Nominated 'BEST LIVE ACT' BBC Folk Awards 2010
Winners 'BEST LIVE ACT' Spiral Awards 2012
We last performed at The Union Chapel in Nov 2011, and to be honest, we didn't know if we'd be getting back together again. But we have! We're gagging for it! We can't wait! We're doing a quick tour of Australia in the spring, we're sorting out some choice festivals for the summer, and we'll be touring the UK in the autumn.
TOURING AUSTRALIA IN 2013
TOURING UK IN NOV/DEC 2013
NEW ALBUM IN THE OFFING
Troy and I are getting together early in the New Year to start work on a new album. We've got a hat full of songs we were playing on the last tour that we haven't recorded yet, and we're looking forward to working on some others that have been knocking at my door for a year or so now.
Photo by David Angel
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OUR SECOND ALBUM CAME OUT IN FEBRUARY 2011:
"ANOTHER KNOCKOUT ALBUM FROM THE BAD SHEPHERDS"
4 star review in R2
OUR DEBUT ALBUM CAME OUT APRIL 2009:
'An inspired choice and approach that fuses the best of both musical traditions'
'If The Bad Shepherds new treatment of Down In The Tube Station At Midnight isn't up for a Folk Award next year, there's no justice.'
WHAT ARE THE BAD SHEPHERDS?
The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. Not as a gag, but because we really like the noise. We think the songs are better than people remember. We love folk instruments. It works. We do songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69, The Undertones, The Buzzcocks, The Ramones, The Specials, Talking Heads, Squeeze and others, even Kraftwerk! Alright, they're not all punk, but they come from roughly the same era. We've mostly given the songs a kind of Celtic feel, and we've stuck in the odd reel and jig here and there. But occassionally we just thrash! I'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.
I love the songs of 76 - 82. I was 19 in 76 when punk arrived. Those songs were the soundtrack to my life as I went through Uni and started pretending to be a comedian. I loved the noise, the faces and the attitude. I love making music. Got my first guitar when I was 13 and along the way I've picked up ten other guitars, a banjo, a ukelele, two trumpets, a banjolele, a mandolin, an autoharp, a charanga, two pianos, a tenor guitar, a triangle and even made myself some Coconuts (strangely enough - from a coconut). I also love folk music, I love the noise - at its live best its the most exciting music to be in the same room with. It occured to me that punk was the folk music of its day.
I decided to form a band to reflect all of the above. It would be great if you came along for the ride.
Photo by David Angel
If you still don't know what The Bad Shepherds are about, here's me yakking on about it in an interview with the BBC back in October 2008.
And here's a video clip of us performing at The International Folkwoods Festival near Eindhoven in Holland during August 2009. (You have to select the clip from the list on the right).
And here's a pic of one of my ancestors (probably):
'The Bad Shepherd' by Pieter Brueghel the younger.
We get a few enquiries about our instruments and who makes them:
ADE'S MANDOLINS: Paul Hathway www.paulhathway.com
ADE'S OCTAVE MANDOLA: Paul Hathway www.paulhathway.com
TROY'S BOUZOUKI: Fylde Guitars www.fyldeguitars.com
TROY'S UILLEANN PIPES: Dave Williams R.I.P. www.troydonockley.co.uk/instruments.htm.
TROY'S WHISTLES: Bernard Overton R.I.P.www.troydonockley.co.uk/instruments.htm
ANDY'S FIDDLES: Bridge Violins www.bridgeinstruments.co.uk
FLIGHT CASES: Scott Dixon www.scottdixoninc.com