Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds + Samantha Crain

  • Thursday | 17.11.11
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £17.50 adva...


After their sold out concert in 2009 Band on the Wall is delighted to welcome Adrian Edmondson and his motley crew of folk punksters back to Manchester for what is being billed as ‘The First Farewell Tour‘.  At the end of 2011 the band are splitting up….at least for now!

The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. Not as a gag, but because they really like the noise. They think the songs are better than people remember. They love folk instruments. It works. They do songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69, The Undertones, The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, The Specials, Talking Heads, Squeeze and others, even Kraftwerk! Alright, they’re not all punk, but they come from roughly the same era. They’ve mostly given the songs a kind of Celtic feel, and they’ve stuck in the odd reel and jig here and there. But occassionally they just thrash! They’ve always thought the excitement of a reel taking off is the nearest thing to the excitement of watching punk live in the 70’s.

Special guest support tonight is from the tipped-for-the-top American singer-songwriter Samantha Crain whose Neil Young and Bob Dylan infused songs are garnering her critical acclaim wherever she plays.

The Bad Shepherds are:

ADRIAN EDMONDSON (Vocals, ‘thrash mandolin’)

Ade is best known as a comedian in The Young Ones, Bottom, and The Comic Strip Presents. Though he’s no stranger to the music world having played the Monsters of Rock and Reading Festivals with Bad News, the Hootenanny with Jools Holland, Hyde Park with The Who, and he’s toured with The Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band. He’s also had a No 1 single with Cliff Richard! And as a director he made lots of music videos in the 80’s for the likes of The Pogues, Squeeze, Elvis Costello and 10,000 Maniacs.

TROY DONOCKLEY (Uillean pipes, cittern, whistles, vocals)

Troy has built up a formidable reputation as both a Composer / Arranger / Musician / Performer and as a leading virtuoso of the Uilleann Pipes. He’s released three critically acclaimed solo albums, is a member of Iona, and also finds time to record and tour with the likes of Maddy Prior (he has co-produced four albums), Barbara Dickson (produced two albums) Maire Brennan (Clannad), Midge Ure, Nightwish, Lesley Garrett , Roy Harper, Status Quo, Alan Stivell, Del Amitri and many more…


Andy won the All-Ireland Fiddle Championship… twice. He’s best known for playing with Toss the Feathers and Mike McGoldrick, but he’s also supported Dervish, Lunasa, Capercaillie and solo artists Martin Hayes and Liz Carroll. He recently performed at the Armagh Pipers club Festival with Mike and Ian Fletcher with a new project involving Portugese, Brazilian and Irish music.

A Band on the Wall Fundraiser Event.

This event will begin at 8pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open for delicious food & drinks from 5.30pm. Special Offer! Book your meal in advance and get free ‘lucky dip’ tickets for a future concert – click here now for details

At the Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Sheperds gig on Wednesday 17th November, we’ll be serving a brand new brew from one of our favourite microbreweries, a very special ‘3 Bad Shepherds’ ale crafted specifically!

3 Bad Shepherds is a golden, full bodied winter warmer ale with a slightly dry, hoppy finish.

The 4.30% ale has been crafted by the Irwell Works Brewery and will be on sale in our cafe bar priced at £2.90 a pint.

It really is deliciously moreish, and we can’t be held responsible for any sore heads in the morning!