Adrian Edmondson (69-75) performed to a sell-out crowd at Pocklington Arts Centre on Sunday 8 December 2013 with his band The Bad Shepherds.
Showcasing original material from their new album ‘Mud,Blood and Beer’, the band also put their trademark folk spin on 80s classics such as ‘Anarchy in the UK’ (The Sex Pistols), ‘No More Heros’ (The Stranglers), ‘What A Waste’ (Ian Dury), ‘Our House’ (Madness), the superb XTC track ‘Making Plans For Nigel’ and The Jam’s timeless ‘Going Underground’ .
The band’s fusion of punk and new wave songs with traditional folk music is an exciting combination and adds fresh energy and focus to familiar classics from the era. The musicianship was superb. Lead vocalist and front man Ade is an accomplished mandolin and mandola player. He is ably supported by the multi-faceted Troy Donockley on uilleann pipes, bouzouki and mandola and the effortlessly brilliant Andy Dinan on fiddle. The audience certainly appreciated it giving the band a standing ovation.
The band has four more dates on the current tour which finishes at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on 14 December. For more information about The Bad Shepherds visit the website www.thebadshepherds.com.