The Bad Shepherds are a British comedy folk band started by the hilarious Adrian Edmondson. Their style is to re-interpret and perform classic punk songs in their own folk style, for a comedic yet entertaining show which has seen them nominated for the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Live Act.
Forming in 2008, they instantly began touring the UK, and released their debut album Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera! the year later, and their second record By Hook or By Crook the year after that. After winning the Spiral Award for Best Live Act in 2012, the band finished up work on their next effort 'Mud, Blood and Beer', and embarked on a hefty 24-date tour of the UK late in 2013. Summer 2014 sees them returning to our live circuit - check below for the dates and to find tickets!
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Went to see The Bad Shepherds first time in Harlech and was totally blown away - I'm into Floyd, Yes, Neil Young etc but the transitional punk to folk was brilliant, masterminded by his highness. Followed this at Manchester Uni and ended up speaking with his lovely daughter who'd been the intro gig. She was good and although I recognised her from the stage, I opened my line as we watched The Bad Shepherds "he's brilliant isn't he?" and the answer, (as I crept underneath an ashtray)"Yes my father is good". I followed on a year later and watched them at Clitheroe, the 'bouncers' had surrounded the stage and one was constantly receieving phone calls on his mobile. This annoyed Ade so he told, not asked, the 'bouncer' to "fuck off or turn off your phone, these people have paid good money to hear US, not you". The 'bouncer stayed where he was and refused to turn off his phone. The band put down their instruments and walked off. A suit then appeared and spoke with the knuckle dragging morons, sorry, 'bouncers', and told them to leave, they did. Ade came back on and everyone clapped, he said "the good guys always win!" and they continued to provide the best music one could wish for. A truly unique band and a truly unique sound.
I went to see the band because I love Ade's comedy work. I was blown away by the whole gig at the quaterhouse in Folkestone, the whole place went mad for the unique style and the place was rocking the whole time. If you get a chance to see the band you will not be disappointed I will go and see them as often as I can from now on.