With a new bass player, Manchester’s DoveTales will return to The Eagle Inn in Salford on Tuesday, 23 April.

Fusing harmonic rock, folk and country with soulful lyrics, DoveTales will mark their first of three 2019 shows at the Salford venue, following a sold-out show there last December.

Since then, the band – which includes former Happy Mondays collaborator and guitarist Johnny Evans – have earned an impressive following in Manchester and beyond.

Members Stef Rose (vocals) and Chris Joyce (drums) – who met Johnny a decade ago when playing as The Sylvias – complete the line-up, along with new bassist Victor ‘Fela’ Freeman.

Having worked with legendary Madness producer Clive Langer and a long list of talented musicians, Manc-born Fela adds an extra dimension of rhythm to the band and has been working on four new songs with them at The Egg Factory in Hebden Bridge.

DoveTales’ new material – which is being recorded in the run-up to The Eagle Inn gigs – follows their breakthrough song Lost You Again, a beautiful track that’s fraught with emotion.

Talking excitedly about DoveTales’ upcoming shows, Finnish singer-songwriter Stef said: “We can’t wait to return to The Eagle Inn. It’s a quirky venue that’s become our second home. We felt the love at our December gig and know this year will be better again. The band are as energetic as ever and the bond we have is sure to make these upcoming shows special.”

DoveTales will return to The Eagle Inn in Salford on Tuesday, 23 April and will play two further shows on 21 May and 25 June.