Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds
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Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds

London, England, United Kingdom

London, England, United Kingdom
Band Folk Punk


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"Inventive and Witty"

Any preconceptions I might have held regarding the ‘seriousness’ of this project helmed by Adrian Edmondson, comedian, actor and now frontman of The Bad Shepherds were quickly dispelled upon hearing the respectful yet authoritative, inventive and witty approach to much of the material on their debut disc, Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera! (Cumbrian dialect for ‘One, Two, Three, Four’, fact fans: Ed).
Steve Caseman **** - Rock ‘n’ Reel

"Various Festival"

“...not just the hit of this Festival [Big Session, Leicester] but probably every other Festival this summer.”
Colin Irwin, Rock n Reel

“... worth every prick of sunburn and insect bite of the weekend.”
Emma Hartley The Daily Telegraph

“ We loved it and by the looks of it so did the other 19,997 people watching.”
James Marshall, BBC
- Various

"If you haven't heard The Bad Shepherds, I suggest you remedy that oversight immediately"

“If you haven't heard The Bad Shepherds, I suggest you remedy that oversight immediately. What they do has been done before: bands have often folked-up pop sings for a fun encore but Adrian Edmondson and his band take it seriously and offer a superb re-interpretation of the music of the 70s and 80s.”
Dai Jeffries ****
- R2


The Bad Shepherds have released 2 albums; Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Metheral and 2010’s By Hook Or By Crook. They were nominated for Best Live Act at the 2010 BBC Radio Folk Awards (where they also performed).



Conceptually borne out of Adrian’s accidental (drunken) mandolin purchase and a subsequent backstage jam at a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band gig, the idea came to fruition when Adrian somehow convinced 2 of the most talented folk performers on the circuit (virtuoso uilleann pipes player Troy Donockley and twice All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Andy Dinan) to join him in and form a ewe-nique band fusing punk songs with folk instrumentation.

The Bad Shepherds have been enthusiastically received by gig and festival audiences (of a folk, punk or agnostic persuasions) across the UK and Europe. Efestivals declared, “Joe Strummer would heartily approve of the way the original ethics of punk have returned to its roots”.