Band Ade’s folkie take on punk

Former Young One Adrian Edmondson and his band the Bad Shepherds are heading to Lancashire.

Sunday, 9th February 2014, 4:00 pm
Music review
Music review

The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments – “not as a gag, but because they really like the noise”.

So expect to see 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 given a twist.

They play the Muni Theatre, Colne, on Thursday, May 15 and a spokesman said: “Alright, they’re not all punk, but they come from roughly the same era.

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“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.”

With Adrian playing the Mandolin, world-renowned Troy Donockley playing the ethereal uillean pipes and the bouzouki, Tim Harries (Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Steeleye Span) on the double bass and Terl Bryant (Iona, Peter Murphy Band, John Paul Jones Band) on percussion, the four of them now form the core of the band with occasional guest musicians.Snoop