What’s On at The Malt Shovel Tavern

Live Blues

Every Wednesday night, the sound of live blues fills the Malt Shovel Tavern. Bands come from near and far as we try to find the best to entertain you. Gigs start at 8.45pm and admission is free.

Eat, drink & be merry!

We eat well at The Malt Shovel Tavern. We don't have a regular evening menu, it's true, but twice a month we have special foodie nights to delight your taste buds. Our Curry Club is perfect if you like things spicy, while our Good Grub evenings aim to put a twist on popular favourites.

For the love of sport!

Ok, so we're not a sports bar, but we do love our sport, especially our local and national teams. You'll find the big occasions on our big screen, so watch the calendar, get a group of mates together and ask about our Sports Party Packages!

Quiz Night

Test your general and trivia knowledge at The Malt Shovel Tavern. We run two quizzes a month on the first and third Thursday at 8pm. Maximum team size is 8 players and entry is £1 per player. There are cash prizes for the winners.

The Fran McGillivray Band
Apr 25 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
The Fran McGillivray Band
Fran McGillivray ( vocals, bass guitar & flute) and Mike Burke ( acoustic, electric & resonator guitars, mandola, mandolin & vocals), and Roger Nunn ( drums, percussion & vocals) are an exciting and compelling trio with a strong following on the blues and roots music scene.
Founder members of the legendary urban blues outfit So Long Angel, Fran and Mike have spent many years honing their craft and have developed a unique take on roots music and an amazing empathy on stage. Early live appearances included playing in the backing bands for touring US artists Inez Foxx and JJ Barnes, where they learned a great deal about stagecraft and professionalism. Since then they have performed at many major festivals in Europe and the UK including Rotterdam, Cambridge, and Shrewsbury. They have shared the bill with iconic guitarists Bert Jansch, John Renbourne and Davy Graham as well as major artists such as Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello. Recent collaborations include the Spikedrivers Blues Roots Revue Tour and a series of shows with Brooks Williams, PJ Wright and Pete Smith under the banner “Guitar Massive”.
Brighton Riot – on the farm…
May 5 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Brighton Riot - on the farm...

As part of our 2018 May Bank Holiday Beer Festival On the Farm, Northampton’s hottest band Brighton Rock joins us with their lively mix of popular Mod and Rock songs.

May 6 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
ACCRINGTON STANLEY - on the farm...
Northampton’s own Accrington Stanley play live at the Malt Shovel Tavern on Sunday May 6 as part of our May Bank Holiday Beer Festival On the Farm.

One of the very first and undoubtedly very best Beatles tribute bands, Accrington Stanley continue the festivities from 4pm. Spanning thirty one years of successful performances of Beatles music, the band, Accrington Stanley returns with a magical journey into the time of legend that was the Beatles. Arguably still the best creative songwriters of the 20th Century; the Beatles’ music persists in everyday song lists of musical artists, radio and television all over the world. The Magical History Four will be showing just why the music of the Beatles is still loved by so many. From a huge selection of instantly recognisable songs will come some of the band’s favourites for this special festival day. Despite many other ‘tribute bands’ playing Beatles music, Accrington Stanley were one of the very first, playing and singing with ability and love for the music.

The Geripatricks – on the farm…
May 7 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
The Geripatricks - on the farm...
It’s the perfect end to a laid back May Bank Holiday – as part of 2018 On the Farm Beer Festival, we are delighted to welcome back this fabulous Irish folk duo who always go down a storm.

Spend the afternoon trying out some of our 50 festival real ales and traditional ciders while you enjoy music from Northampton duo The Geripatricks.

The Geripatricks are Jim Carroll on guitar and lead vocals and Kev Mannion on banjo and backing vocals. They describe their music as Irish Folk with humour and influenced by The Dubliners The Clancey brothers and The Fureys.


The Lee Ryder Band
May 9 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lee Ryder Band

Voted one of Europe’s top Blues bands consistently for over 20 years…

They say that Blues music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this Blues band. Composed of a group of seasoned, inspirational, professional musicians and skillful performers, Lee has worked alongside the best in the biz, including members of Whitesnake, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Stevie Marriott… The list is endless, as Lee has been playing professionally since he was 14 years old, and his first manager was Chas Chandler of The Animals, who incidentally looked after Jimi Hendrix too! 

The artists behind Lee Ryder have earned their reputation as a talented band to look out for too. Vince Lewis and Roger Brewer have been with Lee for almost 25 years. From live gigs to studio sessions and more, they continue to touch fans around the world with their distinct and enjoyable musical style.