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 we often have special foodie nights to delight your taste buds, including our Curry Club.
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!
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's a £50 bar tab for the winning team.
John Verity is a guitarist, producer and singer/songwriter, with an awesome pedigree, making him a leading light in Rock & Blues today.
In his long career, John Verity has supported legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat and Janis Joplin, has played with Russ Ballard, Colin Blunstone, Keith Emerson, Ringo Starr and Mike Rutherford and was in the rock group Argent from 1973 to 1976.
JV has always said that live work was his first love and that holds as true today: 2017 looks like being one of the band’s busiest years, with shows across the length and breadth of the UK.
Big Wolf is a rock blues powerhouse, with a distinctive guitar style and an array of well self penned tracks, backed by the talents of Mick Jeynes(bass), Tim Jones(drums) and Paul Brambani(keys) the band delivers every time. Energy filled sets, Spontaneous improvised breaks, dynamic highs and lows, bringing a song down to a whisper before exploding with energy and power that capture the true meaning of live music!
Sidewinder is a group of four guys who share the same passion for rock music: Dave Catherall as front man on vocals and rhythm guitar, Matt Aldridge on lead guitar, Lionel Hutt on bass and Stephen Davies on drums. Their influences range from classic rock to modern hard rock; Thin Lizzy and The Cult, through the Foo Fighters and Stereophonics, to ACDC and Metallica. And their gig setlists cover all those well-known tracks from decades of rock, that everyone knows and loves to sing along too.
The band got together early in 2014 with plenty of musical venture pedigree; Lionel’s highly successful semi-pro band “The Adam’s Jovi Experience”, Dave and Steve’s “One Way Street” covers band, and Matt’s local rock/metal band “Prophecy”. They realise that like-minded band members are the key to holding a great band together – no egos, no arguments, no politics – just four great friends and great musicians, who enjoy making great music to entertain.
“A serious blues band with unique songs, tight instrumentation, and a powerful woman up front…”
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a considerable impact over the last six years and is one of the bands that has added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK Blues. The band’s exciting live set is based around rootsy originals, strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements, and exciting grooves.
Vocalist Zoë Schwarz’ dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is both eclectic and suave: “one part Janis Joplin, one Billie Holiday, and one Nina Simone”.
The band features Rob Koral’s electrifying, and unmistakable touch and flow on guitar, plus the highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Wonder Stuff, Paul McCartney to name a few).