PREVIEW: The Bad Shepherds, The Sage, Gateshead

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ADRIAN Edmondson’s celebrated folk-punk outfit The Bad Shepherds are beginning their UK tour in the North East later this month.

While better known for his alternative comedy work, including The Young Ones and Bottom, Edmondson has been wowing audiences his irreverent musical outing for five years.

The Bad Shepherds are touring to promote their new Mud, Blood & Beer album, including a date at The Sage Gateshead on November 13.

The album is the first to include original material from the band. Previously the group stuck to “reimagining” classic punk and alternative songs in their distinctive folk style.

Edmondson said: “We’ve been together for five years now. I think we get better every year. I’m embarrassed by our first album now – we’re much better than that.

“This is our third album and is the first to include our own material.

“We’re obviously known for our radical rearrangements of other people’s songs, but now we’ve tasted the forbidden fruit we realise that we are indeed naked... and we like it.”

Mud, Blood & Beer, released through Edmondson’s own Monsoon Music label, features reworkings of Madness’ Our House, The Jam’s Going Underground and No More Heroes by The Stranglers together with original material.

The lyrics to title track, Mud Blood & Beer, were penned by Edmondson as a homage to all the music festivals at which the band have performed.

The closing track, Off To The Beer Tent, is a furious jig written by the band, which showcases the talents of all-Ireland Fiddle Champion Andy Dinan and Nightwish collaborator Troy Donockley.

Recorded at Chapel Studios, South Thoresby, Lincolnshire, Mud, Blood & Beer was produced by Edmondson and Donockley and engineered by Euan Davies, who has worked with the Arctic Monkeys and the Kaiser Chiefs.

The album was and mastered by Denis Blackham, who has also worked on projects with The Unthanks, Martin Carthy and Bombay Motorcycle Club.