Allow us to formally welcome you to the Home of 'Bad Dog No Biscuit' on the interweb, We are an acoustic group with a passion for good music. Formed over ten years ago the band consists of 4 members and a dog (although to be honest we aren't sure how committed the dog actually is ??!!)
In an era with covers bands playing the same selection of songs, Bad Dog offer a refreshing alternative mix of old and new music from the well-known to the unsung heroes.
Mike Wiles - Mandocello, Guitar, Tenor Guitar, Cajon and Vocals
I have been playing guitar since I was thirteen and regularly gigged in the Dining Room until 15 years ago when I started Bad Dog No Biscuit. I like a wide variety of melodic music preferably combined with a good story, so when I was a teenager I was into Fairport Convention when my peers were into Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin. Having been a big fan of Show of Hands for over 20 years there was an inevitability I would want to learn the Mandocello!
I hope from our sets that people will go on to find out about the great songwriters and musicians and enjoy the stamp that we put on our set.
Alan Carter - Guitar, Bodhran and Vocals
Once upon a time I was a Mod, but various episodes of falling off my scooter and looking like an ex army tent as I walked down the street in my Parka, prompted me to seek out a more meaningful genre of music. So folk it was! I liked the stories within the songs, poverty, punishment, cruelty and hunger all featured strongly, so who wouldn’t be attracted to that. Having played with Bad Dog No BIscuit over the past 12 years there is just the poverty and hunger left – but we are working on the! When you see us play come up and say hello, then we can chat about where I went wrong. See you soon.
Lucy Hawkins - Violin, Whistle and Vocals
I play the piano but wanted to learn a more portable instrument, so took up the fiddle which produces a lovely sound. I also play the whistle, which has seemed a natural progression from the recorder as a child! During my spare time I sing in the Stanchester Choir, singing mostly folk songs from the South West. I joined Bad Dog No Biscuit in October 2012 and love the fact that our repertoire includes songs born and bred in the West Country.
John Ryde - Bass and Vocals
Music has played a part of my life from a very young age. I picked up an interest in music and some basic music theory through piano lessons and singing in an Anglican church choir while still at primary school. In my teens this developed further through playing 'cello and singing bass in the school choir. Bass playing has featured throughout my life in various church worship bands both here and in Thailand but it was not until I met Mike that I considered playing in public! I now love playing bass and singing harmonies with Bad Dog, enjoying the range of musical styles encompassed in our repertoire