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.

Apr
25
Wed
2018
The Fran McGillivray Band
Apr 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”.
May
5
Sat
2018
Brighton Riot – on the farm…
May 5 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Brighton Riot - on the farm...

As part of our 2018 May Bank Holiday Beer Festival On the Farm, Northampton’s hottest band Brighton Rock joins us with their lively mix of popular Mod and Rock songs.

May
9
Wed
2018
The Lee Ryder Band
May 9 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
The Lee Ryder Band

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.

May
16
Wed
2018
Giles Hedley & The Aviators
May 16 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Giles Hedley & The Aviators

Giles Hedley and The Aviators are a funky, danceable roots-blues quartet steeped in Delta and early Chicago blues. Earthy slide, lead and steel guitars, a unique harmonica style, a passionate, Wolf-style voice, adventurous bass and drums right up front in the mix create the unmistakeable Aviators sound – quite unlike other British blues bands.

With Giles singing and adding slide guitars and harmonica, amazing French blues discovery Christophe Pélissié on lead guitar, Sam Kelly of Blues in Britain’s Hall of Fame on drums, and jazz musician, writer and producer Richard Sadler on upright and guitar basses, dazzling rhythmic interplay is a key feature.

May
23
Wed
2018
John Verity Blues Band
May 23 @ 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm
John Verity Blues Band

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.