Police Dog Hogan play at Lounge on the Farm 2013

Police Dog Hogan (above) performed at Lounge on the Farm last summer. The fun, feel-good band played an energetic set of folk numbers and look like they don’t take themselves too seriously. This is amiable pub-folk at its best. They are popping up all over the place: Lewes this coming Saturday 25; The Half Moon, Putney on June 26; The Maze, Nottingham, April 27. Tim Dowling, who Guardian readers will be familiar with on account of his wry weekly column, is Police Dog Hogan’s banjo player.

Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, Feb 20, tickets £10. All proceeds go to Music in Prisons charity

A couple of years ago I saw Augustines at The Borderline. “They are very U2,” said my friend. “No they aren’t,” I replied. Whatever your opinion, these intense, impassioned folkie-indie New Yorkers are back again, playing at KOKO, London, in April.

My heart leapt on discovering the wonderful Simone Felice is back on UK shores this April. He’s here for a short, intense tour, so don’t miss out. For last year’s understated and beautiful gig, check Simone Felice at St Giles-in-the Fields. And he was captured in this video by talented film makers 316Queens:


Tickets for Simone Felice click here

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