He may be Mansfield’s Music Man, but Ken is Warsop Born n Bred

‘Mansfield On The Map’ chats with Ferocious Dog’s frontman, Ken Bonsall, or as many know him as, ‘Red Ken’. Ferocious Dog is a Celtic-folk band, originating from Warsop, in Mansfield. 

The band is big on community work and the art of giving back, much of what we have seen in recent times with the impact of the covid pandemic, affecting local people and the wider community. The band themselves often support local food banks, and in the days of gigs, would encourage audiences to bring items of food along, which would then be disseminated to good causes. Ken is well known in his hometown of Market Warsop, as well as within the music scene and the wider area, for his community work, musical endeavours and of course, his strong ‘Waaasop’ dialect.

The local musician and retired miner has recently sent shock waves through the community, as he announced on a Facebook post earlier this week, that he would be standing as a TUSC (Trade Unionist Socialist Coalition) candidate, for the upcoming county council May elections. The ballot paper, featuring the surprise addition of Ken, was met with excited residents on social media, proclaiming their enthusiasm and support, as well as hell hounds (fans of Ferocious Dog) from across the country, who were suddenly wanting to move to Warsop, with the prospect of ‘county councillor Ken.’ Not everyone was happy about Ken’s decision to stand though, as one user called out the ballot for its lack of diversity, while another felt that none of the candidates standing for the Warsop division was adequate for the job. It has certainly got people talking, from across the political spectrum. Watch this space. 

With the ‘political’ elephant in the room, out of the way, it felt relevant to talk more with Ken about Ferocious Dog and their worldwide success. It is inspiring to know that a band with humble beginnings, originating from the Mansfield District, is well-known and beloved around the world. Whether it be through their unique sound or strong message of solidarity in their music, the band are a force to be reckoned with and certainly put Mansfield on the map, in the best way possible.

Ken can’t help but smile, when talking about Warsop and Ferocious Dog.

 

I asked Ken a few of questions, to best sum up what is in store for Ferocious Dog and how the next chapter looks.

With covid restrictions lifting, and life returning to somewhat normality – what can folks expect to see from Ferocious Dog in the future? 

Ken: ‘Well under covid, we are now signed to Graphite Records… It is Ferocious Dog coming out as a completely new band. We’ve been working hard, we’ve recorded the new HOPE album under lockdown restrictions… Which has been challenging, but has really worked well… It’s probably one of our best albums to date. And we’ve been doing videos and I think you’ll see a more mature Ferocious Dog when we finally let lose to start playing live shows again. We can’t wait!

 

The ethos of this blog is all about community, collaboration, and creativity – how do you see the 3 Cs being implemented into the local community, what does that look like to you?

Ken: ‘I mean collaboration… What you want is the best people in Warsop to collaborate, but you don’t see that, you know… It feels like people are fighting against Warsop for their own agendas, it’s about time that people came together to help Warsop. Like the Town Hall for example… I think it [survey/discussions to pull down the building] is being rushed through quite quick… We should have waited for covid to finish, then invite people into the town hall and have open meetings, where people can ask proper questions, rather than just in a newspaper or online… It is such a beautiful building, that should be utilised. We [Warsop] have already lost the leisure centre, so we need people to come together and save this beautiful building. That is what I see.

Sum up your ideal 2021 in 5 words?

Ken: ‘Back to normality and life.

You can follow Ferocious Dog on Facebook here, for updates about future tours and the upcoming album. There are certainly many exciting projects in the pipeline, with future ventures and plans, which Ken spoke passionately on. I feel a good ‘DogFest’ is needed, that’s for sure. The world is very much the band’s oyster, but to Ken, Warsop will always be home.


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He may be Mansfield’s Music Man, but Ken is Warsop Born n Bred

Author: Phoebe Cox

Date Published: 13 Apr 2021

‘Mansfield On The Map’ chats with Ferocious Dog’s frontman, Ken Bonsall, or as many know him as, ‘Red Ken’. Ferocious Dog is a Celtic-folk band, originating from Warsop, in Mansfield. 

The band is big on community work and the art of giving back, much of what we have seen in recent times with the impact of the covid pandemic, affecting local people and the wider community. The band themselves often support local food banks, and in the days of gigs, would encourage audiences to bring items of food along, which would then be disseminated to good causes. Ken is well known in his hometown of Market Warsop, as well as within the music scene and the wider area, for his community work, musical endeavours and of course, his strong ‘Waaasop’ dialect.

The local musician and retired miner has recently sent shock waves through the community, as he announced on a Facebook post earlier this week, that he would be standing as a TUSC (Trade Unionist Socialist Coalition) candidate, for the upcoming county council May elections. The ballot paper, featuring the surprise addition of Ken, was met with excited residents on social media, proclaiming their enthusiasm and support, as well as hell hounds (fans of Ferocious Dog) from across the country, who were suddenly wanting to move to Warsop, with the prospect of ‘county councillor Ken.’ Not everyone was happy about Ken’s decision to stand though, as one user called out the ballot for its lack of diversity, while another felt that none of the candidates standing for the Warsop division was adequate for the job. It has certainly got people talking, from across the political spectrum. Watch this space. 

With the ‘political’ elephant in the room, out of the way, it felt relevant to talk more with Ken about Ferocious Dog and their worldwide success. It is inspiring to know that a band with humble beginnings, originating from the Mansfield District, is well-known and beloved around the world. Whether it be through their unique sound or strong message of solidarity in their music, the band are a force to be reckoned with and certainly put Mansfield on the map, in the best way possible.

Ken can’t help but smile, when talking about Warsop and Ferocious Dog.

 

I asked Ken a few of questions, to best sum up what is in store for Ferocious Dog and how the next chapter looks.

With covid restrictions lifting, and life returning to somewhat normality – what can folks expect to see from Ferocious Dog in the future? 

Ken: ‘Well under covid, we are now signed to Graphite Records… It is Ferocious Dog coming out as a completely new band. We’ve been working hard, we’ve recorded the new HOPE album under lockdown restrictions… Which has been challenging, but has really worked well… It’s probably one of our best albums to date. And we’ve been doing videos and I think you’ll see a more mature Ferocious Dog when we finally let lose to start playing live shows again. We can’t wait!

 

The ethos of this blog is all about community, collaboration, and creativity – how do you see the 3 Cs being implemented into the local community, what does that look like to you?

Ken: ‘I mean collaboration… What you want is the best people in Warsop to collaborate, but you don’t see that, you know… It feels like people are fighting against Warsop for their own agendas, it’s about time that people came together to help Warsop. Like the Town Hall for example… I think it [survey/discussions to pull down the building] is being rushed through quite quick… We should have waited for covid to finish, then invite people into the town hall and have open meetings, where people can ask proper questions, rather than just in a newspaper or online… It is such a beautiful building, that should be utilised. We [Warsop] have already lost the leisure centre, so we need people to come together and save this beautiful building. That is what I see.

Sum up your ideal 2021 in 5 words?

Ken: ‘Back to normality and life.

You can follow Ferocious Dog on Facebook here, for updates about future tours and the upcoming album. There are certainly many exciting projects in the pipeline, with future ventures and plans, which Ken spoke passionately on. I feel a good ‘DogFest’ is needed, that’s for sure. The world is very much the band’s oyster, but to Ken, Warsop will always be home.


Thank you for supporting ‘Mansfield On The Map’ – I am a student, and freelance, Mansfield-based writer and blogger. If you would like to support my work and make a voluntary contribution, then please feel free to do so, through PayPal: mansfieldonthemap@outlook.com

Facebook: @mansfieldonthemap
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