The Bad Shepherds
|The Bad Shepherds|
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), and Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, cittern, whistles, vocals). Andy Dinan (fiddle) was a former regular member but no longer performs with the band.
After "accidentally" buying a mandolin, Edmondson taught himself to play a few chords and he began to play a few punk songs on it. After playing together with Donockley, a virtuoso uilleann pipes player and multi-instrumentalist, for two days they had arranged eight songs. After some initial experimentation, they enlisted Dinan, winner of the All-Ireland Fiddle Championship, and the band was formed. Essentially a folk band, the band's repertoire is taken from punk and new wave hits from 1978 to 1985. They re-interpret songs, inserting traditional reels and jigs.
After touring the United Kingdom during 2008, the Bad Shepherds released their debut album, Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera! (which translates from an ancient Cumbrian dialect as One, Two, Three, Four!) in May 2009. The band released their second album, By Hook or By Crook, with former Steeleye Span member Tim Harries playing double bass, in 2010. The Bad Shepherds also headlined the first Looe Music Festival in 2011.
At the start of 2013, after a year long hiatus the band announced they were getting back together to release a new album and undertake a 24 date UK tour, along with a six date tour of Australia. Both of which were entitled Mud, Blood and Beer. The album was released on 19 August 2013, and included both cover versions of punk and new wave tracks, plus their own material.
In 2012, the band won The Spiral Earth Award for best live act. The organisation celebrates a wide range of music, however their roots are mainly focused in the folk music genre.
- Adrian Edmondson – vocals, mandolin, mandola
- Troy Donockley – uilleann pipes, cittern, whistles, vocals
- Tim Harries – bass
- Terl Bryant – percussion
- Andy Dinan – fiddle
- Carol Dawson – fiddle
- Eimear Bradley – fiddle
- Keith Angel – percussion
- Mark Woolley – percussion
- Martin Allcock – bass
- Brad Lang – bass
|Year||Album details||Track listing|
|2009||Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera!||
|2010||By Hook or By Crook
|2013||Mud, Blood and Beer'|
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