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
Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund Facebook
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 ????
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Any questions you’d like to see added for future Q And A’s?
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