Ferocious Dog Release New Single & Video – ‘Pentrich Rising’ On Anniversary Of Last English Revolution

Today on the anniversary of the last English revolution; 1817’s Pentrich Rising, Ferocious Dog proudly release the single ‘Pentrich Rising‘.

Pentrich Rising‘ is the first single from their forthcoming new album ‘The Hope‘, which is released on 15th October, on Graphite Records.

The idea for the writing of this song goes back over many years. 

The history behind the Last English Revolution in Pentrich is well known, but being so close to where I live I felt that I had to write this song.

A close friend and work colleague at the coal mine said that his family were related to William Turner, one of the main characters in the Pentrich Rising. For that reason I chose to write the song through William Turners eyes.

To shoot the video at the old Derby Gaol, the original place of his imprisonment and execution just added more historical fact behind the song.” explains Ken Bonsall.

To coincide with the release, Ferocious Dog played an intimate show at Derby Gaol on 9th June in front of 50 fans!

The Pentrich Rising (the Derbyshire insurrection) was led by Jeremiah Brandreth.  A group of about 200 men from Pentrich and other nearby villages, armed only with primitive weapons, began to march on Nottingham in a protest against the Government. Brandreth had been tricked by a Government spy into believing that they were taking part in a nationwide insurrection. They were dispersed by a troop of cavalry and Brandreth went into hiding. Brandreth was betrayed and together with two of his associates; Isaac Ludlam and William Turner, they were hanged and beheaded at Derby Gaol for their participation in the uprising.

To celebrate the release of ‘The Hope‘, Ferocious Dog’s undertake a 22 date tour starting in Liverpool at the O2 Academy 2 on Friday 8th October and concluding at the Leadmill in Sheffield on Sunday 4th December.

The band promise those attending “will be part of something very special, watching one of the very best Folk Punk bands in the UK with a high octane explosion of the very best live music. People who have attended Ferocious Dog shows know exactly what to expect. People who are new to FD live shows will be welcomed by the “Hell Hounds” as part of the growing FD family.

The Hope‘ carries on in the strong tradition of Ferocious Dog albums, with thought provoking and politically charged lyrics, seamlessly combining with dynamic and eclectic music.

The Hope‘album is available to pre-order in usual CD and vinyl, with ticket and T-Shirt bundles available, plus an exclusive limited edition green vinyl album, limited edition cassette and signed CDs: Here

UK 2021 tour dates in full:


Fri        8th       O2 Academy 2             Liverpool

Sat       9th       Marine Hall                 Fleetwood

Fri        15th     Old Fire Station           Bournemouth

Sat       16th     Chalk                           Brighton

Wed     20th     O2 Academy 3             Manchester

Thu      21st     Nell’s                           London

Fri        22nd    O2 Academy 2             Oxford

Sat       23rd     Waterfront                  Norwich

Thu      28th     The Globe                    Cardiff

Fri        29th     O2 Academy                Leicester

Sat       30th     Esquires                       Bedford


Fri        5th       O2 Academy 2             Newcastle

Sat       6th       La Belle Angele                       Edinburgh

Fri        12th     Ropetackle Arts                       Shoreham

Sat       13th     The Forum                   Tunbridge Wells

Thu      18th     Cheese & Grain                       Frome

Fri        19th     Princess Pavilion         Falmouth

Sat       20th     Exeter Phoenix                        Exeter

Sun      21st     Guildhall                      Gloucester

Fri        26th     KK’s Steel Mill             Wolverhampton

Sat       27th     Picturedome               Holmfrith


Sat       4th       Leadmill                      Sheffield

Tickets available from : https://thehope.ferociousdog.co.uk/tickets

Please note for these rescheduled dates, original tickets remain valid.


Ken Bonsall – Lead singer & acoustic guitar.

Dan Booth – Violin & lead vocals on some songs.

Johnny Edwards – Multi-instrumentalist.

Ryan Brooks – Guitar

John Alexander – Bassist

Alex Smith – Drummer