Music Preview: The Bad Shepherds Tonight @ Bush Hall

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Music Preview: The Bad Shepherds Tonight @ Bush Hall

badshepherds.jpg Adrian Edmondson made his name as the psychopathic punk student Vivyan in classic eighties sitcom The Young Ones. These days, in a neatly cyclical turn of events, Edmondson is touring with his band The Bad Shepherds to perform energetic folk covers of classic punk songs, with a date this evening in W12 - proving, if nothing else, that even violent maniacs like Vivyan can mellow in their old age.

What does seem like a somewhat gimmicky premise actually works pretty well. The translation from angry electric guitars to spirited acoustic ones is fairly effective. Edmonson suggests that punk “was the folk music of its day” and it’s hard to argue when you can expect cheerful acoustic versions of ‘Teenage Kicks’, ‘Anarchy in the UK’ and a Ramones medley. Edmondson’s roles are listed as ‘Vocals/Thrash Mandolin’.

As you might imagine, it’s all tinged with a layer of irony, but unlike other actors recently foraying into music (hello Tim Robbins) this particular foray boasts a real musicianship, solidified by established folk musicians Troy Donockley, Andy Dinan and Ella Edmondson joining Ade on stage, and a heavy touring schedule behind them, including a well-received Glastonbury appearance last summer.

Tickets are just about still available for the gig tonight at Bush Hall; expect to stand shoulder to shoulder with a mix of ageing punks, real ale fans and curious musos in what promises to a be a quirky and different way to spend your Friday evening.

By John Nugent

Last Updated 22 October 2010

sookie from www.blogTO.com

That's better than Vista's launch here in Toronto - all we got was a crummy ice house built in a city square.
Having seen the $50 million Codex Leicester in Sydney I would be thrilled to see this convergence, but on the whole Tiger v Vista thing - Vista's major enhancements, aren't they just mimicking Tiger's technology froma couple years back? I don't see anything new or innovative.

Puzzler

Saw them last year in Camden and they're a terrific band.

If there are tickets still available and you're at a loose end this evening - go.

Puzzler

Saw them last year in Camden and they're a terrific band.
If there are tickets still available and you're at a loose end this evening - go.