Bad Shepherds – The Fleece, Bristol

Al and I started early with a train over to Bristol before a wander round the shops, mainly so we could visit Fopp, something Bath is sadly lacking these days. A swift pint was quaffed before meeting Rachael at her office.

We wandered down to GBK for food, drove across town to the Fleece, then as we were early headed off in the search of another pint before relocating to the Fleece once the doors opened. I’d not been to the Fleece for getting on for 20 years, in which time it hasn’t changed a bit, they’ve not even redecorated.

The support came from Samantha Crain, her music was good, but I’m not sure I’d want to listen to too much of it in one go.

After what seemed like an endless wait, the Bad Shepherds finally took to the stage and launched straight into the first of a few new songs. They were superb as always, playing a good long set before finishing. As there wasn’t a curtain to disappear behind, Ade and Troy just stood at the back of the stage with towels over their heads whilst we called for the obligatory encore.

A fantastic night, only slightly marred by a couple of drunken idiots who decided what we really needed was a mosh pit. It didn’t work out well.

Setlist:
Our House
Anarchy in the UK
Making Plans for Nigel
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum
Friday Night, Saturday Morning
God Save the Queen
Up the Junction
Ace of spades
The Model
Whole Wide World
Ramones Medley – Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue / Gimmie Gimme Shock Treatment / Blitzkrieg Bop
What a Waste
London Calling
No More Heroes
Rise
Once in a lifetime

Yan Tyan Tethera Methera
White Riot

The Bad Shepherds – Komedia, Bath

Support came from Ella Edmondson tonight, you get the impression that nepotism has a part in the selection of support bands.

A slightly different line-up for The Bad Shepherds again tonight, this time with Tim Harries (ex-Steeleye Span and others) on double bass. If anything they seemed a little too polished tonight, at times it felt like the folk element was taking a bit too much of a back seat. Having said that it was still a superb evenings entertainment.

Setlist:
Anarchy in the UK
Up Against the Wall
Teenage Kicks / Whisky in the Jar
No More Heroes
Panic
Whole Wide World
Rise
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
Sound of the Suburbs
Friday Night, Saturday Morning
London Calling
Once in a Lifetime
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue / Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment / Blitzkrieg Bop
God Save the Queen

Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera!
White Riot
Hurry up Harry

The Bad Shepherds

The Bad Shepherds

The Bad Shepherds

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

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2009 – Cropredy

This year we did the full three-days at Cropredy, heading up on the Thursday morning for the 4pm start. The weather was a lot better this year, sunny on Thursday and Saturday, and overcast on the Friday. Due to this I came home with a sunburn rather than soaking wet kit which made a nice change from last year.

A few brief comments on the bands.

Thursday
Harlequin – Too much talking, and too much Michael Jackson
4 Square – Good
Ken Nichol and Phil Cool – Rubber Faced Irritant
Buzzcocks – Raucous, load, shouty, fantastic
Steve Winwood – No idea, I went to bed

Friday
ColvinQuarmby – Irritatingly over-enthusiastic twat, death by jazz-hands.
Megan and Joe Henwood – Good
Scott Matthews – Thom Yorke does folk, badly.
The Bad Shepherds – Fantastic
John Jorgensen Band – Fret-wank frenzy
The Dodge Brothers – Skiffle-tastic
Richard Thompson – Superb
Seth Lakeman – Accomplished

Saturday
Richard Digence – The usual songs, the usual jokes. Amusing start to the day
Churchfitters – Eclectic selection of instruments
Feast of Fiddles – What a lot of fiddlers
Dreadzone – Sunny fun, very good, fitted in surprisingly well.
Nik Kershaw – We now know who is to blame for Chesney Hawkes.
Ralph McTell – Good, played his one hit fairly early on.
Fairport Convention & Friends – Very good as always, guest spots from Yusuf, Richard Thompson and others.

Cropredy 2009 photos

The Bad Shepherds – Cheese and Grain, Frome

My second visit to the Cheese and Grain this week, and there were far fewer people in attendance tonight. Because of this I was stood much nearer the front which meant it sounded a lot better than usual for the venue.

Support came from Al O’Kane, standing in for the absent Ella Edmondson. Fortunately however, her Dad had turned up. After a short break, three professionals and the self proclaimed “twat in the middle” took to the stage, pointed out the lack of sheep thereby proving how bad they were at being shepherds, then launched into 90 minutes of music interspersed with occasional jokes from Ade. A superb evening and I can’t wait to see them again at Cropredy next month.

Setlist:
I Fought the Law
Rise
Whole Wide World
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
The Model
Teenage Kicks / Whisky in the Jar
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding
No More Heroes
Once in a Lifetime
London Calling
Up Against the Wall
All Around My Hat
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue / Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment / Blitzkrieg Bop / Sheena is a Punk Rocker
Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera!
Up the Junction
God Save the Queen

White Riot
Hurry up Harry