Mad Dog Mcrea's Gypsy Caravan Weekender
The Hawkmen + Noble Jacks
Mad Dog Mcrea are pleased to announce the headliners for their inaugural Gypsy Caravan Weekender which is taking place over the 2020 Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th April 2020, at Exeter Phoenix.
Thursday sees sassy alt rock/grunge pop band Hands Off Gretel headline, Friday sees a return to Exeter Phoenix for high-energy, fiddle leading, footstompin’ Noble Jacks and Saturday will be headlined by none other than Mad Dog Mcrea themselves.
On Thursday folk/punk festival favourites Black Water County will be supporting Hands Off Gretel, on Friday rockabilly five piece The Hawkmen will be supporting Noble Jacks and on Saturday upcoming Irish singer songwriter Amy Montgomery with her raw and beautiful voice will be supporting Mad Dog Mcrea.
Not only will there be a full programme of live music in the Main Auditorium of Exeter Phoenix, there will be live music in other spaces within Exeter Phoenix.
Weekend tickets are on sale now.
The Hawkmen draw from an array of influences such as rhythm’n’blues, soul, and rock’n’roll which they bring together in a classic, rootsy, hybrid blend. The band emerged as a full, live act in 2017 following the early successes of soul 45 and Craig Charles favourite, Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover (Record Kicks, Italy), a northern soul remix of Emma Beatson’s debut single Do It (selected by Craig Charles for the second volume of his Freestyle Records compilation series) and The Hawkmen’s blazing Keep On Working EP (Mocambo, Germany) which yielded another 45 and was widely played on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6.
In 2017 Love Is Blind was released and features on the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club Vol.5 compilation and received more BBC 6 Music airplay. 2018 got of to a flying start with the release of the Chemistry Of Love single, yet more plays on BBC 6 Music, leading to a mini UK tour and concerts in Germany and France. 2019 has seen the release of Soulful Dress (a huge dance floor hit), The Hawkmen’s self titled debut album, and the live video for ‘Baby Tonight’, which has gone viral on YouTube with over 200,000 views and rising. The bands’ live concerts have gone strength to strength with a mini uk tour, headlining the Frogfest Music Festival in High Wycombe and an appearance at the Boomtown Festival 2019.
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK.
Noble Jacks have been touring relentlessly, stompin’ their way round the UK music scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’ as well as shows at major festivals including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival to name a few.
‘Their music is just the kind of sonic elixir we need in these troubled times’ (Acoustic Magazine).
‘Wit with wisdom, you should investigate Noble Jacks (FRoots Magazine).