occasional burst of punk and indie attitude. The band formed in 2003 and combine double bass, mandolin, accordion, fiddle, drums and vocals to deliver a vigorous and driving sound. Theyâ€™re currently working on their fourth CD.
â€˜Highly proficientâ€¦..deliver lyrical doses of worldly wisdom, spinning a sweetly sincere line or being witty and wry.â€™ Traditional Music Maker
“This is what you get if you mix country music with west coast harmonies, indie attitude and the odd furious burst of vitriolic home-made punk” – CZine
“The dogs light up the stage, get your toes tapping and your feet stomping” – online TV
The Dog Roses will open the Friday night concert at the 2009 festival.