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Ex-‘Young One’ Adrian Edmondson (mandolin) leads The Bad Shepherds who are Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes), from the band Iona; Andy Dinan (fiddle), twice all Ireland fiddle champion, and Tim Harries (double bass) of Steeleye Span fame.
The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. Not as a gag, 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, The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, The Specials, Talking Heads, Squeeze and others, even Kraftwerk! They’ve mostly given the songs a kind of Celtic feel, and they’ve stuck in the odd reel and jig here and there. But occasionally 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.
The Bad Shepherds have announced that their third album, ‘*Mud, Blood & Beer*’ will be released in August. The album release is to be followed-up by a 24-date UK tour in November and December, supported on all dates by husband and wife folk duo, Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou.
‘Mud, Blood and Beer’ is the third beautifully-crafted album of classic punk and alternative songs loving reimagined by The Bad Shepherds in their distinctive folk style. Featuring re-workings of classics such as Madness’ ‘Our House’, The Jam’s ‘Going Underground’ and a fabulous rendition of ‘No More Heroes’ by The Stranglers, this is by far the most accomplished and diverse Bad Shepherds album to date.
This is also the first album to feature original Bad Shepherds material. The lyrics to title track, ‘Mud Blood & Beer’ was penned by Ade as a homage to his new career as a festival musician. The closing track, ‘Off To The Beer Tent’, is a furious jig written by the band, which showcases Andy Dinan and Troy Donckley’s world-class musical talents.