Punk played on folk 

The Bad Shepherds SUS-140626-101004001
The Bad Shepherds SUS-140626-101004001

De La Warr Pavilion

Sun 17 August, doors 7pm

Tickets £19.50

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! Alright, they’re not all punk, but they come from roughly the same era. 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 70’s.

With Adrian playing the Mandolin, World-renowned Troy Donockley plays the ethereal uillean pipes and the bouzouki, Tim Harries (Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Steeleye Span - and two previous Bad Shepherds albums) 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.

The Bad Shepherds have released three albums, ‘Yan Tyan Tethera Methera! in 2009, “By Hook or By Crook” in 2010 and “Mud, Blood and Beer” in 2013 which features a song penned by Adrian.