Busy weekend for Lancaster’s Dead Man’s Hand

Dead Man's Hand
Dead Man's Hand

Well known for their raucous, energetic sets of Irish rock and folk covers - as well drinking songs for the afternoon boozer - Dead Man’s Hand play three shows in Lancaster and Morecambe this weekend.

The five piece band have a weekly slot at the John O’ Gaunt on Saturday afternoons, and they follow that up this week with a show at The George and Dragon in St George’s Quay later in the evening.

Then on Sunday night, April 24, they have a gig at the new Exchange pub (formerly The Imperial) in Morecambe.

Dead Man’s Hand was set up by Sam Frank and Wellington Grosvenor around four years ago, says the band’s newest member and cahon player Phil Dockerty.

He said: “I’ve been playing for six months on the drum box.

“I actually punched through it last night at a gig at Borrowdale Youth Hostel, it was a very lively gig!

“We do break a lot of things, someone stood on the mandolin, the cahon got put through, strings are breaking all over the place.

“It’s got a lot to do with the band’s energy - there’s a lot of movement on the stage.

“I’d probably describe our sound as Irish thrash folk rock covers, it’s acoustic but loud.

“There are protest songs in there but it’s not because we want to protest, it’s because they’re Irish songs. It’s all covers of bands like The Pogues, Frank Turner, Dubliners, and we do our own version of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.

“It’s been great to see the John O’ Gaunt so busy on a Saturday tea time.”

Dead Man’s Hand is Sam Frank on guitar and mandolin, Wellington Grosvenor on 12 string guitar, Aggis Smaug on bass, Tommy McTomTom on fiddle, and Phil on cahon.