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Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six


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Many believe that the number of love songs in the world far outstrip the number of things with which one can fall in love. That is why Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six are doing their very best to readdress the balance, penning twisted dirt-swing about lust and loathing, served up on an exuberant gobbet of malicious delight. Stories about grieving lovers, thieving lovers and deceiving lovers seep from their songbook like a putrescent parade of painful parables. It’s strangely beautiful - but not very. Expect to hear growly narratives spat out over dissonant riffs coaxed from beat-up trombones, banjos, trumpets, saxophones, mandolins, cellos, violins, lap-steels, accordions, pianos and spoons.
Heavy, hairy and (mostly) in harmony.

Described by veteran radio presenter Richard Cartridge as “The next big thing” and USA Weekly News as “one of the best and unique bands for music, theatre and entertainment the UK has produced this century”, The Bedlam Six are without peer on the British live music scene in terms of onstage energy, musical subtlety and lyrical gymnastics. Formed in late 2006 by street performer Louis Barabbas (originally under the name The Black Velvet Band), the group have in under three years racked up an incredible list of achievements: they have played with such disparate acts as Supergrass, Motorhead, Chaz ‘n’ Dave, Sun Ra’s Arkestra



from the album Youth

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  • iranon78

    great show at Teatro della Contraddizione, Milan. they were amazing!

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • uwitness

    I know it's a VERY long shot at VERY late notice, but if anyone is travelling up and back from London, by car, to the Salford Islington Mill gig tomorrow (Thursday 18/10) and would be willing to give me a lift, I'd be hugely grateful (and financially, too). Only introduced to this band by a good friend a few weeks ago, but so love what I've heard, and this Salford gig sounds like it could really be something special. Can't really afford train fares and the Manchester hotel I'd need to book because the last trains are all too early, hence this request.

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • KillYourIdols96

    The Tell-Tale Hound live at Kesselhaus Lauenau:

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ContagionClub

    Looking forward to the Middlesbrough gig on Saturday. :-)

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • brekenbok

    Come to US (east coast) we cant wait to see you here!

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • courgol

    their first show in germany yesterday, just rocked

    18 Mar 2011 Reply
  • natalie0790

    I saw these like three years ago at a small bar in Manc, and they were amazing.

    30 Sep 2010 Reply

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