Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Bad Shepherds in Bury St Edmunds


Tonight we went to see the Bad Shepherds at the Bury St Edmunds Corn Exchange tonight. Who are they you might ask ? Well they are a band that plays well known punk songs on folk instruments.

I guess a lot of people go an watch for the novelty value as punk tunes played using mandolin,uillean pipes,bazouki, whistles and pipes shouldn't work but it does. The reason I think it works is because traditional folk music is often about protest and this is in common with the classic punk song. Above all it was a lot of fun.

The only thing I would have changed would have been to remove the seats at the venue. We were surprised that seats had been layed out as this is dance music. OK one other thing I would change  the bar only sold two beers neither of these being local surely we could have had Greene King!

The future of this venue is very much  in doubt  and there is unlikely to be any  live music from this site from next year. The new Apex should act as a far better venue for music.

Tonight the Bad Shepherds performed a number of the Clash songs including Londons Calling and I Fought the Law. I guess the last time their songs were performed at the Corn Exchange was back in 1978 on the 14th July when I saw the Clash in their prime on their out on parole tour. They had just released their White Man in Hammersmith Palais.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you had a good time out. That video was pretty cool as they did a good job with that song. Thanks for sharing.


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