About Us

Master & Dog ( Formerly John, Shelly & the Creatures) formed after a chance meeting they had in a bar in Berlin with two homeless Irish twins named ‘John and Shelly’…it’s a really good story so ask the lads about it sometime….

Master & Dog and are made up of band members:

Kevin Carlisle (Drums, percussion & vox),

Philip Watts d’Alton (guitar, vox, keys, bass, mandolin),

Ger Gormley (bass, guitar, mandolin, vox),

and Walter (D’Goon) (guitar, vox, keys, programming and drums).

The Belfast foursome are influenced by a wide variety of genres and are unafraid to mix things up when it comes to recording and playing live. Their debut album is a defiant multi faceted musical prism of sound, tone and texture and has received critical acclaim this year from Radio, Tv, Press & Online critics.

In 2009 the Northern Irish Tourist Board launched a phase of TV adverts that featured the band’s debut single: Long May You Reign as the title music on the advert. From statistics, the Advert has been the most successful Tv advert they have had on the NITB, so the band were asked to go back into the studio in September 2010 to record a new version of the song, for a more laid back Autumn/Winter season.  Injecting vital fuel into the Master & Dog machine, the success of the single (which was picked for the ad over Greenday!) has buoyed the band, not only heightening their profile across the island, but allowing them to fulfill a packed touring schedule over the last year.

On the lead up to their Debut album launch, they performed on Ireland’s biggest and most well-known TV show: THE LATE LATE SHOW. Achieving quite an accomplishment for an unsigned band doing it on their own. Their album has received rave reviews from national publications, declaring the band as ‘BRILLIANT..  Dazzling’ (Irish Independent), ‘Sublime’ (Irish Mirror), “Effortlessly monumental’ (AU)…& destined for greatness… it was also hotly tipped for a Choice Music Prize Nomination by Irish Music Journalist Tony Clayton Lea of The Irish Times who wrote: “an exceptional grasp of texture, tone and theme. A shoe-in for next year’s Choice Music Prize nominations list?”

They performed the song live, to over 20,000 spectators in the RDS arena, which was a high moment for the band in their short career to date and featured on an exclusive live web stream on Muzu.TVfeaturing Top talent in Ireland.

Since then, they have gone back into the studio to finish their second album, working with Ken Nelson (producer of Coldplay, Badly Drawn Boy and Gomez). Their self-titled second album will be released later this year.

DISCOGRAPHY:

(EP) LONG MAY YOU REIGN EP 2009

(SINGLES) LONG MAY YOU REIGN (FEB 2010) & KILLER (MAY 2010) FOOLS (August 2010)

(ALBUMS) DINOSAUR MAR 2010

MEDIA:

TV Shows the band have recently featured on:

RTE’S THE LATE LATE SHOW (JAN 2010)

RTE TWO TUBE – BAND OF THE WEEK (FEB 2010)

TG4’S POP CEOL (FEB 2010)

TG4’S IMEALL (FEB 2010)

BBC ATL

BBC IMEALL CEOL (June 2010)

RTE DAVE FANNINGS THE ELEVENTH HOUR (broadcast date MAY 5TH 2010)

All videos can be viewed from here: http://www.youtube.com/user/jscband

Radio stations the band have recently frequented include:

FM104’S THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK,

RTE RADIO 1- RYAN TUBRIDY RADIO SHOW (“Not only a great band but a great bunch of lads”- Ryan Tubridy)

& TODAY WITH PAT KENNY, (“Great music from this band, just great”- Pat kenny)

NEWSTALKS WEEKEND BLEND,

BBC radio 1, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC ATL U105, Downtown Radio,

iRADIO’S BREAKFAST SHOW,

Phantom FM Finest Works Songs and ICON,

Midlands breakfast show with Anne-Marie Kelly + lots more!

‘Album of the week’ on RTE radio1 & ‘Album of the week’ on RTE TWO

LISTEN TO THE FULL STREAM ALBUM HERE:

http://soundcloud.com/devilspain/sets/dinosaur

Album DINOSAUR available in all stores Nationwide and on iTunes

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