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.
“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).
It’s the gin day of our Brew at the Zoo festival and an opportunity for you to sample a few of our fantastic range with our special gin promotion day.
Northampton party band, Similar Jones will be playing live from 9pm, featuring Steve Bardill, Richard Arterton, Luke Goddard and Tony Sketchley with everyone’s favourite floor fillers from across the decades.
We round off our Brew at the Zoo festival with an afternoon of favourites.
Join us for one of our traditional Sunday roasts, complete with fluffy roast potatoes and all the essential trimmings. Lunch is served between 12 and 3pm, with live entertainment from our favourite Eagles and Beatles covers band, Accrington Stanley, who will be playing from 2.30pm.
SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE is a “groove” band with dancing very much in mind. Their musical catalogue includes Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Little Feat, to name but a few. Their unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz, calypso, reggae and British funk. With three ‘lead’ singers supported by percussionist and internationally acclaimed drummer, the result is an eclectic fusion of music with its roots firmly based in the blues.
Sam’s playing career started in the early 1970’s with funk pioneers “Cymande”, working and recording successfully in the U.S.A. between 1971-1974. His self-taught style of drumming has placed Sam in the drumseat with Cymande, Dr. John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Floyd, Robert Plant, Roger Chapman, Michelle Shocked and the late, great Gary Moore. Sam continues to work all over the UK and in many areas of Europe, stamping his brand on all genres of music, from blues to rock, R&B, funk, soul and reggae. With a delicate sensitivity to rhythm and a great understanding of dynamics in music, he has earned the respected position of Musical Director for Soul Britannia. Sam has also been honoured in Blues in Britain’s “Gallery of Greats” after winning ‘UK Drummer of the Year’ for five years running.
His Station House band includes PAUL JOBSON (M.D./keys/vocals), RICHARD SADLER (bass), TONY QUNTA (guitar/vocals) and JEROME MARCUS (percussion/bvs), and lead singer ROWENA POOLE.
In its brief history, The Electric Experience has performed at many major festivals, toured much of Europe and played in countless venues and clubs up and down the country, making many friends along the way which is demonstrated by a large and faithful fan club. This exposure has generated attention from radio stations with live sessions and interest from record labels both at home and overseas.