FEROCIOUS DOG Q AND A : KEN BONSALL

It had to come didn’t it? It’s the end of our short series of Q Ans A’s with the members of English Celtic-Folk-Punk band Ferocious Dog. After today you should know all you need to hold any of them in a depth conversation!

It’s fitting that the last night should go to Ken the band’s frontman and founding member to bring down the curtain. They say don’t meet your heroes but Ken is, was and will be a pleasure to chat to. A humble man of many talents. 

Name / Nickname : Ken Bonsall (Red Ken)

Age (Estimate allowed!) : 54

Status : Acoustic guitar/Lead singer/co-founder/Band Merchandise Printing

Birthplace / Nationality / Ancestry : Born in Warsop Nottinghamshire, England

Where do you live : Warsop

Occupation : Musician/Foster Carer

First job : Coal Miner

A job you would have loved to do : Ski instructor

What / Who makes you laugh : Monty Python

Favourite movie star : Victor McLaglen in The Quiet Man

Favourite film / TV show : Schindlers List/Peaky Blinders

Favourite band/s :  The Pogues, Levellers, Rancid, The Dubliners, Flogging Molly, The Specials, Pennywise and Mcdermotts 2 Hours.

Favourite Celtic-Punk bands : Flogging Molly, The Pogues, McDermotts 2 Hours, The Real McKenzies, Drop Kick Murphy, Mr Irish Bastard, The Dreadnoughts.

Up and coming Celtic-Punk band to watch : The Lagan, Shanghai Treason.

First and last record you bought : Uprising Bob Marley

How many instruments can you play : Guitar, ukulele

How many bands have you been in : 1 Ferocious Dog

Favourite venue / gig attended : Neds Atomic Dustbin at Rock City Nottingham.

Favourite venue / gig attended : The Pogues, Rock City Nottingham

Favourite gig : When Ferocious Dog played Lowlands Festival in The Netherlands

Describe yourself in 5 words : A Socialist through and through

Most embarrassing moment : When I got my words wrong on my wedding day.. Doh!

Favourite song and why : Raglan Road sung by Luke Kelly, amazing voice and my inspiration as a singer of Folk music

Favourite album and why : Out Come the Wolves, Rancid. Amazing album, no fillers.

Favourite song you’ve been involved in: Singing The Glass, written about my late Son, Lee Bonsall.

Team/s supported as a kid : only one team for me, Mansfield Town

Favourite sportsperson : Bode Miller

Favourite sport : Football

All time hero : Dennis Skinner

Favourite book : The man who broke into Aushwitz

Best friend : My dog Jess

Biggest influence on career : Luke Kelly, Shane McGowan, Nick Burbridge (Mcdermotts 2 Hours) and Simon Friend (Levellers)

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given : Always accept a helping hand in the music industry and swallow your pride.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be : Derbyshire Dales

Your five dream dinner guests? : Che Guavara, Lennin, Bob Marley, Lord Tony Benn Tim Armstrong(Rancid)

Your favourite quote : Half of them sat over their are crooks.. Dennis Skinner about the Tory party

Anything to plug / promote : Our album The Hope is still flying high in the Official U.K. Folk Charts at number 16 since we released it last October. Any sales/streams are very much appreciated. We’re also off on tour in Europe and U.K. with Flogging Molly soon so we hope to see some of you there. We have our own U.K. and European dates too so look out for those on our website

Contact Ferocious Dog  WebSite  Facebook  YouTube

Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund  Facebook

Pivotal to the ethos and drive of Ferocious Dog is the sad fate of Ken’s son Lee. Lee served in Afghanistan from the age of 18, and upon rejoining civilian life took his own life in 2012 at the age of just 24, unable to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from seeing one of his friends being shot dead by a sniper. Lee is commemorated in the Ferocious Dog songs ‘The Glass’, ‘Lee’s Tune’ and ‘A Verse For Lee’. This gave rise to The Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund which raises money and awareness for causes close to the bands heart. Lee’s story was featured in a BBC documentary Broken By Battle. It was Lee that actually named the band as a child.

Not long now to when Ferocious Dog share the stage with Flogging Molly so if you haven’t got a ticket then why the hell not ????

Read The Others  Dan Booth   Nick Wragg   Kyle Peters   Sam Wood   Luke Grainger

Who would you the readers like to see featured in the future????

Any questions you’d like to see added for future Q And A’s?

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