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PONDLIFE PRESENTS: Ash Mandrake + Whiskey Bob Shaker / Acoustic, Comedy, Folk, Live Entertainment, Live Music, Rock, Story Telling

Fri 19Jun
7:30 PM

Note: This event has finished


Ash Mandrake:

The Ash Mandrake Act incorporates music, loop machines, stories and comedy. He designed the double necked guitar, hats and costumes. This is folk rock, but many styles are used. He has been described as imaginative; an incredibly skilled musician and songwriter; unique, brave, and completely naturalistic.

Ash Mandrake says, “Let there be no pretences: I’m unsigned and I’ve built a tiny business from doing things that come naturally. I live on the road in vehicles and tour constantly. I started touring in 2008. I took three seats out of my Nissan Micra, put a futon in; and managed to do 137 gigs all over the UK, before driving it into the ground (I’m on vehicle number 5 now). I moved out of bricks and mortar in Feb 2012. This is the antithesis of X Factor. This approach involves putting one foot in front of the other; bare foot if necessary. If you really mean it, you’ll find shoes along the way.”

We think that deserves a lot of respect. Make sure you’re here to see this remarkable performance.


Whiskey Bob Shaker:

A unique and wholly entertaining solo artist, Whiskey Bob Shaker is a master of bar room blues, ballads and blistering loops. Influences include Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, but the style is very much his own. Chesterfield based and bringing over 20 years experience, Whiskey Bob works the crowd like a master and always leaves them feeling satisfied.

Semi acoustic solo artist with occasional cajon loops.

Debut as ‘The Rebel Without Applause’ around Ipswich, Suffolk in the late ’80s.

Trained as an actor graduating ’92

Played percussion with Crouch End Funk Band ‘Tortoisehead’ Mid ’90s


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