The Bad Shepherds announce new album and UK tour

Adrian Edmondson, Troy Donockley and Andy Dinan have announced the return of their fabulous folk-punk 3-piece, The Bad Shepherds, with a new album and major 24 date UK tour – Both will be entitled ‘Mud, Blood and Beer’

Ade tells us why in his own words;

“The Bad Shepherds’ last performance was at The Union Chapel towards the end of 2011. We’d been going since 2008, made two albums and done hundreds of gigs. We needed a break, to get a fresh perspective on things as much as anything else. I had some TV shows to make, and a side project called The Idiot Bastard Band with Phill Jupitus and Neil Innes. Troy was going on a year-long world tour with the Finnish prog-metal band Nightwish, and Andy was starting a new band, Ducie. Knowing how the balls can sometimes drop forever when you stop juggling I wasn’t really sure that we’d ever really get back together.

That night at The Union Chapel was quite an emotional event. It’s a funny feeling, knocking something on the head when it’s going well. I’ve done it a few times before, most obviously with The Young Ones and Bottom. But there’s always a fear that what you’re doing is going to get stale, and that it’s best to get out when you’re at the top.

Bizarrely, last year there was a move to revive Bottom. I wasn’t quite sure about it from the start. I’d called an end to my working relationship with Rik in 2003, a) because I thought we’d peaked, and b) because there were lots of other things I wanted to do in my life, music being one of them. When the idea for the new Bottom series came we met and worked on it for a while, but pretty soon I realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do – it felt too much like treading the same path again.

I came to realize that what I really wanted to do was get together with The Bad Shepherds again. Why? Because I am in love with the band. Because I love the sound we make. Because I love being with Troy and Andy. Because the best gigs I’ve ever done in my life, in any art form – in terms of excitement and connection with an audience – have been with The Bad Shepherds.

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And on top of that I’d begun to write bits of lyrics and tunes for completely new songs. Our set list up until now has been full of radically re-arranged covers of punk and new wave era songs, mixed with traditional jigs and reels. But I was eager to get together with Troy and work on these new self-penned songs. Songs that take their inspiration from who we are as people and as a band, and how we’ve got to where we are through all the MUD, BLOOD and BEER.

We’ve arranged an extensive UK tour, and we’re working on the new album right now…more on that soon!”

“Mud, Blood & Beer” UK Tour Dates – Winter 2013

Wed 13 November Gateshead The Sage
Thu 14 November Glasgow O2 ABC
Fri 15 November Sale The Waterside
Sat 16 November Liverpool O2 Academy 2
Sun 17 November Leeds City Varieties
Wed 20 November Bath Komedia
Thu 21 November Birmingham Town Hall
Fri 22 November Exeter Phoenix
Sat 23 November Falmouth Pavilions
Sun 24 November Southampton Brook
Wed 27 November Cardiff The Globe
Fri 29 November Corby Corby Cube
Sat 30 November Farnham Maltings

Sun 1 December Brighton Concorde 2
Wed 4 December Colchester Arts Centre
Thu 5 December Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Fri 6 December Picturedrome Holmfirth
Sat 7 December Clitheroe The Grand
Sun 8 December Pocklington Arts Centre
Wed 11 December Folkestone Quarterhouse
Thu 12 December Oxford O2 Academy 2
Fri 13 December Cambridge The Junction
Sat 14 December London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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