Gig - The Dawgs

With influences as diverse as Beausoleil, Chuck Berry, Steve Earle, Ry Cooder, Rocking Dopsie and The Fine Young Cannibals, The Dawgs cannot claim to be Cajun purists. But they do guarantee serve up what they call “a foot-stomping, two-stepping, sweat-making mixture of gumbo and chips…” The band is from Hastings; they are very well known on the music scene in those parts, and are now trying to build up a reputation further west. Four of the band members were part of the extremely popular roots music band Spot the Dog, but the addition of two new members a couple of years back has added a new dimension to their music, and seen a change of name.

The Dawgs are: brothers Bob ‘Up 'n' down’ and Jimmy ‘G-string’ Tipler on Cajun squeezebox and guitar respectively; Julian ‘The Preacher’ Matthews on mandolin and fiddle, Jake ‘Redneck’ Bucton on fiddle, Alan ‘Shakey’ Saxby on double bass, and Robin ‘The Salesman’ Cooper on washboard and generally hitting things. “By performing many original numbers and breathing new life into some cajun and zydeco classics, we attack their music with energy, style and a big bag full of spare strings,” Jim Tipler says of the band’s style. You might have previously caught the Dawgs at the Apple Festival on Middle Farm. DL

Dawg eat Dog a change of name and personnel has given new
impetus to this Hastings band
The Snowdrop
When? 8.30pm
How Much? Free
The Snowdrop
(t) 01273 471018