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.

Oct
18
Wed
2017
Northsyde
Oct 18 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Northsyde

Founded in 2005, the four-piece band, Northsyde is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill, who is also the main lyricist and songwriter. With a dynamic and powerful vocal style, she has been described as “Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis”. Guitarist Jules Fothergill is well respected amongst his peers for developing an unorthodox mix of melodic and rhythmical improvisation, whether playing lead or slide guitar in a wide variety of musical settings. Bassist Ian Mauricio has an unusual style, being left handed, and stringing the bass upside-down, again contributing a musicality to the group which defies placement in any particular niche. Completing the line-up is drummer Hayden Doyle, whose confident grooves combine to give the band a sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries on the modern Blues and Rock circuit. The quartet have remained together for over 10 years and their on-stage chemistry continues to be a defining attribute.

Oct
25
Wed
2017
The Fran McGillivray Band
Oct 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”.
Nov
1
Wed
2017
Deep Blue Sea
Nov 1 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Deep Blue Sea

Deep Blue Sea play 21st Century indie blues – so what is indie blues? New shoots from old roots.

In the finest blues traditions, their music is seldom predictable or generic – it reflects these times – good, bad, high & low. It’s the sound of shadows & silhouettes reflected on broken walls & broken promises. Stories from where we live & who we are. Hopes & dreams; fears & nightmares; love & loss. Above all, it’s what all good music is about – communication. Music is the message. We’re all in the same boat. It’s rocking.

Nov
22
Wed
2017
TJ Johnson & the Preachers
Nov 22 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
TJ Johnson & the Preachers

TJ “Holyboy” Johnson & The Preachers are a Three Piece R n B/Blues Band who play mostly Chicago Blues and Sixties R n B, as well as original blues. The band’s line-up features Guitar/Vocals, Bass/Vocals, and Drums/Vocals. Their favourite artists include legends like, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Freddy King, Robert Johnson, Rev Gary Davis, Elmo James, master of the slide guitar Albert King, BB King, T Bone Walker, Bobby”Blue”Bland, Taj Mahal, Magic Slim Magic Sam, Johnie Taylor, ZZ Hill, Otis Redding – the real Innovators of the Blues.

Nov
29
Wed
2017
C Jam
Nov 29 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
C Jam
Introducing a band called C-JAM. The repertoire is wide and varied: bluesoulfunkjazzlatinreggaebeatlesdan, and stomping R&B favourites.