LAST seen raising the rafters of the Uni main hall a couple of weeks ago, Mad Dog Mcrea return for what promises to be the ultimate festive folksy knees up at C103 in Union Street on New Year's Eve.
Newly revamped and looking rather swanky, C103 is a one thousand capacity venue that is perfect for the purpose.
"We wanted to stay in Plymouth for New Year's Eve," says Mike, Mad Dog's main man, "and were amazed how classy this venue is with a good stage and great sound, it's potentially the best in town…"
That said, they really enjoyed the Uni show.
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"That was a great way to end a very successful UK tour," says Mike, "our second of 2012.
It was brilliant to tour with Cosmo Jarvis as he brings a younger audience, ours are generally more mature, but the mix worked well.
They circled the UK twice on the tour, with no major mishaps, always a bonus.
"Our London show at the 400 capacity Jazz Café was the most prestigious of the tour," continues Mike. "The place was rammed and loads of Radio 1 and media people came, mainly to see Cosmo.
"But our favourite show was in Cardiff, where we took over the Devil's Bridge Hotel. All the audience were staying there so it was like one big party."
King Tut's in Glasgow was another memorable date and there was just the one disappointing night, in Doncaster, where only eleven people showed up.
"We partied with the eleven who had come and the land lord made us stew and dumplings so even that wasn't too bad," says Mike.
Plans for next year include a possible continental jaunt in 2013, especially of Germany where their brand of hi-energy folk is particularly popular.
Plus they continue to work on their forthcoming live album – and they'll be playing plenty of festivals too.
Catch them while you can at C103 with support from Midnight Special.
THERE are two chances to see dance band Midnight Special, pictured right, in town this New Year's Eve.
They'll be supporting Mad Dog Mcrea at C103 early on before relocating to the B Bar and Barbican Theatre, for the festival bash there, playing well into the early hours.
A relatively new ensemble on the Plymouth scene, the band was formed by guitarist-vocalist Tim True – formerly of 2 Bones and a Pick, The Noise Bandits and Delta Dukes – who despite being a self confessed aging punk, has a bit of a penchant for Twenties and Thirties music.
Ian Cook, who plays guitar and sings, drummer Adrian of Nub Sound and Duncan Hind former bass player with Mad Dog were also into the vibe and before he knew it he had a band.
"We decided on a bunch of material few other folk are doing," says Tim.
"We particularly like the three Louis – Jordan, Prima and Armstrong – and we've diversified into rock'n'roll and rockabilly.
"The older you get the more you realise that the old ones are the best!
"Basically we aim to play tunes people are vaguely familiar with, but will make them get up and dance."
Mack The Knife, Bring Me Sunshine, Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby are some of the favourites.
"Most people who do this sort of stuff have a horn section, but we don't, so the sound is quite unusual!"