The Bad Shepherds – Gloucester Guildhall

A trek up the M5 tonight to see Ade Edmondson and his band The Bad Shepherds again. Support came from his daughter Ella Edmondson and her band, the bassist seemed somewhat lucky to still be standing given the amount of drugs he looked to have taken.

The line-up of The Bad Shepherds has changed since I last saw them in the summer, now officially comprising two musicians and “that twat off the telly” since the departure of Maartin Allcock, the band has been augmented by Brad Lang on double bass during the tour. This brings a slightly different and somewhat less guitar-orientated sound to their music.

There were a few new songs in the setlist tonight, but unfortunately they’d dropped the Ramones medley and a few of the lengthier jokes.

Setlist:
I Fought the Law
Up Against the Wall
Whole Wide World
Rise
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
The Model
Teenage Kicks / Whisky in the Jar
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding
Friday Night, Saturday Morning
Gary Gilmore’s Eyes
London Calling
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)
Once in a Lifetime
All Around My Hat
Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera!
Up the Junction
God Save the Queen

White Riot
Hurry up Harry

Bellowhead – Cheese and Grain, Frome

Support tonight came from the duo Belshazzars Feast, one of whom, Paul Sartin, comprises one eleventh of Bellowhead. Their repertoir included Mozart, Music for a Found Harmonium, and the “Just One Cornetto” advert.

The mass ranks of Bellowhead took took the stage for what turned out to be probably the best sounding gig I’ve been to at the Cheese and Grain. Usually the sound is quite muddy, but tonight everything sounded crisp and clear tonight.

Setlist:
Roll Her Down the Bay
Trip to Bucharest / The Flight of the Folk Mutants, Parts 1 & 2
Fakenham Fair
Cold Blows the Wind
Unclothed Nocturnal Manuscript Crisis
Cholera Camp
Whisky is the Life of Man
Northern Frisk
The Handweaver and the Factory Maid
Kafoozalum / The Priest’s Miss
A Begging I Will Go
Rochdale Coconut Dance
Jiggery Pokerwork / Haul Away / Seven Stars
Fire Marengo
Sloe Gin

London Town

Frogs Legs and Dragons Teeth

Tomorrow night we’re off to Gloucester to see The Bad Shepherds.

Duxford Autumn Air Display 2009

Another Sunday, another trek across country for an air display, this time to Duxford, not that many miles from Old Warden where we were last Sunday. This time we had the added honour of a trip in Father’s new Citroen C5 rather than my middle-aged Nissan X-Trail. We weren’t blessed with the fantastic weather that we’d seen at Old Warden, the day started off grey and overcast.

Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina

After a few spots of rain early afternoon it eventually cleared up just before the end of the display giving a few brief minutes of glorious sunshine.

North American P-51D Mustang
North American P-51D Mustang – Ferocious Frankie

That’s it for this year, things will kick off again next May.

More photos: Duxford Autumn Air Display, October 2009