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.
The very best of British Rhythm and Blues. A high energy, performance of original songs influenced by Rory Gallagher, Dr Feelgood, Tom Petty, The Stones, George Thorogood, Paul Kossoff, Paul Rodgers, Andy Fraser… Their crossover blues with a rock influence pushes the boundaries through strong songs, great hooks and some scintillating playing. The cool juxtaposition between the subtle and the frenetic and the transitions from quiet to loud, is at the core of the unique Sharpeez’ style that is distinctive in the generic blues/rock field.
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.
Singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years backing many traditional Alabama blues musicians in the US and Europe, including Eddie Kirkland, Jerry “Boogie” McCain and Willie King. She is a blues activist and founded the award winning Alabama Blues Project, a non profit that promotes and preserves Alabama blues. In recent years she has turned to fronting her own band and performing her own music.
Debbie’s singing has been compared to Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt, both of whom she cites as musical influences but the truth is that Debbie does it her way. Her immersion in the blues has deeply flavored her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing, yet her sound is contemporary and original, incorporating soul, blues, rock, jazz and even country influences. Her partner in life and music, British born Rick Asherson, is an outstanding keyboard player and gives their music a honky-tonk, New Orleans flavored sound. This unique musical synthesis can be heard on her latest album.
The Blue Road delivers a powerful, driven rock / blues sound with an energy and feel that sets it apart from other comparable bands, and is getting rave reviews wherever it plays for the standard of musicianship and tight performance. With a specialty of selecting less obvious material, or delivering startling new arrangements of more familiar tunes, The Blue Road makes an impression with every appearance.