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.
“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).
Joy of six bank holiday beer festival featuring 66 beers & ciders ..
Why not make a day of it and enjoy a super Sunday roast dinner served between 12 & 4pm then sit back and relax with an afternoon of superb entertainment from Accrington Stanley.
Accrington Stanley are firm favourites of ours but are also the towns most popular Beatles and eagles covers band so get in early!!
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.
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.