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The Bad Shepherds


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(2008 – present)

The Bad Shepherds are a British folk band formed by the comedian Adrian Edmondson in 2008. They play punk songs with traditional folk instruments. The band primarily consists of Edmondson (vocals, mandolins, mandola), Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, cittern, whistles, vocals) and Andy Dinan (fiddle).

The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. Not as a joke, but because they really like the noise. They think the songs are better than people remember. They love folk instruments. It works. They do songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers The Jam, Sham 69, The Undertones, Talking Heads, Squeeze and others, even Kraftwerk! Alright, they’re not all punk, but they come from roughly the same era. The songs are mostly given a kind of Celtic feel, with the odd reel and jig stuck here and there. But occassionally they just thrash! They’ve always thought the excitement of a reel taking off is the nearest thing to the excitement of watching punk live in the 70s!

Other musicians recording and appearing with the Bad Shapherds include Carol Dawson (fiddle), Eimear Bradley (fiddle), Keith Angel (percussion), Mark Woolley (percussion), Martin Allcock (bass), Brad Lang (bass) and Tim Harries (bass).

Their albums include:
Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera! (2008)
By Hook or By Crook (2010)


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  • Dukeicon

    The band are back on tour in November/December 2013!

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • brontethebrian

    Brilliant at Exeter a couple for months ago :)

    17 Dec 2011 Reply

    Enjoyed the show at the Gloucester Guildhall on the 4th October. Great stuff.

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Diotor

    Could they not headline Loopallu instead of the fucking Feeling?

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • erduprince

    absolutely great renditions...of absolutely great songs

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • nightblu

    Great to see them in oct,, ade had an awesome idea when he came up with this one,,, a veering from the comedy side, tho totally amazing live,, the guitarist from fairport convention does wonders conforming these classic punk songs into how uve never heard them before :D absolute Class!!........

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • CCSandman

    Saw them in Cardiff last year; very awesome, exceeded expectations! :-D

    10 Sep 2010 Reply
  • sisalgs

    Live video clip of "Could be wrong, could be right" here ;

    2 Jan 2010 Reply
  • lei9hjones

    We are the flowers in your dustbin...

    12 Nov 2009 Reply
  • berlin_brat

    Just ordered my CD and I'm soooooo pumped to get it!!!! Ade is uh-mazing, I love his voice, and his comedy of course.

    31 May 2009 Reply
  • Skyjenny

    I was at the 24th gig and all i can say is !!!!!GREAT BRILLIANT FUN AND LOVED IT !!!!

    24 May 2009 Reply

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