Bad Shepherds
‘And I’m that twat off the telly… Goodnight,’ said Ade Edmundson as The Bad Shepherds wound up their show for the night. He had introduced the other two members with more formal adjectives, as in their real names of Andy Dinan (on fiddle) and Troy Donockley (on all manner of things, ketamine, red bull, guitar).
The tickets had been booked for a while, an early (by a week) birthday present, and despite this, it was still a rush through rush hour traffic to ensure we got to Sale in time (that’s a posh suburb of Manchester). We booked into the B&B and skipped across town to the Waterside Arts Centre…
Due to time constraints it was unfortunately one of those Meal Deals from a garage for tea, rather than anything more appetising, Indigestion Deal, as they should be called as £3’s worth of stomach acid fought with the Kronenbourg for most of the evening.

TrevorhannahThere must be a support? I wonder who it’d be? These questions betrayed my lack of research before tonight, but Hey! I’m a busy man… Some up ‘n’ coming young punk band would’ve been quite novel; hammering their stuff out at an audience who (judging by their appearance) are more privy to X-Factoring a Friday night with a takeaway than being stood at a ‘concert’ (how novel).
We walked past two vans on our way into the venue and sniggered at the ramshackled one that looked like someone’s home and bet it belonged to the support band…
I later discovered the van owners were Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, I say later, as we saw the whole set, but they introduced themselves so quickly, as in ‘Trmosnhnloo’ we never actually caught the name. They are a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, brother and sister, lover and other or whatever duo, providing (cheap) support for this entire 5 week tour.
They were actually not bad once I had grooved my body and mind into Rhyl Folk Club mode… Songs were originals, he sounded like Brian Molko and she like Sinead O’Connor, and when they combined in snog mode singing into the same microphone, it made for a great harmonic sound. At half an hour in duration, it was also the perfect length as to not outstay their welcome.

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Scanning the audience, it was evident that this bunch of librarians, driving instructors and geography teachers were not going to be here for a night of heckling that Twat off The Telly. It was going to be a night of polite applause and genuine appreciation… There will have been a few who would also recognise and remember Troy Donockley from his days in You Slosh, that band of bandoleers from York, who jigged and ligged their way across the country in the late eighties, spreading their psychedelic Irish-laced folk love wherever they went. Being frequent visitors to North Wales, our worlds collided on several occasions and we found the time to laugh and time to scream at many a venue. Their album ‘Glorious Racket’ nestles on my CD shelf and is well worth seeking out.
The You Slosh input is highly evident and sits strong and proud within the Bad Shepherds set, with that electric bagpipe sound jiggling away more often than not amongst the segues of this fine set…
Adrian Edmondson is a hero of many people – that foul mouthed yob who burst through a wall and onto our screens in the early 80s in The Young Ones. It’s surprising the influence  that The Young Ones and Bottom had on the nation’s youth at the time, with many a quip finding it’s way into the modern day language that was originally uttered by this complete bastard.
Ade’s transition from being Vyvian Basterd to Eddie Hitler to Masterchef and that ‘really nice friendly bloke About Britain’ has been one that can only be applauded and one can only wish him the deserved success in everything he does.


Anyway, enough of this character building, hero worship bollocks… The Bad Shepherds are basically 3 blokes playing folk versions of punk rock classics… And, as is well documented amid the thousands of reviews on this website – I FUCKING HATE COVERS BANDS…
This is true, but if you take your time to read the ranting closely… It’s the unimaginative covers bands I can’t stand.. The ‘cash for covers’ bands… There’s not a problem with chucking a cover into your set to keep the piss stained arseholes in the crowd happy, but why not do something with a bit of imagination? A punk cover of Knock On Wood please…!
Cue, The Bad Shepherds, like that band Gabba Abba Hey who did Abba songs in a Ramones style, Ade and the gang rework many a classic into their style. It’s their take on Making Plans For Nigel, or White Riot or Eton Rifles… You sometimes don’t get what it is until the chorus, they are that reworked, (that’s enough italics for one sentence).

Anarchy In The UK is probably one the most, if not thee most covered punk song ever, maybe after Blitzkrieg Bop, anyway, I’ve heard some pretty decent like-for-like versions, some pretty shit versions (Mel C once murdered it at V Festival and had was rightly pelted with mud and piss), funny versions (Frank Sidebottom) and inspired versions by The Ukrainians and The Bad Shepherds.
Ade should sing ‘I wanna be Donockley’ for a laugh…


The hour and a half came and went very quickly… Ade looked tired, and the wait for an encore was less than 30 seconds, which suggested they wanted to get off to bed pretty quick (and this being only the third night of a 5 week tour!)…
Reworkings off the new ‘Mud, Blood & Beer’ album were played alongside classics from the previous two long players, and rest assured they were gonna play Sound of The Suburbs, the most melancholy yet uplifting song (their version) I have EVER heard… I prepared myself for tears… What A Waste, Gary Gilmore’s Eyes, (they’ll play it in a minute), Once In A Lifetime, God Save The Queen, (any moment now), Mud, Blood & Beer
‘Oi, why didn’t you play Sound of The Suburbs you twat?’ I abruptly oiked at Ade as he tried to climb into his tour bus after the show…
‘Well, we couldn’t play everything could we..?’ he replied…
So we sang a verse together in the street…

Thanks Ade…

The tour runs until mid December – get a ticket if you can, many shows are already sold out… (more info here)