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!
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.
From Tasmania, Australia & introduced to Europe by blues master Dave Hole in 1994, Rob Tognoni delivers a 100% powerfully charged experience with every performance. There is simply no compromise, which is strongly evident in his music.
After 40 years his explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him in the European venues & festivals as well as gaining many fans of hard blues rock worldwide.
SAM KELLY’S BAND has been featuring on the U.K. live music circuit for many years. SAM KELLY (included in Blues in Britain magazine’s “Gallery of Greats”) leads from the drum-seat, selecting his Band from a wealth of fantastic musicians and tailoring the overall sound to suit the event booking.
For a “funky/blues” feel, Sam is joined by lead guitarist/vocalist, TONY QUNTA and RICHARD SADLER on bass. Steve Simpson (Roger Chapman, Slim Chance) is a regular guest with SAM KELLY’S BAND and spectacular blues artist, Papa George, brings his “Blues with a Feeling” to the line-up . For set lists spanning most musical genres, SAM KELLY’S BAND is fronted by guitarist/vocalist MICHAEL ‘LALLY’ CAREY with Richard on bass and invited guests including Rowena Poole (vocals), Dom Bon de Souza (sax), Paul Jobson (keys/vocals), Jerome Marcus (percussion), Jim Reece (bass), Frankie Connolly (guitar/vocals) . For a blues groove, the Band is joined by guitarist/vocalist T.J. Johnson. If you are after a Delta blues sound, Sam is joined by Giles Hedley on vocals, guitar and double-harmonica together with bass guitarist/vocalist Andy Hodge.
Split Whiskers have their roots firmly planted in Chicago blues, crossing boundaries into rock, Americana and more than a hint of the Delta. The band’s fame is spreading and they are becoming one of the busiest bands at blues venues around the UK, in particular in great demand on the Festival circuit. Their superb musicianship, along with their infectious humour on stage, promises a great evening’s entertainment.
As a full-time player Miskimmin’s Little Walter-influenced musicianship blossomed and his playing live and on albums like Give Me No Lip Child alerted the blues world to a major new talent. Bruce Willis, himself a harmonica player, became a fan hiring Nine Below Zero to play at the Hollywood premiere of his Twelve Monkeys film and even sitting in with the band.
Miskimmin’s reputation quickly spread beyond the blues world and he played sessions for Stiff Little Fingers, Marc Almond and others. In 2003 The Yardbirds recruited Billy Boy, his soloing becoming one of the band’s most distinctive features, as the soloing of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page had been in earlier times. Live At BB King Blues Club provided irresistible proof of how integral Miskimmin’s playing had become to the band’s sound. With The Yardbirds Miskimmin became part of rock and blues aristocracy, playing with legends like BB King and The Doors and earning accolades not only from Alice Cooper but from Jimmy Page, Scotty Moore and others.
Billy Boy is joined by Ady Milward on drums, Smudge Smith on guitar, and Simon Rushbrook on bass.