Combining Gary and Joseph's songwriting and vocals together with Glenn's inventive accordion arrangements, this ground-breaking all-acoustic trio proved highly original and inspired during its two-year existence. Mad Dogs and Englishmen never progressed beyond a side project for all involved but the trio still performed a total of 33 concerts in England, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.
Released in 2000, 'Going Down With Alice', (Whippet Records WPTCD20), the trio's sole release, captured their spontaneity and unique vision, and features some of Gary’s finest songs, including ‘A Rich Seam’ and ‘Seven Hills’, as well as a reworking of ‘Full Circle’ (the last song recorded by The Whisky Priests, for the compilation CD A Full Head of Steam) featuring Joseph on lead vocals.
“Porter and the Millers actually write great songs with words that mean something and are usually substantially rooted. This reminds you how subtle these guys actually are.” (Simon Jones, Folk Roots)
“This collaboration draws the template for what folk-rock could and should be in a world anxiously wrestling with newfound fashions and freedoms… should generate a tremendous buzz and excitement as well as positioning them to build upon their previous successes.” (Geoff Wall, Folk on Tap)
The following is a complete list of concert performances by Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
(*) = supporting The Whisky Priests
(**) = supporting Blyth Power
Ried im Innkreis
Trades Club (unofficial debut gig, project un-named)
Riverside Festival (official debut gig)
QV Stadel (*)
The Cooperage (with Mick Tyas)
New Roscoe (**)
The Acorn, ‘The Little Festival’ (*)
The Barn Theatre
The Verge (*)
Acton ‘Roots Focus’ at The King’s Head
Railway Tavern (*)
Red Triangle (Final gig)